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We Ask the Industry: What are the Best Restaurants to Go to During the AQHA World Show?


Oklahoma City holds many equine events every year, making it one of the hot spots of horse shows. In the rare moments that we can escape from the barn, good food seems to be the only thing on our minds.

For as much as we temporarily live in OKC, one could only hope that the regular horse show-goers have figured out some good places to eat by now.

From fast food to late-night barn delivery, Oklahoma City has a some great eats for everyone. See what restaurants are our industry’s favorite.

D Lynn Jones- My favorite place to eat is Pappy’s BBQ, right across from the fairgrounds.

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki Riddle- We’ve never done anything but the show, sleep, and eat in Oklahoma City. Trappers Fish Camp & Grill is by far our go-to restaurant. We also love Charleston’s Restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Hunsinger- Outside of horse shows, our favorite thing to do in Oklahoma City is going out to eat. A few of our must-go places are Redrock Canyon Grill, Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, Cheever’s Cafe, and of course, The Ranch Steakhouse.

 

 

 

 



Emma Brown-
My favorite place of all time in Oklahoma City is The Ranch Steakhouse. They have delicious food, and the restaurant holds a special memory for me. The Ranch is where I had my celebration dinner after I won the youth world.

 

 

 

Olivia Tordoff- My favorite place to eat in Oklahoma City, without a doubt, would either be Trappers Fish Camp & Grill, McAllister’s Deli, or Texas Roadhouse. Trappers is a tradition for us. We always try to eat there a few times during the world show. McAllister’s has the BEST croissants and is a great place to go for some great food after a long day at the horse show. Roadhouse is my personal favorite. You can’t go wrong with Roadhouse. I even went for my birthday at the futurity last year. It’s incredible.

 

 

Julie Voge- Known for having outstanding food and service, Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant is my go-to meal-place.

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Tidwell- Some of my favorite restaurants include Red Prime Steak, The Ranch Steakhouse, burgers from The Garage, and classic American food from Bubba’s 33.

 

 

 

Janet Egolf- Known for it’s traditional, scratch-made American food, Charleston’s Restaurant is on my list for favorite meal places in OKC, in addition to The Ranch Steakhouse and Zapata’s Mexican Grill.

 

 

 

 

Stacey Roberson- Cattlemen’s Steakhouse is a favorite of our whole family.

 

 

 

 

Andrea James – McClintock’s Saloon and Chop House is one of my favorites. You can typically find me eating their French Onion Soup or one of their great burgers for lunch. For dinner, I usually get the fillet with grilled asparagus and fried angel hair onions. Another favorite of mine is Charleston’s Restaurant. I always get the Chicken Piccata with a Caesar Salad.

 

 

 

 

 

Shorty Koger- My favorite restaurants are The Ranch Steakhouse, Alvarado’s Mexican Restaurant in Edmond, and McClintock’s Saloon and Steakhouse in the Stockyards.

 

 

 

 

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Now that you’ve heard the suggestions from some of the equine industry’s most trusted food critics, you can start planning all the great food your trip to OKC will involve. From barbeque to seafood, to Mexican food, the horse show city has it all. Bring your appetite, and remember what some of the industry best recommends when dining out; it may just be the meal of a champion.

What are some of your favorite World Show eats?  Let us know in the comments.


About the Author – Oklahoma State Equestrian Commit, Lauren Pursley is a devoted youth equestrian showing in the all-around events with her horse Lovin Some Lazy Lola. Lauren is the current Texas Quarter Horse Youth Association Vice President, AQHYA Region 8 Director, and a member of Team USA 2020 for the Youth World Cup.  In addition to competing in AQHA shows, Lauren competes in Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) horse shows and participates in the 2020 AQHA Ranching Heritage Bred Young Horse Development Program.

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