For those winging their way into the Wiley Post Airport, theres a little diner called Annie Okies Runway Cafe, 5915 Phillip J. Rhoads Ave. If youve landed for a brief refueling on your way to the next little airport, its an easy place to stop and grab a bite before your next takeoff.
But you dont need to take flying lessons to eat there. You wont need a ticket or to go past a gate. Its just there inside the main building. Seat yourself. Nobodys trying to be fancy.
As far as diners go, Annie Okies does a pretty good job of delivering a little bit of everything. Your best bet, in my estimation, is to stop in for breakfast.
The most unique item on the menu is the Oreo pancakes ($5.69), which, true to its name, are full of crushed and crumbled Oreo cookies. Its a surprisingly staid dish. None of the overwhelming sugary sweetness you might predict. With a little whipped butter and syrup, you get a touch of chocolate and a bit more texture.
The regular pancakes ($4.99) are light and fluffy, and you get two big ones, but theres nothing particularly special about them.
were the omelets, which seem like theyre baked, giving the eggs a bit
of rise. The Annie Okie ($7.69) is filled with mozzarella, chunks of ham
steak and fresh mushrooms. Its the ingredients that make this a
keeper. This cafe, like many, has learned to use one ingredient several
ways, and it leans heavily on its ham steak in a number of dishes. The
fresh mushrooms are a welcome change from so many places that are
content to just open a can.
chicken-fried steak and eggs ($7.69) was pretty good even though the
steak comes to Annies pre-breaded. The eggs (I get mine over-medium
because Im not a monster) were cooked perfectly, and the toast that
came on the side was buttery and perfect. Its little things, sometimes,
that make a breakfast memorable.
biscuits and gravy ($2.79) were tasty, while the grits were pretty
bland. Choose your sides carefully. The bacon do you guys like bacon? I
cant remember was done just right: thin and crisp but not
I recommend the Mile-High Club ($7.59), which brings back that ham
steak and pairs it with toast and turkey and even some honey mustard. Of
all the mustards, honey is my least favorite, but this one didnt
overwhelm the sandwich at all. If youre looking for something light but
you dont want to be hungry again in 15 minutes, this is a pretty good
something a bit heavier and a bit more flavorful, I quite enjoyed the
chicken diablo ($7.79). Annies says it marinates its chicken breasts,
and it shows. The chicken was cooked through but still juicy. The bulk
of the flavor came from sauteed peppers and onions and guacamole with a
few strips of bacon, just in case you were worried it was too healthy.
burger ... well. I had the bacon cheeseburger (aka When Pigs Fly,
$6.59), and it was fine. The problem with a burger thats just fine is
that in Oklahoma City (or Bethany or Warr Acres or whichever
principality reigns over there), theres always a better burger just a
few minutes away. If you land there and you want a burger but you dont
have a car, this is OK. But if youre in the mood for something better,
39th Street is a stones throw away and youll find many options Id
recommend over this.
theres one thing you cant get anywhere but Annie Okies Runway Cafe,
its that view of the runway. Take your kids and sit in the atrium and
youre sure to see a few small planes taxi in or take off as long as
its not too windy.