The KOA in El Reno had surprising proximity to Route 66. Before leaving, we all agreed to to eat a quick snack and have "brunch" somewhere that looked promising along the way. The old section of 66 was maintained but was rough and far from perfection.
The somewhere we landed on for brunch was The Fat ElvUS Diner.
It was truly one of those opportunities that was too good to pass up. Once
inside, we realized what a great decision we had made. Adorned from front to
back with music memorabilia, it was a greasy spoon well fitting for the vibe of
Before leaving, I was taking
pictures and noticed the cook was a dead ringer for The King. He was very
gracious and the restaurant was full of family photos. This is the kind of Route
66 gem that you don't find in the guidebooks. Maybe that's a good thing.
There was a recreation of an old pioneer
town. It was pretty complete with a jail, post office jail, etc. Its dark and
the ceiling was painted to look like the sky and the effect works.
The amount of information to read and see is staggering. Hundreds of cowboy and Indian artifacts and history. Really, it just needs to be seen. If you are
anywhere even close I highly, highly recommend it.
Our next stop was
Stockyard City, the city's cattle exchange. Famous for Cattlemen's Steakhouse, it
was a no brainier to eat there. With an over 100 year history, they've been doing
something right. George Bush Sr. deemed their t-bone the Presidential Steak and
its been on the menu ever since. Wyatt decided to get one and it looked stellar.
I opted for the club cut which was no slouch either. Pair it was a loaded baked
potato and a salad and it was one of the best meals I've ever had.
We loaded up and hit 66
again. The road was rough but it got us back to our cabin. We perused the gift
shop and bought post cards to send home. Beer was still elusive but it didn't
stop the good times from staying strong. We talked outside before turning in,
the nearby interstate and sounds of the outdoors providing the perfect backdrop.