The Vintage Steakhouse
The high school football season gets fully under way this Friday with a full slate of games statewide from Class 6A down to Class C.
It's always exciting to see which teams and players emerge during the season and who will be crowned state champions in early December. High school football is special!
For my Week 1 Food Blog, we will be heading to the great little town of Morrison, Oklahoma, just north of Stillwater in Noble County.
If you don’t know or don't follow Oklahoma prep football, Morrison is one of the most tradition-rich programs of all time.
The Wildcats own 14 state championships, have an all-time program record of 450-160, and an all-time playoff record of 100-23. (Credit to Iwasatthegame.com)
Morrison won 90 games in a row between 1989-1995 and won the Class A State Championship in 2008 in its first year playing 11-man football. The first 13 state titles were in 8-man football when they were one the most dominant programs in the nation.
Morrison knows what a winner looks like when it comes to football, and now they absolutely have one in a restaurant with The Vintage Steakhouse, serving some the best food I have had anywhere in Oklahoma. (Editor's note: The previous sentence is not to be taken lightly.)
The roots of the Vintage Steakhouse go back to Burlington, when the Vintage House was a must visit “in home” restaurant across the street from Burlington High School, serving home cooked meals and famous steaks.
I was lucky enough to visit the Vintage House before it closed for good. It was such a unique place, literally in a house, and the owner/cook was also a great singer who would sing songs between cooking meals.
The recipes and culinary secrets were passed down the family line and The Vintage Steakhouse opened this past year in downtown Morrison.
The night we visited it was jam-packed with customers and from what I have been hearing and reading, this has become the norm. Once you eat the food and get to experience the excellent service, you will soon understand why!
For an appetizer, we went with fried mushrooms served with homemade buttermilk ranch and they were excellent!
I followed that up with Vintage House Salad, which was the best salad I had anywhere all summer. It included candied pecans, apples, feta cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette. It was the perfect cold salad for the hot July summer!
For the entrée I went with “Large” Ribeye (16 oz) cooked Medium Rare, loaded baked potato and - for good measure - added two grilled jumbo shrimp.
Let me tell you, this steak was out of this world excellent and easily the best steak I had all summer! The beef is of the highest quality and cooked to perfection.
What really put it over the top for me was the season rub/drippings/au jus liquid which is spooned over the top of the searing hot steak prior to serving which adds so much flavor and moisture without taking the spotlight away from the beef itself.
Fresh homemade bread is also served with the meal and is perfect for the plate mop at the very end.
The dessert menu was impressive, and I decided to go with the palate cleansing Key Lime Pie.
I can’t wait to visit again and I will have a very difficult time deciding to either do it all the same or try something completely different because it all looks so good.
I highly recommend a visit to the Vintage Steakhouse for anyone who wants a truly awesome steakhouse experience.
If your team is playing in Morrison on a Friday night, you're in Stillwater for an OSU game, or you just want to make a weekend road trip to a truly special restaurant, The Vintage Steakhouse would get my highest recommendation. Check it out and let me know what you think!