Monday, August 25, 2014
Long, boring drive today through Texas and Oklahoma. After a spirited workout and “trough” breakfast at the Holiday Inn, we hit the road around 9:00am with a destination restaurant (if you can call it that) waiting for us at the end of the line. But, more about that later.
Fortunately, once we hit Oklahoma, the scenery changed:
Most of our route was interstate until we finally made a turn southeast to get to the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma. Our destination? Meers, OK. Why? Meers Store and Restaurant. Rich and Alan(my brother) had visited Meers Restaurant in May of 2009 during a trip across the US. Alan “discovered” Meers from watching a Food TV show about the Best Burgers in America. Meers is high on the list. (They also visited Bobcat Bite for burgers in New Mexico during that trip). They loved the experience and when we were planning this trip, Rich suggested we put Meers on the itinerary. Done.
Meers is seriously in the middle of nowhere. The road to get there goes through a wildlife preserve and was the prettiest scenery we had seen all day – we even spotted a buffalo. Rich had tried to warn me that Meers Restaurant is a shack of a place with tons o character and fabulous burgers. He is right.
The town of Meers sprung up during the Gold Rush days in Oklahoma. You should read about its interesting history HERE. Nowdays the population of Meers has dwindled from 500 to the present residents: one family of six people, eight cats and a dog.. You have to want to come here – you don’t get to the restaurant by simply “passing by.” Most of the time this place is packed with people waiting. We hit it up around 5:30 on a Monday and didn’t have to wait at all.
All of the reviews (and some lore) I read told about the surly service and how the cooks would come storming out of the kitchen if you tried to order their Meersburger in any special way. Their burgers are made with 100% Grassfed Longhorns that is super lean. It is served with lettuce, pickle, onion, tomato and mustard. Period. Suposedly, this exact mix is designed to get the ultimate flavor out of the beef. No salt. No pepper. If you ask for mayo instead you will be labeled a “sissy.” I think Alan tried this and I looked for his picture with a big red X on the wall! I was almost afraid to go in just because I was his sister. However, our server was very sweet and didn’t bat an eyelash when I asked for mine with no mustard.
The server talked Rich into one of the new microbrews made by Meers – “Meers Gold.” It was actually very good. They bottle it in large bottles because they say that is the amount it takes to get through one of their burgers!
The flavor of the beef is indeed fantastic. Taste “beefy” and you can tell it is super lean. I am not going to say this is the absolute best burger I have ever had, but it definitely ranks right up there.
We read in all the reviews that you MUST have the peach cobbler with home made ice cream. Even though we didn’t need it, we ordered it. OMG
The warm cobbler coupled with the yummy home made vanilla ice cream is sinful. The portion was enough to feed a family of 6. We tried, but couldn’t make our way through it. I am glad we tried it, but wish they would offer smaller portions!
Meers was a great stop and gave us something to look forward to all day. After dinner we drove 20 miles to the nearest larger town – Lawton, OK to check in at the Springhill Suites. It’s pretty nice and it is another free night with points (what’s not to like?).
Tomorrow we have a very short day (3 hours) to get to Keller, TX where we will see and stay with Rich’s sister – Betsy. Should be a great drive and a great visit.