While visiting the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma, we journeyed out one afternoon in search of good local restaurant.
As we headed into downtown Durant on Hwy 69, we passed a small building on the right, painted dark green. The sign outside said “Sherrer’s – Serving fine food since 1948”. We thought it looked interesting, but decided to drive through town first to see what else might catch our eye.
After a full circuit through town, nothing that was open looked as interesting, so back to Sherrer’s we went. We arrived at about 12:30 during a holiday week, and there were just a few other patrons.
We placed our beverage order with a nice guy, who turned out to be not only the cook, but the remaining owner’s son. As we talked with our waitress, we noticed some framed newspaper front pages in the back of the bar area. Upon closer inspection, it was a front page from the 1948 Durant Democrat, heralding the imminent opening of the Sherrer brothers’ new restaurant. It told of the new, fully machined kitchen – including an electric slicer!
As we returned to our seats, a spry older man caught us looking at the bar. As we talked, we discovered the man is one of the two brothers Sherrer (Leon) who started the restuarant – still going strong at 90! We listened as he told about starting the business and all the changes in the 52 years he had been in business and involved in his community.
Our appetizer of tortilla soup arrived, with fresh chips. The soup had a good taste and the black beans were a nice touch.
Then came the homemade burger and chicken fried steak sandwich, both with French fries. Both were served in a basket with tissue paper. The burgers are a full 1/3 pound, and include all the trimmings. The mushroom and swiss cheese mushroom burger was delicious, with freshly sautéed mushrooms.
The chicken fried steak sandwich was a classic too, tasty and not greasy. The French fries were hot, crisp and freshly fried. Just the way you remember good French fries!
With the good food, friendly owners, and a bit of hard work, we discovered why Sherrer’s has been in business over 50 years. Have lunch or dinner there the next time you visit Durant, and say ‘hello’ to Mr. Sherrer for us! This family diner is a great place to have a genuine home cooked meal.