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Local restaurant snags nationwide recognition for home cookin'
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Local restaurant snags nationwide recognition for home cookin'

Local restaurant snags nationwide recognition for home cookin'
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Delicious Entree from Hammett House Restaurant

Local restaurant snags nationwide recognition for home cookin'

Inspectors at AAA dine at hundreds of restaurants across the country every year.

That's their job.

The group just released their favorite places to enjoy a taste of home and an Oklahoma restaurant is on the list.

AAA describes the Hammett House Restaurant, in Claremore, as comfortable and relaxing with a country feel.

“Country fried steak is hand-breaded and so tender you can cut it with a fork. It’s served with the gravy underneath the steak, which allows you to manage the amount of gravy you get with each bite.”

Inspectors also recommend the double crust apple pie, served in a warm skillet a la mode with a brandy butter sauce.

All pies are baked fresh daily and available by the slice or whole.

The Hammett House Restaurant Facebook says they have barbeque, burgers, seafood, steak and southern cuisine.

Below is rest of the list from AAA:

Lou's Food Bar, AAA Three Diamond, Casual Dining/American, Denver, Colorado
Local chef Frank Bonnano, known for his Four Diamond Italian restaurant Mizuna, wanted to do something different when he opened this casual eatery that combines comfort food with more exotic offerings. Start with the lump blue crab cakes. Main entrees include hearty portions of fried organic chicken, pan blackened trout with fried green tomatoes and duck confit with a cornbread waffle.

Salt Lick Bar-B-Q, AAA One Diamond, Casual Dining/BBQ, Driftwood & Round Rock, Texas

“You can smell our pits from miles away!” With a slogan like that, you’d better deliver — and the Roberts family, with roots dating back to the wagon train days of the mid-1800s, surely does. The original location in Driftwood is fun and popular, and the new location is at the Dell Diamond ballpark in Round Rock. Both serve brisket, pork and beef ribs, sausage, chicken and turkey. For lighter fare, barbeque sandwiches are available.  The Driftwood location is cash only.

Lili’s Bistro on Magnolia, AAA Two Diamond, Casual Dining/Comfort Food, Fort Worth, Texas

Locals are attracted to this cozy eatery for its signature gorgonzola fries. You’ll also find classics like grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and New York strip steak and creative interpretations such as a king ranch poblano, house nachos and green chile pork loin. The menu offers a variety of vegetarian options and is infused with global items such as the banh mi wrap, lamb pitas and Thai spiced dumplings.

American Flatbread, AAA Two Diamond, Casual Dining/Pizza, Burlington, Vt.

Red and white checkered table cloths….and warmth emanating from the wood-fired earthen oven in the corner of the dining room. This is where comfort comes to relax. Ask for a table near the kitchen and watch as flatbread pizzas are expertly prepared in a mesmerizing show. Ingredients are seasonal, organic and locally grown, a true reflection of many Vermonters’ healthful lifestyle. It’s a block from the Flynn Theater, perfect for before a show.

Big Pink, AAA Two Diamond, Casual Dining/American, Miami Beach, Fla.

“Real Food for Real People…Really” is the motto here, a fixture on Miami Beach since 1996. Everything on the menu is super-sized, so make room in your refrigerator for leftovers.  Try the Big Pink TV dinner daily special, the Thanksgiving on a roll or the mouthwatering foot-long hot dog made with Kobe beef. The tables are chock-a-block close, so get cozy and don’t be surprised if a neighboring diner asks for a smidgen of your peanut butter s’mores. 

Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant, AAA Two Diamond, Family Dining/American, Bryce Canyon City, Utah

For more than 50 years, travelers have been waking up to traditional, country-style breakfasts in front of an old wood stove at this rustic cottage complex. Primarily known for its homemade soups and pies, the daily menu offers generous portions of basic American fare such as cowboy steaks, fresh local trout and chicken fried steak. Locals swear by a rule to eat dessert first — and why not with one of the largest selections of homemade pie around!

Georgia Brown’s, AAA Three Diamond, Casual Dining/Regional American, Washington, D.C.

This stylish restaurant serves up contemporary Southern cooking, with an emphasis on the Low Country of South Carolina, right in the heart of the city.  The menu boasts down-home dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, country-fried meatloaf, sour mash pork chops, cornmeal-fried catfish and twice-cooked pork shank with sweet potato cheese grits. Enjoy live jazz every Wednesday night, “'Cause it's been said that she knocks 'em dead … ooooh sweet Georgia Brown!” as the song lyrics say.

The Meatball Shop, AAA Two Diamond, Casual Dining/ Italian Comfort Food, New York, N.Y.

What could be more comforting than a meatball? This popular little place in Greenwich Village serves up some of the best, whether it’s straight ground beef, spicy pork, chicken or even veggie topped with tomato sauce, mushroom gravy or parmesan cream. To up the comfort level, order them as meatball sliders. Despite the many “ball” options, they keep it casual here; no reservations are taken, so arrive early to avoid a wait. 

The Moose Cafe, AAA One Diamond, Family Dining/Southern, Asheville, N.C.

Perched on a rise and offering a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains, you’ll feel right at home the moment you step inside. Grab a seat and tear into a plate of hot, flaky biscuits, served with homemade apple butter, sorghum and honey. Order up a sweet tea served in a mason jar, setting the tone for the Southern delicacies to follow. The café is adjacent to a farmer’s market, so when the vegetables are at their peak, they’re on your table for authentic “farm to table” dining.

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