May 1st, 2012 by Jeremiah Ramey – Comments (4)
Rarely is it a case when I find myself making it to Collinsville. In fact, I’ve only graced this peculiar little town with my presence once in several years, and that was just recent as well, to visit some friends. As you readers have probably noticed lately, I’ve been perusing through the pub scene lately in search of good food and good beer lists. So, when I heard about Silver Dollar Cafe, I called up my friends in town, packed up the family, and met for some good home cooking you would naturally see in a place like this.
This place is not just a cafe. It’s also a saloon, gift shop, and game room. The gift shop is full of novelties. The game room for the kids includes some ski ball, pool, few arcade games, and a few other games of interest. And the saloon has 20 beers on tap and over 175 beers in bottle! What? Are you kidding me? I would never expect to find this here. The place is set up like a biergarten too. Big, thick benches lined in a row, big families lined up in them, beer pouring all around, people having a good time, and good country food being served.
Sadly, I missed the Great Divide “18th Anniversary” wood aged IPA they had on tap. Ugh. The luck. Plus, OK’s own Coop Ale Works “F5″ IPA had just run out too. Double ugh. It must be a sign. I need to drink light tonight anyway. So, I’m going with a “Brekles Brown” from Anchor Brewing Co. A 6% brown ale with a smooth, mid-light body, and lower, natural-feeling carbonation. It pours a dark mahogany color with a small head. Sweet caramel, toasted malts, and a hint of cocoa wafting to my nose. The same aroma is in the taste, but with a subtle citrus hop presence as well. I know this beer is going to go well with the fried mushrooms and chicken fried steak sandwich I just ordered. Sweetness to pair well with the mushrooms and meat with just enough carbonation and hops to cut through the fat, battter, and gravy, and scrub the palate clean for a fresh bite every time.
Fried mushrooms showed up with a side of ranch. Just as suspected, they tasted like fried mushrooms with ranch. Crispy, flaky, battered mushrooms. These mushrooms were good. Not fancy. Just right.
On to the monolith of what they call the chicken fried steak sandwich. Bun, mayo, lettuce tomato, chicken fried steak, bun. As if that wasn’t enough, there is gravy to pour on this thing too. This sandwich could feed a small village in Africa! Somehow, I wolfed it down. Pure country goodness. My friend ordered the same thing and he was struggling.
My lady ordered the regular chicken fried steak, with mashed potatoes and gravy, and fried okra. The kid ordered corn dog and fries. My friend’s wife ordered the tilapia, with mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans. The consensus was everyone was pleased. I know my wallet was pleased too. 3 hearty meals, 1 big app, a couple beers later, and I didn’t even break $40!
Get out of the house and take a drive. Be a nomad for a day. It’s needed every now and then, and also quite refreshing. Make your way to Collinsville. Stop at Silver Dollar Cafe for some good family fun, huge portions of good down home cookin’, and a surprisingly fantastic craft beer selection.
Beer Rating: 5 out of 5
Food Rating: 3 out of 5
Silver Dollar Cafe
1022 W. Main Street
Collinsville, OK 74021