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TESSA's Tornado Alley Restaurant Guide

Tornado Alley offers some of the best food anywhere on earth, from Home-Cooking to Barbecue and Tex-Mex!  Storm chasing creates big appetites!  Here's what our members recommend:


BOULDER: NCAR Cafeteria, 3450 Mitchell Lane.  "Pretty good lunch with beautiful view of mountains and towering cumulus from patio." 

BRUSH: Crane Cafe, Downtown, "good, hearty breakfast, local meeting place."

DENVER: Sushi Den, 1487 S. Pearl Street.  "Very good salmon with caviar hand rolls!"  Great place on "bust" days.

FT. MORGAN: A&W Root Beer, "have a tall frosty mug before your chase!"

LAST CHANCE: Last Chance Cafe.  One chaser informs us they will tune in The Weather Channel for you if you ask.

LIMON: JC's Deli & Bakery, Downtown at 197 East Ave.   Free access to weather data on agricultural proprietary computer and an honest breakfast.

SPRINGFIELD: Bar 4 Corral, south side of town, east of Hwy. 287.  "Wonderful, truly home made pies," states one chaser.


ABILENE: Brookville Hotel Restaurant, family-style fried chicken dinners.  Editor saw a  tornado at Colby just two hours after eating lunch at the original in Brookville, on July 21, 1996.

BIRD CITY: Self Serve Cafe at 4th & Bird, "good breakfast, and weather data posted on wall every day by real farmer."

COLBY: Village Inn, S. of I-70, "great for pancakes."

GOODLAND: Ray's Cafe, Downtown, N. of grain elevator for simple breakfast or lunch.

LINDSBORG: Brunswick Hotel Restaurant, 202 S. Main, "locals like it."  Swedish Crown, 121 N. Main, "home-cooked Scandinavian."

LIBERAL: Mr. Breakfast, Pancake Blvd. Family-owned for 27 years.

MARYSVILLE: Wagonwheel Tavern, west end of historic downtown next to railroad.  Good steaks, burgers, brew and country western tunes.

WICHITA: The Black-eyed Pea, "for chicken fried chicken with all the fixin's."


HASTINGS: OK Cafe, N. Side off 281, "great breakfasts with the locals."  The Plainsman, north end of Juniata, "serves hearty daily lunch specials for local farmers."

LEXINGTON: A&W Root Beer, 2 miles N. of I-80, Hwy. 283.  Hearty breakfast special for $2!

NELSON: Treasure Island Café, 825 S. Main St., big hamburgers, onion rings and ice cream.


ARCADIA: Hillbillies', located on old route 66, 6 miles east of Edmond, great CFS and fine folks.

ARDMORE: Hamburger Inn, Washington Street,  Downtown, "excellent and cheap breakfast and lunch at a tiny deco counter; ham, two eggs, hash browns and toast just $2.65."

CLINTON: Pop Hicks Restaurant, "a genuine Route 66 diner", open 24 hours, 223 Gary Blvd. 

HOBART: The Brass Gate, good CFS and good folks.

HOLLIS: Hollis Inn, "great chicken fried steak & rolls."

MARIETTA: Cookie Factory on Main St.  "Only 99 cents for a big bag of broken cookies.  Better tasting than almost any whole cookie...when you're starving!"

MOORE: Royal Bavaria, "great home brew and bratwurst," 3401 S. Sooner Rd.

NORMAN: Bellini's, 700 Ed Noble Pkwy.  "Outstanding Italian, slightly pricey."  Boomerang Grille, 2100 W. Main St.  "Unique place, great food."  Chili's, I-35 near Main.  Coach's, 102 W. Main St.  "Burgers and beer with great service."  Crispy's, 3720 W. Robinson.  "Great chicken entrees and sandwiches."  Greek House, N. side of OU campus, "gyros big enough to choke a cow."  Interurban, 105 W. Main St.  "Norman's burger and microbrew place."  Kettle, "big American breakfast," Main St. east of I-35.  TESSA's Tornado Alley Restaurant Guide, Page 2