Ollie’s Station Restaurant

To my knowledge, Ollie’s Station Restaurant, 4070 Southwest Blvd., is the only business in town that advertises itself with matchbooks that list its location as simply “Red Fork, Oklahoma.”

Tucked under an overpass next to the railroad tracks, directly across historic Route 66 from the remnants of downtown Red Fork — a little working-class community that was annexed into Tulsa well over half a century ago — Ollie’s is one of the best places in the area to take out-of-town guests or have lunch with a rugrat.

In addition to a terrific breakfast buffet, great fried chicken, and to-die-for cinnamon rolls, Ollie’s offers friendly service; a helpful, community-minded owner; and perhaps best of all, a collection of model trains that periodically race around the room on tiny tracks suspended from the ceiling.

One of my favorite memories of Ollie’s involves a toddler who was so delighted with the trains that he stretched out his arms and squealed with unbridled joy as he wobbled along beneath the track, chasing the tiny cars around the dining room.

Below are a couple of videos of the model trains running:

And here’s a clip of the restaurant’s miniature cable cars (the ski-lift kind) moving up and down in the dining room:

Everything I’ve had at Ollie’s was pretty good, but the weekend breakfast buffet — which offers thick slices of smoky bacon, three kinds of sausage, waffles, pancakes, French toast, biscuits, cream gravy, hash browns, home fries, and umpteen other goodies — is one of the few things that can coax me out of bed early on a Saturday morning.

Incidentally, Saturday morning is really the best time to go to Ollie’s, as classic car clubs frequently use it as a starting point for weekend Route 66 cruises, making it likely that you’ll find a few vintage Corvettes or ’57 Chevys on the lot if you get there early enough.

Service can be a little slow when it’s crowded, but you can expedite things by heading for the buffet instead of ordering off the menu.

Ollie’s is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to reserve a banquet room for a meeting or party, call 446-0524.

Grades:
Products: B+
Service: A-
Value: A
Convenience: A-
Overall: A-

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~ by redforkhippie on December 19, 2007.

2 Responses to “Ollie’s Station Restaurant”

  1. Ollies is one of the few places our 3 year old will actually be entertained for our entire meal without a peep! It’s a wonderful thing for distracting kids! The servers are super with children, too. Their pasta primavera is to be avoided at all cost, though as the sauce is bland and doughy tasting and you get two small broccoli bits and a bunch of crisp carrot slices on it. Best to stick with the traditional fried stuff here. They always have coupons in the phone book, online, and in the entertainment book!

  2. A cute place with a unique and old-style, historic charm. Great place to take the kids so they can watch the trains circling the interior. Good food too.

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