Americana Appetite: Sand Springs Dishes

Every summer, Americans celebrate their freedom and independence with family picnics, neighborhood parades, and firework shows. From baking contests with your friends to the nationally-televised Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, any summertime gathering worth its salt always includes a little friendly competition, right?

Whether you’re a regular at these spots or a visitor passing through on a Route 66 road trip, we named the best places to grab classic American dishes right here in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.



Maybe you’re a Rib Crib loyalist or perhaps you’re a Billy Sims fanatic, but either way, Sand Springs is fortunate to have several barbecue hot spots around town. We like Rib Crib for their laid-back atmosphere, generous portions, and chopped beef brisket sandwiches, and we enjoy Billy Sims for their patio, smoky-sweet ribs, and flavorful sides like green beans and baked potato salad. Both joints are revered by Sandites for their finger-lickin’-good barbecue, but we like Billy Sims best for its add-a-rib option or any plate. 



If everyone didn’t already love ‘em, the chili-topped dogs at Dean’s Coney Island could be the best-kept secret in Sand Springs. After all, they’re delicious, nostalgic, and less than $2 each. Order yours with chili, cheese, and diced onion for the full experience. 



Around since the late 1800’s, the hamburger has come a long way from its humble beginning as a fried patty served with mustard and Bermuda onion between two slices of bread with a pickle on the side, but the Crescent Cafe’s Cowboy Burger takes it back to basics (with a few upgrades). The Cowboy Burger is served with crispy bacon, melty cheddar cheese, fried onions, crunchy pickles, and a drizzle of barbecue sauce. 



Hands down, the fried green tomatoes and chipotle mayonnaise at Old Town Cafe is the best savory indulgence in Sand Springs. Enjoy it with an ice-cold Coke for the ultimate experience in summery southern cuisine.


For dessert that’s good to the core, try the fried apple pie à la mode at Boomarang Diner: a flaky, crackly shell filled with warm, cinnamon-coated apples and topped with vanilla ice cream. Other than your grandma’s top-secret pie recipe, it doesn’t get any better than this!


If you’re looking for something fun to do for the 4th of July ???? or anytime this summer ???? we invite you to try something on our list. Better yet: make a day of it and pick up one of each item and enjoy your Americana feast on a red-checkered picnic blanket on the Triangle.