“Yummy” is how Trenton Collins, 6, describes his breakfast ritual with his grandfather, Jacob Hair, and his “brother” Shaun the Sheep at the re-opened Granny’s Kitchen, 1006 S. Main.
“I eat biscuits and gravy with eggs, too,” he said.
Other customers agree with his elementary assessment of the cafe’s fare.
“All the professors eat here,” said Rod Foreman, “so it must be good” because “they got all those degrees” as he chowed down a huge plate of homestyle breakfast fixin’s meant to fill you up.
James Breazile, a retired veterinary medicine professor from Oklahoma State University, said he has a standing order and the servers know exactly what to bring him every morning.
“The day wouldn’t be the same,” Breazile said about his morning routine eating breakfast at Granny’s Kitchen.
Personal service is a source of pride for the new owner, Mohammed Mahmoud, who is serving homemade dishes from scratch based on original recipes from the 1940’s cafe owner, Delpha Rains. Her family came to Oklahoma in the land run and they homesteaded in Stillwater. Her son, Sonny Rains, said his mom learned to cook for crowds growing up in a family of 10 children and developed a collection of specialties including her homemade cinnamon rolls served fresh every day now at Granny’s Kitchen.
Cinnamon rolls can be ordered in trays for family gatherings or business socials with 48 hours notice, Mahmoud said.
“Everything is fresh” he said “with meat from Ralphs’ Packing Co. in Perkins. We cook from scratch like home.”
The Cowboy Skillet is a popular choice with its mixture of fried potatoes, topped with onions, green peppers, mushrooms, jack and cheddar cheese with sausage or bacon and two eggs cooked to order. The SOS offers sausage gravy served over biscuits with a side of fresh fruit and fried potatoes with two eggs added for just 99-cents more.
“There is nothing better than home cookin’ and you get that right here,” Rains said. “The cooks use the hand-breaded method for the chicken fried steak, too.”
Rains grew up helping his mom in the cafe and now he and his wife, Linda, enjoy meeting their granddaughter, Shelbye Rains at Granny’s Kitchen. Many customers come back several times a week.
“It’s nice, clean, and fun to see the same people,” said Barbara Gross as she finished off her morning French toast.
Granny’s Kitchen has a walking history of Stillwater on its walls with black and white photographs featuring downtown scenes and the university. Hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 405-743-1299 to order specialties to take home. Warm up a crowd with Granny’s Kitchen’s chili recipe which can be cooked, frozen and reheated to serve during the holidays.