TOMMY SANFORD'S WHIZBANG CAFE

Oklahoman Published: September 19, 2003
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Category: Eclectic mix of comfort food, Southwest, Cajun and Caribbean.

Address: 519 Ki He Kah, Pawhuska.

Directions: Off Main Street (State Highway 60) in historic downtown area.

Telephone: (918) 287-9901.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Reservations: For parties of 10 or more.

Length of time in business: 2 1/2 years.

Restaurant details: Owner Tommy Sanford has been in the food and beverage business for 25 years and saw the need for such a cafe in Pawhuska. His restaurant experience includes working with Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles and at major resorts. A bakery offering pies, cinnamon rolls and cookies has been added.

Signature menu items: Catfish Whizbang, a blackened fillet with Cajun sausage and crawfish cream sauce, $10.95; Pork Fandango, a battered pork tenderloin with Southwest adobo sauce (a combination of dark Mexican chocolate, peanut butter and chicken broth), $9.95; chicken fried steak, $7.95; osso buco; and homemade cakes prepared by the owner's mother and 93- year-old grandmother.

Awards, etc.: Featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and AAA's Far and Away magazine.

Decor: Cafe is located in a turn-of-the-century building which had formerly housed a dress shop, gift shop and antique shop.

Price range for a meal: $3.95 to $14.95.

Payment options: Cash, checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express.


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