By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Restaurants | Issue: June 2010
Four of five generations representing Shiloh’s homemade goodness include Grandpa Rodgers, Teri Kidd, Larry and Pamela Hughey, and Erika Kidd.
Five generations of the Rodgers and Herman families are represented in two Shiloh’s Restaurants, located in Broken Arrow at 2604 N. Aspen and Tulsa at 12521 E. 52nd St. Shiloh’s co-owners are Chris and Teri Kidd. “Many of our customers still think of Shiloh’s as the place where friends and families come to meet,” says Teri. There were family members of both the Rodgers and Herman families participating in the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889, and family roots still run deep in Oklahoma soil.
Shiloh’s has received award-winning recognition for their outstanding homemade rolls and country fried steak. They were even designated as having the best homemade rolls in Oklahoma in a Tulsa World Readers Choice edition. Teri says the family has a long history of great cooks, and their homemade country-style cooking recipes have been handed down from generation to generation. The family also has a long tradition and reputation for their legendary hospitality – they are always welcoming others to their dinner table.
Teri’s mom and dad, Larry and Pamela Hughy, wish to honor Grandma Ethel Rodgers, who passed away in May of last year. Many customers fondly remember Grandma Ethel, who even at 95, still came to the restaurant and routinely checked out the kitchen to make sure everything was being prepared and cooked properly. Known affectionately by all as Grandma Ethel, she was the matriarch of the family and always exhibited her incessant pioneer spirit. Both of Pamela’s grandmothers came to help out in the kitchen when the business began in 1959. Since that date, the restaurant has served meals with their traditional homemade goodness to guests from around the world.
Although you can visit either Shiloh’s location to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings, you may also elect to place an order for takeout or delivery. If you live within three miles of either Shiloh’s location, they will deliver, even if you are just craving a sandwich. A catering service is also available and requires 24-hour notice.
All offerings from Shiloh’s are made from scratch from the wonderful recipes passed down from generation to generation by grandmothers and great grandmothers. The gravy at Shiloh’s, to this day, is always made in an iron skillet.
When you bring the family to Shiloh’s for their dining experience, always check the daily specials. You’re sure to find a treat that is fairly priced. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, kids are entertained by a fun clown. Each Friday evening during dinner, the Roger Hale Trio provides entertainment with music selections from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s in a country style. Saturday evenings feature Russell Honea on guitar performing his one-man band act, with contemporary and classic country selections.
Teri sums up Shiloh’s success: “Our rolls made us famous, but Grandma’s cooking keeps you coming back.” Pay Shiloh’s a visit, or order some of their great takeout and delivery specials soon. Your stomach and taste buds will thank you. So will the members of your family!
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.