Good Taste: Cheever’s Seafood Tamale
A bite of the southwest in an OKC standard
Photo by Quit Nguyen
Cheever’s Café in Uptown OKC does a number of things well, but if it has a specialty, it’s dishing up entrees with an extra dash of Southwestern flair.
Case in point: the Mixed Seafood Tamale, one of the menu’s most popular dishes. Sauteed shrimp, lobster, halibut and scallops are laced with a mild ancho pepper cream sauce and stuffed in a tamale handmade from sweet potato masa, accompanied by a helping of zesty cilantro rice. It’s just a little spicy, and extremely delicious.
Cheever’s history is as rich as its flavors: The building was once the family home of Oklahoma Belle Cheever nee Cunningham, who had been the first baby born in the brand-new Oklahoma City. The family were florists, and much of their stamp remains on the property, including the large glass flower case that now holds wine bottles and desserts. While it’s been a bastion of the Good Egg Group and cherished local restaurant for more than 15 years, a meal at Cheever’s still feels palpably like visiting a friend’s home for dinner.