I hadn't passed many miles on U.S. 169 after leaving Lake Oologah before I arrived at Nowata, Oklahoma. "Nuwita" means "welcome" in the Cherokee language. Follow the link to find out how Nuwita became Nowata.
Nowata, population about 4,000 is home to the Ironmen high school football team and is also the home of the fictional Possums football team.
It was dinnertime and I saw several of the usual fast-food suspects along the highway and was about to pull into Subway when I noticed this resaurant.
With all those pickup trucks parked at Bliss Restaurant, how could I not give it a try?
My waitress recommended the Bliss-Burger when I asked for suggestions, but I seldom pass up a chance for chicken-fried steak. And here I could get it with three sides, plus cornbread and still not need $7 for the check!
I can't say it was in the top half of the chicken-fried-steaks that I've ever had. But it wasn't the worst and the gravy was good. Next time I think about ordering pea salad, though, I am going to ask if the peas are canned, fresh or frozen.
When I show this picture to Linda, she's going to say, "It needs some color!"
I rate the place three stars on a scale of five but mostly for the ambiance and spirit, not the food. I would try it again for either breakfast or lunch. (The ambiance includes the fact that you have to go outside the restaurant to reach the restrooms at the back of the building.)