While on a weekend road trip, we found ourselves hungry while driving near Ponca City, Oklahoma. This city of about 25,000 people is located in the northern part of the Oklahoma, less than 30 miles from interstate I-35.
As we often do when we’re somewhere unfamiliar, we used Yelp to find a good casual lunch spot. Since it happened to be the fifth of May, also known as Cinco de Mayo*, we thought of Mexican food.
We found good reviews about Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant, and entered the address into our GPS. As we arrived, we were surprised to learn this restaurant is inside the Ponca City Regional Airport.
While the Ponca City Regional Airport hasn’t had scheduled passenger flights since 2006 when Great Lakes Airlines stopped flights to Denver and Dodge City, the airport — with a 7,201-foot long concrete runway — is still active with private and commercial planes.
Most of the terminal is now a part of Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant, which offers great views of planes taking off and landing in addition to Mexican, American and Cuban-inspired food.
Really hungry, we munched on the house-made fried corn chips and salsa while waiting for our entrees to be cooked.
I ordered the Shrimp Ranchero — described as a Cuban-inspired dish of shrimp sauteed in a green chile sauce with pico de gallo. It is served with black beans, rice and a lettuce salad. Delightful favor, without much spice.
Mr. Jones ordered the Tampico Fiesta, listed on the menu as one of the “Sabor de la Casa” or specialties of the house.
Mr. Jones chose the steak, and was very happy with his meal.
Since we were getting back on the road to drive onward to Kansas, we did drank ice tea rather than a more traditional Cinco de Mayo beverage.
What is Cinco de Mayo?
*We knew that Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, but we did not know why the 5th of May is widely celebrated. It turns out the Cinco de Mayo holiday celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla (on May 5, 1862) during the Franco-Mexican War.
Have you visited Ponca City, Oklahoma? Did you eat at Enrique’s?
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