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The reuben at Sherrer’s Restaurant in Durant is the beloved diner’s most popular sandwich.
Photo by JOHN JERNIGAN
Now in its third year, our Food Worth the Drive franchise returns with a journey through history. These twenty-eight restaurants have survived for decades and through generations by giving Oklahomans enticing—even unusual—shared experiences, unforgettable stories, and most of all, great food.
Published March/April 2016
For sixty-six years, Leon Sherrer’s eighteen-hour days began with making pies: chopping fresh strawberries to top with whipped cream, toasting coconut, slathering on stiff peaks of meringue, and mixing rich chocolate filling.
Sherrer built the restaurant and made the pies until his death in 2014 at age ninety-four. Today, Leon’s grandson, Aaron, makes them.
“He never wrote anything down, never measured anything,” Aaron says.
Danny, Leon’s son, makes Sherrer’s chili and salsa, and Aaron does the rest of the cooking, including the house dressing—a top-secret recipe.