Kendall’s motto is “Where everyone is family,” and the place certainly has a homey, lived-in appeal.
Although the restaurant was busy, service was fast and friendly. Kendall’s Chicken Fry Challenge is the culinary version of throwing down the gauntlet. You have one hour (before 7 p.m. only) to plow through three regular chicken- fried beef steaks, double servings of mashed potatoes and green beans, a biscuit and two cinnamon rolls. Prevail and the tab is on the house. Wimp out and it’ll cost you $25.
The regular meals are oversized, too. The “original” chicken-fried steak dinner ($12.99) crowds over the edge of the platter on which it’s served. Beef round steak was pounded thin and expertly fried. It brought to mind a German schnitzel and was the star of the meal for flavor and texture. The gravy was similarly good, hot and creamy and abundant.
A salad of spinach and grape tomatoes was topped by crunchy thumb-sized croutons. Ranch dressing is at the top of Kendall’s popularity contest, because Kendall’s concocts its own.
The restaurant’s website makes a reference to “our signature green beans” that are a side dish and are served with most of the dinners. Someone forgot to sign off on the ones that came with this meal. They were canned and largely unseasoned without a visible trace or flavor of bacon or onion. That’s not Okie kosher.
The mashed potatoes tasted like the out-of-a-box variety rather than from fresh spuds.
Happily, the dessert cinnamon roll was warm and radiated homemade goodness.
Other, less weighty menu choices include lemon-peppered catfish ($12.99), a turkey club sandwich ($8.99) and a chef salad ($9.99). A diabolically named Widowmaker burger ($11.99) doesn’t fall into that category. It’s a double-beef patty, grilled ham, cheese, grilled onions, pickles, ranch dressing and barbecue sauce served on two grilled cheese sandwiches.
The Redneck hamburger ($9.99) features a curious condiment combo of barbecue sauce and Thousand Island dressing.
The restaurant is in a decades-old brick building on Noble’s main drag. The interior decor leaves no doubt you’re in the heart of small-town Oklahoma.
No alcohol is served. Credit and debit cards are not accepted.