White Dog Hill

White Dog Hill — which opened its doors in 2007 — is a relative newcomer to the Mother Road. The building that houses it, however, has been around since 1926, when it was constructed from native stone as a clubhouse for the Clinton Country Club. Owner Nelson King has spent the better end of three years restoring the property, which is situated on a hill three miles east of downtown Clinton, Okla., that offers diners a sweeping view of the countryside and the town below.

The restaurant’s slogan is, “Come for the view … stay for the food,” and both are worth the trip. 

On a recent visit, we started dinner with a large cheese board consisting of three cheeses, bread, an apple, grapes, olives, and mixed nuts, all arranged attractively on a thick wooden board. The appetizer is also available in small and deluxe sizes. The deluxe comes with five cheeses — cheddar, smoked cheddar, gouda, gorgonzola and havarti with dill — and would probably make a light dinner for two all by itself.

Our next course was a Caesar salad, which came with shaved — rather than grated — Parmesan, which I thought was a nice (and flavorful) touch. 

For his entree, Ron chose steak, which came with corn on the cob and a potato salad served cold with green beans and a nice vinaigrette. The steak was tender and succulent, and the potato salad was a creative change of pace from the usual mustard-based fare.

I opted for Cornish game hen, with a baked potato and grilled squash on the side. The hen was stuffed with a delicate cranberry-and-wild-rice dressing, and the squash was exceptional — light yet buttery and gently sweetened.

Other options included grilled smoked pork chops, grilled shrimp, catfish (battered or pan seared) and bacon cheddar burgers.

I let Ron finish my hen so I’d have room left for dessert: lemon pecan pie (right). Ron tried Aunt Ole’s Mud Pie (left). He said it was good. I believe him; he’d finished the whole thing before I had a chance to ask for a bite.

Other dessert options include strawberry shortcake — which we’ve had in the past and can wholeheartedly recommend — and raspberry wine ice cream floats, which we haven’t tried.

The service is quick and friendly, and the historic ambience is wonderful. Diners are encouraged to stick around after dinner to enjoy the view from the terrace, which is outfitted with brightly painted Adirondack chairs.

Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, although King is considering closing on Wednesdays and adding a Sunday brunch instead. A kids’ menu includes a cheddar burger or a grilled cheese sandwich, both served with salad, chips and a drink. 

Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Prices are moderate, with entrees ranging from $9.50 for a big bacon cheddar burger to $23 for a 16-oz. ribeye.

Reservations are recommended; call (580) 323-6922. White Dog Hill can also accommodate parties and receptions.

Grades:
Value: A
Product: A+
Service: A
Route 66 Spirit: A-
Overall: A

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11 Responses to “White Dog Hill”

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  2. “Come for the view … stay for the food” is just about exactly what I did at their preview during the ’07 Route 66 Festival in Clinton. They were just doing drinks & deserts when I stopped in to look the place over and have a beer. But one of the deserts was that lemon pecan pie you’ve pictured and I found that so intriguing that I yielded to temptation. I’m sure glad I did. Different & extremely tasty and it sounds as if the rest of the menu matches up very well. Plus the building and, of course, the view are very cool, too.

  3. Larry Reinschmiedt Says:

    My wife, aunt and mother have all had people tell us recently they saw us on Discover Oklahoma and on a web site, as well, with our pictures on the outside of the White Dog while we were dining there recently. We certainly don’t mind that our photographs were used; we just want to see them and can’t find them! Could you help us with this, please? Thank you.
    Larry Reinschmiedt

  4. If a Google search doesn’t turn up what you’re looking for, I’m not sure what to tell you. You might contact the tourism department.

  5. Larry-
    You can see all episodes (and segments) of Discover Oklahoma on youtube!
    Have fun!
    Amy

  6. Bobby and Debbie Says:

    We enjoyed a wonderfull evening with a unique atmosphere and inviting staff. The selection on the menu was such a nice change from the typical Western Oklahoma style of food. The ribeye and grilled shrimp was outstanding served with a sensational salad and our selection of roasted squash, and baked potato. Although we did not try the cheese board, wine, or dessert other patrons did and we would certainly make that choice on our next visit. The view was stunning. We took the time to slitter through out the structure for an appreciation of the renovation and what once was a country club in the 20’s. I would highly recommend you to capture this one of a kind dining experience.

  7. [...] 6, 2009 Posted by Ron in Ghosts and Mysteries, Restaurants. trackback This recent video about the White Dog Hill restaurant, located just off Route 66 east of Clinton, Okla., is well-done. It was produced by the Oklahoma [...]

  8. Steve Crane/Beachcomber101 Says:

    I recently took my parents there for their 47th Wedding Anniversary, I could not have picked a better place to have taken them, the food was Excellent’ I had the New York Strip, and savoured every bite, the presentation of the meal was perfect, as was our Server Melissa’ the Atmosphere of the whole place was Comfortable weather your dressed in your finest or had just traveled hundreds of miles,The patrons and staff were both very plesant, and one of the very few places i’ve dined were the owner pitches in and helps weather it was delivering meals, welcoming guest or clearing a table, I Highly recommend the place’ However Reservations are suggested, But the Hostess is excellant in finding you a Seat.

  9. Route 66 Friend,

    It has always been my dream to drive the whole length of Route 66 and it looks like I will be able to realize my dream soon. I am female, traveling alone, in a small motorhome.

    It is a long story that I’ll be glad to share with you if interested, but to make a long story short let me just say that I plan to drive from Illinois to California starting November 1, 2009.

    I have been following Sandi’s blog (http://pictureroute66.com) and it has inspired me to do something, some sort of project, related to the Mother Road. I would like the trip to have a purpose or a goal, that will ultimately, somehow help Route 66.

    And this is the reason I am writing to you today, to ask for help and inspiration in coming up with a project that would benefit Route 66 and that I could do along the way.

    If you have ever thought of something that someone should do about or related to Route 66, please let me know, I would appreciate your suggestions. Perhaps something that can be “collected” along the way, but not necessarily objects unless you have a good idea, either way. I am open for any suggestions you may have.

    I am not an artist or photographer and I have never written a book but I have written both a thesis and a dissertation as I do have two advanced degrees, a masters and a doctorate.

    If you’d like to know more about me, you can see my old travel blog at http://bellaandtheroad.blogspot.com and my new blog at http://lifeat55mph.blogspot.com

    Also, if you have any tips about what to do or see along Route 66, where to eat or where to park overnight, I’d love to hear those too.

    Thanks for your time and I look forward to your advice and suggestions for, about, or with, Route 66.

    Mar
    marnavarro@mac.com
    407-273-0886

  10. [...] White Dog Hill sounds so cool. While there’s not much information about it on the web, Route 66 Food has a captivating blurb: White Dog Hill — which opened its doors in 2007 — is a relative [...]

  11. I went with a friend and my husband shortly after they opened! The food was good ant the atmosphere was like nothing else. A wonderful place to go. You must get a cheese board, they are so French. The place is nice upstairs, and rustic downstairs. But lovely all over.

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