Oklahoma has been a surprising food and flavor originator for over half a century, and I'll admit, I had no idea how many national chains grew out of the Sooner State.

Obviously, Sonic is known across the whole country as a drink stop and the occasional dollar hotdog/corndog place, but even more home-grown eateries have climbed the ladder of success into full-blown franchise heaven.

Of course there are a few barbeque joints on the list that most people assume are local to our state border. With a few Tex-Mex options to get the spice of life in your diet, and sweet fried doughs in the morning with a cup of solid donut shop coffee, Oklahoma's reach into the restaurant national spotlight is astounding.

How many of these have you sampled so far in life?

9 Chain Restaurants Founded In Oklahoma

While some Oklahoma original restaurants are obvious and common knowledge, there are a few that will likely surprise you having a start in the Sooner State. At least, they were shockers to me. Whether you want burgers, BBQ, pizza, breakfast, or Tex-Mex, the tastes of Oklahoma stretch far beyond our border.

Oklahoma Restaurants People Swear Are Worth The Drive

Eating out is entertainment. Sometimes it's you and your better half, other times you'll drag the family along with you. Either/or, if you've got time to kill and want to sample the best Oklahoma offers, here are the restaurants' everyone swears are worth every moment in the car to and from.

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