As we stood in line at Firelake Fry Bread Taco, 1568 Gordon Cooper Dr. in Shawnee, I explained to my longtime friend Dustin that no matter how many times I try and, sadly, continue to try, I just can’t get my fry bread right. It’s always too small, too crunchy, too greasy, or too burnt. Dustin, a member of the Creek Nation, has suffered in similar ways.
I guess that makes this place—probably the perfect Oklahoman restaurant—an absolute for people like us.
Even though it was originally created for our actual survival, fry bread has become something more to many Natives: a healing plate of delicious heritage that allows a person to express their beautiful pride while having a bountiful dinner, served in many ways, most of which are on the menu at Firelake.