1907 Meat Company is the newest addition to Stillwater OK. Locally owned, fresh meats sourced from local farmers, and a restaurant all in one.
When I moved to Stillwater, one of the things I had to adjust to was a lack of local shopping options. There is no mall, Target or Sam’s Club, and Walmart is the main grocery store. When I lived in Maryland, I had no need for a local butcher, because good-quality meat is readily accessible. Until about a year ago, I bought my meat at Walmart and Sam’s Club. Michele then introduced me to Ralph’s Packing Company, a local butcher. It’s a great shop, but it is in Perkins, about a 20-minute drive from my house.
Earlier this spring I began hearing rumors of a butcher coming to Stillwater. My friend Matt, who owns the building, confirmed the rumors; and then I began to see information pop up on Facebook. About a month ago, 1907 Meat Company opened.
Located in the heart of downtown Stillwater, the 1907 Meat Company owners are Adam, an OSU grad, and his business partner John. It first opened as a members-only Founders service, while the brick-and-mortar space was built. Once the shop opened, the Founders service ended.
1907 Meat Company is a combination of butcher shop and restaurant. I had no idea it was also a restaurant until it opened. We were at Tokyo Pot for dinner last month, and the conversation turned to 1907 Meat Company because it had just opened. Michele said she saw tables and chairs inside, and then I recalled seeing Facebook posts from friends who ate there. The shop is open 6am-7pm Tuesday-Saturday.
The shop has a wide open floor plan. The street side is a wall of windows, plus wood floors and arched ceilings. They cut meat in a room at the far end of the space, and there is a large window so you can watch them at work.
The right side of the building is where all the action is: fresh meat case, order counter, display of vacuum-sealed meats, and a large cooler and large freezer. There is also a rack of items available for sale, including shirts, hats, drink containers and coffee
The fresh meat case had a nice selection, and it changes based on what is available each day. Over half of the options changed from my first to second visit. 1907 Meat Company works with a dozen local Oklahoma farmers to source their product.
I met my boss Matt for an early lunch. I arrived at 11:15, and there were only a couple of other guests there. That changed quickly, and it was packed when we left. Most guests ate there, but I noticed quite a few to-go orders as well. John was behind the meat counter, so I introduced myself and we chatted for a few minutes while I waited for Matt.
1907 Meat Company serves breakfast and lunch; there are 4 options for each meal, and the choices change daily. According to the cashier: “it’s like Iron Chef…they work with what’s available from the meat case”. I love restaurants like that. It’s a challenge, but it forces you out of your comfort zone. They also offer house-made sodas, water, tea, and coffee. Our friend Steve ordered their special Nitro Iced Coffee and said he would be awake forever.
Matt got the meatloaf sandwich
I didn’t taste any, but he raved about it and finished it in record time. Then again, he always does that! However, the sandwich looks delicious. I haven’t had meatloaf in forever; clearly I need to change that.
I got the BBQ chicken sandwich
My chicken was really delicious. They use just enough sauce that it doesn’t drip down your hands, but still adds wonderful flavor to the chicken. I like the addition of shredded cheddar cheese, for another punch of flavor. The bread is really good, and I love the crisp top and soft inside. When I first saw the sandwich I wasn’t sure it would be enough food, but it is plenty. Chips are the side for all of the sandwiches. They were delicious, and the only way to improve would be for them to be warm.
On Saturday morning, I went back to 1907 Meat Company to buy some fresh meat, and also for breakfast.
I got the biscuits and gravy. I have to admit, I rarely ever get biscuits and gravy. It wasn’t on any menus growing up in Maryland, and I honestly don’t think I ever tried it until I moved to Oklahoma. However, after the owner told me they put bacon in the gravy, I knew I had to give it a shot.
Yes, you read that correctly…chunks of bacon. One bite, and I was in heaven. You can’t go wrong with fresh-baked biscuits and homemade gravy. It is a generous portion, and I did as much damage as I could.
The dining side has 3 long picnic tables that each seat 8. At first I thought it odd to offer family-style seating rather than individual tables. However, the space configuration makes that the best option. And on Saturday morning, I met and visited with a wonderful couple; at individual tables that wouldn’t happen.
As I mentioned earlier, on my first visit I met John, one of the owners. He got super busy as the lunch crowd arrived, so I went back later that day to find out more about the operation. He was very accommodating, and answered everything.
John said their major goal is to educate customers, and give them a new vocabulary when it comes to meats. Now that’s the type of business owner I love.
A few of the things I learned:
- Breakfast and lunch will not expand beyond the current 4 and 4, because they want to use the freshest products
- French fries unfortunately will not be a side option. They have a fryer, but fries “are a pain”.
- Yes, you can call in orders for fresh meat, and the only limit is the size of their case
- The offerings will expand, but they plan to make those expansions slowly and in stages
- One of the upcoming expansions is to offer local milk, eggs and cheese, sourced from local micro dairies
- They dry-age some of their meats and, rather than tossing the skin, they make it into dog treats. What a fantastic idea
- They want to offer unique off-site catering opportunities, and will customize food for customer wants
- Deli meats and cheeses will be available at some point in the future
The self-serve coffee is a little more expensive than I expected. However, it is free refills, and they get their coffee from an Oklahoma company. John raved about the coffee, and said he tested many options to find the best.
Will I go back to 1907 Meat Company? Well of course. I need to go back and see what products they offer in the grab-and-go cooler/freezer, and I definitely want to try more of their lunch options.
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