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Kelly Silva and family

Stops: Hooters, Harden’s Hamburgers, Maryn’s Taphouse

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
October 29, 2017

The Mission: So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment sound a lot more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the October issue of Preview.

The Team: Kelly Silva and family

Sports are a huge part of our family life. We are either playing, watching, attending, or working some sort of sporting event. Unfortunately, the Drillers’ season has ended, and at the time of doing this challenge, the Oilers had yet to begin the new season. So, we decided to find some places to eat and enjoy games on television.

Stop #1: Thursday evenings are usually spent on a softball field while my youngest daughter, Riplee, practices with her travel ball team, but rain ruined that for us. Instead, we decided to grab wings from Hooters. We started with a family favorite: fried pickles. The wings were messy as always but tasty. Hooters is a perfect place for watching football and baseball. Also, I am always searching for a great bloody mary, so I had to try the 3-Mile Island Bloody Mary.
Cost: $24.57

Stop #2: Fridays are a short workday for me, so I figured I’d treat myself to lunch and take the opportunity to try Harden’s Hamburgers. For my first time I figured, what the heck, and ordered the BOB and curly fries. Even the young lady taking my order had to remind me it had four patties. She handed me my table “card” — the two of clubs — and I sat surrounded by some great classic memorabilia. I was quite fond of the old-style sleds. I’m proud to declare I finished the whole burger with the assistance of a knife and fork. The way they prepare their burgers gives them so much flavor, making me a new fan.
Cost: $14.65

Stop #3: My daughter, Scottlynn, is usually attending high school football games on Fridays, but her school played Thursday, so she tagged along with my wife, Bergundi, and I as we headed over to the Riverwalk in Jenks to give Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar a try. On our way, we stopped by Spa810 where my two oldest daughters work. My wife is already a client, so she scheduled her next massage while we were there.

At Maryn’s, we were seated in a perfect spot to view the many televisions showing the MLB playoffs. I was overruled wanting to try their bacon flight appetizer, so we settled on loaded cheese fries. Their extensive drink menu made it hard to pick from, but my wife chose a black cherry cider while I, once again, tried a bloody mary. Coming to Tulsa after a few years in Louisiana, I chose that Cajun staple, the oyster po’boy. They did me proud; it was great. My wife enjoyed Maryn’s signature burger and my daughter chose tacos. We left satisfied, full and needing to walk off our meal along the beautiful riverfront.
Cost: $60

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