Like many of the late 19th and early 20th century buildings still standing in Guthrie, the Blue Belle Saloon is packed full of authentic Wild West history, down to the bullet holes in the ceiling.
About the Restaurant:
Originally called the Blue Bell Bar, the saloon was founded in the late 1880s, when Guthrie was the capital of the Oklahoma Territory.
The saloon was only a short walk away from the Santa Fe railroad depot, making it a welcome sight for westward travelers looking for a stiff drink and perhaps a visit to the attached bordello. Tending bar at the saloon was Tom Mix, friend of many of the old west’s rich and famous (including Wyatt Earp), who would later go on to star in many silent western films.
The gamblers, cowboys and prostitutes are gone today (though the Blue Belle’s website says there are occasional Old West Skits). But the restaurant still has its old west charm.
Colored markers on the ceiling and walls point out bullet holes from the occasional six-shooter shot during Territorial times. And the staff says that the back of the bar dates back to 1902. It was very refreshing to see that the owners of the Blue Belle hadn’t gone overboard to make it “touristy.” It allows the historic building’s authenticity to shine.
Most of the entrees here are in the $10 range, with many coming in at just a shade under.
While the chicken fried chicken was outstanding, Blue Belle won me over with their take on the club sandwich, which includes egg salad. There’s nothing way out of the ordinary on the menu here, but Blue Belle does the standard lunch and dinner better than a lot of local restaurants.
The menu for Blue Belle Saloon, along with some of the restaurant’s history, can be found at their website: http://www.bluebelleguthrie.com