6 fun things to do near Krebs, Oklahoma
Krebs and McAlester offer a dose of deliciousness, thanks to a strong Italian heritage.
The Isle of Capri is just one of several Italian restaurants in Krebs.
When the outdoors is less than inviting, many look for things to do that involve a good meal, preferably with a plate of hot, rib-stickin’ food. Few places in the state offer that density like Krebs, Oklahoma.
Krebs had a post office in 1886, decades before statehood. The town is named for a judge, Edmond Krebs, who served nearby McAlester when it was part of the Choctaw Nation. Immigrants, many of them Italian, settled in Krebs to work in area coal mines. Because of these families, the quiet community of 2,000 is known by some today as “Oklahoma’s Little Italy.”
Feast in Little Italy — in Oklahoma
Lovera’s Market is a family-owned grocer that has served Krebs since 1946. It offers a wide variety of imported goods like vinegars, olives and pesto, but the real treats are its locally made offerings. The deli counter is filled with meats and cheeses, the latter of which have earned national recognition. The family is so well known for its authentic cuisine, the market even offers cooking classes.
You’ll find several Italian restaurants within town limits, too. Roseanna’s Italian Food is known for its gnocchi, and Isle of Capri is celebrated for its homemade ravioli and generous family-style portions.
Take a brewery tour
Pete’s Place not only has great authentic Italian food, but also is the home of Choc Beer, the name inspired by the Choctaw tribe that populated the area during settlement. Guided tours of the Choc brewery take place on the second Saturday of the month.
Enjoy a local festival
There’s never a bad time to visit Krebs. But if you happen to make it to the area in May, check out the McAlester Italian Festival, an annual celebration of the area’s roots that has been going strong for more than 40 years.
Nearby McAlester has a lovely downtown district with antique shopping and other local fare.
Pretend to be an outlaw
If the weather is good, stop at nearby Robbers Cave State Park. It’s a great spot for hiking and other outdoor activities; the namesake cave was allegedly used as a hideout for notorious outlaws Jesse James and Belle Starr.
Take a scenic drive
On the way home, the drive up Highway 69 over Lake Eufaula is a scenic alternative to the interstate. If you take this route, you’ll also pass through Checotah and by the Katy Depot Museum. There is a restored MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad) caboose and an exhibit when the museum is open; call ahead for hours.