Combining good food, drink and a “lively and spirited” atmosphere, Kenney’s Irish Pub in Guthrie can get you started on an Oklahoman adventure this fall. Owner Kenny Cavner and his wife opened the place only four months ago.

Cavner originally intended for the food to be a good excuse for people to come in and have a drink. But now the food has really taken off. I mean, where else can you order Irish nachos? Of course, he uses potatoes instead of corn chips. He also throws on some corn beef and bacon. Add garlic oil, a little salt and pepper, three kinds of cheeses, and … well, let’s just say they don’t last very long!

Nothing is fried at Kenney’s. Everything is baked.

They also serve corn beef and cabbage, a mean whiskey brisket sandwich and a Guinness dip roast beef sandwich. Kenney’s Irish Pub also serves the occasional Guinness, Jameson and other assorted liquid refreshments.

But it’s the little-known story that makes one go “hoo, weey, hoo!” The building that houses Kenney’s Irish Pub was built in 1904, and one of the original owners was a gentleman named Merv. It’s been confirmed that Merv ran a family restaurant here, and would, on occasion, throw pennies on the floor for the youngsters to pick up and bring to the bar to purchase candy.

Sometimes, after current owner Cavner and his wife sweep up at night, they come in the next morning to find … you guessed it, pennies on the floor. Cavner’s wife keeps them in a jar. He admitted that when he’s there late at night working, he can occasionally feel someone standing at the entrance to what is now the men’s restroom, where Merv’s office used to be. The door to that restroom opens and closes by itself.

It’s spring loaded, and it happens frequently. Kenney’s Irish Pub continues to be a lively and spirited venue.

On a spooky note

Traveling northwest, an evening with the Enid Symphony provides culture, class, fun and possibly a chill or two. The symphony is housed in what is now the beautifully renovated Masonic Temple.

The orchestra has been playing in Enid for more than a hundred years, but perhaps the music is attracting a true fan who likes to hang around for a long time.

Douglas Newell, the music and executive director of the Enid Symphony Orchestra, tells of a ghostly encounter one night when he was there alone.

He heard footsteps, and when he went to see who it might be, he said a gentleman wearing a blue custodial outfit and a nametag that said “George” was walking down the stairs. Newell stuck out his hand and said hello. “George” didn’t say a word but rather walked right through Newell. And the minute Newell lost sight of him, the sound of the footsteps disappeared.

Visit to find more information about places to visit in Guthrie and Enid. Tell them “Merv” and “George” sent you.

Dino Lalli is the producer, a reporter and co-host of the weekly TV travel show “AAA’s Discover Oklahoma.”