OKG Eat: The bleus

Down in the dumps? Considering an asymmetrical haircut? Thank goodness you came to us first — partly because not every head shape can make that look work, but also because the best way to get rid of the blues is with plenty of bleus — cheese, that is. Moldy gold. French cave fruit. Oklahoma City is lousy with the stuff.

— by Greg Elwell,

photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck

A Blackened Bleu Cheese Burger at Deep Deuce Grill (Mark Hancock)

A Blackened Bleu Cheese Burger at Deep Deuce Grill (Mark Hancock)

Deep Deuce Grill

323 NE Second St.

deepdeucegrill.com

235-9100

Rumors that the chefs at Deep Deuce Grill have actual fistfights with the blackened bleu cheese burger are just that. Maybe they tenderize the steaks or tune up the chicken breasts, but those cheeseburgers are just coated in spices, fried to perfection and topped with a bleu cheese cream sauce for a sandwich that is moist and nearly dripping with powerful flavors. Fights could break out if someone tries to take a bite of yours, though.

A Deconstructed Cobb Salad at West in Bricktown (Mark Hancock)

A Deconstructed Cobb Salad at West in Bricktown (Mark Hancock)

West in Bricktown

1 S. Mickey Mantle Drive

westbar.com

601-5306

After decades of construction in Bricktown, it’s nice to finally see some deconstruction. So when you order the deconstructed Cobb salad at West, you don’t have to worry about taking a wrecking ball to a pile of roasted chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes and bleu cheese — unless you count your mouth as a wrecking ball, in which case, put on your hard hat and level that salad.

A Big Ass Grilled Cheese at The Mule (Garett Fisbeck)

A Big Ass Grilled Cheese at The Mule (Garett Fisbeck)

The Mule

1630 N. Blackwelder Ave.

themuleokc.com

601-1400

The Mule is perhaps the most sensitive sandwich shop in the metro. The caring, emotionally available wait staff has been known to frequently ask customers if they are “feeling bleu.” It’s OK to cry. They’re used to it. But after drying those eyes with a few paper towels, don’t forget to add some tangy bleu cheese to the Big Ass Grilled Cheese, which, as the name implies, is quite large.

Bleu cheese cookies at Rococo (Garett Fisbeck)

Bleu cheese cookies at Rococo (Garett Fisbeck)

Rococo

2824 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

rococo-restaurant.com

528-2824

Cookies are not cookies at Rococo. No doubt owner Bruce Rinehart could whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies that would heal a troubled soul, but at his East Coast-style eatery, the cookies are slices of baguette with a myriad of tasty toppings. The bleu cheese cookies are toasted with a mix of three cheeses to mellow out that big bleu bite and mixed with toasted garlic. They’re a good appetizer before the main course arrives.

A Fire and Ice Salad at Deep Fork Wood Grill & Seafood (Mark Hancock)

A Fire and Ice Salad at Deep Fork Wood Grill & Seafood (Mark Hancock)

Deep Fork Wood Grill & Seafood

5418 N. Western Ave.

deepforkgrill.com

848-7678

James Taylor said it best when he sang, “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen bleu cheese crumbles that I hoped would never end. I ate candied pecan when I could not find a friend. But I always thought we should go to Deep Fork Grill one more time again.”

Of course, the music industry changed the lyrics to “Fire and Rain,” which makes no sense and isn’t even about a delicious salad.

Buffalo Bleu Bacon smothered tots at McNellie's The Abner Ale House in Norman (Mark Hancock)

Buffalo Bleu Bacon smothered tots at McNellie’s The Abner Ale House in Norman (Mark Hancock)

McNellie’s The Abner Ale House

121 E. Main St.

mcnelliesnorman.com

928-5801

There’s got to be a better name for the “smothered tots” at The Abner Ale House, right? It’s not technically incorrect, but it brings up some very uncomfortable imagery. Still, if you’re going to smother tots, at least make sure they’re tater tots and they’re being deluged by a mixture of Buffalo sauce, bleu cheese and bacon. In the land of potatoes, that’s basically going to a deep-fried, delicious Valhalla.

Thunder Pizza at Jo's Famous Pizza in Edmond (Garett Fisbeck)

Thunder Pizza at Jo’s Famous Pizza in Edmond (Garett Fisbeck)

Jo’s Famous Pizza

900 S. Kelly Ave., Edmond

josfamouspizza.com

340-7070

How did we ever get by before the Oklahoma City Thunder? How many sandwiches went unnamed? How many drinks were just blue for the fun of it? Thank goodness for our basketball overlords, because now we get The Thunder pie from Jo’s Famous Pizza. It’s a large disk of dough covered in red sauce, mozzarella, spicy Buffalo chicken and a heaping helping of bleu cheese crumbles.

Greg is the Gazette's full-time food writer and reviewer. He goes to restaurants a lot. He orders three entrees and gets funny looks and then takes out his camera and people are like, "Ugh. This guy." Greg is writing this right now and it feels weird to keep referring to myself in the third person. On Twitter and Instagram: @Elwelleats

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