Legend has it that the first onion burgers were created in El Reno during the Great Depression by enterprising burger-flippers looking for ways to stretch increasingly scarce meat. That costcutting measure still lives and breathes today. While El Reno might be the home of the onion burger, there are plenty other metro eateries that offer the delightful fare.
— by Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
Ba Shu Legends
1522 W. Lindsey St., Norman
What worked: Bravely un-Americanized Chinese food.
What needs work: Lose the insipid canned easy listening music and pipe Chinese classical directly into the dining room.
The tip: The red pepper pods are finely chopped and it can take some time to pick them out of your meal.
Break out your green garb and get ready to celebrate the luck of the Irish for St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you are looking for a place to start the day right or a place to make a new tradition, these area restaurants have you covered. Some of them are even Irish 365 days a year.
— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
Chicken School 2014
Noon-1:30 p.m. Friday
Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
2nd Floor conference room
301 W. Reno Ave.
Gardening School 2014
From Chard to Chickens: Rethinking the American Kitchen Garden
8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m. Saturday
Devon Energy Corp. Auditorium
333 W. Sheridan Ave.
La Brasa Peruvian Kitchen
1310 NW 25th St.
What Works: the food. Ceviches, chicken, beef — all tasty and all affordable.
What Needs Work: Service is friendly, but it needs more servers working lunch.
Tips: Get a table shielded from the door. On cold days, it gets gusty.
Even though NE 23rd Street is one of the most historical streets in Oklahoma City, many locals tend to forget that it’s also home to some of the most grassroots and homegrown eateries in town, the best having a specific focus on soul food, barbecue and old-fashioned Southern cooking. NE 23rd Street restaurants are OKC’s culinary history all in a few blocks and really should be revered as such.