As you’ve probably noticed by now, there are a lot of burger places in Oklahoma City. And if you’ve been reading my work, you know that I’ve been to about half of them. So today I’m going to tell you about The Garage, a local burger chain that popped up a few years ago.
The Garage is an automotive themed restaurant with a dozen locations not only around Oklahoma City but now in two other states as well. I personally love the theme- with a grandfather who owned a service station, I love old automotive signs and the neon that sometimes surrounds them. What I don’t like about The Garage are the tall tables that seem to be popular recently. I’m short and feel like I need a step-ladder just to get into my seat.
As for the food- it’s ok. They do have a varied menu with different types of burgers. But the menu isn’t much different from some of the other burger places around town. On my last visit I tried the Mushroom Swiss. Not bad, meat was fresh and the taste was good but I just found myself expecting more. The fries are just ok as well, not great. My daughter loves the fact that the kid’s meal comes with a bomb pop but then she is easily entertained.
So after a great build up with the décor, I’m just disappointed that the food doesn’t live up to my expectations. And with that I’m giving The Garage 4 strips of bacon, only because I really do like the service station theme.
Address: Oklahoma City- 1024 W. I-240 Service Rd.; 209 Outlet Shoppes Dr.; 1117 N. Robinson; 6900 NW 122nd St. 101; Del City- 5301 Main St.; Edmond- 601 S. Bryant; Moore- 2060 S. I-35 Service Rd.; Norman- 307 E. Main St.; Shawnee- 190 Shawnee Mall Dr.; Stillwater- 520 W. Elm Ave.; Fayetteville, AR- 100 E. Joyce Blvd.; Omaha, NE- 3309 Oak View Dr.
Update Sept 1st, 2021: Looks to be closed permanently. They did have a food truck and catering but even that looks to be gone.
I love good barbecue but interestingly enough it’s really hard to find in Oklahoma. I know there used to be several good places but they are long gone. Burgers seem to be the big thing now in the metro area so when it comes to my attention that there is also a new barbecue place I make sure to go. A couple months ago my husbands’ boss told him about Klemm’s Smoke Haus that just opened on South Broadway in Edmond. So like normal, he went first to see if I would like it, then I went to visit him for lunch to try it.
In what had been a Taco Mayo, now painted black, is some of the best barbecue the Oklahoma City metro area has seen in a while. I had just a traditional brisket sandwich but I was immediately blown away by just how good it was. This was the best brisket I’ve had in a long time (even better than Corky’s in Memphis), it was so juicy and tender. It was almost like meat candy, just a delicate balance between sweet and spicy. Not joking, I was halfway into the sandwich when I remembered to try the barbecue sauce with it. I just loved the flavor even without the sauce. It does only come as a sandwich, hope someday they offer it as a meal alone but I’m ok with it just the way it is. My side was macaroni and cheese, which was, using my daughter’s term, “extra cheesy”. Seriously, penne pasta swimming in a pool of homemade cheese sauce. And to top everything off, they have my favorite sliced dill pickles (Zoo pickles, as they’re called in our house. I’ll save that for a different time). My husband gets the Bratwich, brats on a bun with red cabbage apple slaw and homemade German mustard. I tried a bite and it was good, he loves it, being the only thing he’s gotten after 3 visits.
On our next visit we did take picky Mae with us and she also declared the mac and cheese to be good (being a self-professed expert on mac and cheese). I also tried their salted caramel brownie which was incredible. First of all the brownie is the size of a small Fiat, so that’s obviously a plus but then that salted caramel poured over the top. Only thing that would make it better is to be served with some homemade vanilla ice cream. The restaurant is clean, they did a lot of remodeling to the building and it has a rustic feel. The only thing that could match the food was the service- everyone was incredibly friendly and the food was delivered quickly.
This is a small family run business that started a few years ago with catering, then to a food truck, and now a full-fledged restaurant. I highly recommend visiting and give them 5 strips of bacon.