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Food Friday: Woodward Pizza

Detroit style pizza is somewhat new to Oklahoma but is taking off quickly. One of the newest places to offer this style of pizza is Woodward Pizza at the Icehouse Project in Edmond.

We visited on a quiet Saturday morning right before the lunch crowd showed up. We started with spicy cheese curds. These deep-fried cheese curds have plenty of heat with them, they do come with ranch to put the fire out. If you have someone with you who might not like spicy, this definitely isn’t for them. As for the pizza, we ordered the trippple XXXtra pepperoni. This pizza is really good. Nice flavor to the deep-dish crust. The cheese and pepperoni were piled high with crispy cheese burnt around the edge. The red sauce goes on last and it was good (to tell the truth I’m not a red sauce fan). Now for a brief history of Detroit style pizza, it was of course developed in Detroit. The square shape comes from using automotive drip pans to bake the pizza. It’s been a thing in Detroit for many years but only recently has spread through the country.

I really enjoyed our first visit to Woodward Pizza and ready to go back. The service was great as well, the employees very friendly. They told me that the menu will most likely grow in the future. This is part of the new Icehouse Project, there will be more restaurants in this space. I’m giving them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 119 W 2nd St. Suite 100, Edmond.

What’s going on in Oklahoma: Apr 28th- May 1st

Another nice weekend in Oklahoma and lots going on- music festival in Norman and arts festival in Edmond. No reason to stay home, get out and enjoy. As always check Google for the event status.

Town West Route 66 Carnival- Tulsa- Apr 27th– 30th

Okemah Pioneer Days- Okemah- Apr 27th– 30th

Woolly Weekend at Shepherd’s Cross- Claremore- Apr 28th– 30th

Norman Music Festival- Norman- Apr 28th– 30th

Bare Bones International Film Festival- Muskogee- Apr 28th– May 1st

Tumbleweed Calf Fry- Stillwater- Apr 28th– 30th

Mangum Rattlesnake Derby- Mangum- Apr 29th– May 1st

Red Fern Festival- Tahlequah Norris Park- Apr 29th– 30th

The Old Chicken Farm Vintage Barn Sale- Jones- Apr 29th– 30th

Bell Cow Boil Crawfish Festival- Chandler- Apr 29th

Downtown Edmond Arts Festival- Edmond- Apr 29th– May 1st

Pauls Valley Arts Council Fifth Friday Art Walk- Pauls Valley- Apr 29th

Wildflower Pinto Classic- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 30th– May 1st

Steamroller Print Festival- Oklahoma City Artspace at Untitled- Apr 30th

Oklahoma Dressage Society Show- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 30th– May 1st

Restoring Resilience Powwow- Tulsa River West Festival Park- Apr 30th

Mid-Continent Kennel Club of Tulsa Dog Show- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 30th– May 1st

80’s Prom- Tulsa Cain’s Ballroom- Apr 30th

Spring 2022 Marketplace- Moore Central Park Multipurpose Pavilion- Apr 30th

Flower Power Bike Ride- Fort Gibson Three Forks Harbor- Apr 30th

Dunagan Farms Family Farm Day- Guthrie- Apr 30th

Party in the Park- Muskogee Honor Heights Park- Apr 30th

Mural Fest 66- Miami- Apr 30th

Oklahoma Renaissance Festival- Muskogee Castle of Muskogee- Apr 30th– June 5th

Spring Fest and Hops Classic Car Show- Perry- Apr 30th

Lawton Police Department 2022 Car Show and Poker Run- Lawton Comanche County Fairgrounds- Apr 30th

Food Friday: Dolci Paradiso

Going to start off the new year by enjoying some sweet treats- who cares about any diet. Hiding in a corner on the bottom floor of a building on East 5th Street in Edmond is Dolci Paradiso. They have all kinds of treats from gelato to cheesecakes to cupcakes.

My personal favorite are their cannoli’s- when I was in college at OU, my grandmother would get fresh cannolis sent to her from an Italian bakery in Rochester, New York (where my grandfather was from), they were so delightful. The shells were always crisp and the filling was the perfect blend of ricotta and sugar with chocolate chips added. It has been hard for me to find good ones here in Oklahoma since she passed in 1996. I was stupid and never got the name of the bakery, so cannolis were off the menu for me. I have found them at a few places but they just weren’t right, until I tried Dolci’s. Same crisp shells, either dipped in chocolate or plain, with the same true ricotta filling that I had been missing. These cannolis aren’t filled until you order them so the shells stay crisp. The cannoli’s are my absolute favorite at Dolci but they have other good treats as well.

The frosted sugar cookies are good, fresh baked with icing on top. Their cake pops are also incredibly good, moist cake covered with a chocolate shell. Cupcakes are similar to the cake pops, moist cake with icing. The macarons were good, fresh baked, different flavors for each season. Crisp on the outside with flavored fillings, they melt in your mouth. I have also tried a few different flavors of gelato, smooth, much better than normal ice cream. I haven’t gotten a chance to try their cheesecakes but will soon.

So if you are looking for a different treat, stop and try them out. Great service every time I’m there, they even have a rewards system, so bonus points for ruining your diet. I have only been to the Edmond location so I can’t comment on the Oklahoma City store but if it’s run the same way you should have the same good experience. I give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address- 17 E. 5th St., Edmond; 10740 S. May Ave., Suite 116, Oklahoma City.

Food Friday: Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler

Johnnies

Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler, a straight up burger place that has been in business for almost 50 years. It is my favorite backup for when no one can decide what to eat for dinner. I’ve been going to Johnnie’s for well over 25 years now, been to many of the different locations. What I like most is the consistency in the food, you know that bacon cheeseburger will be the same when and where ever you are in the metro.

My go to location is on NW Expressway, of course. Originally built in the early 1980’s as a Mexican restaurant, Johnnie’s moved into that location in 1992. It was closed in 2018 for a complete rebuild. It was a tough few months for me to not have it so close, but they reopened last year with a brand new place but with the same great food.

My favorite burger is the bacon cheeseburger. You can tell the difference when hamburger is cooked over a flame, just gives off a taste that you can’t get from a skillet. So the flame brings out the flavors of the meat, so you have a juicy and smoky taste that excites your taste buds. They cook the bacon to perfection, not too crisp or limp. The burger is then set off with shredded cheddar cheese, that you can also have melted onto the burger if you choose. A touch of real mayo and the burger is one of the best in town. We always order a plate of large onion rings and a large plate of cheese fries for everyone at the table to share. The onion rings are hand breaded with a light batter that is crispy. Just a touch of salt and these are the best in town. The cheese fries are just regular fresh cut French fries smothered in melted American cheese. They are just wonderful with all of that cheesy goodness.

They do serve more than burgers, there are frankfurters, salads, sandwiches, and platters with chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken. But to be honest the burgers are so good, I never try the other items. There are also homemade pies as well, I’m always too stuffed to try them. The service is always good and the food served quick. I will give them 5 strips of bacon.

Locations: 6629 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City; 2652 W. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City; 421 W I-240 Service Rd., Oklahoma City; 13900 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City; 33 E 33rd St., Edmond; 1700 Shedeck Pkwy, Yukon; 2305 S Telephone Rd., Moore.

Food Friday: Nashbird

So if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that there are a lot of burger places in Oklahoma. Recently there have also been a lot of chicken places popping up as well. I just was introduced to one of my favorites just a few months ago. As mentioned in the past, my husband works in Edmond and likes to try new places for lunch. He discovered the Edmond location, tried it, and loved it. So now it was acceptable to take me to try it as well.

Located just off Broadway on E 5th Street on the bottom floor of a modern building is seriously one of he best restaurants for a chicken sandwich. The interior is light as you walk up to the desk to order. There is plenty to choose from on the menu, you can go with a chicken sandwich or chicken baskets with either tenders or still on the bone. There are also four heat levels or if you don’t want anything too spicy, two breading flavors. I went with a Nashvillain- a chicken sandwich on a brioche bun topped with bacon, onion rings, ranch, and mac and cheese. Since I wasn’t in the mood for heat I tried the buttermilk ranch breading and I wasn’t disappointed. The chicken breast is coated with the buttermilk ranch mix and fried to perfection. Now if you’re not sure about mac and cheese on a chicken sandwich, set your concerns aside this is a great topping to this sandwich. The mac and cheese pairs nicely with the chicken and when the bacon and onion rings are added, just brings all the flavors together in each bite. This is one of the best chicken sandwiches I’ve had in years (since the chain PDQ left the metro). I had fries for my first visit which were good but went with the mac and cheese the second visit. This is the same mac and cheese on the sandwich and it is equally delightful by itself as it is on the sandwich. Creamy, lots of cheese for the pasta to soak. My husband had the same sandwich but with some heat to it, he went with the kickin temp. I tried a bite and it has a good spice to it, not too hot but enough to keep your taste buds alive.

To start with we had both the starters- fried pickles and fried mac and cheese. As good as the sandwich was the starters are better. The dill pickles are cut lengthwise and fried up crisp for a nice appetizer. The mac and cheese is almost the same as the side with the addition of bacon bits into the mix, then fried. Both are served with ranch and exceptionally good, the highlight of the trip (and remember I really liked the sandwich as well). Nashbird does sell frozen drinks, haven’t tried them yet but it’s on my short list. They also have wraps, salads, chicken tacos, and baskets with just chicken. Overall I recommend Nashbird, the food is great as is the service, they totally deserve 5 strips of bacon. They do have 2 other locations in the metro area- Norman and downtown Oklahoma City.

Locations: 1 NW 9th St., Oklahoma City; 17 E 5th St., Edmond; 214 E Main St., Norman.

Food Friday: Hao Palace Super Buffet

Hao Palace

Update:  Closed as of December 2020.

I guess it’s no secret that the Oklahoma City metro has a lot of Chinese buffets.  I’ve tried a few and even have some favorites, one recently added to that list is Hao Palace Super Buffet in Edmond.  Tucked into the Bryant Square Shopping Center, this is a nice place to get some good Chinese.

On the buffet they have many of the staples- General Tso’s Chicken, sesame chicken, fried rice, and a killer seafood casserole that is topped with cheese.  But there are some other selections that I haven’t seen anywhere else such as fried corn nuggets and fried plantain.  But my absolute favorite thing is their tempura fried sushi.  Yes this is just as good as it sounds, regular shrimp sushi dipped in tempura and deep-fried.  I love it, best thing they have on the buffet.  Their regular sushi is good as well so I do recommend getting a few pieces of it along with the tempura sushi.  My one complaint with all Chinese buffets is that their dessert selection stinks- I guess I’m used to Furr’s buffet with those good pies or maybe the chocolate fountain at Golden Corral.  Hao Palace is the same, some cookies, cake, and jello but they also have mousse in little cups.  I will admit I don’t like it, but my daughter can’t get enough of it.  She’ll eat 4 cups of that stuff.

The overall atmosphere is nice- it has always been clean and the staff very attentive.  My favorite part of the dining room is the fish pond in the middle.  You read that right, there is a small pond built right into the middle of the room.  It’s cute and perfect for kids to watch the fish.  So I’m giving Hao Palace 5 strips of bacon, on the strength of the tempura sushi alone.

Address: 524 S. Bryant Ave. Edmond.

Fish inside Hao Palace

Fish pond inside Hao Palace.

Return of the Bathroom Jedi

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In the women’s bathroom at the new Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs in Edmond.

 

Hello!  This is Mae, reporting for bathroom duty.  I apologize for my recent absence, but I fear my allies in the Intergalactic Resistance desperately needed my guidance in the battle against the First Order to save the galaxy from destruction.  But alas, Starkiller Base has been destroyed and I have been forced to return to this miserable planet. So I am back to my quest of exploring the world’s finest bathrooms.

Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs

When I learned a new Mutts was opening in Edmond, I was automatically excited.  I must admit I did not expect the bathroom here to be as nice as it was, but I must rate it with  5 rolls of toilet paper.  It was clean, smelled nice, a good size, and the blue and green color scheme was very calming.  The polka dot tiles forming a stripe around the wall gave the room a very nice vibe.  As you go in, you are greeted by a smiling dog on the door.  This was by far one of the nicest bathrooms I’ve been in Oklahoma City.

 

Klemm’s Smoke Haus

Just like with Mutts, I did not expect much from the bathroom at Klemm’s.  I was quite surprised at how nice it was in there.  My personal favorite detail was the cluster of black stones in the sink, giving the whole place an earthy feel.  This was intensified by the plant by the sink, as well as the floral print bench by the door.  This restaurant is more than just the bathroom though, I go there for the mac n cheese and pickles.  The mac n cheese is warm and creamy while the pickles are tangy and sour, Klemm’s is the perfect place to go if you are hungry.

5  rolls of toilet paper

Tucker’s Onion Burgers

One of my family’s favorite places to get burgers is the Tucker’s on Classen Curve. Tucker’s bathroom is generally pretty nice.  The room is mostly white, with a door you can see through, though not enough to see anything but a silhouette.  It is a nice clean place to do what you need.

5 rolls of toilet paper

Though not as exciting as my intergalactic travels, my bathroom quest is one I can settle with.  The once disgusting bathrooms of the past are becoming cleaner and cleaner.  I will be sure to update my reviews as often as I can.  Mae out!

 

 

Food Friday: Klemm’s Smoke Haus

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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.

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Food Friday: The Fixx

The Fixx

Update Mar 4th, 2022:  Sadly the Fixx has closed.

As I’ve mentioned before, my husband works in Edmond which gives him many opportunities to try the new restaurants in town.  So a few weeks ago while driving down Edmond Road he noticed a new burger place had opened in a small strip mall that had just been built east of Kelly.  Called The Fixx, he stopped to have lunch there and deciding it was acceptable for me, we went a week later.

It wasn’t busy yet for a Friday night, so we got seated quickly and ordered.  I tried the Bella and Bleu, a burger with bacon, grilled portabella mushrooms, onions with blue cheese crumbles and a vinaigrette dressing.  It was just the way I like my burgers- big, greasy, and good.  The bacon had been cooked just right, not too crisp and the onions were grilled to perfection.  All burgers come with your choice of house fries or Fixx chips, I got the fries.  They were fresh cut and most were pretty long.  My husband got the Chili Cheddar burger.  He loved it and there was so much chili I couldn’t see the burger.  Now Mae just had to be different and got a hot dog with no chili (I know, the kid isn’t right).  She had no complaints, which is unusual.

The restaurant is small but the service was great, everything was clean and had a nice atmosphere.  I know the Oklahoma City metro has a lot of good burger places to the point it’s almost saturated but I also like the competition and the challenge for a new restaurant to be better than the others.  So I am highly recommending this locally owned newcomer with five strips of bacon.

Address:  644 West Edmond Road, Edmond.  South side of the road about 2 blocks east of Kelly, in a newly built strip mall.

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