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Food Friday: Birdie’s Fried Fried Chicken

Yes you are reading my title correctly- Birdie’s Fried Fried Chicken just opened in N Oklahoma City or West Edmond, which ever map you’re looking at, a few months ago and it’s really good. Now why is fried in the name twice, because the chicken is twice-fried. This concept is common in Korean cooking and is just getting a foothold in this country.

We stopped by a few weekends ago since I had heard so many good things about it. Got right in with no problem, even had a nice table in the back. Our order was taken quickly, we did wait about 10 minutes for the food to come out, which wasn’t so bad since they were busy. We got cheddar chive biscuits and mac and cheese bites for the table with Big K getting his chicken with the chile garlic honey and I went with the og parm. Started on the mac and cheese bites first, these were good, run of the mill though, I just would have liked more flavor to them. Then we tried the biscuits, I liked these much better. Add the butter and honey that they come with, they are great. Lots of flavor all while being light and buttery. Then we tackled our chicken. I had never tried chicken that had been fried twice but it was really good. I liked the flavor even without the seasoning. The chicken itself was very juicy and the breading had a really good flavor. My “dry” seasoning of parmesan was really good as was Big K’s “wet” seasoning with the chile garlic honey. I tried a bite of his and didn’t notice the heat but he said that it kicks in later. There was plenty of food for the two of us and we walked away with stuffed bellies.

I’m ready to go back and try some of their other offerings soon. I’ll give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 2201 NW 150th St. Suite 200, Oklahoma City.

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.

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.

Best Fried Pickles

Last week I got a text from my sister-in-law telling me that my nephew, Mr. Jaxson, wanted some fried pickles and she wanted to know who had the best. I decided to come up with a list for anyone who wants to know where to find good fried pickles in the Oklahoma City metro. Also now Mr. Jaxson has a list of places to tell his parents to try.

Zac’s Cajun Kitchen- They fry their pickles in a light batter similar to their shrimp. The pickles are just regular dill pickle chips but the good flavor ones (not Kosher dill). Very good, served with housemade ranch. This is also the same breading they use on their fried jalapenos as well, both are equally tasty.

Nashbird- They cut their pickles lengthwise and fry them with a thicker batter. Also served with ranch, they are a true treat.

Cal’s Chicago Style Eatery- These fried pickles are cut like French fries so looks are deceiving at first, but they are good. They can be ordered as a side with a meal.

Rock Cafe- Also fried in a light batter, they are good and come served on a huge plate with ranch. Almost don’t have room for any other food so perfect for a large group.

Ron’s Hamburger’s & Chili- I liked theirs as well, also have a thicker batter and served with ranch.

Philly Homa- They have a large serving of perfectly fried pickles.

Other places that have fried pickles. I just haven’t tried them yet-

Hideaway Pizza- Their fried mushrooms are perfect, so their pickles have to be good. Going to order them soon.

S&B Burger Joint- I don’t visit them often but I need to have some next time I do.

Clark Crew BBQ- I tried the deviled eggs the last time I was in but will tackle this next time.

The Lokal- They have fried pickle spears on the menu, it’s going to be hard not to have my deep-fried deviled eggs, but I have to try the pickles.

Chicken Foot- I love the Okie Poutine so much that I overlook their fried pickles, it won’t happen again.

Okie-Tonk- My favorite restaurant in Moore and I haven’t tried their fried pickles yet.

Chalk- I have only been here once but the next trip I will try the fried pickles.

Fried pickles at Zac’s Cajun Kitchen

Food Friday: Philly Homa

Update March 22, 2022: The Edmond location is closed. I have heard there might be 2 other locations, 1 in Nicoma Park and the other in Lawton. I haven’t been to either so can’t confirm.

When I travel I like to find foods that are unique to that area, I like to try new foods. Unfortunately I haven’t been to Philadelphia yet to try a real Philly so Philly Homa is as close as I can get for now.

Located in a strip mall on Second street in Edmond, Philly Homa is the best place in town for a sandwich. Now they are done “Philly” style, with thinly sliced steak, fried with onions and peppers, served on a soft roll with your choice of cheese. At Philly Homa you have different sizes, from a manageable 6 inch, an 8 inch, 12 inch, and a huge 24 inch. Then they have all kinds of cheesesteak sandwiches from an original Philly to a Western Philly or try a Southwest Philly, you can even get a sandwich with mac and cheese or hot Cheetos. There is also a choice of cheeses- traditional provolone or Cheese Whiz to a queso that is so good it should be served on tap. I have tried several of their different versions with a different cheese every time and have yet to be disappointed. Each cheesesteak sandwich is served hot and fresh, I usually have to wait about 5 minutes before I can eat. The bread is warm and fresh, with lots of thin sliced steak stuffed inside. All are good no matter what cheese you choose but my favorite is an original Philly with provolone. They also have some awesome starters, my favorite being the Philly Queso Fries. You have that same thin sliced steak over a bed of perfectly fried waffle fries, then that wonderful white queso poured on top of it all. I mentioned the queso earlier, it is a white queso, thick with just enough spice to give it a kick. Their gouda mac and cheese bites are amazing as well, with the gouda giving it a different taste that you just don’t get with regular mac and cheese bites. They also have homemade cinnamon rolls that are good and big.

The service here is great, friendly employees that serve the food. Lots of pics of Edmond around the restaurant. My only downside is the space is small, so it can get packed quickly during the lunch and dinner rush. So all around I will give them 5 strips of bacon, with a splash of that queso.

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!

 

 

The Edmond Right-Of-Way Graves

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So everyone knows that the intersection of Broadway and 33rd Street in Edmond is bad.  Poor design, too much traffic, and lights that never seem to change.  I hate that intersection and try to avoid it at all costs but when I do get stuck there, I wonder if the traffic troubles in the area are a ghostly legacy of the two men buried near there.  What?  What do you mean?  There isn’t a cemetery near there, can’t be any graves.  Well that is where you are wrong, they aren’t easy to get to but yes, there are two graves just northwest of the intersection along the railroad tracks.

Let’s go back to 1886, surveyors for the Southern Kansas Railway (later part of the Santa Fe Railway) picked a location at mile marker 103 (it means one hundred and three miles south of Arkansas City, Kansas) for a coaling station on the rail line.  A few months later in September the crews came through to “scrape” the land and prepare the grade for the rail line to be laid.  On September 17th, two members of this crew, Frank Mosier and Willie Davis were killed in a fight and then buried along the rail line just a few miles south of marker 103.  What was the fight about?  Did they kill each other?  Was there really a fight?  Did they die of something else, disease or heat exhaustion maybe?  Many historians have tried to uncover the truth but what really happened to these two men is lost in time.  All we really know is that the two men were buried along the railroad right of way, side by side.

For many years the railroad tended to the graves.  There were two markers for the men, Willie Davis has a small iron cross and Frank Mosier had a stone with his name carved into it.  But as time went on, the graves had become overgrown with weeds and grass.  There have been some people who tried to take care of the graves but with the development of Edmond it was hard to keep the location clean.  At some point vandals broke Mosier’s stone and scattered the pieces in the field.  Some Edmond residents put up a wooden cross and someone has put gravel over the graves.  In 1979 the Oklahoma Historical Society put a granite marker at the site and embedded Mosier’s stone into it.  The Santa Fe railway still owns the site but has not done a good job tending to it.

This is not an easy place to find.  There is really no way to the graves.  You can try to park along the businesses that backup to the rail line but there is a very big ditch to get through in order to get to the tracks.  The other option is the one I took, park at the business on 33rd Street, then walk the rails around the curve to the site.  I will warn you- this is not safe and possibly illegal.  It is a blind curve and if you aren’t paying attention the train can come around very quickly.  I went to the site on a slow rail traffic afternoon, so I was lucky but it was still scary and any little noise sent me down the rail grade to the ditch.  I’m also not going to say the site is haunted, but I just wanted to get out of there, felt very uncomfortable.

So every time you are around the intersection of Broadway and 33rd Street in Edmond, look to the northwest at the railroad track and think about the two men who lost their lives and now reside permanently in that location.  Maybe they are “controlling” the traffic flow at that intersection.

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The grave marker of Willie Davis, Edmond, Ok, 2015.

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The granite marker with Frank Mosier’s headstone embedded next to the grave site, Edmond, OK, 2015.

Food Friday: Zarate’s Latin Mexican Grill

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Edmond, Oklahoma is not my most favorite place in the world- it’s too spread out, some of the people can be rude, and the traffic sucks.  But my wonderful husband works there so if I want to visit him for lunch, I have to go to Edmond.  I don’t like eating at the major chain restaurants much, so he takes me to different places.  And one of those places he introduced me to is Zarate’s Latin Mexican Grill on Broadway.

Now this isn’t the same tex-mex that you get here in Oklahoma, this is a more South American twist on what we know as mexican food.  They have the typical enchiladas, tacos and chimichangas but with a different taste than what I’ve had at other restaurants.  My personal favorite is the fajita beef chimichanga with sour cream sauce.  The beef is spiced differently than what I’ve had before and the sour cream sauce is just wonderful, has more of a sour cream tartness to it than others I’ve tasted.  I’ve also tried the enchiladas and quesadillas, the spinach quesadilla is my second favorite item on the menu.  Of course it all comes with beans and rice.  I will admit, I’ve never had the beans.  Because of the food abuse inflicted on me when I was younger by my mother, I can’t stand the smell, sight or taste of beans.  So I order double rice instead, it’s also really good- not too sticky with corn and peppers.

My husband has been the more adventurous one, he’s had the Papa Rellenas, ground beef wrapped in mashed potatoes then fried, his personal favorite.  He’s also tried the Empanadas and so many of the other offerings that he couldn’t remember them all.  This is also where they make the only guacamole in town that he will eat.  He loves it and even introduced it to his parents- I hear my father-in-law loved it.  Of course you get the normal chips, queso, and salsa with your meal.  As good as the entrees are the chips are the best.  Wish I could find them this good for at home.  I really could eat these chips all day and not feel bad.  The salsa was ok and the queso could be improved, needs to have more of the South American spices added.  But seriously the chips are killer.

Opened in 2007 by Jorge Zarate, who is a native of Peru, he brings a mix of Brazilian, Jamaican, Peruvian, Cuban, Mexican and Tex-Mex to Edmond in a small but colorful building.  You can often see Mr. Zarate himself seating guests, taking orders or serving food.  The wait staff has always been friendly and helpful, service has always been good- no complaints.  I give it my personal ranking of 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 706 S. Broadway, Edmond, OK  (east side of the road)

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