Since the new family thing is coffee, I’ve been keeping a list of new places to try. I present them to the family when we’re all together. This last visit home for Mae she decided to try Coffee Jerks. We’re close to the Yukon location, so that’s where we went.
I was surprised that we were the only people there at 9a on a Saturday morning but I like when a place isn’t too busy. We all ordered quickly and sat in the cute area they have made to mimic sitting outside. I got a Caramel Creek frappe while Big K got a Snickers frappe, Mae went the warm route and had a plain mocha. We also got some breakfast, I got the stuffed waffle while Big K just went with a plain sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit, once again Mae had to be different and got an apple Danish. My frappe was really good, with globs of caramel at the bottom of the cup. I really enjoyed the stuffed waffle, it had egg, cheese, and sausage stuffed inside a waffle. I could easily dunk it in the syrup that came with it. Big K liked everything he had as well, and Mae was happy with the Danish as it was warm with a touch of cinnamon.
I’m excited to add Coffee Jerks to my list of regular places to get breakfast. The service and food was outstanding. I also loved the seating area, we could just sit and talk, great way to start the day. Coffee Jerks has been in business since 2017 and now have 3 locations in the north and west Oklahoma City metro area. I give the 5 strips of bacon.
Address: 2820 NW 122nd. St., Oklahoma City; 17784 N MacArthur Blvd., Deer Creek-Edmond; 825 E Main St. Unit 125, Yukon.
I found a great new place for burgers here in Oklahoma City last Saturday, plus afterward you can enjoy Scissortail Park. Spark opened a year ago at the north end of Scissortail Park. Even though this is in a city park it’s owned by The Social Order Dining Collective, the same group that owns Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. I had heard through different sources that they had a good burger, so we stopped to try it.
It was a nice Saturday to go to the park, so we strolled through flowers to the small building that contains the restaurant. We were there right at the end of the lunch crowd, so we ordered quickly and found a good seat. At the counter you give them your phone number and they text when your order is ready, so you can sit inside or out in the park. Didn’t take too long for me to get that text, so we could try our food. For my first visit I tried the BLC Spark burger, a perfect burger patty with bacon, crispy fried cheddar cheese slice, thick pickles, pimento cheese, and prairie ranch. This was an awesome burger, so much flavor. I wasn’t expecting it to be that good but wow. The fried cheese slice gave it a crunch that was different. The tang that came from the mix of pimento cheese and ranch was also surprisingly good. It was also a good size burger, not small. Big K got the same burger that I did but Miss Mae got a corndog. It was a footlong Schwab dog coated in cornbread, she said it was good, tasted like a fair corndog. We also got to share bacon cheese fries and pink fries. The bacon cheese fries were really good, the cheese sauce had a nice flavor and the bacon was crisp. The pink fries were really good, the pink is an aioli that has a nice tang to it with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. I really liked the pink fries the best, better than I was expecting.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by just how good everything was, just wasn’t expecting anything this good in a park. This really is one of the best burgers in the Oklahoma City metro. The service was great as well and the employees were friendly. Afterward we walked around and looked at more of the fall flowers blooming along the sidewalks. It was an enjoyable trip. I give them 5 slices of bacon.
I am a big fan of Greek and Mediterranean food, so I was interested when I saw a new place pop up on Hefner Road just west of Rockwell. After a couple of visits, it’s now one of my favorite places for a gyro in the OKC metro.
This is a small family run restaurant that opened just a few months ago, its location is hard to overlook. In a small strip mall near a gymnastics training center, the parking lot looks busy because of the parents at the gym. They have a basic Mediterranean menu, with salads, gyros, falafels, and kebobs. I have gotten the gyro meal every time, so far. The pita is filled with gyro meat, onions, tomatoes, black olives, and feta cheese. It’s just the right size to pick up and eat, not too big. The meal comes with a side of either tater tots or fries, I have tried both and they were good. I finish off the meal with dark chocolate baklava. I love regular baklava, so putting a topping of dark chocolate on it is an extra special treat.
Overall I feel that this is a hidden gem in Oklahoma City, I know more will discover it. The service is great and the restaurant always clean. I will give them 5 strips of bacon with that dark chocolate baklava.
There are so many good places to eat in Oklahoma City that you can drive by and never notice. HD’s Onion Burgers & Gyros is one of those places, I know it’s there and love their food but forget about them. I need to be reminded that when I want a good burger, they’re close to home.
HD’s sits on the corner of a large strip mall on the NW corner of Rockwell and NW 122nd. Just a small restaurant with a big menu and flavor. I always get the bacon cheeseburger, perfectly seasoned beef patty with cheese melted on top. They chop up the bacon and pile it on top, while a pile of fried onions is under the patty. The lettuce and tomato are fresh, and the bun has been toasted to a buttery perfection. This is a good-sized burger, so bring your appetite. We also got the onion rings and bacon cheese fries to share. The onion rings are fried nice and crispy. The bacon cheese fries are a true work of art, crisp fries with shredded cheese and chopped bacon on top. No, not bacon bits, chopped bacon, most pieces were about an inch long. They were so good.
The service was great, plenty of places to sit. This place is a true hidden treasure in NW Oklahoma City. They have lots more on their menu that I haven’t tried, sandwiches, gyros, salads, and lots of burgers to choose. I give them 5 strips of bacon.
I know coffee places are all the rage now, we have a Starbucks on damn near every corner or a Scooters to drive up for a quick pick me up but I have been looking for local coffee shops. I was lucky to find Stella Nova a few months ago and with every visit they just get better.
Now I’m going to be honest, I’m not a coffee lover. Hate the taste of it just by itself but over the past year with my barista daughter I have learned to like it a bit. I really like it in the Frappuccino or frappe form. It’s really a coffee milkshake. I started liking them back when McDonald’s introduced the caramel frappe in 2009. Only in the past year did Mae introduce me to Starbucks and Scooters. So now I am actively seeking them out. In March during spring break, Mae needed a caffeine fix so we tried the location at NW 150th and Western. I had the chocolate chip frappe, which has now become my go-to drink when I visit. Another favorite of mine is the cheese danish. This danish is so good, first they are large and second, filled with cheese. So good that I have to get one when I visit, no matter what else I have. Their breakfast sandwiches and wraps are also really good. Much better than a quick breakfast item from a chain.
I have now visited the Crown Heights location as well and every time both locations are clean and the employees are nice. Even in the morning rush, they get my items out quickly. I will give them 5 strips of bacon.
Address: 1415 W. Main St., Norman; 119 N Robinson Ave., Oklahoma City; 4716 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City; 1041 NW 150th St., Oklahoma City; 6604 Snider Plaza, Dallas.
I first discovered Volcano Sushi Bar in 2017. I knew there was a location in Moore and while I was in town, I stopped. I had several friends rave about their sushi and they were right, some of the best sushi in the OKC metro. So for a couple of years I would stop by this location right off of I-35 south of 19th street. But I got lucky about a year ago, they opened a new location in NW Oklahoma City. I am so happy to have their wonderful sushi closer to home.
I start with Crispy Crab, deep fried crab stuffed with cream cheese. This is a true delicacy. Light breading with crab, the taste of cream cheese envelops your mouth. True creamy goodness. Then the sushi roll comes out- my favorite is Lucky Lady. Shrimp tempura with cream cheese, avocado topped with a crab stick. This is my favorite every time I visit. Another favorite is Space Ship, a fried scallop topped with salmon. No rice surrounding it, what’s why they call it space ship. I’ve tried many of their other rolls but always forget to write them down. They have an extensive menu with rice, noodles and hibachi grilled meats. I just haven’t tried them yet.
Service is always great at both locations that I’ve visited. The decor is nice, the Moore location is darker but the new place in NW OKC is bright and airy. So if you are looking for good sushi, I highly recommend Volcano. 5 strips of bacon.
Address: 2727 S. I-35 Service Rd., Moore; 5301 Main St. #103, Del City; 1609 Penn Park Blvd. #10, Oklahoma City; 3700 W Robinson St. Suite 164, Norman; 5612 W. Memorial Rd., Oklahoma City.
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.
In the Oklahoma City metro there are some restaurants that are locally owned and have been part of the scene for many years. Interurban is a perfect example, they have been here since 1976 and still serve up good food.
I have had the opportunity to visit a couple of locations recently and both times the food has been excellent. Both visits I had the chicken fried steak. A nice size steak, breaded with cream gravy poured over it. The steak itself is fork tender and the breading was fried to a crisp brown. The mashed potatoes had a slight hint of garlic, which was different and the okra was also fried to a golden perfection. We started with the cracker-breaded mozzarella sticks, which were deep fried perfectly- crisp on the outside and melty inside. Big K had the flamethrower burger which he said was flavorful but not overly spicy.
I have had many other menu items over the past 40+ years that I have been going to Interurban. My first burger from there was not long after it opened at their original location in downtown Norman. I was maybe 5 or 6 and my grandfather picked up some burgers for dinner. I had only really eaten McDonald’s burgers or homemade ones to that point and can honestly say that burger was the best thing my young mouth had ever eaten. I think that I have spent the rest of my life trying to recreate that experience when I eat out. Now they are called Interurban because they got their start in the building that had been an interurban station built in 1917 for the trolley lines that went from Oklahoma City to Norman. After 1947 when the interurban lines shut down it was converted to a bus station. The restaurant was opened in 1976 and later moved to a location closer to I-35 in the 1990’s.
I give them 5 strips of bacon because they have been able to have good food for over 40 years.
Locations: 1150 Ed Noble Dr., Norman; 11316 W Reno, Yukon; 1301 E Danforth Rd., Edmond; 300 E Grand Ave., Chickasha; 322 Holiday Dr., Ardmore; 717 S. Houston Ave., Tulsa.
There are lots of barbeque places in Oklahoma, some are good and to be honest, some aren’t. One of my favorites is right down the road from me- Smoked Out BBQ. If you are a regular driver on NW Expressway, you might know about Smoked Out but if you have only been by a few times, it’s easy to miss. Tucked up off the road in a small strip mall, it almost looks like another marijuana store but in reality they have some really good barbeque.
They have a large menu of dinners, sandwiches, sides, and desserts. My go to is a 2-meat dinner with brisket and smoked sausage. The brisket is always tender and juicy, with just enough char on the edges. The smoked sausage is also really flavorful with just a hint of spicy. I also get 2 sides- fried okra and Jacq and cheese, their version of mac and cheese. The fried okra is always good, fried crispy and served in a huge mound. The Jacq and cheese is just about as popular as their barbeque, penne swimming in a thick cheese sauce.
Service is always great. The green glow in the restaurant gives a calming effect when dining with them. I give them 5 strips of bacon.
Address: 6220 NW Expressway, Suite B, Oklahoma City.
There are donut shops all over the OKC metro, one of my favorites is Route 66 Donuts, between Council Road and Lake Overholser. Located at the end of a small strip mall right on Route 66, it’s quick and easy to get in and out.
I’m not lying when I tell you that they have the best apple fritters in the Oklahoma City metro, I have never had an apple fritter with so much apple. Has to be at least half an apple in each one. Not too much cinnamon or glaze, these are seriously the best fritters in town. I also love their donuts, just regular light fluffy donuts with different toppings. The chocolate and maple are always favorites. And not to leave out their sausage rolls. The small ones are breakfast sausage sized with dough wrapped around them. The larger ones are sausage patties with cheese and the dough wrapped around it all. I like both but feel there is just too much dough for my liking in a breakfast food.
Service is always great and the employees are always friendly. I recommend stopping by and trying those apple fritters. I will give them 5 strips of bacon.