Oklahoma City and environs
Going to be staying in El Reno, OK, for a few days next week/weekend. I will have a rental car for those days so I can explore. Are there any good farmer's markets, hidden gem grocers, or places that carry local food products in or around the Oklahoma City area? Thanks for the help.
Well, the best laid plans...
Arrived too late the first night for dinner. Nothing open except McDonald's. We shared an apple we'd brought with us.
Dinner the next night was at Montana Mike's in El Reno where friends wanted to eat. It was ok for what it was.
Lunch the next day was an onion burger from Robert's Grill. I'd never had one and was a little skeptical, but it was so very wonderful! Robert's is truly a greasy spoon and I nearly walked out as soon as I walked in, but they were extremely nice and I was immediately at ease. Definitely would recommend it if you're looking for an onion burger!
Dinner that night was at Nachitos in Minco, OK, a recommendation from a local. Complimentary chips, queso and salsa were very good. The waitress was friendly. The mushroom/spinach enchiladas were great. Rice and beans all good. The chili relleno was horrible. But, if you find yourself near Minco, OK, it's a good place to eat.
If you're here on Saturday, try the Edmond Farmer's Market http://edmondok.com/index.aspx?nid=363
Also we have a fabulous Asian Market Cao Nguyn in the Asian District
Forward Foods is a local gourmet grocer and has a great selection of MIO food and also an amazing cheese counter!
Check out the Asian District, 20's and Classen, especially the Golden Phoenix for lunch or dinner. Further up Classen is the curve with several interesting local places.
bricktown is a tourist destination and should be treated as such. Mostly overpriced.
And Ludivine, even if you just go for happy hour should not be missed, probably the most inventive food in OKC.
Probably the coolest market in OKC is http://www.caonguyen.com/ which is just around the corner from the Golden Phoenix,
The major Farmers Market is run by Oklahoma State University. Don't know too much about it. If you have time the Cherry Street Farmers Market in Tulsa is the best in the state.
Try the onion burgers in El Reno, they just add grilled onions to the burger.
If you want to experience the past, get get a steak and calf fries at Cattleman's in the Stockyard district. There are other places in OKC I would eat before going back here. I didn't think it was all that special.
If you hang out at the coffee shop on N Broadway in the Auto Mile district there is a good chance you will run into Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.
Be prepared for spring stormgasms and earthquakes. OKC can be exciting at times.
Why not forget OKC and eat in El Reno? It's world-famous for burgers with onion. Every May they hold a burger festival. There are four famous burger joints in El Reno. Robert's (the most famous), Sid's, Johnny's and Jobe. Robert's is a landmark. (I've never eaten there, just read about it.) As for OKC, I am far more familiar with Tulsa, but I know that OKC has great restaurants, ranging from elegant charmers such as Ludivine and Vast to homely Vietnamese outposts in the "Asian district" of 23 and Classen. Enjoy!