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mommystar Apr 20, 2013 10:50 AM

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.

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  1. Brian S RE: mommystar Apr 22, 2013 11:19 AM

    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!

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      mommystar RE: Brian S Apr 23, 2013 10:43 AM

      We'll probably be eating our dinners in El Reno. My husband, who doesn't eat beef, has agreed to try an onion burger! Thank you for the suggestions. I'll certainly report back!

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      tiomano RE: mommystar Apr 22, 2013 06:47 PM

      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.

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        mommystar RE: tiomano Apr 23, 2013 10:37 AM

        Thank you for the great recommendations! I will definitely check them out. We're from north Texas so I'm kinda used to those spring storms. Not so sure about the earthquakes...

      2. c oliver RE: mommystar Apr 22, 2013 07:01 PM

        Search for OKC posts from foodfuser , a beloved, late, OKC CH.

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          mommystar RE: c oliver Apr 23, 2013 10:43 AM

          Oh, thank you! I will do that.

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          tiomano RE: mommystar Apr 24, 2013 09:24 PM

          Came across a foodie blogger today writing about all things OKC mostly. http://www.dishinanddishes.com/catego... She knows a lot more about OKC dining than I do. Check out her recommendations.

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            mommystar RE: tiomano Apr 25, 2013 07:46 AM

            Thank you. I'll have to look at that. I was looking for OKC food blogs and missed that one.

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            DishinAndDishes RE: mommystar Apr 25, 2013 06:57 AM

            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!

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              mommystar RE: DishinAndDishes Apr 25, 2013 07:46 AM

              Great! That's what I was looking for. Thank you.

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              mommystar RE: mommystar Apr 30, 2013 09:31 AM

              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.

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