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So during my lunch hour the other day, Jed (my co-worker) and I decided to try the talk of the town, Republic Gastropub. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this new Oklahoma City restaurant that opened on March 29th. I just had to try it.
We arrived at the prime lunch hour to the swanky little spot and there was of course a wait (remember…i said talk of the town). We decided to grab a couple of spots at the bar. I was immediately stricken by the LARGE amount of beers on tap (100 on tap…250 bottled!) and the giant tvs everywhere. This bar seems like it would be a great place to watch a game. I wasn’t there to watch a baseball game or the Thunder (PLAYOFFS…YEA!) play, I was hear to try these great burgers I have heard about.
I am a big fan of the slightly “flared” up (think Office Space) or “fancy” hamburger for all you non-movie fans out there. The burgers at this place slightly remind me of Ray’s Hellburger in Arlington, VA. The plus about Republic is that you also get a great, swanky atmosphere with a fabulous atmosphere to go with it.
Jed ordered the Belle Isle Burger. This a burger with grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, and Jed said “an interesting cheese sauce that surpringly works.” He was pleased. I wanted to try it, but he was being totally greedy and didn’t let me! I ordered the Republic Burger. This burger was SO yummy. This had some bacon yumminess, gruyere cheese, bleu cheese and wait for it…. TOPPED WITH AN EGG. Now I was telling some friends about this burger and apparently it isn’t a rare thing to find a burger topped with an egg. Well it is in Okie Foodie’s world, so I was completely excited about this. It was a great burger. I’m a huge fan of anything with gruyere cheese (well….cheese in general), but this prooved to be an amazing lunch.
I definitely fed into the buzz about this new restaurant at the Classen Curve. It is easily one of the best restaurant atmospheres in Oklahoma City. It makes you want to pinch yourself because no…you aren’t in some swanky restaurant in LA or NYC, you are in the Sooner State. If we continue to produce restaurants such as Republic, we are definitely on the up and up.
I also heard the donuts were amazing. Save room next time because I definitely didn’t!
So I took the day for married time with Joe today…a little work on the side…but we decided to plant a tree and a garden (pictures will come soon)… With the beautiful weather, we decided to take the opportunity to grill out some burgers. I’m not kidding…we could totally open up a restaurant. Might be completely random, but we cook some really yummy food sometimes.
Anyways, my burger is absolutely prettier because Joe doesn’t like tomatoes, onions, or anything fun, but I love it all! I toast the bun…season the burger up…cut fresh tomatoes, romaine, and red onions…add a sliced deli pickle and some dijon mustard (totally Obama style)
I’m fat and happy right now full of homemade fried potato wedges and our yummy burgers.
I love chicken fried steak. It is one of my favorite foods. In my post about Cheevers, I told the story of when we lived in DC, a good chicken fry was hard to find. We had to go to IHOP to find one that was remotely good.
When I began this Okie Foodie journey, a good friend of mine suggested that Joe Bob and I try Kendall’s Restaurant in Noble. I love personal recommendations, but I’m always nervous I will be completely disappointed and don’t want to rag on a beloved restaurant. But I guarantee you, Kendall’s did not disappoint.
Kendall’s has been in Noble for a very long time (I can’t find the exact numbers and none of the employees that were there at 2:30 (it was a late lunch…don’t hate) seemed to know.) But I do know its been there for a long time and has stood the test of time. I think that is an important quality in a restaurant. I love the chic new ones, but my favorites are the places that have been there for 40 some odd years.
The food at Kendall’s was great. I of course got the chicken fry. Joe Bob got the burger and fries. His words, “One of the best burgers I’ve had since Meers.” We eat a lot of burgers…so this is a great compliment. Everything we ate, including the green beans, had great flavor. This is almost like food your grandmother would cook for you. This is country diner food at its finest.
Another perk of Kendall’s… free cake at the end. Anything with the words free and cake in it…make me a happy girl! Try it out! It did not disappoint!