Johnnie’s Grill

Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Pie Shop | Small Town Café
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From the street, Johnnie’s looks like an undistinguished town café. But it’s an original taste of America … and of southwest Roadfood par excellence.

Onion-fried burgers are Johnnie’s claim to fame. Ribbons of onion are mashed deep into the top of a patty of ground beef as it cooks on the grill, resulting in a hamburger that is an intertwined mix of meat and caramelized onion. It is hefted from the grill and put on a bun, onion side up. Lettuce, tomato, mustard, and pickles are all optional if you like them.

Beyond onion-fried burgers, Johnnie’s is a good place to eat El Reno’s own version of a Coney Island hot dog, topped with meaty chili and a strange, soupy slaw that is pickly, sweet, and mustard-tweaked. Local epicures love this slaw so much that many get it on their burger and some people simply get a bowl of it for spooning up alongside whatever else they eat.

Although onion-fried burgers and Coneys are the unique local specialties here in El Reno, we also recommend breakfast at Johnnie’s. Early morning, the little cafe is packed with locals eating all-you-can-eat platters of biscuits and gravy and Johnnie’s delightful Arkansas sandwich — a pair of pancakes layered with a pair of eggs.

What to Eat
Johnnie’s Grill, Onion-Fried Burger
Onion-Fried Burger
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The onion burger (with cheese); I should have gotten the double. Very tasty!
Johnnie’s Grill, Coney Island Hot Dog
Coney Island Hot Dog
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The sauce on a Johnnie's Coney is sweet and zesty -- an ideal companion for the chili atop the wiener.
Johnnie’s Grill, Pie
Pie
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The Reese's pie features four distinct layers: a graham cracker crust, a layer of dense, rich peanut butter, sweet, light chocolate, all covered by a thin whipped topping. This was an outstanding slice of pie.
Directions and Hours
open now
SundayCLOSED
Monday7am - 8pm
Tuesday7am - 8pm
Wednesday7am - 8pm
Thursday7am - 8pm
Friday7am - 8pm
Saturday7am - 8pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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