Legendary | Worth driving from anywhere
Review by: Michael Stern
El Reno, Oklahoma, Must-Eats
Sid’s onion-fried burgers and Coney Islands are a great taste of El Reno, Oklahoma, just west of Oklahoma City along old Route 66. They cook the burgers here in such a way as to mash onions into the beef patty as it cooks. The process fuses the sweetness of onions with savory beef in a mouth-watering charred embrace. The town of El Reno is famous for burgers cooked this way. Sid’s belongs on the itinerary of anyone passing through town in search of truly local flavor.
But wait, there’s more! As if having one unique culinary specialty didn’t suffice, El Reno — population 16,729 — offers another dish you won’t find anywhere else. Of course, you can eat Coney Island hot dogs nearly everywhere in the nation (except, oddly enough, anywhere near Coney Island, New York). But you will find none like those served in the city’s burger joints. The wiener won’t surprise you, nor will its bun or chili. But atop this configuration, El Reno hot dog chefs add a great spill of wet, finely chopped cole slaw that delivers a one-two punch of mustard tang and relish sweetness. Sid’s slaw is especially spicy.
Milk Shake Too Thick For A Straw
Few dishes inspire the desire for a milk shake more than burgers and hot dogs. Sid’s satisfies that desire with milk shakes so thick that they require a spoon as well as a straw.
A Diner Rich With History
Travelers come to Sid’s not only for onion-fried burgers and Coney Islands. It serves, quite literally, as a town museum. One wall is covered with pictures of those who have served in the armed forces. Using eleven gallons of clear epoxy to seal some 450 images onto the top of the counter and the tops of tables, proprietor Marty Hall (son of Sid, for whom the restaurant was named, and father of current proprietor Adam Hall) arranged countless images of El Reno’s past. Mr. Hall’s visual history long predates the birth of the onion fried burger in the 1920s. It goes back to the legendary Southern Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle, who, despite his unending efforts to make peace with the U.S., was killed west of town by George A. Custer’s forces in the Battle of Washita River.
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|