Memorable | One of the Best
Review by: Michael Stern
Sid’s onion-fried burgers are mouth-watering, cooked so the onions mashed into the patty of meat are charred from their time on the grill, giving the sandwich a sweet and smoky zest. The town of El Reno is famous for burgers cooked this way.
Sid’s non burger eaters get two or three Coney Islands, which are prepared in a way that is also unique to El Reno: Bright red weenies come topped with chili and a great flow of wet, superfine slaw with mustard punch.
Milk shakes are so thick that they are served with a spoon as well as a straw.
Sid’s isn’t just a quick-eats joint. It is quite literally a town museum. 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 images of El Reno history throughout the restaurant in chronological order starting at the far left of the room. Mr. Hall’s visual history long predates the onion-fried burger and includes pictures of Chief Black Kettle, killed west of town by George A. Custer’s forces in the Battle of Washita River, and Cado Jake, who ran a ferry across the South Canadian River.
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