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Sid's

300 S. Choctaw, El Reno, OK - (405) 262-7757
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/29/2015 5:34:00 AM
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. Non burger eaters get two or three Coney Islands, which are bright red weenies topped with chili and a superfine slaw with a 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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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
onion-fried burger
Coney Island hot dog
Double cheeseburger
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Smashing the onions on to the meat
"Smashing the onions on to the meat"
Marlene Steinberg





Finished onion burger
"Finished onion burger"
Marlene Steinberg


Bright red hot dog
"Bright red hot dog"
Marlene Steinberg


Coney dog
"Coney dog"
Marlene Steinberg


The Fritos pie is a large bowl of food, with a generous portion of mild chili.
"The Fritos pie is a large bowl of food, with a generous portion of mild chili."
Cliff Strutz


The onion burger at Sid's comes in two sizes, the regular and the king.  The regular, shown here, is plenty big enough to satisfy most appetites.
"The onion burger at Sid's comes in two sizes, the regular and the king. The regular, shown here, is plenty big enough to satisfy most appetites."
Cliff Strutz


Sid's offers a large variey of handmade shakes and malts.  Delivered in a silver beaker, there were two full glasses worth of this delicious, thick cherry shake.
"Sid's offers a large variey of handmade shakes and malts. Delivered in a silver beaker, there were two full glasses worth of this delicious, thick cherry shake."
Cliff Strutz


Sid's flies the U.S. flag outside; inside, the history of the Oklahoma frontier is epoxied into all the table tops.
"Sid's flies the U.S. flag outside; inside, the history of the Oklahoma frontier is epoxied into all the table tops."
Michael Stern


Sid's onion burger is what made them famous, although all-you-can-eat biscuits & gravy sounds like it is worth investigating!
"Sid's onion burger is what made them famous, although all-you-can-eat biscuits & gravy sounds like it is worth investigating!"
Cliff Strutz


The cole slaw is just-right sweet, the chili is just-right hot; the two of them combined atop a plump little weenie in a soft bun add up to the best-balanced Coney dog in El Reno, a city that is fanatical about Coney dogs.
"The cole slaw is just-right sweet, the chili is just-right hot; the two of them combined atop a plump little weenie in a soft bun add up to the best-balanced Coney dog in El Reno, a city that is fanatical about Coney dogs."
Michael Stern


It is wonderful the way onions cook right into the patty of beef that sizzles on Sid's flat top grill, the two elements becoming fused in what, for us, is true and delicious burger beauty.
"It is wonderful the way onions cook right into the patty of beef that sizzles on Sid's flat top grill, the two elements becoming fused in what, for us, is true and delicious burger beauty."
Michael Stern


We watched waitress Trista mix her specialty, a banana-cherry milk shake. There is plenty of ice cream, not too much milk, and really only a squirt or two of cherry syrup. The secret of its goodness is that she takes time to really mash up the fresh banana, insuring its flavor is present in every gulp.
"We watched waitress Trista mix her specialty, a banana-cherry milk shake. There is plenty of ice cream, not too much milk, and really only a squirt or two of cherry syrup. The secret of its goodness is that she takes time to really mash up the fresh banana, insuring its flavor is present in every gulp. "
Michael Stern



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