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Sid's

300 S. Choctaw, El Reno, OK - (405) 262-7757
Posted By Brent Meyer on 11/30/2006 4:44:00 PM
Though which of the original onion-fried burger proprietors is the most authentic is a hotly debated subject among locals of this frontier hamlet, one thing is clear: El Reno deserves it's rightful place among the culinary "must-stops" along America's roadways. For those that know, the onion fried burger, coney (with slaw) and peel-on fries comprise a holy trinity of mouth watering bliss. This is literally comfort food gospel.

The burgers are prepared by starting with a ball of ground beef. This is covered with a mound of sliced onions that's twice the mass of the meat. With several whacks of the spatula, the paper-thin onion slices are infused into the meat patties and meld into a gooey whole. Buns are placed atop the patty while grilling to absorb any juices that get away. The coneys are slender pink hot dogs covered with chili sauce and a local trademark slaw that has a sweet/sour interplay, incorporating notes of mustard, vinegar and sugar. Fries are freshly cut from skin-on spuds and are served hot. Milk shakes start out as real ice cream, not as the tasteless ice milk glop typical of the national burger chains.

For travellers just passing through, I implore you to get a dozen onion-frieds to go after your meal proper (they freeze and reheat surprisingly well). See how long you can resist the aromatic perfume emanating from the bag before you partake of another, and another, while they're still warm. In this writer's opinion, relative latecomer Sid's slightly edges out the other burger stands, but that's hair-splitting. All of the four local burger stands deliver the goods in the time-honored tradition of El Reno burgers past. It's the unlikeliest of epicurian highlights of any cross-country trip. Months ahead of time, I eagerly anticipate my pilgrimages back here from 1300 miles away. Yes, Virginia, it's THAT good! Don't miss!

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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 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


An onion-fried burger and a chocolate shake ... presented on a table that is a fascinating crazy quilt of El Reno history
"An onion-fried burger and a chocolate shake ... presented on a table that is a fascinating crazy quilt of El Reno history "
Michael Stern


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


There's always a conversation going on among hamburger connoisseurs at Sid's counter.
"There's always a conversation going on among hamburger connoisseurs at Sid's counter."
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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