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Johnnie's Grill

301 S. Rock Island, El Reno, OK - (405) 262-4721
Posted By Michael Stern on July 30, 2009 3:38 PM
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 a delicious 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 highly recommend breakfast at Johnnie’s. Early morning, the little cafe is packed with locals eating three-dollar 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.
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onion-fried burger
Coney Island hot dog

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Posted By Bessie Parr on October 22, 2012 5:15 AM
Very good food here! I love it. It's a pretty busy place, but the waitresses (and waiters) manage and always get the food just right and at a decent time. I love the decor and it's worth going a bit out of your way to visit here. Johnnie's is clean and comfortable, and you'll have a very enjoyable time. My family and I love it here.
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Posted By mike manley on October 29, 2011 7:11 PM
I have been going to Johnnie's since 1960. I am so disappointed in it today. They ruined it when they tore down the old building. It has never been the same.

A cheeseburger and fries will run you $8. Fries alone are $3.30. They need desperately to have an old-timer come in and show them how to cook a fried onion burger. Their burgers are slop now. The onions not cooked nearly long enough. You can ask them to cook the onions longer but they ignore you.
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Posted By E Mills on July 23, 2011 4:59 PM
Friendly people, lively place, great service and food. Worth a visit.
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