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Johnnie's Grill

301 S. Rock Island, El Reno, OK - (405) 262-4721
Posted By Michael Stern on April 14, 2015 1:51 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 an 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 recommend breakfast at Johnnie’s. Early morning, the little cafe is packed with locals eating 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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