A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting up with a very well known local food blogger, Katie Johnstonbaugh (aka @dishinanddishes on Twitter ) along with some other great locals for lunch. Our restaurant of choice was S&B Burger Joint. A good friend of mine had mentioned S&B to me several times, and raved about their great burgers and the fun atmosphere, but this was my first time to visit.
Upon arrival at the address I was given, I realized quickly this was a rather unusual location. You see, the restaurant is inside of an office building (I made the rookie mistake of trying to enter from the patio -FYI- the entrance is in the lobby). It is casual dining, with TV’s on the walls for patrons to enjoy a good Saturday football rivalry or the latest Thunder game. The restaurant is not big – I would guess maybe 25 tables or so inside and a large bar for seating.
After being seated, we were offered sodas, including “real” Coca-Cola (or Mexican Coke as some call it), which is made with real sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup. Since I am a “Coke” head, that was my poison. They also have a good selection of beers (but it as lunch- so that was off limits). Katie and I purused the menu and decided to get one slider each and one to share, along with two different sides so we could try several items. I ordered the Colombian and the Elvis, along with a Thanksgiving Fries. The Colombian was a sea salt/coffee crusted patty with smoked cheddar, lettuce, red onion, avacado and cilantro lime salsa. The Elvis was a very interesting burger. (One I was very skeptical to try.) As you might imagine, this burger had peanut butter on it, along with bacon, lettuce, tomato and red onion. I was very excited to try the Thanksgiving fries, so this was my sort of ”kick off to the holidays” dish. The fries were sweet potato, with cranberries, pecans and covered with marshmallow creme.
My first bite was of the Elvis. The peanut butter was almost melted, so it created a nice condiment rather than being a big blob which is what I imagined in my mind. It was quite tasty. The Colombian was REALLY good. I especially liked the cilantro salsa. Next up were the Thanksgiving fries. For those of you that know me well, I have a sweet tooth. And these hit the spot! They were just like a sweet potato casserole. I could have eaten the whole dish, but I was a good lunch date and shared with the table. In addition to my order, I also tried the PB and Fry (sweet potatoes, peanut butter and peppered bacon) as well as Fried Green Beans – both were also very tasty!
After stuffing myself with burgers and fries, it was time to head back to the office and try my best to avoid a “food coma”. But wait – there’s more! (too many infomercials my friends, too many ..) We were offered an assortment of tasty sounding pies – which included Smore, Peanut Butter Chocolate and Coconut. My first reaction was “No, I can’t possibly eat another bite!”. But the table really wanted to try them, so I was overruled. And boy am I glad I was. These pies were not just good, they were FANTASTIC. The Smore pie came out warm, with the marshmallow topping slightly toasted and brown, and a graham cracker crust with a chocolate center. The coconut pie was creamy with a flaky crust, just like mom used to make. And my favorite was the Peanut Butter chocolate. Folks – go for the burgers, ’cause they are really good. But please, PLEASE, save room for pie. You won’t be disappointed.
Update: If you are in the midtown/downtown area, try the S&B Burger Joint on 9th street downtown. Perfect place to grab a bite before an OKC Thunder game! Plenty of good beers on tap and a wide assortment of bottles to choose from too.