Friday Night Bites: 'Gravy over all' in Bartlesville
Welcome to Friday Night Bites, a weekly blog during the high school football season in which The Oklahoman’s Jacob Unruh looks at top high school football games involving local teams.
But the criteria won’t just fall on the matchup. After all, this is about food. There may be some repeat food joints from 2017, but that’s just because that place should be checked out.
And a special shoutout to my wife, Ashley, for the name of this blog.
Let’s get to it.
Class 6A-II No. 7 Del City (1-1) at 6A-II Bartlesville (1-1)
The matchup: Del City made a statement in last week’s overtime loss to Carl Albert: The Eagles are for real. Now, they get a chance to show that in their new classification on the road against an improved Bartlesville team coached by Lee Blankenship. Del City is almost always going to have the best player on the field in Arkansas State commit Jeff Foreman, who is dynamic in all phases of the game.
A quick bite: Murphy’s Original Steakhouse, 1625 SW Frank Phillips Blvd., Bartlesville
Growing up near Bartlesville, your first trip as a child to Murphy’s is a rite of passage. I’ve gone as long as I can remember.
Should you order a steak? I’ve seen people do it, but I always look at them wondering how their life went wrong.
You need to know three words here: Gravy. Over. All.
Murphy’s is known for their hot hamburger or cheeseburger. It’s an open-faced burger. The patty is on top of bread and fries sit atop the burger and bread. Then brown gravy is poured in massive amounts over everything. It’s glorious, extremely bad for you and worth every single bite.
Also, a side salad is good lathered in their house dressing.
But the focus is the hot hamburger.
Go to this place in west Bartlesville. You may need to wait in line. It’s a small place, after all. But you won’t be disappointed.
And remember … gravy over all.
The pick: Del City 35, Bartlesville 24
Class 4A No. 8 Bethany (2-0) at Class 3A No. 5 Kingfisher (1-1)
The matchup: Kingfisher is without its starting quarterback Jett Sternberg due to a concussion and top receiver Trey Green. But running back Cole Crosswhite is healthy. He’ll need to carry the load against a stout Bethany team led by quarterback Sam Brandt.
A quick bite: Eischen’s Bar, 109 2nd St., Okarche
Did you expect somewhere else?
It’s tough to find someone around here who hasn’t been to the old bar that features the best fried chicken in the state. If you have, go back on the way out to Kingfisher. The game is at 7:30, so there is a little added time.
If you haven’t been, you must stop.
I also hear Okarche’s Tower Cafe has great cinnamon rolls elsewhere, but I’ve never explored that. That is on my list for this season.
The pick: Bethany 28, Kingfisher 20