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A lot of new barbecue options have popped up around the metro recently, two at opposite ends of Oklahoma City’s metropolitan area and two at opposite ends of the Plaza District.

Maples Barbecue, property of Day One Concepts (Waffle Champion, Buttermilk, nonesuch), made its move from the great outdoors to a permanent home on the western edge of the Plaza late last year. Maples now resides in the former Chiltepes Cantina.

Shortly before that opening, Krow’s Nest BBQ and Catering took over the kitchen space inside Saints Pub on the other end of the stretch of NW 16 Street that makes up The NW 16th Street Plaza District.

Cajun potato salad, macaroni and cheese, pulled pork and smoked turkey from Krow's Nest Barbecue inside Saints Pub. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
Cajun potato salad, macaroni and cheese, pulled pork and smoked turkey from Krow's Nest Barbecue inside Saints Pub. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

Maples serves straight-forward Texas Hill Country barbecue, where thick prime-grade brisket is king. Krow’s Nest serves classic Oklahoma barbecue plus brawny barbecue-affected burgers, sandwiches and appetizers.

Sliced brisket plus smoked sausage with onions and peppers, potato salad and barbecue baked beans from Cornish Smokehouse. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
Sliced brisket plus smoked sausage with onions and peppers, potato salad and barbecue baked beans from Cornish Smokehouse. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
Smoked turkey from Cornish Smokehouse. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
Smoked turkey from Cornish Smokehouse. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

Long-time truck operators Cornish Smokehouse and Big O’s Pork and Dreams now have permanent home. Nicole and Chris Cornish opened their first store at 801 SW 119 St. last fall. Owen Wilson Jr. operates Big O’s Pork and Dreams at 285 S Santa Fe Ave., taking over the former Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs location in Edmond.

Maples excels at sliced brisket and pork ribs. The Krow’s Nest has some serious sandwich combinations in need of further inspection. Big O’s serves a mean chopped brisket sandwich and tasty ribs in a spotless, inviting dining room. Cornish Smokehouse wowed me with smoked sausage served with grilled onions and peppers, plus a moist, delicious smoked turkey. Brisket and ribs were exemplary.

I’ve made only one visit each to the four, but left each anxious to return. Unfortunately, 51-year-old me can’t consume smoked meats with the same reckless abandon as 41-year-old me.

So, it might take a little time to collect all the data I need to form a well-rounded opinion. In the meantime, let me know what you think about our new barbecue options.

Beer launch Saturday

EDMOND – Frenzy Brewing Co. is hosting a launch party at noon on Saturday at The Patriarch Craft Beer House & Lawn, 9 E Edwards St.

Frenzy will launch three beers: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (‘Cause I’m a Blonde) Belgian Blonde, Unspeakable Things New England IPA and Pink Thing Cherry Milkshake IPA.

Local homebrewers Matt and Beth Conner worked together to brew and pour their beer over several years, enjoying increasing success in brewing competitions. In 2016, they branded their homebrew operation Frenzy Brewing Co., and last year brought fellow homebrewer and business partner Jeremy Estle into the fold.

“Edmond is about to undergo a renaissance and Frenzy is going to be a big part of it,” said Matt Conner, a bank branch manager in Edmond who has received dozens of awards for his homebrewed beer. “Historically Edmond has been lacking for new and locally owned entertainment. Currently the trend around the country is for hyper-local. 

Frenzy is currently brewing its beer under contract at Angry Scotsman Brewing Co. in Oklahoma City while plans are finalized on its Edmond location.

Estle, a customer support manager for a local telecommunications firm, and a home-brewer since the 1990s, knew delivering a brewery to Edmond would mean more.

“Edmond is very near and dear to my heart. Having grown up here and raised my family here, I want the best for Edmond and to do what I can to keep Edmond as one of the premier places to live in Oklahoma. Being able to express my passion for beer and build community in my hometown will be my way of providing the city I love more entertainment options,” Estle said.

Following the launch at The Patriarch, consumers can expect to see Frenzy beers on tap at bars and restaurants around the metro by late March. An announcement on plans for the Edmond taproom is expected in the coming months.

 “It is an exciting time to be in Edmond,” Conner said. “The lack of a brewery is an obvious void that needs to be filled. We are both long-time Edmond residents and take pride in our city. We can’t wait to be a part of the great things coming to Edmond.”

Mary Eddy’s ready to launch Fork + Bottle series

Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge inside the 21c Hotel will launch its 2019 Fork + Bottle dinner series with a special event featuring Barrel Craft Spirits on March 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Barrel Craft Spirits Bourbon was named Best American Whiskey of 2018 in Forbes by national spirits expert and Oklahoma City native Fred Minnick.

Executive chef Jason Campbell and his team will prepare Pretzel Bites with onion dip, everything spice; Blue Crab Fingers with salsa verde, preserved grapefruit, and crispy garlic; Crispy Chicken Wings with barbecue gastrique and scallion; Crispy Blowfish Tails with Meyer lemon tartar sauce and green garlic jam; Spring Crostini with whipped ricotta, charred ramps, English peas, mint and burnt honey; Leg of Lamb with Harissa-roasted carrots, fava bean hummus, kumquats, and mint salsa verde.

And for dessert, Buttermilk Panna Cotta with sour honey and cornflake crunch

Cost is $79 per person, make reservations at 982-6983.

New sweets

Dolci Paradiso, 10740 S May Ave., Suite 116, opened last month offering south Oklahoma City a spot to find pastries, gelato and sorbet.

“I naturally fell into a passion for desserts from all of my time traveling,” said Hema Patel, founder of Dolci Paradiso. “I’ve always loved to help people and make them smile, which is why I originally went into nursing. After finding how much I enjoyed crafting recipes and new flavors and saw how desserts can bring people together, I decided I wanted to pursue it.”

Dolci Paradiso bakes everything from cakes to croissants, but the primary focus is gelato.

“Our gelato and sorbet are made fresh daily in our kitchen. We brought in handmade gelato machines from Italy, and I craft every recipe,” Patel said.

You can visit 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Looking forward to checking it out.

For more information about Dolci Paradiso, click here. https://dolciparadiso.com/

Caffeine Crawl returns

The seventh annual Caffeine Crawl is March 22 and 23. Local coffee and tea shops partner with veteran industry pros to visit a dozen local businesses. If you’re interested, click here.

 

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Sliced brisket plus smoked sausage with onions and peppers, potato salad and barbecue baked beans from Cornish Smokehouse. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

Sliced brisket plus smoked sausage with onions and peppers, potato salad and barbecue baked beans from Cornish Smokehouse. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

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Dave Cathey

The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene. Read more ›

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