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Breakfast goes south at El Huevo

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NORMAN — El Huevo Mexi-Diner, 3522 24th Ave NW, opened Monday, offering further proof the Hal Smith Restaurant Group never sleeps.

Located just east of Interstate 35 near Tecumseh Road, El Huevo offers breakfast and Mexican café favorites in a sun-splashed, colorful setting. If the group’s Neighborhood Jam ran off to El Paso for a twirling girl named Felina, El Huevo would be their love child.

The new concept is about 18 months in the making, according to manager Ryan Springer.

“We spent a lot of time on this concept, trying to get it right,” he said. “We wanted to a bright, open feel. An energetic dining room, and we wanted to have some fun with the menu.”

Again, I invited The Curbside Chronicles editor Nathan Poppe to join me, and again he failed to share — food that is. He was kind enough to share a photo of the French Toast he ordered. Sure looked good. Guess I’ll have to go back and try it for myself.

This even after I shared enchilada dip with him!

Did I mention enchilada dip? What a great idea. What if chicken, green chile queso, and Monterrey Jack cheese got together on top of corn three tortillas and waited for you to dip tortilla chips into them rather than showing up rolled up and ready for forking? Throw in some avocado slices, pico de gallo, crema and pickled red onion for mixing, too.

And then when the chips have all turned to crumble, what remains of the dip now lives as one with the corn tortillas they rode in on. Reverse-sopping, perhaps.

I also tried the Puerco Rojo, a pile of smoked pork shoulder seasoned with red chile served with charro beans and rice. It also comes with a grilled flour tortilla perfect for tearing into pieces to scoop up the pork.

Nathan’s precious Crunchy French Toast is Cuban toast crusted in cornflakes with caramelized bananas, Mexican Chocolate and fresh fruit.

A cheese enchilada or tamale can be added to anything you order for a couple of bucks, avocado for one.

El Huevo offers a variety of hearty breakfast entrees, omelets and a handful of taco and sandwich options. The restaurant also has a full bar specializing in margaritas and bubbles and offers fresh-squeezed juices.

The restaurant is open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Find the full menu online at www.elhuevomexidiner.com.

Festival of the Arts brings local flavor

Arts Council Oklahoma City begins its annual Festival of the Arts of the arts at 11 a.m. Tuesday and continues through April 28.

Strawberries Newport will be on the menu along with Indian Tacos, Honey Chicken sandwiches, and the usual assortment of flavors inspired from around the globe but executed by local purveyors.

And probably a little rain.

The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Nosh with neighbors

YUKON – April is Made in Oklahoma month, see today’s recipe feature, and as part of that some great local vendors will be on hand at Homeland, 11241 W Reno Ave., to hand out samples and answer questions about their products 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20.

Expected on hand are Susan Witt and her Ace in the Bowl Salsa, Diane Mashore and her Famous Italian Dressing; Amy Gilson, of Healthy Cravings; Suan Grant, of Suan’s Foods; plus samples from Mountain View Meat and Ozarka Water.

On the Blog

Read my first impressions of the new Birra Birra Draft Pizzeria from local restaurant group Provisions Concepts, an update on Slapfish, and more local dining nuggets on The Food Dude Blog: NewsOK.com/blogs/food-dude.

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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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