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El Huevo Mexi-Diner opens first location in Norman

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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 have a bright, open feel. An energetic dining room, and we wanted to have some fun with the menu.”

Again, I invited The Curbside Chronicle 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. I expect this rich, spicy dip will sell like the hot cakes NOT on the menu at this breakfast-forward concept.

Instead of hot cakes, you can get an omelet, several varieties of Eggs Benedict and breakfast taco and the aforementioned French toast –  made of Cuban toast crusted in cornflakes with caramelized bananas, Mexican Chocolate and fresh fruit.

The menu also mixes in tacos with no eggs and a handful of sandwich options.

A cheese enchilada or tamale can be added to anything you order for a couple of bucks, avocado for one. Nathan added one to his French Toast, and guess who left a happy plate without offering a bite to his friend, Dave? Again, looked very tasty.

Of course, I was busy stuffing my face with Puerco Rojo, a pile of smoked pork shoulder seasoned with red chile. It came with charro beans and seasoned rice. It also came with a large flour tortilla perfect for tearing into pieces to scoop up the pork.

The pork was smoky and moist, the perfect mate for the warm tortilla. Would’ve loved a little more of the tasty pickled red onions that came with the Enchilada Dip to tangle with the pork. Next time, for sure.

Springer also asked us to sample a bit of green chile posole, which was promising indeed. Love to see it or some refined version on the daily soup menu, especially around Christmastime.

The restaurant is open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Find the full menu online here

Swing back by the blog tomorrow impressions from my first visit to Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria, a preview of the Festival of the Arts and more news and notes from Oklahoma City’s diningsphere.

And if you've been to El Huevo, let me know what you thought.

 

 

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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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