The Edmond Sun

Food

December 5, 2011

Red’s Southern Diner brings home cooking to Edmond

EDMOND — Edmond, get ready for a unique and amazing dining experience. Saddle up the horse and get ready to wow your taste buds with Edmond’s newest restaurant. Red’s Southern Diner is made up of farm funk and food the way grandma makes it.

I got a sneak preview at a VIP tasting on their first night of training. I brought along my two boys and a few friends to help me work through all of the food. I had heard the portions were going to be plentiful and even with my small army of eaters we still had a ton to take home.

The concept is simple: seven main entrees and six sides, all served family style, where all the food is brought out in large bowls and platters and everyone serves themselves. All the food is southern style and great detail went into the recipes to ensure authenticity.

We arrived just after 6 in the evening and were quickly seated. Our server treated us only with the best southern hospitality and promptly got our drinks. Soon after he came to take our order, and I had a ton of questions.

This is not a restaurant where menus are on the table, but the menu is on the wall — big, bold and proud. Because the menu is simple, no menus are needed and unless requested all sides come out with the entrée you choose. Simple, efficient and most importantly delish! I ordered the fried chicken and the rest of the table, under strict orders from me, all ordered something different. I wasn’t about to let down my readers and not try everything. Soon after we ordered out came a huge bowl of salad, already dressed with their very own house made salad dressing, and soft, fluffy biscuits with real butter.

All food is fresh and nothing is frozen and all the food is cooked to order. Matt was quick to tell me, “All food is timed to be cooked and to come out to your table at the same time to ensure nothing but a high-quality dining experience.” When I asked Matt about the owner of this great restaurant he stated, “We just call him ‘Red.’”

The food arrived and everybody gasped — there was food aplenty and the huge platters filled our entire table, leaving only enough room for our plates and drinks. Trust me, I had my camera on the table as well as the car keys and I had to move them to make room. In front of us were bowls of creamed corn, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy and fried okra.

The main entrées served by our choosing were pot roast, fried chicken, chicken fried steak, barbecue chicken, catfish, chicken tenders and chicken pot pie. The kids loved and I mean LOVED the creamed corn. My youngest son was eating it directly from the serving bowl until I reminded him of his manners. Every bite was incredible!

Adults for $11.99 get their choice of entrée and all the sides and children when choosing off the children’s menu are just $4.99.

After eating until I felt like I was going to explode, one final round of food was heading our way. Dessert — and again you will not be disappointed. They offer three: biscuit bread pudding, brownie sundae and strawberry crumble. Desserts are just more than $5 each and can feed two with no problem.

Red’s Southern Diner is at 840 W. Danforth Road in Edmond. Seating is first come, first served, with the exception o f the small trailer booth that seats 10. To reserve this special booth, call 509-2635.

Cook smart …

 

CHEF DAVE FOUTS is an Edmond resident and a nationally known speaker in the bariatric weight-loss industry. He also is the author of four cookbooks.

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