Urban Johnnie

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Johnnie the Greek, a chicken burger, is served with olives and onion rings at Urban Johnnie. Photo by Brent Fuchs.
Johnnie the Greek, a chicken burger, is served with olives and onion rings at Urban Johnnie. Photo by Brent Fuchs.

The name “Johnnie” in Oklahoma City evokes images of juicy burgers piled high with shredded cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato and onions. Indeed, when founder Johnnie Haynes opened his first Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler in Oklahoma City more than 40 years ago, the goal was simple: Provide charcoal-grilled burgers that are hearty, tasty and affordable.

Haynes’ goal was realized; the Oklahoma City area now boasts seven Johnnie’s locations.

Urban Johnnie is the latest incarnation in the Johnnie’s empire. The restaurant, located in the city’s trendy Deep Deuce district, offers a menu that is wide-ranging and upscale. Soup and salad, tacos, sandwiches and, of course, burgers are all on the menu. Four different burger patties are available: beef, chicken, crab cake and veggie. Gourmet burger toppings include blue cheese, roasted poblano peppers, mushrooms, hummus, vegetarian chili and fried egg. Highlights of the menu are the pot roast, served with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes; chicken fried chicken, served with mashed potatoes; and, of course, Johnnie’s Cheese Theta. This favorite is comprised of a beef patty, shredded American cheese, hickory sauce, house-made pickles and mayonnaise. It’s a crowd-pleaser made famous by the original Johnnie’s more than 40 years ago. 121 NE Second St., Oklahoma City. www.urbanjohnnie.com

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