3-4-1: Devil’s in the Details
Photo by Brent Fuchs.
Deviled eggs, those quintessential mouthfuls of nostalgic bliss from days gone by, are still popular after all these years. However, not all deviled eggs are created equally. Three Oklahoma City area restaurants pride themselves in serving eggs that are completely unique and certainly different from any that Grandma made.
Stepping into Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs (1400 NW. 23rd St., OKC) is like stepping back in time to the days of TV dinners and I Love Lucy. Created by the mother of co-owner Cally Johnson, the deviled egg recipe is a twist on the classic. Besides mustard and mayo, pepper juice and sugar add a little zing and sweetness. A sprinkling of smoked paprika on top gives that traditional look and a smoky flavor.
Since opening in 2002, Iron Starr Urban BBQ (3700 N. Shartel Ave, OKC) has offered a full service menu, including seafood, salads and varied side dishes. Owners Keith and Heather Paul strive to bridge the Wild West and barbecue as regional cuisine. Named after notorious Oklahoma outlaw, Belle Starr, this restaurant serves deviled eggs that are famous for other reasons.
What may seem like an ordinary deviled egg at first is elevated to new heights, topped with a spicy pepper ceviche and fresh scallion. Usually referring to a citrus-marinated seafood dish, this ceviche combines kalamata olives, capers, pimentos, jalapenos and cocktail onions. Served in the middle of the plate, the presentation is as stunning as the eggs are tasty.
Meanwhile in Norman, the deviled eggs at Local (2262 W. Main) combine classic, familiar flavors into decadent mouthfuls. Heavenly BLT eggs boast a bacon mousse and are topped with crispy bacon, tomato and peppery arugula. Smoked salmon and Cobb salad are the inspiration for the restaurant’s other deviled eggs. Unfortunately, all three flavors are only available on the catering menu.