FOOD: Klemm's, Kamp's & The Zu

 

Written by Laura Beam in the April 2016 Issue

It’s a busy weeknight, a lazy Saturday, an impromptu lunch with friends. Your stand-by salad or pasta just won’t do this time. You crave a little culinary adventure and new atmosphere. Quick, think of some place new you’ve been wanting to try. Sound familiar?

Downtown, uptown and everywhere in between, Edmond is brimming with new eateries. Around every corner and intersection, something exciting is popping up and arresting the attention of hungry on-lookers. Get ready to be delighted. From German barbecue and fried crackling pork rinds to hobo pie, the new crop of Edmond eateries is a melting pot of enticing cuisine.

Klemm’s Smokehaus

Everything you love about this fabulous food truck just got better--now it’s also a restaurant! After years of successful food-trucking, the Clem family brings their unique German barbecue fusion to everyday dining in Edmond. Under the family name of their German ancestors, Klemm’s Smokehaus also reflects the family’s southern roots with a love of barbecue. And when the two get together on a menu, it’s pure magic!

JJ Clem comments, “Edmond is our home and we always wanted to bring something different to our friends here. All the recipes are created by my mother and father and we haven’t nearly scratched the surface of what combining the two cuisines could be.” The Jowler sandwich boasts succulent pulled pork, red apple cabbage slaw, bacon and German mustard on a homemade pretzel bun. Also topping the best-seller list are the smoked chicken sandwich with homemade cheese sauce and jalapeños, schnitzel and ribs--which sell out every day. Bring your appetite and get ready to take home leftovers. Every bite is a feast in itself!

Located at 2000 S. Broadway in Edmond. Visit klemmssmokehaus.com. Look for the food truck locations, too!

Kamp’s 1910 Cafe

Kamp's 1910 Cafe new location in Downtown EdmondEdmond will soon boast the sought-after fare of Kamp’s 1910 Cafe. The signs and construction at 33rd & Boulevard are cause for celebration! Soon, the delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menu of this renowned OKC icon will bring its signature dishes and deli favorites to Edmond. First opened in OKC in 2010, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Kamp’s Brothers Grocery Store in OKC, the restaurant took its inspiration from the quality meats and deli products at the store. Traditional deli foods with Oklahoma influences are seen throughout the menu and the handmade bakery goodies are irresistible.

“We are seeing new things come to Edmond and we believe we can provide some new dining options that people are wanting to see,” says owner and Edmond local, Randall Kamp. “The cupcakes and cookies are always a hit,” he remarks. In addition, guests will find an extensive sandwich lineup, including a unique BLT with cream cheese and avocado, fresh salads and hearty breakfast entrees like biscuits topped with scrambled eggs and gravy. Yum! The hobo pie, like a pot pie, is also extremely popular. “There are a limited number of them, so you better come early if you want one,” Kamp admits. Kamp is also excited about opening a new location at the new General Electric Oil and Gas Research Center. Looks like we’ll be seeing even more of this famed cafe to come!

Locations: 10 NE 10th St., OKC; OU Children’s Hospital, OKC, 33rd & Boulevard, Edmond. Visit kamps1910cafe.net for info.

The Zu Sports Grill

Pulled Chicken Slaw Sandwich from the ZuThere’s an exciting resurgence happening in the heart of our city! The Zu, one of the latest additions that opened in Downtown Edmond on March 1st, brings fresh taste and a fun vibe to the downtown scene. Forget what you know about sports bars. Here, families, sports fans and diners seeking excellent food all find a welcoming mood and menu. The spacious destination sports six large screen TVs and large booths with chalkboards for the kids, plus 12 taps, 25 beers and reasonably priced food made predominantly in-house, from corn beef and prime rib to daily smoked chicken.

“The burgers and wings are top-notch,” remarks owner Nancy Meoli. “And some different things that you don’t see everywhere are our fried crackling pork rinds and footlong Angus hot dog on a homemade baguette.” With live trivia on Tuesday, drink specials, a late night kitchen and weekly live broadcasts from WWLS, this downtown spot is a new go-to destination for fun!

Located at 16 S. Broadway. Follow them on Facebook.

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