FOOD: Eggington’s, Blaze Pizza & Rocket Fizz
Many of the exciting new eats making their debut in Edmond are also newcomers to Oklahoma. Thanks to some loyal locals with a desire to bring their food findings and passions back to their hometown, a variety of new breakfast, lunch, dinner and sweets are just around the corner.
First, breakfast. There’s a reason it’s considered the most important meal of the day. It’s indulgent, it’s warm and buttery, it’s your first taste of the day and it involves coffee. What’s more important than that? And it’s even better when someone else has to clean the kitchen afterwards.
Put down your skillet and trade your pajamas for pants–Edmond has a new breakfast spot that makes it worth getting dressed! Eggington’s superb menu hails from a clever eatery in Casper, Wyoming and the inspiration of two Edmond natives. Jason Clark, like most oil and gas professionals, traveled and worked in Wyoming. An admitted food-lover, Clark approached the restaurant’s owner about opening another location, and after consulting with his longtime Edmond friend and experienced restaurateur, Stan Wimmer, Eggington’s found a new home in Edmond.
First things first–Eggington’s biscuits and gravy. Addictive! Tasty Focaccia bread biscuits are lavished with a well-seasoned brown sausage gravy. It’s everything you wish all restaurant gravy could be. Next, their famous homemade green chili is a savory sauce with a smoky pork flavor and subtle spice. It’s a delicious accent on omelets, burritos and more, but so good you can eat it like soup. I did, and I’m not even ashamed.
You’ll have to dine multiple times to relish all the fantastic items on this plentiful menu, including the layered Cowboy Skillet, numerous Benedicts, sweet cream buttermilk pancakes, frittatas and breakfast tamales that are absolutely “the bomb,” says Clark. I believe him. And don’t leave without trying their Big Train Chai tea. Even hard-core coffee-drinkers will come back for more of this sweet and frothy concoction! For lunch, the gourmet burgers, paninis, flatbreads and melts are equally enticing.
737 W. Danforth Road, eggingtons-hub.com
Another first to Oklahoma and to Edmond, Blaze Pizza, is a fast-casual restaurant featuring build-your-own and signature pizzas ‘fast-fire’d’ to perfection in 180 seconds. Seriously! The high-tech oven can accommodate 22 pizzas at a time, each crisped with a delicious golden crust. This laid-back pizzeria treats you to your favorite artisanal pie in mere minutes with unlimited toppings for just $7.95. When you realize there’s no catch–it really is unlimited toppings at one price–you’ll probably want to smother your pizza with everything from ovalini mozzarella and sautéed onions to Italian meatballs and applewood bacon.
General Manager Jeff Hadley brought the quality-meets-quick concept to the Edmond area when the restuarant opened in October 2015. Embracing the ‘chart your own course’ philosophy, the restaurant has a distinctly millennial feel with green and clean items, high-quality produce, recycled materials, no nitrates or chemicals and an industrial atmosphere with an assembly line, ‘build-your-own’ approach. Every item is listed with a calorie count and all signature pizzas are under 1000 calories for the entire pizza. Gluten-free crusts are made fresh daily, too, with quality ingredients, and vegans enjoy incredible options as well. If you’re forsaking your diet for a day, finish with a delicious s’more melted right on the hearth of the oven—makes you feel like a kid again!
2410 W. Memorial Road, blazepizza.com
Compelled by Downtown Edmond’s renaissance and historic charm, Alan and Tina Bevel found a home base for their new venture, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop. With the feel of an old-fashioned general store and soda shop but the modern flair of a sweets boutique that caters to all tastes and diets, it couldn’t have found a more fitting home. Located in the new Campbell Corner building and slated to open mid-to-late May, the store features a mesmerizing array of nostalgic confections like long-stick bubble gum, taffy, Abba Zaba bars and Beanboozled jelly beans ‘in a zillion flavors,’ Alan remarks.
Candy is sold by the bag, not the pound, and old-fashioned red stickers on items hearken back to a by-gone era. A wall of sodas, metal signs, concert posters and life-size cutouts of super heroes and celebrities add to the fun of this sweet destination!
130 N. Broadway, rocketfizz.com