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Danny Bowien treats Jimmy Fallon and Questlove to an Edna's Lunchbox on 'Tonight Show'

Chef Danny Bowien has never hid his Oklahoma City upbringing or been hesitant to share how growing up here inspired his eclectic style of gourmet street food. But last night, Bowien went next-level in sharing with the world the wonder of the Lunchbox from Edna's.

— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) October 2, 2015

The only shame is Edna Scott wasn't still around to hop up on her makeshift Jerry Lee Lewis Stage for a celebration dance. We miss you Edna.

Bowien, who owns Mission Chinese and Mission Burrito in New York and Mission Chinese and Mission Burger in San Francisco, helped raise funds in the aftermath of the spate of deadly storms that hit Oklahoma in 2013 by flying into town to do a pop-up restaurant as part of the OK Chefs Relief effort. He also took over the kitchen at Ludivine in 2014 while he was in town with "Food and Wine" for a story about Oklahoma City's influence on his cuisine. It was in that article he first waxed poetic about "The Best Box in Town," sharing the recipe here.

Edna died last October. I was in Texas at the time, and the sad occasion brought to mind the many times we spoke over the years. Her hoarse heavy drawl was always just loud enough to overcome a jukebox as resolute as the Energizer Bunny to spin yarns about meeting Elvis Presley or how the Lunchbox came to be. And when that jukebox played "Great Balls of Fire," she would stop what she was doing behind the bar, jump up on her little platform next to the bar and dance until that last note. Don't think I ever made a trip to Edna's, and there were many through the 2000s, that Edna didn't do her dance.

I have no doubt the Great Hereafter was ringing with "Great Balls of Fire," and the orange juice, Amaretto and Coors Light were flowing. Well done, Danny.

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