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Mission Chinese popping up at Chick N Beer for New Years

Chef Danny Bowien will return to Oklahoma City for a Mission Chinese pop-up this year at Chick N Beer. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
Chef Danny Bowien will return to Oklahoma City for a Mission Chinese pop-up this year at Chick N Beer. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

All is usually quiet on New Year’s Day along the 405 diningscape, but not this year thanks to one its favorite sons.

James Beard Award-winning chef and Oklahoma City native Danny Bowien will host a Mission Chinese pop-up at Chick N Beer, 715 NW 23 St., on New Year’s Day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bowien was raised in Oklahoma City by his adoptive parents. He graduated from Westmoore High School. After leaving the 405, Bowien moved to San Francisco to try his hand as a musician but instead found his voice as a chef through Mission Chinese.

What began as a pop-up benefit now has locations in San Francisco and New York. Bowien has made appearances on late-night television for hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Myers and has was a featured chef on Season Six of "The Mind of a Chef" thanks in great part to his joyous rejection of subtlety as a cook and person.

A Mission Chinese pop-up last year drew a big crowd. Chef Danny Bowien will return for a pop-up this year at Chick N Beer. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
A Mission Chinese pop-up last year drew a big crowd. Chef Danny Bowien will return for a pop-up this year at Chick N Beer. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

Bowien popping up in the 405 diningscape is no surprise. He did a similar event at Lee’s Sandwiches in January of 2019. According to the announcement for this pop-up, Bowien will feature spicy wings, okra and special limited edition merchandise.The announcement mentions the menu is “extremely spicy” and offers no substitutions.

Food will be sold first-come, first-served. I recommend you arrive early and get on queue!

Carla Hall coming to town

Carla Hall
Carla Hall

SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital will host it’s 18th annual Celebrity Chef event on Feb. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring chef Carla Hall, co-host of ABC television’s "The Chew."

Hall will do a live cooking demonstration at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center, 429 E California Ave., and share tips for heart-healthy eating. Attendees will also be served a tasting menu from her most recent cookbook, “Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration” and can purchase books and have them signed.

Tickets are $35; premium admission is available for $125. Free parking is available to ticket-holders across the street. Admission includes a multiple-course heart-healthy tasting menu prepared under the guidance of chef Kurt Fleischfresser.

Premium ticket-holders get seating nearest the stage, two drink tickets, a gift bag, and a copy Hall’s book.

For more information, call 979-7814. For tickets, go here.

The Lounge opens as Johnnie’s reopens on Britton

The Lounge just opened next door to Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler on Britton Road. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
The Lounge just opened next door to Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler on Britton Road. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

At long last, the city’s oldest Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler location is free!

That’s right, Britton Road has reopened between North May and Pennsylvania avenues, and that means Johnnie’s and ND Foods can now go about trying to make a living again.

The Lounge just opened next door to Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler on Britton Road. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
The Lounge just opened next door to Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler on Britton Road. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

Johnnie’s owners David and Rick Haynes, sons of the eponymous founder, used the extended road project in front of their store to remodel the location that opened decades ago. They also used the time to convert the former Giovanni’s Gelato into The Lounge, a full-service cocktail bar.

The Lounge borrows some branding and feel from the departed Uptown Johnnie’s. Patrons of Johnnie’s can enter the bar from the restaurant. There’s also a service window between the two. Places like The Garage and Hopdoddy have found success blending the family restaurant experience with bar service. Good to see a venerable local brand like Johnnie’s find a way to evolve in its own way. This set up looks like a winner for regulars and a good invitation to the uninitiated.

The newly remodeled dining room at Johnnie's on Britton Road. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
The newly remodeled dining room at Johnnie's on Britton Road. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
The Lounge has a service window connecting it to Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler on Britton Road. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]
The Lounge has a service window connecting it to Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler on Britton Road. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

Quick Bites

Johnnie’s isn’t the only disturbance you’re feeling in the local burger force right now. The Hal Smith restaurant group is so resolved to get you to eat out in 2020, they’re offering a discount on burgers to do it. All locations of The Garage will offer burgers for $3.99 in January, including beef, turkey and garlic quinoa patties. … Chuy’s, 760 N Interstate Dr., in Norman, will host a birthday party for Elvis Presley on Jan. 8 with all-day food and drink specials. Anyone who arrives for Elvis’s 85th birthday dresses as The King will get a free entree. You’ll get a buck off the Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken and The Elvis Presley Memorial Combo, and the bar will serve Blue Hawaiians, and The King’s Punch.

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Chef Danny Bowien will return to Oklahoma City for a Mission Chinese pop-up this year at Chick N Beer. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

Chef Danny Bowien will return to Oklahoma City for a Mission Chinese pop-up this year at Chick N Beer. [Dave Cathey/The Oklahoman]

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Dave Cathey

The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene. Read more ›

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