Its a great location for this casual eatery, where the fun vibe is to eat well, then get back outside to play maybe right across the street in the very pretty Stephenson Park.
Home Run Sliders, 128 E. Fifth, is Deep Fork Groups first real foray into Edmond, but its not like the owners and staff arent familiar with the community.
One of our owners, Rod Meyer, has lived in Edmond for a long time, said Josh Richardson, corporate chef for Deep Fork and the guy behind the menu at Home Run. He just has a love of Edmond, and we all love the community.
Richardson, who has been with Deep Fork for three years and previously trained with Kurt Fleischfresser and Alain Buthion, is also from Edmond.
Its like coming home, he said. I know the mentality and enjoy the town a lot.
He thinks the baseball-themed restaurant is a perfect fit for a place like Edmond. Theres so many Little
League (teams) around here, and Edmond High School is so prevalent with baseball. Its just a fun hand-in-glove, so to speak, kind of thing.
The baseball theme is obvious from the start. Even the handles to the doors of the place are shaped like bats. Inside, the theme continues without getting obnoxious. Theres a collage of old baseball photos and news articles on one wall, surrounded by large paintings of baseball cards (including Honus Wagner, which Richardson said is the most monetarily valuable card out there).
The famous stadiums arent ignored either. A painting of Fenway Park is just inside the front doors, and a Wrigley Field sign on another wall holds a chalkboard announcing the latest winner of the Slider Derby.
Thats just one of the ways Home Run Sliders seems to be becoming a part of the community from the start. The Slider Derby is a weekly slidereating contest held at 7 p.m. each Wednesday.
Its pretty fun because you get the kids from (UCO), plus a couple high school kids, Richardson said. Its like theyre all on a level playing field because theyre all hungry.
The goal of the derby is to eat as many sliders as possible in five minutes, plus a side of Tater Tots and a glass of water. And what do they win?
Well, bragging rights, obviously, he said. They get a gift certificate to here, their name on the board.
Home Run Sliders also offers a 10 percent discount to Little League and high school baseball players who come in uniform.
Were hoping to get them in after the game, Richardson said. Maybe Dad wants to get a beer because its really hot outside, and the kids can all get a burger thats just their size.
Richardson said the burgers will appeal to both parents and kids. The flavor profile is such that its appealing to the kids. They may not necessarily know why, but theyre like, Thats a really yummy burger, and the parents are more foodie-oriented and they can really appreciate it.
Its just classic things with a little bit of a twist and a little bit of churched-up aspect to it, Richardson said.
Take, for example, The Ump, which is a variation on the blackand-blue with blackened, sweetened candy bacon and blue cheese. Even the classic tots get an update. Richardson said theyre gourmet tots made in-house with two different kinds of cheese, chives, spices and more.
The sliders are formed from a blend of meat made especially for Home Run, which Richardson said is just another aspect of turning the restaurant into more than a burger joint. Its like taking fine dining but applying the concepts to hamburgers.
So how many sliders should one person order? That depends on how hungry you are.
I have this little window so I can see people, Richardson said, pointing to a rectangle window that connects the counter up front with the kitchen in back. Ill look at people and Ill try to gauge if, Do they want three? He looks like he hasnt eaten all day. But the average person generally gets two with a side item. I really cant eat more than two.
CATCH THE KETCHUP
Lined up along one wall at Home Run Sliders, 20 nozzles
perch atop a two-tier, blonde wood bar. And theyre all full of ketchup
We took variations of different
themes, like theres a roasted garlic and red bell pepper; theres a
wasabi-soy. Another chef and I worked on them together. Some of them
worked, and those are the ones over there, said Josh Richardson, chef
at Home Run Sliders, gesturing to the bar that sits underneath a sign
proclaiming it the Worlds Greatest Ketchup Bar.
No telling if its the greatest, but according to the people at Deep Fork, it is the largest in the state.
number of ketchups stays the same, but the flavors rotate. And those
flavors, like a strawberry quince, can get pretty unique.
said that, although they all still taste like ketchup and look like
ketchup, each flavor was given a little something extra.
Take the Theta, which Richardson said is full of special stuff little bit of this, little bit of that. Trade secrets.
also a Dr Pepper ketchup a guest favorite and a ketchup based on a
Chicago dog, pumped with all the ingredients youd find in the famous
hot dog of the Windy City.
Some of them are
obviously different because of the ingredients that are put in there,
Richardson said, and theyre not going to go with each thing on the
menu, but in pairing them with different things, they really accompany
them well. Jenny Coon Peterson