Edge Craft Barbecue opened a couple of weeks ago just west of downtown Oklahoma City, adding another premium barbecue location to the Oklahoma City metro area.
Owner Zach Edge threw up a shingle at 1920 Linwood Blvd., featuring the same Texas Hill Country style of ‘cue he was known for as pitmaster at Maples BBQ in the Plaza District.
For now, Edge Craft is open from 11 a.m. until the food runs out Fridays through Sundays. Based on the line it drew on its second Friday, it looked like the food would be gone by mid-afternoon.
After sampling through the meats, that suspicion was confirmed. Edge is using prime brisket to get the bark-heavy, black-pepper dominant fork tender brisket made famous first in Lockhart, Texas, 100 years ago.
There are no burnt ends on the menu, which is just fine for brisket of this quality. Burnt ends are a product of Kansas City, where the brisket rides second-class to ribs.
Speaking of ribs, those at Edge were peppery, juicy and pink from smooching with smoke. All bones were returned clean. The pulled pork and turkey were outstanding, too.
Sides include elote, baked beans, cole slaw and macaroni and cheese plus potato salad and fried okra. The elote stood out for a couple of reasons. First, every barbecue restaurant ought to feature pit-roasted corn in some form. Second, elote is the ideal dish for that.
Edge’s limited hours help sustain the quality of the output of the custom-made Primitive Pits smoker in the smokehouse in the parking lot out front.
Looking forward watching this place develop as it’s off to a tremendous start. Those who frequent Butcher BBQ in Wilburton, Jo-Bawb’s north of Wiley Post Airport and Clark Crew will definitely have to make room in their rotation.
You can find more details on the Edge Craft Facebook page.
Mama Lety’s opens on the east side
Congratulations to Alberto Fonseca, longtime general manager of Kaiser’s Grateful Bean, who joined with his family to open Mama Lety’s Mexican Restaurant, 12000 N I-35 Frontage Rd., on Tuesday.
Dropped by late last week for a preview service, and was delighted with the homey flavors and mariachi band. Named for Alberto’s wife, Mama Lety’s serves the usual Tex-Mex flavors side by side with more authentic Mexican dishes like carne guisada.
Mama Lety’s serves both Guiso Verde (green) and Guiso Rojo (red). When I see guiso on the menu, I order it. In this case, I started with the rojo, and found it tender and flavorful with its own familial profile. If I had an abuelita, I reckon this is what her guiso rojo would’ve been like.
The menu also includes fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos. Look forward to trying one of the whole fish preparations in the future. I predict the old fashioned guacamole salad, two kinds of salsa and Okie queso will be irresistible to the 405 diningscape.
Mama Lety’s lives in a space that I think might’ve started with an all-night Kettle restaurant in a part of the city known more for traffic than residents. It was most recently El Patio.
Here’s hoping Mama Lety’s can find a dedicated audience on the north I-35 corridor the way Papa’s Little Italy did back in the 1990s. The restaurant is open for breakfast at 7 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. For more information, call 405-849-5517.
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