EDMOND — Major League Baseball begins its postseason Friday, which means it's the perfect time to check out Home Run Sliders, 125 E Fifth St.
The newest concept from Deep Fork Restaurant Group is adorned in baseball paraphernalia and menu items that pay homage to the national pastime. Meanwhile, the cafe focuses on one of the food industry's hottest commodities: The slider.
Made famous by White Castle, the slider is simply a miniature hamburger. The benefit is the variety. The only time we're usually able to try more than one flavor or burger is at our own backyard cookout. Like its cousin S & B Burger Joint, Home Run Sliders offers a multitude of flavor combinations. Unlike S & B, Home Run caters to more of a family setting.
The restaurant opened in spring but recently was turned over to the care of general manager Elena Farrar, who has been the driving force behind Deep Fork's wildly successful Wedge Pizzeria concept.
Farrar said her first move was to lower the prices at Home Run Sliders.
“I thought we could offer a better value,” she said. “And I also simplified the menu and shored up the beer selection.”
A ponderous menu hand-written on a chalkboard above the counter has been erased. Diners can now take a look at a pared down menu as they wait in line.
Sliders are $3 each, two for $5, three for $7.25 and four for $9.75. Make any meal a combo, including fries and drink, for $2.50.
The sliders range from simple beef and cheese to lush prime rib with Swiss cheese and horseradish.
In between you'll find chili, guacamole, a Theta, bacon and blue cheese and a play on hot wings. There's even a veggie burger, which is a relief to those of us with vegetarians within our covey.
Sides include onion petals, sweet potato fries, regular fries, tater tots, and macaroni and cheese.
To adorn those fries, tots or petals, you can visit Home Run Sliders' prodigious ketchup bar. Along with basic ketchup, you'll find versions infused with Dr Pepper, blueberry, ancho chile, lavender, strawberry, sage, Caribbean jerk, barbecue, curry, chipotle and mayonnaise.
Elena recommended the lavender ketchup with sweet potato fries, which was genius.
I've tried a half dozen different sliders, and none has disappointed.
The Rounding Third, which includes guacamole, bacon and cheese is a favorite, but The Ump is my favorite — candied blackened bacon and blue cheese crumbles.
Farrar adjusted the Dominican Slider, which was my least favorite from an early visit. The chicken slider previously had a brown sugar and pecan batter, which darkened a little too hastily in past incarnations.
“We took the pecans out of the batter and sprinkle them on now,” Elena said.
Home Run Sliders is a welcome addition to the 5th Street Corridor, joining Hideaway Pizza, Cafe 501, Boulevard Steakhouse, Sara Sara Cupcakes and the UCO Jazz Lab, to name a few. With a little signage from Broadway, this area should become a metrowide destination.
Farrar said they're in the middle of transitioning their dessert options. The restaurant has offered soft-serve ice cream in mini batting helmets but is looking to go even more traditional.
“We're going to be serving boxes of Cracker Jack soon,” she said.
Which can only mean that it's time to play ball. (And root, root, root for the Rangers!)