The owners are Oklahoma grown, the business is community-oriented, and it’s smoking some tasty meats for patrons to eat.
Four friends, Matt Worsham, Scott Woods, Steve Mason and Richard Rea, opened Earl’s Rib Palace, which has five metro locations, in 1996.
The original location was at 6816 N Western Ave. in Nichols Hills. The other locations have opened gradually since 1996, Worsham said. Patrons can find other Earl’s at 4414 W Reno Ave. in Oklahoma City; 2121 S Broadway in Edmond; 920 SW 25th Street in Moore; and 216 Johnny Bench Drive in Bricktown.
Worsham said Earl’s is family-friendly with coloring books and menus for children. He also said there is something for everyone.
“It’s a great place for ‘dad’ to eat the ribs and the brisket, and the kids can get the burgers,” he said. “We have excellent smoked turkey breast, chicken, and we do have an excellent salad for people who don’t eat meat.”
Each location smokes all of the meats served, and all sides are made fresh daily.
“We have Oklahoma City’s best barbecue,” Worsham said. “It’s a great place to bring out-of-towners, family and friends before the game or to get your to-go food during the football game or after the game.”
Earl’s has a signature sandwich called the “Smokestack,” which is chopped brisket topped with a hotlink, and coleslaw. It comes with any side order. The restaurants also have a half-pound hamburger made to order and a half-pound cheeseburger called the “Cheddar Burger.” It comes with any side order as well.
The Reno location has an all-you-can-eat buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday. The restaurants are counter-service during lunch and full-service during dinner, Worsham said.
The restaurants vary a little in décor and atmosphere, but overall are the same, Worsham said.
“The atmosphere in each restaurant is a little different, but all are very eclectic and down-home, kind of like that roadhouse feel of the early days,” he said.
Worsham also said each Earl’s location supports its local schools as a way to help the community.
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Sunday hours vary by location
Oklahoma City: 949-1220
Nichols Hills: 843-9922