There is lots to talk about in the latest edition of a little about a lot in the Oklahoma City dining scene:
• Del City native Joshua Valentine made a valiant run at the title on the 10th season of Bravo's “Top Chef” but fell one step short of the finale.
With the field cut down to three and the knowledge that his infant daughter, Georgia, was taking her first breaths, Valentine was eliminated from the competition that started in Seattle and moved on to Alaska.
Then on the Last Chance Kitchen portion of the show, an online cook-in for eliminated chefs, he bowed to eventual champion Kristen Kish, of Boston.
Valentine was all set to serve the fifth and final course in the finale on Kristen's behalf, but the title was sewn up at the end of the fourth course.
Valentine currently is pastry chef at FT33 in Dallas, but don't be surprised to see his ginger-toned mustache twirling in a kitchen back here in Oklahoma soon.
The Coach's in downtown Norman, 102 W Main St., was the first to open. As of Jan. 31, it was the last to close.
The venerable pizza, barbecue and burger concept makes way for a new S&B Burger Joint, marking the fourth addition to the local chain. The downtown Norman space had been operating as S&B Burger Joint by Coach's since October, but ownership ultimately decided a full-on conversion was in order, retiring the Coach's name at the end of January.
The new store opened Monday in the original Coach's space, which was opened in 1996 by University of Oklahoma football legend Steve Owens, Jack Hooper and Hal Smith.
It eventually expanded into Bricktown and Edmond before those stores closed in reverse order. It was a common place for Sooner fans to cheer on the crimson and cream with a cold beer, pizza, barbecue or burger.
Last summer, the Bricktown location added the phenomenal barbecue of Russ “The Smokin' Okie” Garrett, but that store closed Dec. 31.
Garrett is managing concessions for Enduring Brands at the Zoo Amphitheatre, meaning the city's top barbecue will be available the next time you go see Styx, Steve Miller or Kansas in concert.