EDMOND — At Lottinvilles Restaurant & Bar, it’s all about pleasing the customer. And while that might not sound like a novel idea, owner Michael Jones said you might be surprised.
“A lot of people worry about authenticity,” he said. “Listen, I can flex my culinary muscles until I’m blue in the face, but if the customers don’t want to eat it, why bother?”
That’s why, after 10 years in Edmond, Lottinvilles continues to please diners, even if some of the dishes aren’t exactly what Jones had in mind when he started.
“I swore to myself that I’d never have a chicken fried steak on my menu,” he said. “But there it is, and guess what — it’s our second biggest seller.”
That might be because, like most dishes at Lottinvilles, Jones and his crew have taken an old favorite and put a new spin on it.
Their chicken fried steak ($16) is unique because of the top-quality beef and sourdough dredge it goes through. It’s a theme that can be seen all over the menu.
Classic comfort food macaroni and cheese is paired with green chilies at Lottinvilles and the rotisserie chicken ($15) is marinated with roasted garlic, olive oil and rosemary before it spins over a pecan wood fire.
By taking familiar foods and elevating the level of the ingredients and the cooking methods, the restaurant appeals to a new generation of restaurant lovers.
"When we started, we were having cannellini beans drop shipped here,” Jones said. “We did a lot of things, but people just weren’t interested. Food Network and some of the other chef shows have really changed that.”
Now, not only do chefs have to be on top of their game, so do the servers, he said. That’s why everybody gets a constant refresher course on the food at Lottinvilles — because the customers demand it.
Which isn’t to say the food is out-of-reach for regular folks. It’s good food, cooked well, and even if you don’t have a gourmet palette, you’ll find something to love, Jones said.
House-made potato chips accompany a wide selection of delicious sandwiches, including a jalapeno cheeseburger ($10) and a piled-high Cuban ($9).
And for those looking for lighter fare, the restaurant has a fresh fish special every day and the cooks are encouraged to make food that is both irresistible and calorie-sensible.
Newly relocated from their classic log cabin to a gorgeous building at 801 Signal Ridge Dr., Jones said Lottinvilles is looking to build on a decade of success by put customers’ tastes at the forefront.
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday
5 to 10 p.m. Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday