“Skinny Slim’s Public House,” 128 E Fifth in Edmond, a few doors east of the UCO Jazz Lab, is a charming hole-in-the-wall bar with red brick walls, colorful sports scarves suspended from ceiling rafters and flat screen TVs to watch the Thunder, World Cup and other action. Patrons can enjoy a cold craft beer and relax at a handful of tall tables, tall benches in a shaded alleyway outdoors or at a huge custom-built bar.
Skinny Slim’s was founded in 2010 in Springfield, Mo. The first Oklahoma City bar opened last year between Deep Deuce and Bricktown.
Edmond’s Skinny Slim’s, which opened April 2, is unique in that it has a kitchen. Along with serving craft beers — 16 on tap and 68 bottled — liquor and wine, the bar offers appetizers, salads and entrees, including calamari, a BLT salad, and blackened chicken club with fries, each for $9.
I chose the special, a savory lamb stew, and my friend ate the fish and chips. A native of Manchester, England, minority owner/general manager and chef Graham Dickinson said he developed a taste for the latter when he worked in Dubai and learned how to prepare the special batter for the fresh cod from his maternal grandfather, who was a master chef with the Royal Air Force.
A former color specialist for L’Oreal, Dickinson by day works as a hairstylist at Salon W, while his partner and wife, Molly Dickinson, works as an administrative aide and goes to school for speech pathology.
The couple met in Grand Cayman where Dickinson worked 2009-2012 as a stylist at the Fairmont Hotel. They married in August 2012 and moved to Oklahoma. Molly Dickinson is a native of Velma.
With Skinny Slim’s Edmond, Graham Dickinson said he was “striving for a nice, community atmosphere, where patrons can strike up conversations and end up meeting their neighbors. That’s how I grew up,” Dickinson said. “That’s what a pub is.”