Thursday, September 29, 2011

Page hits and Tucker's Onion Burgers

Our little blog about Elliot's mission to Oklahoma City started with its first post on August 10, 2010, the day he was set apart as a missionary and the day before he reported to the Missionary Training Center.  We've had a lot of fun with the blog since that very first post.  We've posted Elliot's weekly emails and occasional pictures, stuff that we found interesting about Oklahoma and Texas, stories and videos from the Church, and whatever else struck our fancy.  And somebody must be reading, since earlier this evening we had our 20,000th page hit!  Now, in the world of blogging that's not a very big number but it's more than we ever expected.  Thanks for reading!

And since you probably didn't visit the blog to read about page hits, here's a fun story about a cool new restaurant in Oklahoma City, Tucker's Onion Burgers.  Converted from an old Texaco service station, Tucker's is a haven for burgers, fries, salad, soda, lemonade, and shakes.  Their specialty is, of course, onion burgers.  What's the story behind onion burgers, you ask?  From Tucker's website, here's the answer:
The humble beginnings of the Oklahoma Onion Burger lie in economic necessity. In the 1920s, a smattering of cafes in Western Oklahoma sought ways to stretch beef further in their menu offerings. Cooks found that ground beef pressed with a pile of thinly shredded onions not only tasted good but helped cafes stay profitable as the Great Depression loomed. Soon, diners and cafes all over Oklahoma were serving fried onion burgers, and they have been a staple ever since.
The Onion Burger capital of the world is nearby El Reno, OK, where three famous diners inhabit a three block radius--serving delicious fried Onion Burgers to throngs of eager patrons. Every May a festival is held in honor of the onion burger, and a team of volunteers produce an 800 pound Onion Burger for festival goers.
The El Reno Fried Onion Burger Day sounds like a hoot, especially with an 800 pound onion burger!

For Elliot, Tucker's is more than happy to include jalapenos on his burger.  We'll have to check with him to see if he can find his way to Tucker's when he's in OKC.

Enjoy this video about Tucker's.  Watching it made me very hungry.  And here are more pictures of Tucker's.

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