It may not yet have a reputation as one of America’s food meccas, but Oklahoma City was home to all-star chef Danny Bowien and helped shape the palate that spawned the brilliant dishes his acclaimed Mission Chinese.

September 02, 2014

It may not yet have a reputation as one of America’s food meccas, but Oklahoma City was home to all-star chef Danny Bowien and helped shape the palate that spawned the brilliant dishes his acclaimed Mission Chinese. Here are five more things you didn’t know about this prairie city.

1. The first shopping cart debuted in 1937 at Humpty Dumpty markets in Oklahoma City. The Twist Tie machine was invented in 1961 by Earl Burford and originally used at Oklahoma City’s Rainbow Bakery, now known as the Sara Lee Bakery.

2. Stir-fried dishes, like General Tso’s chicken and kung pao chicken, are known as “dings” on Chinese restaurant menus in Oklahoma City.

3. Settlers who snuck into Oklahoma early, during the 1889 Land Run to claim the area around Oklahoma City, were known as Sooners—now the name of the sports teams at the University of Oklahoma.

4. A small subset of Oklahoma City diners are called “Sunday tippers,” because they’re known for leaving Bible tracts instead of cash.

5. One of Oklahoma City’s most famous residents is Thunder basketball forward Kevin Durant, who was named MVP of the NBA’s 2013-2014 season.

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