Danny Bowien's Oklahoma City
Danny in OKC
According to Danny, Oklahoma City is strong in three cuisines: deep-fried Americana, messy Tex-Mex and Vietnamese that’s better than any in the US.
The house where Danny grew up hasn't changed: "I'd go home after school and watch my mom cook," he recalls.
Super Cao Nguyen
To prepare for a tornado relief dinner, chef Danny Bowien trawls the aisles of Super Cao Nguyen, a pan-Asian supermarket the size of an airplane hangar.
BBQ joints dot Oklahoma City's landscape: according to Danny, "messy Tex-Mex" is one of the city's specialities.
Coney Island Wieners
This Arts District favorite serves up "Coney Island-style" hot dogs, aka chili dogs.
Under the Heat Lamp
For a pop-up hurricane relief dinner at local restaurant Ludivine, Danny prepared baby back ribs two ways: smothered in a peppery fish sauce–spiked caramel, and served with red eye gravy punched up with bacon.
Danny stops at a drive-through to pick up a sack of onion burgers, Oklahoma-style burgers with caramelized onions pressed onto the griddled patties.
Eischen’s Fried Chicken
Danny and friends stop by the legendary fried chicken parlor. “You start by eating the skin off the fried chicken, wrapped in white bread with bread-and-butter pickles,” he says of the house specialty. “It’s almost like Peking duck.”
Pho Lien Hoa
Pho Lien Hoa, one of Danny's favorite Vietnamese spots, serves light-bodied and beefy pho that's strongly scented with star anise and cinnamon bark and served with a tangle of herbs on top.
Danny's Super Cao Nguyen haul...
...and his patriotic score at Bass Pro Shops, an outdoors outfitting chain.
The open road in Oklahoma City.
Danny and friends tuck into the superb pho at Vietnamese restaurant Pho Lien Hoa.