Bunny’s Onion Burgers: the great OKC onion burger tour, part three
After eating lunch here last weekend, I had to take two showers, wash all of my clothes, and put a deodorizer in my car. Yep, all that just to erase the onion power clinging to me and everything I owned. Moral of the story — don’t eat lunch here if you have a blind date for dinner that night. However, if you’re a regular Okie lookin’ for a great onion burger on a Saturday afternoon, this is your place.
I’ve never had an onion burger piled this high with onions. It was simply delicious. In contrast to most other onion burger places, Bunny’s doesn’t smash the onions into the meat. They’re grilled first, then piled high on top. Mom and I had a discussion today as to whether adding cheese helps keep the onions in place. She thought cheese made the onions more slippery, and she had trouble keeping her onions on her burger. I actually thought the cheese acted as a coagulant to help keep the onions in place. You, too, can have a fascinating discussion like this as you dine in onion heaven. As usual, my husband — the plain man — had meat and bread only. No onions. It just kills me.
Anyway, as if we didn’t have enough onions on our burgers, Mom and I also ordered onion rings. They had to be the softest onion rings I’ve ever had, and they were great piled high with ketchup. The husband had the “peels on” fries, which were also tasty.
Burgers here are priced according to how many toppings you order. A basic onion and pickle burger is $3.75, with a basket at $6. Burgers are also available with double meat, but take note — the onion burgers here are larger than the ones at the Yukon and El Reno places. My husband, the carnivore, ordered double meat and even he said it was too much. He even de-meated part of his burger (a first). Now, that being said, these burgers are not as big as the ones at Nic’s Grill. And rightly so as, in my opinion, onion burgers are supposed to be smaller, yet packed with more taste.
It doesn’t seem that new owners Bobby Hawkins and Bill Burnett have changed the place much since they purchased it on September 20, 2008. And that’s good. Previous owner Bunny Biggers had a good thing going since she took the place over in 1990 (for a complete history on the building and location, see their website). Bobby did tell me they are planning to become a chain by opening another location at NW 23 and Hudson in about two months. This new store will operate the same hours as the current location.
We happened to be in the restaurant eating lunch on the day of the big Bedlam football game, and Bobby said they can gauge business on game days according to who’s playing, if it’s a home game, and whether or not it’s on TV. He said in about ten minutes, they would have another rush right before closing, and sure enough, the place filled up as we were leaving.
It had been several years since I had been to Bunny’s, and I was glad to see several chicken dishes on the menu (around $7), along with a dinner salad ($2.75). Hot dogs ($2) and conies ($2.25) are also an option, as is homemade chili ($3.25). A kid’s menu is listed for $3.75.
I’m glad to see that Bunny’s will continue as a part of the OKC onion burger landscape under the new management. They’ve got a good thing going, so try ‘em out and let me know what ya think in the comments!