Food Briefs: S&B's Burger Joint, chili cook-off, Spring Taste of Philippines and more 

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Breakfast burgers

In advance of the opening of the new Sunnyside Diner at NW Sixth Street and Classen Boulevard, owners Shannon Roper and Aly Branstetter brought breakfast service to another of their restaurants, the original S&B’s Burger Joint, 5929 N. May Ave.

At 9 a.m. daily, the bar serves grilled breakfast burritos and breakfast burgers in some interesting new combinations. The Sugar Ray burger ($8) includes blue cheese, a choice of bacon or ham, a soft fried egg and grape jelly on top of either a sausage patty or a beef burger and is served with tater tots.

“If you’ve been in the area in the morning, you know the whole building and outside around us smells like bacon,” Branstetter said. “It would draw people in and they’d ask if we served breakfast. ... Shannon got started on creating and we had ourselves a rocking breakfast menu.”

Chili cook-off

More than 15 local teams vie for the best chili in the city at Edmond Mobile Meals’ 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off.

Pro spice hounds from food trucks including Smokin’ Okies and Flying Pig BBQ will face off against chili enthusiasts from local organizations including AC Owen Construction, Bank SNB, Citizens Bank, Midcon, Innovative Health Care Systems and University of Central Oklahoma 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Downtown Community Center, 28 E. Main St., in Edmond.

Tickets are $5, and attendees can sample as much chili as they want, plus sides and drinks from Organic Squeeze. Proceeds benefit Edmond Mobile Meals.

“The support from the community is what enables Edmond Mobile Meals to serve nearly 200 meals each day to the homebound in Edmond,” said executive director Piper Riggs in a press release.

The event draws attention to the needs of many residents in the city who cannot leave their homes.

Find more information about the organization and the chili cook-off at edmondmobilemeals.org.

Philippine party

There are two ways to get the kind of food the Philippine-American Civic Organization of Oklahoma is serving at Spring Taste of Philippines: buy a ticket or make it yourself.

“Some of those foods in the menu are not available in restaurants,” said Ira S. Burrough, vice president of the Asia Society of Oklahoma Inc., of which PACO is a member.

Spring Taste starts with a bake sale and arts and crafts 1-5 p.m. March 12 at Nick Harroz Community Center, 200 N. Midwest Blvd., in Midwest City. Food, including chicken afritada, pancit noodles and cassava cake, is served 6-7:30 p.m. during the pageants for Miss PACO, Junior Miss PACO, Little Miss PACO and Mr. PACO.

The fundraiser helps the nonprofit societies pay for future events. Tickets are $15 for ages 11 and older, $7.50 for children age 4 to 10 and free for those younger than 3.

Tickets are available by calling Burroughs at 819-3652 or PACO president Esther Moore at 525-2882.

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Caffeine Crawl

Oklahoma is in for a jittery weekend as Caffeine Crawl returns to the state March 25 and 26.

It’s Oklahoma City’s fourth year to host the crawl, organized by The LAB, a beverage marketing and creative firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, and Fort Collins, Colorado.

Six routes will take coffee and tea fans all over Oklahoma City, Norman and Edmond Saturday, trying different beverages and learning about brew methods from locally owned shops.

It’s also the first year Tulsa, which will have four different crawl routes on Friday, is included.

“It’s a great way to get plugged into your local coffee scene,” said The LAB event coordinator Sadie Renee. “There’s a presentation and sample at each shop. It gives you a real behind-the-scenes look at the cafe you might not get just ordering coffee there on a regular day.”

Participating shops are Coffee Slingers Roasters, Mariposa Coffee Roastery, Clarity Coffee, Elemental Coffee Roasters, Cafe Evoke, Compass Coffeehouse, Cuppies & Joe, Gray Owl Coffee, Junction Coffee, Second Wind Coffeehouse, syrup., Urban Teahouse and White Bison Coffee.

Tickets for the OKC routes are $26-$30 and available at caffeinecrawl.com.

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