Friday, March 23, 2012

Runt's is a good reason to head east for some barbeque

If it's been a long time since you been gone to Runt's in Wagoner then you might want to head east from Tulsa because there's never been any reason better to see some pretty countryside and maybe even shop at some of the antique stores. Alright, I'll stop being silly with the Head East jokes.  Steph and I hit highway 51 and headed east about 30 minutes to Wagoner to try a little place called Runt's.  They had a location in Broken Arrow but apparently it didn't last very long.  I'm not sure why because they had some decent food and it was well worth the trip.  We both had the Runtwich which was quite the understatement since it's a giant sandwich with five different meats.  Take two slices of buttered Texas toast and pile on a hot link, pork loin, brisket, bologna and pulled pork then add a side.  I'll have to say I really enjoyed the sandwich as it was like having a five meat plate or at least that's how I treated it.  Steph tried to eat it like a sandwich and get a little of each meat with each bite while I ate each meat separately.  Here's how it went down. Top honors went to the hot link, it was spicy hot and very flavorful. Definitely my favorite of the five. The pork loin was the next best. It was tender and moist and went well with their regular sauce.  The pulled pork was similar in flavor but a little dry, again the sauce fixed that little problem right away.  So far, so good.  I forgot to mention the onion ring appetizer.  They make them thin and crispy and serve them up with a big jug of homemade ranch dressing. We finished that plate off with no problem.  The other two meats, brisket and bologna, were good but for me they weren't near as good as that hot link and pork loin.  Just not quite enough smoky flavor for my taste.  We also tried a little rib meat, it was a little dry on the outside and chewy but when you get past it you'll find some tasty and tender bites. Overall we thought Runt's served some good food for a fair price.

As sides go Runt's did good on the homemade cole slaw and beans but we weren't too impressed with the french fries.  It's rather common for us to find a restaurant cheating on the fries and serving them up from a frozen bag. Of course we don't go for the sides but I like to comment anyway. The cole slaw was one of my favorite styles, that traditional sweet southern kind.  The baked beans were a standard style and still had a little tooth to them.  They also mentioned green beans, brown beans and a couple other sides to choose from but I can't remember them all.

As service goes you can expect a big smile and it doesn't take long for the food to hit the table.  We barely had enough time to eat the onion rings before the plates arrived.  It was a good thing too because we were hungry. We didn't have room for dessert but they also serve up some pie and cobbler if you're into that kind of thing.

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