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Carol’s Kitchen: ‘Comfort food’ with a family touch |

Carol’s Kitchen: ‘Comfort food’ with a family touch

By Staci Elder Hensley

For the Transcript


Brian Kahoe grew up in Norman savoring the home-cooked meals and original Southern-tinged recipes produced by his mother, Carol. As a young adult, he learned how to make those signature meals with flair, adding recipes of his own along the way.

Now the Norman resident is sharing his skills with a new audience by opening Carol’s Kitchen. Co-owned with his wife, Hailey Kahoe, the restaurant’s grand opening is today, beginning at 6 a.m., at its east Norman location, 2620 Classen Boulevard, just south of the Classen/Constitution Avenue intersection.

The restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The name “Carol’s Kitchen” is a tribute to the memory of Brian’s mother, who passed away in 2017, and her portrait is prominently displayed on one of the restaurant’s walls. The Kahoes are dedicated to their memory and said they never considered any other name for their establishment.

“Brian is a fantastic cook, and it’s been his dream to share his recipes and his mother’s recipes with people,” Hailey Kahoe said. “We are so excited to be finally doing this.”

The atmosphere at Carol’s Kitchen is open and relaxed, and the menu is broad. With roughly 60 items to choose from — all made from scratch — virtually everyone can find something to their taste. Handmade chicken fried steak is the signature dish, which can be ordered in several breakfast and lunch options. There’s an abundance of salads and sides as well.

Also popular are breakfast and brunch “skillets,” with a variety of items mixed together, such as eggs, sausage, cheese and hash browns. 

“These are some of the new items we created. Skillets are popular now, but we have some variations in our skillets that other restaurants don’t have,” Hailey said.

Prices at the restaurant are modest and on a par with other local eating establishments.

As lifelong residents of Norman, both Kahoes have an extensive background in the restaurant and service industries, and are enjoying putting their acquired skills to work on the new venture. As residents of Norman’s east side, they deliberately chose an east side location.

“Most of Norman’s restaurants are on the west side; we wanted something closer to home,” Hailey said. 

After a “soft” opening two weeks ago, she said the public response to the Carol’s Kitchen fare has been very positive.

“This has been so exciting for us,” Hailey said. “We love it. We love the people and seeing them enjoy it. There’s just something different about working in a business when it’s yours.”

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