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Cheap chow


Carol Smaglinski January 18th, 2011

In a lot of restaurants around the metro, there’s love on the stove. We can get spoiled rotten visiting these destinations that serve up good food that is also inexpensive. Some are intimate establishments you might not have heard of, and most have food that is especially satisfying in winter. Stretch your buck and check out these seven.

Catfish from Aja Bleu
Credits: Shannon Cornman

Aja Bleu Cafe
10708 N. Western
607-0553

Not free, but pretty frugal, Aja Bleu Cafe offers takeaway and catering. Owner Demetria Dawson said the best bargain on her menu is the lunch cheeseburger, a good deal that comes with french fries and a lemonade for $7.50. And the wings, she says, are outstanding.
$$ Soul food

Pelican’s
291 N. Air Depot
732-4392

The best seller and best deal, according to owner Jim Dolezel, is the coconut shrimp that are deep-fried in a coconut beer batter ($7.49). The lunch dish is presented with a choice of baked potato, steamed veggies or french fries and fresh bread. Pelican’s has not only been a Midwest City staple for years; six people on staff have been at the seafood restaurant for more than 25 years each.
$$ Seafood and more

The Sushi Bar
1201 N.W. 178th, Edmond
285-8484
Here’s a real bargain. If your choice is sushi, The Sushi Bar in Edmond makes it approachable and affordable — but only if you get over there between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. During that window, the sushi is half off. Choose between the Philadelphia roll, the Captain Crunch, the Volcano, the California roll, the Baja roll, the salmon teriyaki and, if you desire, the eel.
$$ Sushi

Opus Prime Steakhouse
800 W. Memorial
607-6787
Opus recently had a change in its kitchen staff and now has a new chef. He is Mike Fratrick, the former chef at Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, who came to Opus about a month ago. It’s not all steak — stop by and try a Chicago-style chop house salad, or go for the outstanding crab cakes done with crab brought in from Maryland. Don’t miss Fratrick’s special berry dessert done with freshly whipped cream.
$$$$ Chicago-style steakhouse

El Parian
315 S. Broadway, Edmond
359-1068
You can’t miss this place coming into downtown Edmond. With lots of food and reasonable prices, a person would be hard-pressed to name the best of the bunch on its menu, but here goes: chips and salsa, tostadas with shrimp, cheese enchiladas or perfectly cooked housemade soup, all made with ingredients the staff are so passionate about. The fajitas seem to be the secret weapon.
$$ Mexican

Dot Wo
64 E. 33rd, Edmond
341-2878
Imagine: On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a customer can get a lunch at this marvelous Chinese restaurant for only $3.99! Other days it is called the “regular” lunch, and that is $4.25. You’ve got to realize that the chicken chow mein on the menu has been the same price for the last 10 years. Also try the Mongolian beef for
a good meal, too.
$$ Chinese

Primo’s d’Italia
1215 Garth Brooks Blvd., Yukon
350-9090
Inexpensive but wonderful food can be discovered at Primo’s. One of its specials is the Bistecca Scampo, an 8-oz. steak with cognac sauce and a side of linguini covered in marinara and mozzarella cheese on top. But hold it: On top of this, they place three Parmesan-encrusted shrimp, all for $16.95. Or, order the fresh Atlantic salmon.
$$ Italian

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