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Blue-plate specials

Try the special!

Carol Smaglinski June 14th, 2011

Suppose you see a separate note attached to a menu announcing the blue-plate specials. Do you like to experiment? It’s true, some chefs use diners as guinea pigs when they’re experimenting with new dishes. But sometimes the food turns out so good, the dish actually makes it on the permanent menu.

La Baguette
Credits: Mark Hancock

La Baguette Bistro
1130 Rambling Oaks, Norman, 329-1101

Filet mignon done with a Madeira wine and mushroom sauce might be one of the specials, along with a chicken Philly on a toasted baguette dressed with a garlic mayonnaise. Brunch on Saturday is always a fun happening. No matter when you visit, the food is always terrific at this French spot. And don’t miss the bakery items.
$$$ French

Joey’s Cafe
12325 N. May, 748-5878

Tucked in the Town & Country Village strip mall, Joey’s, with its California cuisine, could have chicken Florentine on its menu or even cream of mushroom soup. Also, the chefs feature a delightful Mediterranean pasta and an herb-crusted chicken with veggies. Breakfast is a wonderful option at Joey’s, with one of the best chefs in town at the stove.
$$ Cafe

Credits: Mark Hancock

Stella Modern Italian Cuisine
1201 N. Walker, 235-2200

Inside this marvelous restaurant is chef Brian McGrew, who is pulling out all of the stops. Stella’s menu changes all of the time, and although you won’t find spaghetti and meatballs, you may find specials, such as trout with green beans, almonds and potatoes. There is no freezer, no microwave and no fryer in the place — just finely prepared food!
$$$ Italian

801 Signal Ridge, Edmond, 341-2244

Lottinvilles shows off its stuff with a daily lunch special that goes through 4 p.m. One such special presented recently was a blackened, pan-seared ahi tuna finished with a cucumber relish and served with Asian cucumber coleslaw and mashers, which are simply mashed potatoes. Lottinvilles offers a dinner and fish special on Friday and Saturdays.
$$$ Eclectic

Credits: Shannon Cornman

Trattoria il Centro
500 W. Main, 601-5858

Not only does the Trattoria feature free pizzettas (in other words, small pizzas) in the bar from 4 to 6 p.m. at its “Hour of Joy,” it offers a range of appetizers that are half-off during that time. Trattoria is doing well despite all of the heavy construction going on in the area. Those pizzas are done in its wood-fired oven.
$$$ Italian

Al’s Cafe & Grill
733 W. Danforth, Edmond, 216-9580

Although the main thrust at Al’s Cafe in North Oaks Shopping Center is onion burgers, it does offer daily specials. On Tuesdays, it’s Indian tacos, and on Wednesdays, look for the “Truck Stop Special,” which is a hamburger steak served on a bed of grilled onions. Homemade chicken-fried steak is the special on Thursday. Finish with fried pies, peach cobbler and cupcakes.
$$ Cafe

Al's Cafe and Grill
Credits: Shannon Cornman

Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine
6014 N. May, 947-7788

Among the most famous Mediterranean dishes is its paella (pi-AY-yuh), a dish of rice flavored with chorizo. And that, my friends, is only available on Friday, Saturday or Sunday while it lasts. Other times, dig your pita triangles into the hummus, the tzatziki, which is creamy yogurt dip with cucumbers and spices, or dolma, fantastic stuffed grape leaves. Or, ask for its wonderful lamb shanks.
$$ Mediterranean 

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