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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
$$: Up to $15
$$$$: Above $30