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The more, the merrier

Soft economy? Not so in Oklahoma.

Carol Smaglinski August 17th, 2011

Some in the restaurant businesses have seen notable gains and those wannabe restaurateurs keep churning out new ones. Here’s another list of seven. Who knows where the next big-name chef may come from?

Boom-A-Rang Diner

5745 Martin Luther King 427-3500

In July, this Boom-a-rang jumped in all the way with both feet! Hardworking cooks are selling the heck out of its fresh, handpattied hamburgers, chicken-fried steak and catfish. Boom-a-rang also has deep-fried pickles, and they are not bashful about telling anyone that everything is made from scratch. There is absolutely no frozen stuff being thawed at this place. The fried pies are fabulous.

$$ Burgers and more

Taj Cuisine of India

1500 N.W. 23rd 601-1888

One of the most challenging things about owning a restaurant is that you must constantly reinvent yourselves — each customer’s experience must be the best for him or her. At Taj, which just opened in a new location, people can once again satisfy their craving for authentic Indian food. From the lamb curry, chicken curry or tikka masala with its marinated chicken, everything pleases.

$$ Indian

Green & Grilled

8547 N. Rockwell 563-2605

With room for 50 inside, there are grilled meats and vegetables, plus soup and salads. Opened early this month, the owner is seeing repeat customers already. Green & Grilled has grilled steak, chicken, pork, veal and grilled tofu. All the salads are vegetarian except for the spinach-bacon salad. For a rich finale, enjoy the caramel flan, the sugarfree brownies or a piece of pineapplezucchini cake.

$$ American and Hispanic

Patty Wagon

7601 N. May 479-721-1327

Follow the newly opened Patty Wagon on Twitter.  Keep in mind that this food truck features good-for-you, lean burgers made from hormone-free beef. The substantial buns are made from a sweet sourdough with no high-fructose corn syrup. It also has french fries and fountain drinks. Patty Wagon is owned by Bryce Musick, who brought along his years of experience in the food business.

$$ Healthy burgers

Acapulco Mexican Bar & Grill

3044 Classen Blvd., Norman 321-4009

Newly opened in the middle of July, Acapulco has its liquor license for a full bar. Owner Martin Martinez with his son, Martin Martinez Jr., offers special authentic items from the south of Mexico and several that Martinez Sr. came up with himself. Look for a salsa done with pineapple and poblano peppers, good beef tips and a burrito that comes in beef or chicken served over a salad.

$$ Mexican

Bandoleros VIP Mexican Grill

5714 S. Shields Blvd. 631-8320

Bandoleros opened about five months ago, and the owner found out he’s got a hit with his thinly sliced beef steak. He personally marinates that dish and dusts it with special spices and adds sautéed onions and tomatoes. Another good option is the portobello fajita that is flying out of the kitchen. Try the traditional fajita, the caramel flan or the rice pudding.

$$ Mexican

Louie’s Bar & Grill

7300 N. Western 843-3100

Perched right in Nichols Hills near Bin 73, the latest Louie’s opened its doors in late July. It has a new salad called the BBLT made with bacon, chicken, bleu cheese, romaine and tomatoes. Also look for a southwest burger and a chickenbasil platter. For dessert, try the bananas Foster cheesecake (on rotation) or the turtle cheesecake.

$$ American

$$: up to $15

$$$: $15-$30

$$$$: above $30

—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lindsey Cooper

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