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Green is good

Two enterprising former restaurant owners looked around Oklahoma City’s restaurant industry and thought it could be a lot greener. Chris Buerger and his partner, Brian DeShazo, took notice of the fact that there is no infrastructure to recycle in area restaurants.
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Chow time

Chow’s Chinese Restaurant

3033 N. May Ave.

949-1663

What works: Dumplings, anything with ginger-scallion sauce, and lots more.

What needs work: Watch out for the raw garlic.

Tip: Take-out is a big time-saver.

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Peru-fect

Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant

2106 SW 44th St.

601-2629

facebook.com/naylamprestaurante

What works: The friendly staff and authentic food give guests a true Peruvian experience.

What needs work: The small restaurant is kind of difficult to spot.

Tip: The choritos a la chalaca are a must-try for seafood fans.

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

OKG eat: Highfalutin dining

You don’t have to be a millionaire or a head of state to eat like one. While dining like a king every night might quickly take its toll on your pocketbook, sometimes it feels good to eat like a well-heeled big wheel. For a special occasion or maybe just as a special treat, look no farther than these upscale eateries to tempt your taste buds and delight your palate.

— By Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

OKG7 eat: Fresh off the farm

There was a time not too terribly long ago in Oklahoma City when there was a chain on every corner and the closest you could get to local was to make a trip to your farmers market and make the food yourself. We always celebrate all things local, and luckily, it’s getting easier for OKC restaurants to incorporate locally grown, all- natural ingredients into what they offer.


— By Devon Green

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

04/16/2014 | Comments 0

OKG7 eat: Soccer pub crawl

Football season is finally here! We call it soccer, but that doesn’t have to stop you from indulging in two favorite European traditions: walking and pub crawling. Since the Energy FC games will be alcohol-free, we’ve created a list of pubs and taverns within walking distance from Clement E. Pribil Stadium at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.

— by Devon Green 

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

04/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Asian persuasion


With an international presence, Golden Phoenix is an authentic Asian restaurant with no reservations.

Carol Smaglinski September 7th, 2011

Travel down Classen Boulevard toward downtown Oklahoma City, and it would be difficult to miss the Golden Phoenix, where people sink their teeth into roasted, sautéed, barbecued or glazed duck.

Plated food isn’t always the focus when you enter a restaurant, but at this one, the decorations are sparse and the food is the real draw. The first time I walked into Golden Phoenix, I looked to my left and saw something pretty special: Poultry and pigs that had been roasted were hanging inside a lighted glass case. I immediately thought, “Am I really in OKC?” The display is meant to coax people into ordering succulent whole chickens, crispy whole duck and duck beaks (which people have purchased for family picnics). There is even a whole pig, minus Piggy’s head and the tail, of course. Nearby are swimming fish, also available by the pound.

My next glance was to the right, and I spied some of the best chefs in town dining there. These guys and gals know what’s good. The place is packed with Asian families surrounded by children and their siblings dining together. With reliable, large portions and low prices, you can afford to take a chance on anything on the menu, which is written in three languages (including English).

All Asian food is not created equal, and the recipes at Golden Phoenix are quite good. Over my triple visits, I savored the freshness in its nicely seasoned lemongrass chicken ($8.95), shrimp spring rolls ($2.95) and noodle soups ($4.95 to $18.95).

Its menu highlights family meals all the way up to $99.95 for a dinner for eight. There is also a bit of a splurge for a family of 10 for $149.95 offering among the more indulgent selections of crab meat, rare abalone, scallops, squid and a steamed whole flounder. Its intensely flavored Asian sauces add a nice touch to a straightforward grilled seafood or piece of meat.

Golden Phoenix offers some of the best bargains around town. One such is the seven-course beef meal ($12.95 per person). You cannot order this for a single person, so bring along your BFF.

My friend and I opened by nibbling on a beef salad, then moved to beef fondue with a special vinegar sauce. That was followed by ground beef seasoned and then grilled; beef wrapped in Hawaiian leaf; sautéed beef; and steamed beef. Whew! The last course was a special beef rice soup, actually a steaming bowl of congee topped with scallions, which is a gruel of boiled rice and water that is popular in China when eaten for breakfast. Our orders came with salad, mint leaves, cilantro,  vermicelli noodles, cucumber, special sauces and rice papers.

We weren’t intimidated at all to order that massive beef meal. The food was very approachable, with just the right balance of flavors, and I especially enjoyed being in on the cooking, too. We began by cooking our rice papers in the water on top of the propane stove placed at our table. We took care to watch the rice papers soften, but not too much, as there is a possibility of them simply dissolving away. Using the nowready rice papers, we constructed our own spring rolls with the sliced beef and herbs and added sauces with flavors that were clean and crisp.

Golden Phoenix offers some of the best bargains in town. Bring along your BFF.

Along with the food, we both enjoyed the Asian drinks ($2.50), especially the refreshing salty plum soda and the three-color bean drink ($2.50).

Over the years, this particular restaurant has built on its success by responding to what its customers want. When its hardworking chefs get caught up, you might see them come out front and take a quick breather watching their customers eat, while keeping their fingers on the pulse.

Going out on a gustatory limb, I have noticed consistency each time I’ve dined, and Golden Phoenix has earned a good reputation. They have the old standbys, and yet traditional tastes remain intact with dishes such as barbecue and steamed rice dishes.

Known as Kim Phung in Vietnamese, Golden Phoenix somewhat reminded me of restaurants that I have visited in San Francisco, Seattle or on the East Coast in districts known to locals simply as “Chinatown.” With helpful and friendly service, Golden Phoenix continues to excite.

Oklahoma Gazette’s restaurant review policy is to highlight the positive aspects, and include constructive criticism regarding food, ambience or service when appropriate.

Photo by Mark Hancock

 
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