434 Buchanan, Norman 701-4900
If you have a hankering for Italian while in the Norman area, do try Othello’s. The owners of the Edmond Othello’s now own this one, too. There are lots of customercreated dishes on its menu, and its original decor has not changed one bit. One word that sums it all up is: energy. Be advised: Othello’s is open Sunday with half-price pizza.
6161 N. May 810-1198
There are scores of Asian restaurants in Oklahoma where the decor is simple and the dishes budget-priced. One such is Asian Eternity, and when you eat there you never have to cook — or do the dishes. There is an Asian buffet with traditional Chinese fare, including seafood, chicken, beef and barbecue, plus a nice selection of sushi. The establishment opens daily at 11 a.m.
Brandon’s Gyro Cafe
3524 N. MacArthur, Warr Acres 601-2111
The gyro, a most popular Greek specialty item, is made of minced lamb that is molded around a spit and roasted vertically. Brandon’s opened eight months ago and is offering ham and turkey sandwiches, wings, chicken strips and carryout, too. Chancing upon a place like Brandon’s Gyro Cafe is certainly one of the delights of urban exploration.
La Pho Asian & American Cuisines
13520 N. Eastern, Edmond 286-9384
Open since late May, this chic restaurant with a split personality not only features the creative food of Vietnam, but American specialties, as well. It has beef noodle soup and rice dishes, along with grilled salmon, oriental chicken salad and shish kebab. Finish with a dish of its fried bananas and ice cream.
Tucker’s Onion Burgers
324 N.W. 23rd 609-2333
Aiming for an opening in mid-September (or perhaps sooner), chef Robert Black keeps on rollin’ with classic, juicy onion burgers plus something for vegetarians. Black has added a nice vegetarian salad and also (here’s a scoop) a turkey-onion burger for those who shy away from red meat. It is the latest addition for A Good Egg Dining Group, and all their efforts produce wonderful results.
$$ Onion Burgers
2201 W. Main, Norman 364-5369
Jemz (get it?) has been creating cupcakes since February and in the fall will perhaps offer pies and fudge. Owner Kim Adams bakes an inviting red velvet cupcake, or try another named the Strawberry Patch. However, the best among the delicate confections is named the Smooth Criminal with chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate ganache. All are made from prize recipes.
$$ Baked Goods
901 N. Broadway 796-7777
In the middle of Automobile Alley, the newest Hideaway swung open its doors in early August in what was formerly CD Warehouse. “We have (a) bunch of new pizzas, such as the Big Jim Sicilian with red sauce on top or the Totally Truffle done with a garlic glaze and truffle oil. We are selling an enormous amount of pasta dishes, too.” Those are words from its enthusiastic manager Randy Carlson.
$$ Pizza and More
—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
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