Want to find the new Waffle Champion? Track this food truck down on Twitter @ wafflechampion. Tara Taylor opened this friendly waffle truck that serves sweet and savory waffles, like those paired with chicken, bacon and cheese. Waffle Champion uses many local products. The experienced Taylor worked as a former Big Truck Tacos manager and has worked all over. You’re bound to fall in love with everything on the menu.
1636 24th ave. N.W., Norman 801-2525
Bursting with enthusiasm, the owners had a midnight opening on Aug. 31 and are rockin’ with neat flavors and consistency. Make sure to take advantage of sampling the Hunka Chunka Banana Love, the wedding cake cupcake, the red velvet and chocolate salted caramel. This is a sister to Gigi’s on N. May. Another cupcake option, the Merry Margarita, has found fans already.
Shish Kabob Restaurant
3608 N. May 942-5051
New owners took over a few months ago and are presenting several delicious items, such as chicken tawook, which is charbroiled chicken with grilled vegetables and rice served with a cucumber sauce and a garlic sauce on the side and a house salad. Shish Kabob also has a gyro plate, and for those who shy away from anything with a face (or a mother), try the vegetarian sampler.
2127 S.W. 74th 702-0302
Ever heard of eating dessert first? Yep, some people do. Jammed with locals, this place is sure to become a landmark due to its pound cake with strawberries and whipped cream and apple crisp. Nothing beats a build-your-own sandwich where the customers tell them exactly how they want it constructed, along with really popular nachos and sweet potato fries. Thunder Alley opens daily at 11 a.m.
$$ Bar Food
Coolgreens at City Place
204 N. Robinson 600-6444
By now, we all know and love Coolgreens and chef Trey Ferguson. Just opened, this downtown location is the latest for the healthy lifestyle restaurant. It features an ordering kiosk for customers who know what they want, plus a traditional walkthrough line is also available. Coolgreens uses organic and local produce to make signature and made-to-order salads, wraps and flatbread pizza, plus yogurt and smoothies. Great stuff!
$$ Salads and More
Lumpy’s Sports Grill
12325 N. May 286-3300
This is opening momentarily in some 4,500 square feet in the Town & Country Shopping Center. The owner is Chris Cochrane and another partner, Richard Phillips. Look for California poppers sautéed in a raspberry-chipotle sauce that will make your head sweat, and five burgers all done with top-notch beef from Cusack Meats. It also has rib-eye and filet. The place is awesome with 20 high-def TVs.
$$ Sports Grill
First Floor Cafe
5400 N. Grand Blvd. 942-6311
Owner Andrew Magbee is a full-time college student studying business administration. When he’s not studying, he’s serving up deli subs, hot and cold sandwiches, Italian tacos, hamburgers and BLTs. There is also a small salad bar with about 10 toppings. First Floor opened in late August. Classically trained? Heck, no. Magbee learned his cooking skills during camping trips in the Boy Scouts.
—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
$$: Up to $15
$$$$: above $30