212 E. Sheridan 605-4543
120 N. Robinson 235-2203
Know what gets this place noticed? With more than two decades of business behind it, Golden Dragon is an Asian restaurant specializing in blending elements of Chinese cooking into a good menu for breakfast and lunch. This is not related to the Golden Dragon on N.W. 122nd, although years ago they had the same owner. Grab a seat and enjoy. This is inside the First National Center.
100 N. Broadway 232-1184
Located on the lower level of Chase Tower, this restaurant is a sister to the marvelous Petroleum Club upstairs. Hot Tamale recently expanded, bringing in seven more tables to now seat 40 to 50 people. At this point it only serves lunch Monday through Friday. The list concentrates on a satisfying menu, including burgers, salsa and chips, tacos and burritos, which is why it’s called Hot Tamale.
Thai Thai Asian Bistro
780 W. Main, Norman 307-0283
Talented and creative Koi and Clint Strickland have been in business about six months and are about to embark on a new menu, so stand by. Its tour de force is the Evil Jungle Curry. “It’s kind of spicy, but not real, real spicy,” Koi said. “You can make it more spicy if you ask.” What dessert could be more appropriate than its mango with sticky rice?
1 N.W. Ninth 601-8900
The winsome Pachinko offers maki, nigiri and sashimi, in addition to its must-try regular menu. Half-price sushi rolls are ready seven days a week from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 10 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Finish with a green tea cupcake made by Sara Sara Cupcakes, 7 N.W. Ninth. In fact, take one home for next-day snacking.
$$$ Sushi and More
14101 N. May 752-8400
Watch for new menu items coming up soon. Thai Stop is open during the week and now on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new Sunday brunch includes all of the menu favorites. The most popular item is the pad Thai, but now a diner can order what they call the “Create your own pad Thai.” This spot knows how to comfort customers with homemade coconut ice cream.
Roma’s Italian Restaurant 1202 s. Division, Guthrie
Chef Evan Roma has added tilapia alla mare, which roughly translates to “everything about seafood,” with muscles, scallops and calamari over a lemon sauce with salad and spaghetti. He has also added lobster ravioli. A new Roma’s is opening in Cushing at 2320 E. Main. Meanwhile, head up north to Guthrie where Roma’s is generally ahead of the curve.
—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
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