Arbuckle Mountain Original Fried Pies
3721 N. W. 50th 946-1300
Just south of Deaconess Hospital, fried pies are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The owners give us a chance for quite an assortment, including flavors of apricot, peach, apple, pineapple, cherry, blackberry, lemon, coconut cream and chocolate cream. In addition, they also feature a chicken and vegetable, a beef and vegetable, a Tex-Mex and a pizza style. Most people do carryout or order through the drive-through.
$$ Fried Pies
2903 N.W. 36th St. 946-1066
Formerly, it was China Wok. They offer carry-out, delivery, or customers can just grab a seat inside. It only has been open a few months, but people are coming by for Thai Kung Pao, crispy salad, which is an appetizer dish, hot wings and a good version of pad thai. Every dish is served over rice in clay pots, and the food will stay hot for a longer period of time.
$$ Thai and Chinese Food
Beans and Leaves
4015 N. Pennsylvania, Suite b 604-4700
The selections of tea and gourmet coffees are well balanced. Pastry Chef Curtis Staggs is putting this place on the map with his tortes, cookies and muffins, and is known for his peach cheesecake with a topping of white chocolate ganache made from whipped cream and white chocolate. They are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
$$ Espresso Bar/Teahouse
Billy Sims Barbecue
1732 S. Meridian Ave. 600-6363
People are coming in and telling managers Al Lewis and Travis Ayers that their ribs are the best in town. “The food is so darn good because we run the smokers and pay attention to details to the degree called for, and we are constantly watching and monitoring the situation,” Ayers said. Besides the trademark ribs, they have a Polish Playoff, The Lineman and Billy’s Chili.
$$$ Ribs and More
Credo House Coffee Shop
109 N.W. 142nd St., Suite B, Edmond 748-4288
Part of the Credo House Ministries, this establishment offers live music starting at 7 p.m., free Wi-Fi and variations of coffee, such as regular espresso and cappuccino from Elemental Coffee Roasters. Pastries are by Big Sky Bakery & Cafe, and they use Chemex coffeemakers. They are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
$$ Coffee and More
Capt. Norm’s Dockside Bar
103 E. California, Suite C 312-9878
Open since August, Capt.’s is an outdoor patio bar. “It is the only bar that relates directly to the Bricktown Canal,” said Norm Bekoff, managing partner, who thought up the concept for the unique bar. For seating, the establishment has four-top covered and uncovered gliders. Sip on specialty frozen rum drinks that include a bushwhacker, a piña colada, a delicious lime daiquiri and mai tais and rum runners.
Crimson & Whipped Cream
331 White Street, Norman 307-8990
This is classic comfort food with a homemade twist. Owner Ashleigh Barnett has a friendly staff. “I’ve met so many interesting people so far that I consider them my friends,” she said. The gourmet bakery has a photo booth, board games and people study there. Besides coffee and tea, try a pumpkin whoopee pie, the red velvet cupcake or the chocolate whoopee pie.
$$ Coffeehouse and Pastries
—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
$$: Up to $15
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