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Sand Stone Spring Vineyard, 9211 Sloan Road, in Mustang offers a unique opportunity for a glimpse into the wine industry. From now until mid-August, the winery welcomes visitors to pick their own grapes.
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Food briefs: You’re toast, er, pretzel

There’s a new food truck on the scene.
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Upward mobility

Locals can have fresh microgreens and herbs for cooking in a new and convenient way. Microgreens, a chef favorite, are petite vegetable greens that add color, nutrition and flavor to dishes.
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Late-night bites

What a wealth of choices! We remember the days when the only places to eat after 10 p.m. were Denny’s and Waffle House. Next time you’re out late with friends, check out OKC’s abundance of local late-night eatery options.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Gazette staff

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OKG eat: Cool places, cooler drinks

We know. It’s hot. It’s summer in Oklahoma. Cool down by sampling cocktails that local bars and restaurants have concocted just for you. Find a nice, air conditioned space or a shaded patio and while away the hours drinking the flavors of summer. You might decide it’s not that bad after all.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lauren Hamilton

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

New kids on the block

There are a wealth of new local eateries cropping up in the metro and even more coming. If they’re not on your radar, they should be. From the comfy atmosphere at The Barrel on Western Avenue to the laid-back vibe at the Plaza District’s coffee shop, you might find a new regular hangout.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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Bovine in the breeze

Good food and fun in an informal restaurant on OU’s south research campus.

Doug Hill October 26th, 2011

First, let’s get one thing straight: Cows do not fly. They don’t normally anyway, unless there’s an aircraft, high explosives or wind-assist from Mother Nature. The Flying Cow Cafe serves the impressive National Weather Center complex on the University of Oklahoma campus immediately southeast of the Lloyd Noble Center. It’s named for a memorable scene in the 1996 movie “Twister.”

“I gotta go, Julia. We got cows,” said a storm chaser riding in a vehicle near the core of a tornado, as an adult Holstein sailed by.

The National Weather Center is a world-class, high-tech information facility. There are offices and conference rooms for OU faculty, students, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees and corporate contractors. There’s plenty of free parking, and the sign-in to enter the building is quick and efficient.

“We want people to know we’re here,” OU public relations specialist Lauren Royston said. “You can make a day of it by coming in for a tour of the facility and then have a meal at the Flying Cow Cafe.”

right, The quarter-bird rotisserie meal at The Flying Cow Cafe.

The contemporary building boasts a spacious first floor and displays delightfully geeky scientific artifacts, such as the retired Dorothy and Toto wind speed measuring devices. But even if you have no interest in mesocyclones and just want a bite to eat, the Flying Cow Cafe is a destination in itself, serving breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

It’s a bright, modern dining room with lots of stainless steel, blond wood tables and black chairs. Floorto-ceiling windows give a panoramic view, and a single big-screen TV is tuned to The Weather Channel.

The Flying Cow is not just a snack bar; it’s a full-service restaurant with chef Curtis J. Gregoire at the helm. Manager Rhonda Winkelman said hundreds of selections rotate through a hot buffet that changes daily.

“My personal favorites are our meat loaf and jambalaya,” she said. All the entrees are $6.50, including a beverage and two side dishes. Also popular are beef or chicken enchiladas and chicken-fried steak.

Certain days are associated with specific regular customer favorites. I tried Friday’s catfish plate that was as good as you’ll find at any lakeside joint. The petite fillets were mild flavored and delicately seasoned. One of my sides was an amazingly creamy white potato salad. Rotisserie chicken is on the buffet most days, and they  do a good job roasting birds. The server behind the counter asks if you want white or dark meat and deftly cuts a quarter chicken of your choice.

Brick-oven pizza (7-inch personal size) is baked to order, and when I was in they had a weekly special goat cheese pie ($6) that the chef was bragging about. You can check the cafe’s Facebook page for daily menu offerings and also see that they have an amusing repartee with regular customers. Chef Gregoire said his student patrons tend to be clued-in to the latest culinary trends.

“My challenge is to take the common item and present it in an uncommon way,” he said.

The Flying Cow club sandwich ($4.95) was a standout because the bacon had an extra strong hickorysmoked flavor. Other sandwiching options include veggies, tuna, pastrami, BLT, turkey, Reuben or ham and Swiss, all $4.95. Baked ziti or spaghetti ($4.75) is served with marinara sauce, Parmesan and garlic bread. Indian tacos ($6.50) are served every Wednesday, and they’re the cafe’s signature dish. It’s a generous hunk of fry bread smothered with your choice of chicken or beef and frijoles. The mélange is blanketed with tomato, lettuce, red onion, ripe olives, cheese and jalapeños.

Try a Whoopie Pie for dessert. It’s a big devil’s food cake concoction with cream filling that students have given the unfortunate nickname of what else? A cow pie.

Photo by Mark Hancock

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

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