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Smag 7: New kids in town

Carol Smaglinski November 16th, 2011

Recharge your routine for your next meal dining out. From American, tropical, to Mexican or just plain comfort food, these bright ideas will get you going.

Cafe Americana
205 S. Meline Drive, Edmond 216-5760

Located in Edmond right near Interstate 35 and Second Street, owners Chef Mitch Voigt and Melody Pittman opened their restaurant about three months ago. The chef studied at an accredited Le Cordon Bleu school in Alabama and shows off fine Southern and gourmet cooking. The menu shines with good soups, crisp salads, sandwiches, pizza and, of course, all-American burgers.

$$ American Food

Bill’s Island Grill
1013 S.W. 89th 631-2300

Owner Cliff Childs moved his 30-year-old Bill’s Restaurant out of Norman because of rent increases and will now focus on island cuisine at his new spot on S.W. 89th Street, just west of Western Avenue. Many of his well-trained staff came along. The Island Ranch Bacon Burger is a flavorful combination, along with fish tacos, calamari and Island Club sandwiches. Major desserts are its attractive Key lime pie cheesecake and its triple chocolate cake.

$$ Tropical/American

Soup Soup
8121 N. Classen Blvd. 476-2356

Crescent Market closed and the comfort soups by Terry Sinclair are gone. However, Sinclair opened her own place where not only soup is available, but salads, desserts, trail mix, salsa and more. Also, find her soups at Bill Kamp’s and Whole Foods. Her Soup Soup shop is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

$$ Soup and More

Juan Del Fuego
223 34th, Norman 310-2030

For more than 17 years, Juan Herrera was the chef at The Diner. His wife, Elayne Herrera, was there for five years, as well. Both now own and operate Juan Del Fuego, which has been open only a month in Redbud Plaza. Fuego serves breakfast and lunch, and the authentic Mexican cuisine is receiving good feedback.

$$ Mexi Diner

Who’s Your Buddy Cafe

2929 S.E. 44th 702-9991
Who’s Your Buddy opened on Sept. 30 with seating for more than 100 hungry diners. The cafe presents a lineup of well-liked breakfast foods and lunch, plus four Korean plates such as spare ribs and chicken. On 11-11-11, the cooks featured all-you-could-eat catfish, plus presented an Elvis impersonator, too. Hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

$$ Breakfast And Lunch

The Basement Modern Diner
200 S. Oklahoma, Bricktown 702-8880
Located next door to RedPin, the burgers are the best. Discover fine quality NoName Ranch natural beef, with buns baked by Prairie Thunder Baking Co. The fried dill pickle chips are handcoated with a panko and Parmesan breading. Owners Erin and Shawn Brewer are featuring a Whoopie Pie from Shawn’s grandmother, Gram T., who hails from the woods of Maine.

$$ Burgers and Lots More

Old School Bagel Cafe

3209 S. Broadway, Edmond 285-2233
Right on the well-traveled intersection of 33rd and Broadway in Edmond, owner Mike Leal opened this Old School Bagel Cafe just a few weeks ago. Happily, we already know that Old School Bagel’s food is good, but this location is also serving salads (chef, cobb, Boston and an Asian variety). Try its homemade cookies for a nice dessert to finish.

$$ Bagels and More

—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

$$: up to $15

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