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Smag 7: Open up!


Carol Smaglinski November 23rd, 2011

Nosh now at some of the city’s most recent openings. These seven new spots offer pizza, pub food, Mexican and tropical cuisine — even a wine bar!

Hideaway Pizza
5950 W. Memorial 470-4777

This state-founded pie palace serves up all things fresh and delicious. Try the fried mushrooms for starters. Follow up with the Big Country, which packs quite the punch with kielbasa, Cheddar, mozzarella and Hideaway’s signature red sauce. Service is informal and friendly, so don’t shy away if you’re wearing T-shirts and jeans. People also delight in the Around the World pizza, for which you don’t even have to leave your table.

$$$ Pizza


Whiskey Chicks
115 E. Reno, Bricktown 228-0087

Sliders, Buffalo Blue Chicken, spinach salad and meatloaf are on the menu at Kevin McCracken’s new place. There is live music and a private room, and it is kid-friendly until 9 p.m. Most interesting is its appetizer, the potato trio: a platter of shoestring potatoes, sweet potatoes and tater tots. Follow the Chicks on Twitter (@WhiskeyChicksOK) for daily specials and updates.

$$ Bar Food and More


Banana Island
1117 N.W. 25th 602-1188

Banana Island is back! Its owners couldn’t stay away from Oklahoma or serving up their traditionally prepared ethnic fare. The international menu focuses on food from Malaysia. Highly recommended are the pancakes with wild rice, its hot and spicy crab and the mango chicken. For a finale, order bubur cha-cha, a traditional sweet dessert featuring taro, yam and sweet potatoes.

$$ Malaysian Food


Vin Dolce
16 S. Broadway, Edmond 285-5333

This wine bar is brand-new, opening its doors in the heart of downtown Edmond on Nov. 10. Co-owned by Melanie Chesser, the 3,200-square-foot restaurant is a sanctuary for wine, tapas and sweets. The desserts are homemade, and the bar is stocked with high-end wine and beer only. You might save this for a night you’re feeling fancy.

$$ Wine bar With Food


La Cueva Grill
409 N. Walker 604-0523

La Cueva is Spanish for “the cave,” and owners Jaime and Cela Montelongo moved the rocks from the entrance just days ago. The tortas, which are Mexican sandwiches, have been a big hit. For lunch or dinner, try nachos, quesadillas or tacos created with tender, grilled steak. For dessert, there is cheesecake and sopaipillas. Visit its Facebook page for daily specials.

$$ Mexican


Jojos
1615 S. Mustang, Yukon 324-8882

With 35 beers on tap, this new pub is stocked with pool tables and good food. On the menu, you’ll find fish tacos, street tacos and carne asada cheese fries. There is a menu for the youngsters, but only until 9 p.m.; then it’s adults only. Come in to relax and watch the game or to try a seasonal beer.

$$ Pub Food


Chelino’s
10904 N. May 286-3112

Up and running after making a move from its previous Bethany location, its best sellers await! Drop by for the Guiso Especial (tender beef tips, onion, bells and secret spices, topped with an egg), or the traditional fajitas made with Chelino’s special marinade. “Amigitos” platters are available for those under age 12.

$$ Mexican


—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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