5950 W. Memorial 470-4777
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.
$$ Bar Food and More
1117 N.W. 25th 602-1188
Banana Island is back! Its owners couldn’t stay away from Oklahoma or serving up their traditionally prepared ethnic fare. The international menu focuses on food from Malaysia. Highly recommended are the pancakes with wild rice, its hot and spicy crab and the mango chicken. For a finale, order bubur cha-cha, a traditional sweet dessert featuring taro, yam and sweet potatoes.
$$ Malaysian Food
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.
$$ Wine bar With Food
La Cueva Grill
409 N. Walker 604-0523
La Cueva is Spanish for “the cave,” and owners Jaime and Cela Montelongo moved the rocks from the entrance just days ago. The tortas, which are Mexican sandwiches, have been a big hit. For lunch or dinner, try nachos, quesadillas or tacos created with tender, grilled steak. For dessert, there is cheesecake and sopaipillas. Visit its Facebook page for daily specials.
1615 S. Mustang, Yukon 324-8882
With 35 beers on tap, this new pub is stocked with pool tables and good food. On the menu, you’ll find fish tacos, street tacos and carne asada cheese fries. There is a menu for the youngsters, but only until 9 p.m.; then it’s adults only. Come in to relax and watch the game or to try a seasonal beer.
$$ Pub Food
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.
—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
$$: Up to $15
$$$$: above $30