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Green is good

Two enterprising former restaurant owners looked around Oklahoma City’s restaurant industry and thought it could be a lot greener. Chris Buerger and his partner, Brian DeShazo, took notice of the fact that there is no infrastructure to recycle in area restaurants.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chow time

Chow’s Chinese Restaurant

3033 N. May Ave.


What works: Dumplings, anything with ginger-scallion sauce, and lots more.

What needs work: Watch out for the raw garlic.

Tip: Take-out is a big time-saver.

04/23/2014 | Comments 0


Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant

2106 SW 44th St.


What works: The friendly staff and authentic food give guests a true Peruvian experience.

What needs work: The small restaurant is kind of difficult to spot.

Tip: The choritos a la chalaca are a must-try for seafood fans.

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

OKG eat: Highfalutin dining

You don’t have to be a millionaire or a head of state to eat like one. While dining like a king every night might quickly take its toll on your pocketbook, sometimes it feels good to eat like a well-heeled big wheel. For a special occasion or maybe just as a special treat, look no farther than these upscale eateries to tempt your taste buds and delight your palate.

— By Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

OKG7 eat: Fresh off the farm

There was a time not too terribly long ago in Oklahoma City when there was a chain on every corner and the closest you could get to local was to make a trip to your farmers market and make the food yourself. We always celebrate all things local, and luckily, it’s getting easier for OKC restaurants to incorporate locally grown, all- natural ingredients into what they offer.

— By Devon Green

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

04/16/2014 | Comments 0

OKG7 eat: Soccer pub crawl

Football season is finally here! We call it soccer, but that doesn’t have to stop you from indulging in two favorite European traditions: walking and pub crawling. Since the Energy FC games will be alcohol-free, we’ve created a list of pubs and taverns within walking distance from Clement E. Pribil Stadium at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.

— by Devon Green 

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

04/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Hoagie heaven

Don’t go someplace else for deli cuts or sandwiches!

Greg Elwell December 28th, 2011

Is the term “for beginners” inherently insulting?

While surveying the carnage my friend and I left behind on the table at Someplace Else Deli & Bakery, 2310 N. Western, I thought about the mild rye bread used on some of the sandwiches. I pondered the sauerkraut — a condiment about which I have, at best, mixed feelings — which didn’t overpower the corned beef in the Reuben.

And I thought, “This is deli for beginners.”

The thing is, I don’t mean it as a pejorative. We’re in the middle of Oklahoma, after all. Not everybody (including, I should add, me) has been to Katz’s Deli in New York City. There are a lot of people around here whose deli experience begins at Subway and ends at the sliced-meat counter at Homeland.

Yet here, in this tiny restaurant, they’re baking their own bread and slicing up pastrami and corned beef and salami and making delicious little sandwiches. And people are lining up to get them.

You might assume it’s because the prices are low … and maybe you’re right. Most are less than $4, which is kind of ridiculous. As Peggy Carty (who owns the restaurant with her husband, David) told me, they probably should raise prices, but it’s hard to do that to people who depend on them for an affordable lunch.

But the price is only part of the draw. Someplace Else traffics in some classic and well-thought-out combinations.

Peggy suggested we try the hoagie ($3.95), served up hot. At the heart of it is a roll of sliced lunch meats. Ham, salami and capicolla with provolone cheese. Up top, shredded lettuce and tomato. And that’s all well and good, but the real draw is the river of diced pepperoncini peppers that gives the whole thing a subtle, tangy heat.

While the price is a little higher, the prime rib sandwich ($4.95) with a side of horseradish was definitely worth it. It’s not a mountain of meat, but I certainly didn’t feel cheated. The bite of the horseradish went well with the tender slices of beef and big ruffles of lettuce.

For those looking for more of a deli experience, the pastrami sandwich ($3.95), with mustard on rye, and the salami and provolone ($4.25) had the right balance of strong flavors and chewy texture. Part of that is from the breads, which have just enough tensile strength to hold the meat, but not enough to offer a good set of teeth much resistance.

Should the avocado and cream cheese sandwich ($4.55; get it with bacon — trust me) be categorized as a dessert? Maybe. It might not be as sweet as the cookies, but the creamy richness of the cheese and avocado and the chewy crunch of the bacon would be a great endnote to any meal.

That said, it’s hard to recommend leaving Someplace Else without a cookie. Chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, chocolate sugar ($.28 per small cookie; $.56 per large cookie): It’s hard to go wrong when everything tastes so right. My personal favorite is the s’mores bar ($.56). My eyes rolled so far back in my head on that one, people at the next table had to check I wasn’t having a seizure.

So, if “deli for beginners” is considered a bad thing, let me rephrase: Someplace Else is a good spot for those of us with adventurous palates to take our less-adventurous friends.

We’ll still get a good meal and, hopefully, they’ll find something that sparks their interest in bolder fare.

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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