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Vietnamese comfort food

I’ve always had a love affair with the refreshing, healthy cuisine of Vietnam. I love the fragrances, the fresh herbs, cilantro, basil, mint and other Asian herbs: perilla, Vietnamese coriander and sawtooth cilantro. And I love the contrast and balance in almost every dish: spicy vs. cool, salty vs. sweet and steamed vs. crispy.
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Hill tops

Northwest Classen High School has produced an impressive list of alumni over the years, including current Sonic president and CEO Cliff Hudson, former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Bill Hill, a 1969 alumnus, left Oklahoma after graduating from the University of Oklahoma and has been instrumental in the development of some of California’s super premium vineyards and wines.
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Top of the city

With Josh Valentine running the kitchen at The George, the anticipated opening of the restaurant atop Founders Tower has been worth the wait.
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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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OKG Eat

Ah, the perils of working with special dietary needs. It can make dining out a pain. Luckily, with restaurateurs becoming more savvy to their diners’ needs, there are a bevy of places in OKC to satisfy your craving for the foods you love without losing taste. All choices this week have been road-tested by gluten-sensitive foodies to guarantee satisfaction.
07/09/2014 | Comments 0

OKG eat: Know your rights

What better way to celebrate your freedom than grilling it to perfection over an open flame? We’ve combed local meat markets for the best ingredients to make traditional burgers or brisket. Feeling more adventurous? Why not go for lamb or buffalo? Whatever your heart desires, local butchers will be more than happy to help you praise hot-off-the grill freedom.
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Caesar salad is one of the signature dishes at Michael’s Grill, where dinner is a worthy splurge.

Carol Smaglinski January 11th, 2012

People in the professional kitchen at Michael’s Grill treat the food they send out seriously.

The dishes are straightforward and impressive.

Michael Sills is the kind of chef who cooks with a lot of soul and intellect. The guy just loves interaction with his diners.

“We’re pretty blessed. After some 16 years, every night here is a party; I just never know who’s coming,” said the 62-year-old Sills.

The menu is limited to seven appetizers ranging in price from $14 to $27, from grilled shrimp and lobster relleno to crab cakes and more, but we were hungry for the healthy hummus tahini ($12). The small bowl of hummus was presented with carrot and celery strips, crisp pita chips and olives. The hummus was remarkable in its simplicity, yet set up our taste buds for the rest of the meal to come.

right, the 13-ounce Kansas City Strip

Getting down to business, we requested the chef’s signature dish: Caesar salad ($7). With colorful and tender greens, it’s the same specialty salad that Sills made for years at Junior’s, 2601 N.W. Expressway, where he created them tableside. This is the tasty dish that Michael’s hungry patrons now eat with regularity.

Being a soup person, I found the delicate lobster-shrimp bisque to be a creamy concoction that would make anyone an instant convert to this rarely encountered soup.

The fragrant chicken Marsala ($31) was deeply satisfying and I could actually taste the smoky and sweet flavor of the fortified wine, which paired nicely with the butter-sautéed shallots. There was also a nice portion of sliced mushrooms swimming on top of two chicken breasts. The torn-off bits of crusty rolls were perfect to get that last bit of sauce on my plate. The au gratin potatoes? Marvelous.

The handsome, unforgettable steak ($39), a dish to slowly savor, arrived with a plate of grilled vegetables. The beef was as tender as butter and was kept over the fire for just the right amount of time with executive chef William DeLeon showing his skill.

We also requested a plate of simple pasta, butter, garlic and broccoli ($18). Any pasta from this kitchen is a treat and each course we had was nicely paced.

And for dessert, where all are made in-house, we passed up crème brûlée, cheesecake, and apple pie and ice cream to share a slice of chocolate gâteau ($8), which is how the French say “cake.”

Photo by Shannon Cornman

 
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