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Permanent parking, mobile food

A plan to create a permanent food truck park in Midtown passed the Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) on April 17. The creator, Hunter Wheat, based it on other permanent food parks around the country, including places like New York, the Dallas/Ft. Worth-area and Austin, Texas.
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Smooth pop

Ah, springtime in Oklahoma and the joy of eating food from a street vendor. Just in time for the warm weather, two new mobile concepts want you to chill out.
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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

OGK7 eat: Dollars to doughnuts

While the idea of fried dough may or may not be American in origin, the traditional ring-shaped confection that we know and love does originate here. According to The Smithsonian, doughnuts were created by an enterprising New England sailor’s mother who wanted a way to store and transport pastry. Regardless of its origin, the doughnut is a modern favorite.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman 

04/02/2014 | Comments 0
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Restaurant Reviews

Szechuan Bistro

Szechuan cuisine is known for its heat, but this north-side spot has something for everyone.

Carol Smaglinski January 25th, 2012

The Chinese New Year, which happens this week, not only means gifts, an early spring cleaning, and the gathering of family and friends, but, more important, a celebratory feast!

When Szechuan Bistro opened last summer, owners Xium (Sophia) Zheng and chef Yuanren Zhen decided to populate the menu with thoughtful and inspired dishes that pursue a depth of flavor and textural contrasts.

There are two menus at the restaurant: one Chinese and one American. Little red marks on the menu indicate the hot dishes, so beware … or order one if you dare! The authenticity is clear, as the 85-seat bistro gets busy at lunch daily.

At Szechuan, its ambitious chef dabbles with regional Chinese cuisine and brings a real taste of China into Oklahoma.

The bistro offers soft noodles, thin rice noodles, soups, fried seafood platters, sizzling platters and clay pot cooking ($8.95-$11.95). Prices range from $1.35 for an egg roll to a whole snapper at $19.95.

That fresh and crispy snapper was the highlight of our lunch. The chef cooked the firm-fleshed white fish just until it lost its opacity. It was presented on an oval platter — complete with the head, eyeballs intact — then topped with a simple, orange- and pink-hued sweet-and-sour sauce. It was garnished with sliced bell peppers, green onions and cilantro.

Our parade of dishes began with minced chicken in a lettuce wrap ($7.50), followed by a highly unusual beef dish with Sriracha hot chile sauce ($8.50). The thinly sliced strips of beef weren’t overpowering, although they certainly picked up some heat along the way.

Next up, we opted for some gorgeous Szechuan-style jumbo shrimp (eight for $10.95). It came with vegetables that included baby corn, broccoli, water chestnuts, carrots, asparagus and green onions.

We ended with bowls of tapioca cooked in coconut milk, which are complimentary to every diner.

Above all, the staff and setting make everyone feel right at home, and there’s certainly a little something for everyone.

Oklahoma Gazette’s restaurant review policy is to highlight the positive aspects and include constructive criticism regarding food, ambience or service when appropriate.

Photo by Shannon Cornman

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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