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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

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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

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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 

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Chefs di Domani

Practice makes perfect. It also makes for a pretty tasty lunch and dinner at Chefs di Domani.

Greg Elwell February 15th, 2012

Chefs di Domani
2727 W. Memorial

What works: Low prices on creative, high-end dishes.
What needs work: A few of the plates are under-spiced.
Tip: Go with a designated driver and enjoy some wine with your meal.

Chefs do not hatch from space eggs, although that’s not a bad idea for a movie. They are not sculpted from clay by the gods of Mount Flavor. They are mere mortals. They have to learn. They have to practice. Some of them do that at Chefs di Domani at Platt College Wednesday through Friday.

Chef instructor Jonathan Groth used to be in advertising until he realized it wasn’t the life he wanted. Where was the passion he felt in the kitchen? Well … it was in the kitchen. And now he’s teaching new generations of chefs how to create (and consistently re-create) great dishes.

The menu at Chefs di Domani changes with the seasons, and the new winter menu is a winner. I started with a deconstructed Caesar salad ($7) that had wonderful flavor. It’s the kind of dish I’ve heard people talk about, but rarely seen in Oklahoma City. While I’m not ready to give up the version done by Junior’s, I was plenty happy with the rendition the students prepared.

right the tomato bisque soup and salmon

I was equally enchanted by the tomato bisque ($2 cup, $4 bowl), which started with a strong tomato flavor, eased into a creamy middle and was punctuated by the splendid sting of basil-infused oil. I could easily have downed three bowls and taken a Thermos to go.

The buttermilk-fried quail ($7) and the shrimp and grits ($8) were a bit of a letdown: They were kind of boring. The quail had the crunch, but lacked that hint of spice that could energize the dish. I was actually more excited about the side dish of sautéed Swiss chard that came with it. The shrimp was cooked perfectly, although the grits were too creamy for my tastes; your mileage may vary. It came off a bit bland.

The next two dishes were better.

The pistachio-crusted salmon ($11) had a full salmon flavor. That may sound odd, but I get a lot of salmon that tastes so mild, it might as well be shark. The crust adds a touch of sweetness and the beurre rouge gives it a creamy finish.

The whipped potatoes were wonderful, as well — not gluey, like some.

And can you blame me for loving the steak? The grilled New York strip ($14) is served with a marrow-red wine and butter sauce mixed with bread crumbs — a new texture combination for me. Lots of flavor added to the steak, which was tender and sliced on a bias. The glazed Brussels sprouts on the side were better than most I’ve had, although I wish the roasted beets had been seasoned a little more.

There were some swings and misses, but overall, I quite enjoyed Chefs di Domani. The prices are pretty low, considering the quality of the food, but that’s because you’re catching aspiring chefs on the way up. Frankly, if the food is this good now, I’m kind of eager to see what they’ll be doing when they graduate.

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

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