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Smag 7: Taste the trend

With each week comes seven new restaurants in the OKC metro!

Carol Smaglinski February 15th, 2012

Pursue another passion: food! Trendy, contemporary dining is popping up all around the metro area with everything from American to Italian, Greek and even tempting food from Saudi Arabia.

The Chinese Gourmet
280 N. Mustang Road, Mustang 376-5000

Just open at the beginning of the year, owner Tony Wu is wasting no time offering Asian recipes in the traditional manner. Try the sweet-and-sour chicken, as well as the beef broccoli, chicken teriyaki or the filling and satisfying sesame chicken. Start with crab rangoon for an appetizer, and for dessert there are almond and fortune cookies.

$$ Asian

Kabsa House
3800 N. Macarthur 470-7690

A traditional Saudi affair can be expected at Kabsa House, as you’ll dine on the floor, surrounded by plush pillows. Proprietor Abraham Ahmed is serving authentic Saudi Arabian cuisine such as lamb, rice with raisins, salads, gyros, falafel and rotisserie chicken. He can whip up some chai tea in no time. Enjoy lunch and dinner there any day except Sunday.

$$ Middle Eastern

Shartel Underground Cafe
201 Robert S. Kerr 601-8024

Its original location is known for good food such as macaroni and cheese with ham, Caesar wrap, cinnamon rolls and other delicious eats. The new downtown location is offering those items, too. You’ll find the staple tasty hamburgers, Greek salad and wraps. Want to try an underground-only option? Opt for the pizza on focaccia.

$$ Eclectic

Bellini’s Ristorante & Grill
6305 Waterford 848-1065

Inside the Waterford office complex and under new management, its staff offers dazzling menu items from a classic carpaccio, a slow-cooked veal shank that hits the mark or the brand new roasted beet salad. Don’t disregard the aged fillet. Its wine list is in tune with the menu selections. Check out the Sunday brunch and its patio, too.

$$$ Italian/Mediterranean

Spago Ristorante
10600 S. Pennsylvania 378-7735

This locally owned venture is no relation to the Wolfgang Puck concept, and in Italian means “string” or slang for “spaghetti.” Co-owner Marco Shaqiri, who is Italian, moved here from Dallas. Choose from everything from pasta to filet mignon. Take a Roman holiday without leaving town and order its tiramisu, made correctly with ladyfingers, not sponge cake. Note this grotta is closed on Mondays.

$$$ Italian

Let’s Do Greek
120 Robinson 228-0017

Let’s Do Greek established its sister restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City in November, and its owners are no amateurs to the restaurant business. On Robinson, the place is brought to life through a bright and appealing menu that includes gyros, crisp salads, oregano chicken, Greek-style platters and chicken dishes. The original Let’s Do Greek is located in Edmond.

$$ Greek

The Big Tuna Fish Joint
3720 W. Robinson, Norman 928-5250

Another of the many successful Hal Smith Restaurant Group concepts, fresh fish for The Big Tuna is being flown in twice daily. The menu at this fast, casual place with counter service is simple, but satisfying, and ranges from baked salmon, coconut shrimp and blackened tilapia, to a great gumbo and fresh oysters, all with hush puppies.

$$ Seafood

—Carol Smaglinski photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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