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Smag 7: Dinner and a drink

Carol Smaglinski March 7th, 2012

Without a delicious cocktail or wine pairing, dinner can seem quite lonely. Try out these local spots that bring booze into the spotlight. Enjoy steak, nachos, sushi or get persnickety with imported cheeses. Whatever you fancy, pair it with your favorite friendly libation to bring those food flavors full force.

Hollie’s Flatiron Steakhouse
1199 S. Service Road, Moore

Hollie’s is selling sirloin, an 8-ounce fillet and a 20-ounce, bone-in ribeye done on a flat iron grill. Pretty popular right now is its Purple Perfect Margarita, featuring Chambord. Don’t think your only choice is beef! Try tasty oven-roasted chicken, fish, pork chops or St. Louis ribs. No matter what ends up on your plate, enjoy one of the 24 wines by the glass.

$$$ Steaks and more

The Man Cave
1522 W. Lindsey, Norman

Come in for the Boulevard and Shocktop brews on tap. Stay for dinner. You’d be remiss to leave without trying one of the 37 different wing sauces — honey coconut, Sooner and Thunder or spicy garlic Parmesan, to name a few. It wouldn’t be a true man cave without nachos, quesadillas or good burgers, so if you don’t fill up on wings, try one. Don’t feel too guilty about the smorgasbord; everything is baked.

$$ Bar food

Habaneros Mexican Restaurant
251 E. Waterloo, Edmond

This address is a relocation for the popular Habaneros in Edmond owned by Chris and Mandy Hobson. The chiles rellenos, made with large roasted poblano peppers, is one of the staple dishes. Wash that down with one of the many beers on the menu. Other favorites include pork chili verde and tacos carne guisada.

$$ Mexican

Shorty Small’s
2037 S. Meridian

A relocation that opened Dec. 15, it is wasting no time making a name for itself, featuring the Sadie’s Breath cocktail. You’ll need some sustenance, so opt for the pulled pork sandwiches, blackened chicken salad sandwich or honey mustard chicken club. You might even consider splitting the sizable chicken-fried steak, which comes with mashed potatoes and green beans. On the lighter side are daily soup and salad specials.

$$ American

Sauced on Main Street
2100 W. Main, Norman

Pinot Noir has been its most requested wine, either by the carafe or glass. This is another Hal Smith Restaurant Group eatery, with full-flavored food like chicken Parmesan, mini meatballs, nachos and tasty salads. Create your own pizza, or — if you’re feeling adventurous — order its Suicide Pizza with eight slices of different variations. Start your meal with the calamari, and end it with a free game of shuffleboard.

$$ Pizza and more

Hibachi Grand Buffet
6161 N. May

Formerly under the name of Asian Eternity Buffet, Hibachi presents a full beer list to enjoy with your Chinese and Japanese fare. One meal includes your choices from the whole sushi bar, regular buffet and a giant dessert bar. The emphasis is on sweet-and-sour dishes, sesame chicken, peach pie, banana pudding and fortune cookies. The weekend dinner spread includes fresh oysters.

$$ Asian buffet

Forward Foods
2001 W. Main, Norman

Looking for a number of rich and creamy cheeses to pair with wine? Head to one of the most extensive cheese counters in the metro. Forward Foods in Norman has moved into new digs from 123 E. Main to make room for an eager and growing lunch bunch. On the menu are specialty grilled cheeses, homemade soups, deli sandwiches and even quiche.

$$ Cheese and more

—Carol Smaglinski photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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