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Smag 7: Pull up a chair


Carol Smaglinski March 14th, 2012

Variety, diversity and multiculturalism are waiting to be discovered in Oklahoma restaurants. Find yourselves in seven tantalizing scenarios at new restaurants, thanks to the following spots.

Dan O’Brien’s Grill & Pub
2747 W. Memorial

Just in time for St. Patty’s Day. Dan O’Brien’s is not new, but it has moved its operation just down the street a bit to new digs. The menu goes something like this: grilled cheese, hot ham and cheese, fish and chips, a cold turkey and Swiss and chicken tenders. You can pretend that you are across the pond in an Irish pub.

$$ Bar and grill


Gourmet Grill
1230 W. Covell, Edmond
509-2700

More than 300 items are available at the Gourmet Grill located inside the new Uptown Grocery in Edmond. Grab sandwiches, fresh salads, smoked meats, seafood plates and much more. Owners Hank and Susan Binkowski have thought of everything. You just gotta see this!

$$ Deli


Bella Italia
6400 N.W. 39th, Bethany
789-0352

Hankering for eggplant Parmesan or minestrone soup? It’s here, along with a sampler that contains three half-orders of menu items. The pasta is bathed in good sauces, and traditional Italian dishes are available for modest prices. Several concepts have occupied this space, from Casa de Villa to Harbor House. Bella Italia started welcoming customers in late February and feedback is coming in about its friendly service.

Bella Italia is closed on Mondays.

$$ Italian


Braum’s
3004 N.E. 63rd
478-5138

In the mood for a good old-fashioned burger? Braum’s is re-opening in northeast Oklahoma City; the previous building has been replaced with the company’s new model. This is just one of 279 family-owned Braum’s stores located throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Arkansas. Grab a couple of scoops of ice cream before you go.

$$ Ice cream and more


Mama Mo’s Pizza
501 S. Mustang, Yukon
494-7979

The up-and-coming Mama Mo’s opened up for pizza-hungry guests in late February. Out-of-the-ordinary dishes include a chicken Philly cheese steak and a gyro made with bacon and chicken. The sandwiches are baked in the oven. Typical items on the list are calzones, wings, breadsticks and salads. Its magnet dessert is the Chocolate Paradise, done with chocolate chips, pecans, coconut and milk all in a pie crust.

$$ Pizza and more


Golden House Buffet
6201 Northwest Expressway
720-9888

Having moved into China Capital’s old stomping ground at the first of the year, Golden House continues to draw on flavors from China and Vietnam. Try its sweet-and-sour chicken or pork, Hawaiian chicken, beef and broccoli, honey chicken or traditional Vietnamese noodle soup. It has an awfully happy dessert menu, too. All sweets are made at the restaurant, from banana pudding to a Vietnamese black-eyed pea dessert with sweet beans topped with coconut.

$$ Chinese/Vietnamese


Unique Confections
1100 E. Constitution, Norman
579-8856

In January, chef Andrew Marsh, who studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, opened a bistro-style shop in Norman with only two chairs. There are no beverages yet, just high-quality chocolates, blueberry truffles and hard candies, such as apple and watermelon.

$$ Sweets

—Carol Smaglinski photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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