901 N. Broadway
If you’ve never had the famous fried mushrooms ($6.95), you must start with those. They’re always served piping hot with some ranch. The pesto bruschetta ($6.95) is a delicious blend of tomatoes, onions, fresh basil and olive oil. If you mean business, attempt the Mob Boss pizza ($11.95-$20.65) with sausage, pepperoni, salami and smoked bacon. If you have room, try the frozen lemonade pie for dessert ($1.95).
Steak and Catfish Barn
305 N. Walker
Your family can’t decide between steak, seafood and Italian? Here, you don’t have to. Start with a shrimp cocktail ($11.99) or hushpuppies ($4.99). For dinner, have a 16 ounce T-bone ($22.99), ravioli ($10.99-$13.99) or fajita salad ($10.99). Get the catfish and shrimp ($8.99-$14.99), which comes with two sides.
Meiki’s Italian American
6916 Northwest Expressway
Try the antipasto ($5.25) or the cheese fries ($4.95) to start. The chicken club salad ($6.95) is no namby-pamby salad. It comes with bacon bits, black olives, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, cucumbers and strips of chicken. The Meiki’s chicken pocket ($7.95) or rigatoni ($9.95), with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, sausage and pepperoni, make for flavorful and filling meals.
Louie’s Grill & Bar
9401 Lake Hefner Parkway
Finger-food friendly is the best way to describe most of the menu. Chips, queso and salsa ($6.99) is a generous portion and enough for three or four people. If you upgrade to the macho chicken nachos ($8.99), just call it a meal. The pizza ($6.99-$9.99) feeds up to three people and comes from from a brick oven. Keep it light with the ultimate turkey burger ($7.99), complete with chipotle ranch, veggies and cheese.
Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant
1331 Alameda, Norman
This is the perfect spot if half the groups wants Mexican fare and half wants some traditional American food. Cheeseburgers ($6.99) with all the fixings and french fries or chicken strips ($7.99) will keep one half happy. Meanwhile, costillas de puerco ($11.99), pork ribs served in a skillet with onions and peppers; and guiso especial ($11.99), Mexican beef tips marinated with secret spices and topped with an egg, will keep the other half happy.
Earl’s Rib Palace
216 Johnny Bench Drive
Barbecue can be messy, so it’s always great when you can indulge and not have to worry about cleaning up the place. The Smokestack ($6.99) has chopped brisket, a hot link and is all topped with cole slaw. It also comes with a side of your choice. Extra hungry? Package No. 3 ($10.99) gives you a choice of three meats from the chopped brisket, hot link, bologna, chicken, sausage, ham, pork or turkey and three sides. Save room for cobbler or a brownie ($3.29).
Chequers Restaurant & Pub
1009 S. Air Depot, Midwest City
If you’re into potatoes, you’ll love this joint. Chequers baked potato ($4.50) is loaded with spinach dip, ham and cheese or try the best of both words: Mexi-style baked potato ($4.50), which is basically a taco in a baked potato. Craving something other than starches? Opt for the steak and shrimp dinner ($8.95) or a bacon guacamole burger ($4.95-$5.95). For dessert, split the fried ice cream ($3).