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Permanent parking, mobile food

A plan to create a permanent food truck park in Midtown passed the Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) on April 17. The creator, Hunter Wheat, based it on other permanent food parks around the country, including places like New York, the Dallas/Ft. Worth-area and Austin, Texas.
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Smooth pop

Ah, springtime in Oklahoma and the joy of eating food from a street vendor. Just in time for the warm weather, two new mobile concepts want you to chill out.
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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

04/16/2014 | Comments 0

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

04/09/2014 | Comments 0

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 

04/02/2014 | Comments 0
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Parrot talk

Repeat after me: Casa Perico does Okie-Mex right.

Greg Elwell July 18th, 2012

What works: Enchiladas, tacos, fajitas … you know, Mexican food.
What needs work: Get rid of those fried guacamole bites.
Tips: Botanos are good, but filling. It’s an appetizer for a group.

 Since when do people think “authentic” means the same thing as “delicious”?

I want “authentic” food to be made out of natural ingredients and not a big pile of chemicals, but other than that, who cares? Chefs change things all the time based on taste or the availability of ingredients, or just because.

So what if actual Mexicans living in actual Mexico don’t eat a lot of sour cream chicken enchiladas? Have you tasted a good sour cream chicken enchilada? It could come from Mars, and I’d still enjoy eating it.

Which brings us to the topic of Casa Perico, a Mexican restaurant that straddles the line between “real” Mexican food and the Mexican food we all grew up with and still love, even if it isn’t what people eat south of the border.

Perico is one of my favorite places to eat precisely because it doesn’t put on airs. It’s clean, the servers are friendly and the food tastes good (and isn’t terribly expensive). They just want you to walk out happy.

And I would do just that, but I’m usually too full to walk.

To start out, I like to get the botana ($7.99) for an appetizer. Sure, you can gorge on chips and salsa and cheese jelly, but the botana is so much tastier. It’s a big plate filled with cheesy potatoes, fried jalapeños, onion, avocado and tomato wedges, and served with fresh tortillas. And of course you can get nachos ($8.99), shrimp cocktail ($12.99) or housemade guacamole ($5.99).

You know what else Casa Perico has? Tacos ($8.99-$12.99). Yeah, tacos. You know those things everybody loves when they come from a tacqueria, but you’re supposed to be ashamed if you get them from a drive-thru fast-food chain? Perico does them right and in almost every style. Hard or soft, corn or flour, chicken, different kinds of beef or even catfish. And a taco salad ($10.99). C’mon — you love taco salad. Don’t be a jerk.

One thing I wasn’t wild about: the flautas ($10.99). The chicken was barely seasoned and too dry.

As for “authentic” dishes, I really liked the carne asada ($12.99). The salsa over it was a bit spicy for my wife, but the flavor was right on, and the texture of the steak was wonderful.

Even better is my personal favorite, the dish that keeps me coming back: carnitas de puerco ($12.99). It’s pork rubbed down with Perico’s seasoning blend, then roasted and seared. The end product is juicy, crispy and tender. And if you somehow can resist downing the whole pile of pig meat at once, it gets even better after a night in the fridge.

On the side, I tend to enjoy the classics. There’s something about  Mexican rice and refried beans that soothes the soul. That said, I also like the borracho beans, but I avoid the grilled vegetables, which contain too many mushrooms for my liking.

I don’t know what “Parrot House” has to do with food, nor am I inclined to learn. I will just keep going to Casa Perico, where I know they’ll serve me foods from the old country and foods that are indigenous to the U.S. So long as it keeps tasting this good, I don’t really care where the recipe started.

Oklahoma Gazette’s restaurant review policy is to highlight the positive aspects, and include constructive criticism regarding food, ambience or service when appropriate.

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