2601 Northwest Expressway
Have you wondered what a 1980s cruise ship might be like? Forget time travel, just go to Junior’s. This underground (literally) lounge exudes retro decadence from floor to ceiling. If you sit in the lounge, you’ll get a show with singers and sometimes a guest saxophonist on jazz nights.
Known for its exceptional steaks and talkabout-town Caesar salad, it all goes down a little better with a brandy ice.
Red’s Southern Diner
840 W. Danforth, Edmond
It’s hard to go wrong with Southern food. And by “hard,” I mean it’s impossible. Don’t play around with appetizers.
Just hop right into the main event with fried chicken, chicken-fried steak or pot pie … or, if intense hunger prevails, all three. Paired with fried okra or creamed corn, the feast is a good ‘ol Southern splurge. Follow Red’s on Twitter at @ Reds_Diner for an occasional reminder and special offers.
820 N. Macarthur
It’s not called a castle for nothin’. This spot is perfect for a special occasion. In fact, there’s even a package if you’re planning to propose or celebrate an anniversary, both starting at $250 for two people. The menu features items like German beer cheese soup and Bavarian pretzel with sauces. For the main course, try Prince Joseph’s pork loin or Ladies of the Castle’s Jaegar chicken, which is marinated then topped with mushrooms and served on a bed of cilantro rice.
323 White, Norman
This Vietnamese restaurant is based on authentic recipes passed down through the generations of proprietor Christopher Lê. He and his business partner, chef Jeremiah Caldwell, have crafted an easy-to-navigate menu that’s reminiscent of traditional dishes, but flavored with contemporary dining tastes. Start with a banh mi sandwich, rice bowl, noodle salad or lettuce wrap and add on protein and veggies. The banh mi is made with daily fresh-baked French baguettes and the house-made chicken pâté.
Kamp’s 1910 Cafe
10 N.E. 10th
Just east of the train tracks, the classic sign politely invites everyone in to dine. Don’t fight the urge to indulge for breakfast, lunch or tapas. The Boxcar Burrito is full of scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, sautéed green peppers and onions and cheese. For something lighter, grab the fruit salad or yogurt. For lunch try one of the sandwiches like The Broadway with grilled portobellos or the Midtown Wrap, a tortilla stuffed with spinach, tomatoes and red onions. Don’t pass up the tapas or beer and wine menu.
The Library Food & Spirits
119 N. Robinson
Tucked away in the basement of the Robinson Renaissance Building, this gem is decorated like an old library and great for dining or grabbing a drink. Comfort food abounds, which makes sense in this cozy locale. Start with potato skins topped with chili and cheese, or try the house salad. Also worth checking out: The Literati Club with ham, turkey and bacon; or the Cinderella’s Choice, a salad with marinated chicken breast topped with sautéed peppers and onions and grilled pineapple.
1317 E. Danforth, Edmond
Don’t forget to make reservations, because this Edmond nook is always full for dinner. With appetizers like puff pastry baked with duck confit and mushrooms and sautéed jumbo shrimp with saffron, curry and white wine butter sauce, its popularity isn’t surprising. For dinner have the Chilean sea bass or pan-seared scallops with grilled oyster mushrooms. Don’t neglect the sides: scalloped potatoes and grilled asparagus with heart of palm are excellent choices to round out your meal.
Photos by Shannon Cornman, Mark Hancock and Jordan Ensminger