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Green is good

Two enterprising former restaurant owners looked around Oklahoma City’s restaurant industry and thought it could be a lot greener. Chris Buerger and his partner, Brian DeShazo, took notice of the fact that there is no infrastructure to recycle in area restaurants.
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Chow time

Chow’s Chinese Restaurant

3033 N. May Ave.

949-1663

What works: Dumplings, anything with ginger-scallion sauce, and lots more.

What needs work: Watch out for the raw garlic.

Tip: Take-out is a big time-saver.

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Peru-fect

Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant

2106 SW 44th St.

601-2629

facebook.com/naylamprestaurante

What works: The friendly staff and authentic food give guests a true Peruvian experience.

What needs work: The small restaurant is kind of difficult to spot.

Tip: The choritos a la chalaca are a must-try for seafood fans.

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

OKG eat: Highfalutin dining

You don’t have to be a millionaire or a head of state to eat like one. While dining like a king every night might quickly take its toll on your pocketbook, sometimes it feels good to eat like a well-heeled big wheel. For a special occasion or maybe just as a special treat, look no farther than these upscale eateries to tempt your taste buds and delight your palate.

— By Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

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
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Before you GoGo


To-go or to-stay, this sushi emporium is sure to satisfy.

Doug Hill August 22nd, 2012

GoGo Sushi Express and Grill
1611 S. I-35 Service Road, Moore
gogosushinow.com
794-3474

What worked:
delightful tempura and competent sushi
What needs work:
removing the big-screen TVs from the walls
The Tip:
affordable sushi and grilled dishes in a casual atmosphere

In summertime, the sidewalk outside GoGo Sushi is a miniature jungle. It’s covered by a profusion of exotic tropical potted plants.

Inside is a spacious dining room and long bar with stools. The theme is Asian modern, with black lacquer tables and chairs, red vinyl booths and little ceramic fish on the wall. Nestled in an upscale strip mall, it’s walking distance south from the Warren Theatre — and is perfect for a quick meal before or after the movies.

Helen Tran and her daughter Lisa Tran opened GoGo Sushi four years ago and they’ve built a loyal clientele.

“We have lunch specials for between $5 and $6,” Helen Tran said.

GoGo may sound like fast food, but it’s several paces ahead in terms of quality.

The dining experience is similar to most pleasant, if not fancy, area eateries. Large televisions mounted on the walls tuned to different channels were only mildly annoying. The TVs were muted and a radio was playing.

Staff and customers tend to be young, and the atmosphere is casually upbeat. A hipster at the stainless steel bar was snapping an iPhone photo of his elaborately prepared sushi boat combination platter ($8-$14).

There are plenty of other menu choices besides sashimi and nigiri. The tempura shrimp and vegetables appetizer ($5.95) included a perfect pair of onion rings. These were goldmedal-winning onion rings, perfect in their light crispness and mild Vidalia flavor. If all restaurant onion rings were as good as these, America would be a better place.

Bento boxes are the carefully prepared single-portion meals that Japanese homemakers send off with their children and spouses to school or office.

GoGo offers several such bento boxes, including teriyaki chicken ($8.25), Korean short ribs ($10.25) and grilled salmon ($9.25). They are served with four pieces of California roll sushi, house salad, tempura veggies, a scoop of fried or white rice and miso soup.

If it were up to me, there would be an outright ban on miso soup. To me, dried kelp and shaved bonito fish broth taste like soiled socks simmered in pond water. Unfortunately, GoGo allows no substitutions.

Hibachi scallops ($11.25), on the other hand, were expertly prepared and most delicious. The fat white shellfish had a swiftly seared crust with just a hint of soy sauce and sesame oil. They were juicy and tasted fresh from the deep blue sea. The noodle dishes all use thick udon and soba varieties. Stir-fried yaki chicken udon ($7.95) came with a generous mix of carrots, zucchini, mushroom and scallions.

As with most sushi emporiums, there’s a ton of rolls from which to choose; GoGo has more than 60. Helen Tran insisted that people really do order quail’s egg and tobiko (flying fish roe) rolls.

My sushi selection method is to go for the roll with the goofiest name. So if there’s a Creature from the Black Lagoon or Satan’s Barbie Doll roll, I’m in. I picked the Okie roll ($7.25), which is veggie bacon, salmon, cream cheese, jalapeño, freshwater eel and sesame seed. I like to think that the eel had been freshly noodled that morning from a creek in Gotebo.

Tran said she names rolls after her grandchildren. The Nathan roll ($8.25) is super white tuna, lemon juice, spicy mayo and green onion. Bella’s roll ($7.75) is the chimichanga of sushi. It’s a fried package of snow crab, avocado, cream cheese, masago (capelin roe), green onion and chili sauce.

Tran’s favorite roll should be served with Big & Rich playing in the background. It’s the Spicy Cowgirl ($14), which consists of tempura shrimp, avocado, smoked salmon, crab stick and spicy mayo.

 
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