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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.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chow time

Chow’s Chinese Restaurant

3033 N. May Ave.


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


Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant

2106 SW 44th St.


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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Burger bistro

The changing of the season brings in menu changes at this Midtown upscale diner.

Greg Elwell August 29th, 2012

Kaiser's American Bistro
1039 N. Walker

What works:
juicy burgers, tasty soups
What doesn’t work:
The au jus on the french dip is kind of “au no.”
Milkshakes make every meal better.
Things change.
People change. And sometimes, most devastatingly, menus change.

By: Mark Hancock

Please, have a sit. Kaiser’s American Bistro is dropping its green chili cheeseburger. I know, I know. Just let the tears flow.

Originally called the Hasta Infierno burger, the green chili cheeseburger ($8) is a magical mix of beef, chorizo sausage and jalapeños, topped with green chilies and cheese. It has a kick and will be missed.

(But it’s not gone yet, so go get one and make some really overt yummy noises. Maybe Kaiser’s will keep it ... although the patty melt it’s being replaced with sounds pretty good, too.)

Owner Shaun Fiaccone describes Kaiser’s as “stick-to-your-ribs home cooking,” but I think of it as diner food made better. Yes, the eatery has burgers and soups and salads, but they’re made really, really well.

Case in point: The Pollo Diablo ($8) is a chicken sandwich. Usually I hate chicken sandwiches. They’re boring. They’re bland. The texture is all wrong. Not this time. Here you’ve got roasted chipotle chicken, pulled and chopped, mixed with poblano peppers and topped with provolone cheese. Wrapped in Prairie Thunder focaccia, it’s texturally and flavorfully exciting.

All sandwiches come with a side. I preferred the mac and cheese and kettle chips to the pasta salad and french fries, but your taste buds might prefer another combination.

If you need something with a little less heat, but just as much flavor, the smoked salmon burger ($9) might be swimming against the stream and into your alley. The salmon flavor is mild, complemented by melting feta cheese and a caper aioli. Squeeze on a little lemon while you’re at it. You’re welcome.

And if you’d like to continue thanking me, might I recommend some soup?

The Grateful Bean ($3.50 a cup/$5 a bowl) is a ham and bean soup made with smokey ham hocks and lots of diced veggies. The broth takes on a creamy consistency as the beans break down a bit. I put in a little hot sauce, but you do what you like.

The chicken and dumplings ($3.50/$5) is even creamier, with doughy, slightly chewy dumplings and big pieces of chicken. Very satisfying, if you’re the type of person who gets that sort of thing from soup. (I am.)

We really can’t go on without talking ice cream. Yes, I scream, you scream, we all should get our hearing checked.

Seriously, guys. Enough with the screaming. I know you’re excited for ice cream, but there are better ways to show it. Maybe smile. Or offer to pay for your own.

Kaiser’s makes ice cream.

Shaun told me his favorite is salted caramel, so I tried it. He’s right: It’s pretty awesome. You can also get sundaes, ice cream sodas and Chocolate Nirvana ($7), which includes a fudge brownie, ice cream and whipped cream. It’s big and it’s good.

The menu at Kaiser’s will keep on changing, I’m sure. And we’ll lose some old friends — sniff, goodbye, green chili cheeseburger — and make some new ones. As long as the place keeps making dinerstyle food with high-end techniques, I’ll still be a fan.

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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