6315 N.W. 39th, Bethany
Same great menu as the Edmond place, but an additional location. Start with the fried pickles or ranchero salsa and chips. As for burgers, have it plain or get creative with the Maui Burger, which comes with grilled ham, cheese, pineapple-jalapeño relish and barbecue sauce. Skipping meat? Try the Tree Hugger. It has fresh spinach, carrots, mushrooms, sprouts, cucumbers and cheese.
Kenney’s Irish Pub
116 W. Harrison, Guthrie
As if Guthrie isn’t cool enough already, now you can hang out in an Irish pub that features live performances from local talent, including, of course, traditional Irish tunes. Don’t forget about the booze and food. It’s not your typical pub grub, either. Of course it’s delicious and decadent, but you can also enjoy a no-meat Philly, complete with a side of colcannon, a traditional Irish potato-and-cabbage dish. Grab a whiskey sandwich or a corned beef sandwich, too.
Syrup: A Breakfast Boutique
123 Main, Norman
Breakfast and brunch are two events that people should experience frequently, and they should do so by delighting in the tastiest of morning treats. While you’re enjoying the eats, you might as well be in beautiful surroundings, right? That’s the concept behind Syrup: It’s sweet, a little fancy and the perfect place to spend the first hours of your day, noshing on yummy breakfast foods.
Volcano Sushi Bar & Hibachi
2727 S. Interstate 35, Moore
It’s definitely not your average trip to the hibachi. All dishes are made with fresh ingredients, and some come out resembling works of art. It’s OK; Go ahead and eat it, anyway. If you want to skip the hibachi and try some rolls, don’t pass up the Earthquake, Golden Fantasy and Twin Towers. Finish up your meal with the great fried ice cream.
1000 N.E. 63rd475-0299
For Oklahoma State University grads, finding out that the metro has an El Tap might be more exciting than Christmas. If you’ve never had the pleasure of dining at this Tex-Mex casa, remedy that omission immediately. Known for its blanco queso and homemade tortillas, the rest of the menu is just as stellar. Try the quesadilla de camarones, filled with grilled shrimp, and the burrito Tapatio, stuffed with grilled pork tips.
627 N. Broadway, Moore759-7179
Just got done with an excellent workout and need a protein shake to help those muscles stay strong? You’re in luck! Broadway Nutrition is a new health-forward shop that carries Herbalife products. Herbalife is a protein-shake meal replacement used for losing, gaining or maintaining weight, depending on where you are with your fitness goals. With flavors like Fudgecicle and Almond Joy, it’s hard to believe you’re being healthy.
1630 N. Blackwelder601-1400
The ultimate comfort food might just be the grilled cheese sandwich. Now you can get one whenever you want in the Plaza District. Start with the fried cheese curds or Okie Poutine, hand-cut fries with house-made gravy and cheese. Keep it healthy with a beet salad or indulge with the Big-Ass Grilled Cheese, made with sourdough bread and chef’s choice of five cheeses. Add bacon if you dare.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock