15 N. Robinson
breakfast or brunch, try the lemon ricotta pancakes with papaya
chutney, or bagel and cured salmon with capers, onions, tomatoes, lemon,
cream cheese and chopped eggs. For lunch or dinner, grab the Thai beef
salad, complete with soba (Japanese noodles made from buckwheat). The
duck tacos with mango relish will rock your taste buds, and don’t miss
the pan-seared scallops, with a celery root and pistachio purée and
760 N. Interstate Drive, Norman
off with the Queso Compuesto, with seasoned ground sirloin, guacamole
and pico de gallo. Get one of the famous “Big As Yo’ Face” burritos with
beans only, ground sirloin, oven-roasted chicken or fajita meat. The
Chuychanga is a house specialty that comes with chicken and all the
traditional fixings, as well as cilantro and green chiles. Eating light?
Opt for the Chuy’s Lite Plate with one taco, guacamole and queso.
The Ceviche House
5805 N.W. 50th
Hankering for Peruvian cuisine? The Ceviche House serves it with a gourmet twist, tucked unassumingly in a strip mall. The walls are colorful, the music lively and the smell alone is enough to draw you in. Start with botana (grilled peppers, onions, potatoes, avocados and tomatoes). Order the chef-recommended ceviche al pescado, a platter of fresh and flavorful fish marinated in lime juice, or the mejillones al pico, mussels with pico de gallo.
Taste of Egypt
3604 N. May
Get a taste of Egyptian cuisine. Try the hearty stewed vegetables or the couscous dish, piled high with garbanzo beans, zucchini, carrots and stewed tomatoes. The pork and lamb dishes are fresh and sourced locally. Finish off your feast with fetter, a traditional Egyptian dessert. It’s buffet-only here on Lamb Day (Friday) and Cultural Day (Saturday), boasting foods from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.
2262 W. Main, Norman
This farm-to-fork concept is tucked in the Normandy Creek Shopping Center at 24th Avenue and W. Main in Norman. Chef Ryan Parrott developed a fresh and innovative menu for the restaurant, which includes an open kitchen, patio, bar and retail space for meals on-the-go. There is a fantastic area just for the little ones, with a nursery, movie cave, reading space, playhouses and more. Like it on Facebook to get updates on frequent specials.
Clay Pot Thai Fusion
2903 N.W. 36th
This spot recently reopened with a completely new menu that fuses American and Thai cuisines. Start with the Doty Tacos, fried wontons filled with slaw and teriyaki-marinated chicken glazed in a honey-balsamic vinaigrette. Keep it light with a kung pao chicken wrap that’s full of chicken, almonds, cranberries and sprouts with a green curry aïoli, all in a spinach wrap. Craving something more exotic? Get the curried lobster salad sandwich.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
208 Johnny Bench Drive
Right along the always-happening Bricktown canal, this spot is perfect for people-watching and drink-imbibing, as well as enjoying a delicious taco dinner. The baja tacos are filled with your choice of fish, shrimp, beef, chicken, pork or veggies, then topped with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Order them regular or habanero-hot, soft or crispy. It’s a stone’s throw away from the Harkins Theatre, so it’s great for pre- or post-movie relaxation.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock