S&B’s Burger Joint
7745 S. Walker
If you've been to S&B, then you understand why it's popular enough to be opening another location to feed the hungry masses. If you haven't dined on its inventive burger combinations, cheese cubes or smothered fries, it's time to add that to the top of your 2013 resolution list. Still recovering from a night of partying? Sip one of its specialty Bloody Marys.
600 N.W. 23rd
Situated in the up-and-coming 600 block of N.W. 23rd, Pizza 23 makes its home next to Orange Leaf. Start with Rib Tips, seasoned smoked rib tips tossed in barbecue sauce, while you're waiting on one of its many gourmet pizzas to arrive at the table. Swing in for its lunch special, which includes pizza and a salad for $8.
Dot Wo Garden
6161 N. May
A longtime Oklahoma favorite has added another location, and with that comes the addition of a daily sushi menu. Expect the same great fare, from clay pot meals to lo meins and roast duck. The authentic Chinese restaurant also caters and offers all of its menu options to go.
Kitchen No. 324
324 N. Robinson
Pop your pinkies because this place is classy. The architecture in the historic Braniff Building, with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light to spill into the space, is among the many reasons to visit. And then there’s the food. Enjoy a coffee bar, salad bar featuring fall succotash and roasted carrots with local honey and plenty of house-made sweets.
1204 N. Interstate Drive, Norman
Fresh and healthy is what you can expect at this made-to-order sushi house. Take advantage of the sashimi meal combos or taste your way through the country, with a roll named after each U.S. state. Wash it down with a cocktail, glass of wine or sake. Be sure to take advantage of its happy hour specials.
Green Chile Kitchen Route 66
12 E. Main, Yukon
A taste of New Mexico right off Route 66 is all anyone could ever really want. Chile is the main ingredient in this regional cuisine, both red and green types. Indulge in a grilled and wrapped burrito, vegetarian or meat, and the carne adovada, slow-roasted pork in red chile.
Blu's BBQ & Burgers
612 N. Robinson
This family-owned establishment fully intends on becoming a local staple. Located downtown, Blu's has a menu full of smoked meats, from chopped brisket to a full slab of ribs. Start your meal off with Fire Wraps, cream cheese stuffed jalapeños tied with bacon, and then enjoy The Brisket Blitz, a sandwich topped with a hot link and coleslaw.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock