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Plane food

Ozzie’s Diner

1700 Lexington Ave., Norman


What works: No-frills diner food served fast and friendly.      

What needs work: Seating is slightly cramped.     

Tip: Come hungry; portions are huge.    

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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

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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

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OGK7 eat: Dollars to doughnuts

While the idea of fried dough may or may not be American in origin, the traditional ring-shaped confection that we know and love does originate here. According to The Smithsonian, doughnuts were created by an enterprising New England sailor’s mother who wanted a way to store and transport pastry. Regardless of its origin, the doughnut is a modern favorite.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman 

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This fusion spot is so delicious, you might just want to cry.

Greg Elwell January 23rd, 2013

Foodies Asian-American Diner
1220 N. Hudson

What works:
affordable, tasty Asian treats. Ramen is très spicy.
What needs work:
communication with waiter
Seat yourself, but be sure to look at daily specials first.

Credit: Mark Hancock

There’s no easy way to describe Foodies.

I’m talking about the Asian-American diner in Midtown, not people who are persnickety about food.

Foodies is a tiny eatery that probably seats 20, if everyone packs in. It’s in a building that was formerly a gyro shop and a purveyor of Jamaican food, among other things. Foodies has some cool, funky decor and a few dedicated cooks and servers.

But at a place called Foodies, the only thing that matters — in fact, pretty much the thing that matters most at any restaurant — is the food.

It’s good. You should eat it. Then you’ll be all, “Hey, that’s pretty good,” and I’ll be like, “Yeah, I told you,” and then you’ll say, “I can’t trust you, Greg. Not since … the accident.”

Musical sting. And then the camera will zoom in close as I turn away, tears welling in my eyes.

And why am I crying? Probably because of the spicy ramen ($5.99). Woo, lawd! That’s some spicy ramen.

This is a big bowl of thin, curly noodles, shredded cabbage, beef, a hefty squirt of Sriracha sauce and a fried egg on top.

It caused me to exhibit all the signs I’m told come with crying. Watery eyes. Runny nose. A strange sensation of warmth in the cold, black lump that doctors say was once a heart.

I kept eating through the pain, however, because it was tasty.

If you’re less inclined to the heat, might I point you in the direction of the teriyaki chicken platter ($6.99)? It’s exactly what you’re picturing: chunks of chicken brushed with sweet teriyaki sauce, threaded onto skewers and grilled. Gourmet? No. Satisfying? Absolutely.

The pad thai ($4.99) is done well, although it’s likely less popular than the Korean-Greek fusion delight that is the bulgogi gyro ($5.49). Take a pita, put some sweet bulgogi beef and Asian slaw on top, and you’ve got a mighty fine sammich there.

Or if you want to get even weirder (but no less tasty), try the jam and cheese pita pocket ($4.49). It’s strawberry jam and shredded cheese in a pita pocket. I … it … you just … I don’t know how it works, but it does. It does so hard.

I was less enthused by the hot wings (8 for $5.99), but your mileage may vary. I like mine a little crispier.

And I know this is all backward, but let’s talk appetizers. The sampler platter ($7.99) is a combination of potstickers and a salty soy dipping sauce, tender crab rangoon rolls, crunchy and wonderful shrimp wraps and hand-cut potato chips. Oh, and the potato chips. Some are crisp. Some aren’t. If that doesn’t sound good to you, then you really need to try them.

It’s a treat. I love it. I love everything about it, from top to bottom.

Foodies was already a little neighborhood gem that plenty of folks have discovered on their own. With the addition of spicy ramen to the menu, I wouldn’t be surprised if I had to take a seat at the counter or get it to go next time I get the hankering for a crying jag.

In fact, just thinking I might have to wait for my next bowl of ramen — sniff, sniff — look away! I don’t want you to see me like this!

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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