Tuesday 15 Apr

Thai me up

Thai Kitchen Cafe

327 Dean A. McGee Ave.


What works: Top-notch pad thai, excellent stir-fry dishes, fast and friendly staff.

What needs work: Parking can be a real pain, but that’s the price of eating at Thai Kitchen Cafe.

Tip: Go at dinner if you want a larger selection. But there’s plenty to love at lunch.

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Beer and wine

“Drink pink” is the rallying cry of spring for many wine lovers. The big reds of the fall and winter are retired in favor of lighterbodied wines for warmer weather, and the more patio-friendly the better. While white wines, especially sweeter ones, dominate the spring and summer, many wine lovers still prefer dry, red wines.
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Drinking al fresco

One of the first signs of spring every year is the increase in drinkers and diners spending beautiful afternoons and evenings on metro restaurant patios. As the number of restaurants in the metro continues to grow, so do the number of patio options, but very few provide spectacular views of the city while you enjoy your spring cocktails. Here are three hot spots worth visiting for more than just food and drinks.
04/09/2014 | 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

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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 

04/02/2014 | Comments 0

OKG7 eat: BBQ for me and you

Ubiquitous barbecue joints are a point of state pride and, in some cases, a reason to poke fun. When comedian Jim Gaffigan visited Oklahoma last year, he commented on the sheer number of barbecue restaurants in the Sooner State. Whether it’s the rub or the sauce, pork or beef, there’s one thing we all can agree on: A full plate of smoky, sweet barbecue with all the sides is heavenly.

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

03/26/2014 | Comments 0
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I dream of Gabriella’s

The food genie bestowed OKC with its wish of a top-notch Italian eatery.

Greg Elwell February 27th, 2013

Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
1226 N.E. 63rd

What works:
big portions of classic Italian fare for reasonable prices
What needs work:
The hostesses could be a little nicer.
Urbanspoon says it's open for lunch. Only if you eat lunch at 3 p.m.

Credit: Shannon Cornman
Psst. Hey. Hey, you. C’mere

Hey, man. You like Italian food?

Yeah, I’ll bet you do. Everybody does.

You like big portions? You like tasty sauces? Did you like the old County Line building, with the stables and the high ceilings?

Then let me introduce you to Gabriella’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria.

Gabriella’s is Italy by way of Texas, which means big flavors and plates overflowing with food. Even the appetizers are big. Like the zuppli ($9), two big Parmesan risotto balls stuffed with Italian sausage and mozzarella and then fried. Think of a small apple, but instead of fruit, it’s creamy rice, cheese and meat.

God, why can’t all apples be zuppli?

First thing I do when I find a wish-granting genie. (I will rub every lamp in this city until I find one!) For something a little lighter, the bruschetta ($9) is grilled bread topped with basil, tomato, garlic, olive oil and vinegar. It’s fresh and crisp and good.

My wife got the Italian chicken gnocchi ($5 for a cup, $11 for a bowl, $12 for a bread bowl) and it’s her new go-to when she’s sick. Better than chicken noodle by a mile, it’s a creamy broth with big chunks of chicken, carrots, onion, garlic and spinach. The gnocchi is tender with a slight chew. It’s a must-try.

But you’re probably thinking about pasta, right? I know I am. Constantly. I’m thinking of talking to a psychiatrist about it.

Hmm? Sorry. I recommend the Coal Miner’s Spaghetti ($16). First of all, the portion is big enough for dinner and lunch (or breakfast) the next day. And you might consider breakfast because it’s a peppery spaghetti tossed with big chunks of bacon, peas and garlic. Oh, and a fried egg on top. It’s basically a deconstructed carbonara.

Credit: Shannon Cornman
There are plenty of other pasta choices. The pasta pomodoro ($12) is nice and spicy, with tomatoes, basil and garlic tossed with olive oil and linguine. If you want your dinner with a kick, this is definitely the way to go.

Hungry for a classic? The Momma’s Spaghetti with Meatballs ($14) is almost certainly better than your mom made. I mean, I don’t know your mom, but let’s be honest … did she make a slightly sweet marinara herself? Did she make her own meatballs? Exactly.

(Don’t worry, however. Second wish is definitely that everybody’s mom makes amazing homemade marinara and meatballs. I could use your help finding more lamps to rub, if you want to pitch in.)

Hey, how about the five-layer lasagna ($16)? Gabriella’s rolls its own pasta sheets for this and stuffs it full of sweet Italian sausage. It’s finished in the big brick oven in back, and it’s fabulous.

My wife got the Mac n’ Cheese ($16), which is not necessarily what I think of as Italian food, but it was ridiculously creamy and had pieces of pecan-smoked bacon.

There’s so much more. The menu is a mile long, and honestly, I haven’t had a bad dish yet. Chicken and mushrooms marsala ($18), chicken picatta ($18), and shrimp fra diava ($20) were all great.

How about the pizzas? Check out the Milano Neapolitan ($16) with mushrooms, caramelized onions, Gabriella’s house-made Italian sausage and a lot of white cheeses. It’s so good. It cannot be good for you, I’m certain, but I’m just going to keep ordering it.

My only problem? I really need to find a genie. Because I need to wish for the unlimited bank account it will take to keep eating at Gabriella’s every other day. It’s classic red-sauce Italian. There’s a nice beer and wine list. The service is peppy and enthusiastic.

If you’re wishing for a fun and filling night out, this should be on your list of destinations. Thankfully, somebody else already asked the genie to bring Gabriella’s to OKC.

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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