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Ah, springtime in Oklahoma and the joy of eating food from a street vendor. Just in time for the warm weather, two new mobile concepts want you to chill out.
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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

04/09/2014 | Comments 0

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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Das tasty

Norman’s Das Boot Camp mixes delicious German mainstays with beer — lots of beer.

Marisa Mohi June 26th, 2013

Das Boot Camp
229 E. Main, Norman

What works:
German food in a sports bar atmosphere
What needs work:
The restaurant echoes and can get pretty loud.
Go after 9 p.m. to take advantage of the happy hour.

By: Mark Hancock

Das Boot Camp is like the little brother of Royal Bavaria who moved to Norman for college and just parties a lot. In a good way.

It’s a restaurant where you can hang out with friends and watch a basketball game while enjoying some beers and sausage.

Das is decorated with German artifacts and blue curtains. Flat-screen TVs line the walls, each airing a different sports channel. The hardest part about ordering will be selecting which beer you want next.

Das serves a lot of German mainstays such as the Jäger schnitzel ($9.99) and the Oktoberfest pretzel ($6.99). But it also has a few new and interesting dishes, modified from traditional fare to fit Norman’s Main Street crowd.

We started our meal with the German shrimp cocktail ($6.99), assuming that having a nice, light appetizer would be the way to go before gorging ourselves on sausages. Like any shrimp cocktail, it was served with lemon and a cocktail sauce. While that was great, the menu indicated that the shrimp were tossed in a dill vinaigrette, which we couldn’t really taste at all.

Something that everyone should try here is the sausage sandwich ($6.99). It’s plated with your choice of any of the third-pound sausages served with sauerkraut and mustard on a pretzel hoagie and your choice of french fries or German potato salad.

Now, this sandwich is delicious, filling and contains the three essentials you want from a German restaurant: soft pretzels, sausage and sauerkraut.

By: Mark Hancock
I ordered mine with the garlic sausage and enjoyed every last bite.

Fair warning: There is nothing ladylike about eating this sandwich, and I would not suggest ordering it on a first date.

The cheese noodles ($8.99) were far more delicious than I thought they would be. My brain had lumped them into the category of macaroni and cheese before they hit the table. Once they arrived, however, I couldn’t stop shoving them in my mouth. These homemade noodles are sautéed in a Swiss cheese sauce and topped with fried onions. They put all other cheese and noodle dishes to shame.

Another item that surprised me, the rotisserie chicken ($8.99), had a crispy, fried layer of skin on the outside. It’s served with your choice of french fries or German potato salad.

For those in the mood for a burger, Das Boot Camp has your back. There is the Boot Camp burger ($6.99), with a grilled bratwurst patty in place of your typical beef. This can be served Bavarian style — with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and German mustard or mayonnaise; or classic — with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, German pickles, onion or German mustard or mayonnaise.

And the most delicious part of the meal — the dessert — was the perfect ending to top it off. We had the cream strudel ($3.99) and licked the plate clean. There is also an apple strudel, as well as a cheesecake.

Perhaps the best part of a visit to Das Boot Camp is enjoying all your favorite Royal Bavaria beers. And, in true Norman fashion, there’s a happy hour every evening after 9 p.m., and the liter boots are just $4 each.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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