Mama Sinmi’s Chop House
2312 N. Macarthur Blvd.
Enjoy the luxury of authentic West African fare here. Try its meat pies baked in a butter crust, spicy suya (meat on a stick), moi moi (bean cakes), efo (sautéed spinach with seasoned tomatoes) and golden-friend plantains. The lunch special includes a choice of rice and chicken or beef with a side of plantain or bean cake.
1630 N. Blackwelder Ave.
The ultimate comfort food might just be the grilled cheese sandwich. Really, cheese is a comfort food itself. Start with Okie Poutine, hand-cut fries with house-made gravy and cheese. Keep it healthy with a beet salad, or indulge with the Big-Ass Grilled Cheese, made with sourdough bread and chef’s choice of five cheeses. Add bacon if you dare.
Volcano Sushi Bar & Hibachi
2727 S. I-35 Service Road, Moore
It’s definitely not your average hibachi. All dishes are made with fresh ingredients, and some come out to resemble works of art. It’s OK — go ahead and eat it anyway. If you want to skip the grill and try the rolls, don’t pass up the Earthquake, Golden Fantasy and Twin Tower. Finish up your meal with fried ice cream or fried banana.
501 S. Mustang Rd., Yukon
You’re throwing a party and want to do something out of the box. How about a candy buffet? Simply Sweet offers up packages for just that. It includes assorted jars, laminated cards with the type of candy listed, scoops and goody bags for guests. Visit the shop and enjoy one of its fresh-made muffins or pastries while you plan.
Spice and Rice
770 Debarr Ave., Norman
This has nothing to do with the Spice Girls and everything to do with tikka masala and curry. Enjoy the tandoori chicken with vegetables — and don’t forget the naan. Also, all meat is 100-percent halal and prepared according to Muslim tradition. Feast as if you’re a resident of the Taj Mahal.
Top that! Pizza
1389 E. 15th St., Edmond
“Where pizza gets personal” is the motto at this pizzeria. Choose your crust, get sauce-y with it and then pick toppings for a personal pie delivered to the table in about five minutes. It’s a unique solution for a group of friends or family who all have different ideas about what makes the best pizza. Top that!
Syrup: A Breakfast Boutique
123 E. Main St., Norman
Breakfast and brunch are two events that people should experience frequently. While enjoying the eats, you might as well be in beautiful surroundings, right? That’s the concept behind Syrup — it’s sweet and a little fancy, and it’s the perfect place to spend the first hours of your day noshing on yummy breakfast foods and sipping on mimosas.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock