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.
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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 

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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Local eats

Norman’s hyper-local eatery creates a tasty profile while highlighting garden-fresh produce and prairie-grown meats.

Ryan Querbach October 23rd, 2013

2262 W. Main St., Norman
What works:
a variety of menu items that are both tasty and healthy.
What needs work:
Some of the prices are a little steep.
The tip(s):
Order whatever is in season or on special because Local tries its best to offer the freshest area ingredients possible.

Farmers market salad at Local
BY: Mark Hancock

There are many restaurants in the metro area with a farm-to-fork emphasis, but Local in Norman has taken it to the next level with an aim to create a menu solely based on seasonally available, homegrown produce and meat.

Don’t be fooled by its strip mall location; Local is a large and spacious restaurant that features a modern design with soft lighting and comfortable decor. But it’s perfect for an intimate dinner, too.

There are quite a few tables, and other seating options include a cozy lounge area connected to the bar, as well as a shaded patio.

The menu varies based on what’s being harvested, though some items are available year-round with seasonal modification.

I began dinner with smothered french fries ($5), a happy-hour special with roasted red peppers, red onion and goat cheese. The fries were thinly cut, warm and crispy. The roasted red pepper, goat cheese and red onions all carried strong flavors that weren’t overwhelming but meshed well together. The fries were served with truffle aioli and ketchup, both housemade.

Next up was the farmers market salad ($5), a menu item that stays year-round, with updates based on what’s in season.

The salad was a fresh menagerie of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, herbed goat cheese and marinated eggplant. It was topped with a blend of spices and a great house-made green goddess dressing, which was light but flavorful and made with a dairy or cream base, spices and garlic.

For the entrée, the four meat meatloaf ($16) included Oklahoma beef, buffalo, pork and lamb — thick and hearty. The blend of meats came topped with a mushroom sauce and crispy bacon. The sides were grilled zucchini and warm, cheesy au gratin potatoes. The meal gave off a home-cooked vibe, which was pleasantly unexpected. A lighter portion of the meal ($9) is also available.

I went again for lunch — it’s that good. This time, an order of portobello fries ($7) started the meal. They were six thick-cut fries that were crispy outside and had a nice amount of spice. They were breaded with cornmeal and served with truffle aioli. The mushrooms were warm and flavorful, and the aioli was a nice touch to the dish.

The next part of the meal was the lamb dip sandwich ($10), which was no ordinary sandwich. Instead of an overstuffed sandwich with heaps of meat and cheese, the baguette offered a balanced bread-to-contents ratio and was filled with warm, thinly sliced lamb and melted Swiss. It was messy but oh-so-edible with a mild (but greasy) warm au jus.

The food at Local is fresh and delicious, and the menu is much more diverse than one might expect. There are typical healthy options like soups and salads, but it also features items like burgers, enchiladas and ravioli, for those craving something with a bit more caloric density.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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