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OKG7 vegetarian eats

Kelley Chambers November 13th, 2013

’Tis the season to overeat, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be meat and potatoes. Several metro restaurants will more than satisfy your carnivorous cravings while also offering tasty vegetarian dishes filled with lively seasonal vegetables that are far from dry lentils and bean sprouts. Remember, being vegetarian only means meat-free, not flavor-free.

Iguana Mexican Grill

9 NW Ninth St. 


Iguana has plenty of vegetarian options nestled within its menu, and they can make any dish vegetarian. Try the vegetarian nachos with red rice, white beans, vegetables, cheese, guacamole and pico de gallo. Vegetable tacos and fajitas are always a hit, or go with the popular spinach-and-mushroom enchiladas. Enchiladas also are available with cheese and red sauce or vegetables and red sauce. Don’t forget to check out the specials for additional vegetarian options.

Stella Modern Italian Cuisine

201 N. Walker Ave.


With inventive offerings for meat-eaters and veggie-eaters alike, Stella uses seasonal vegetables to create inspired dishes at lunch and dinner. You can’t go wrong with the grilled seasonal vegetables appetizer. For a main course, don’t miss the pizza with sauteed wild mushrooms, garlic, fontina and asiago cheese. And you’ll never miss the meat in the pasta with acorn squash, parsnips, carrots, risotto, parmesan and toasted pecans.


204 N. Robinson Ave., Norman


For a cornucopia of veggie wraps and salads, run, don’t walk to Coolgreens. For an added healthy delight, leave off the cheese and go vegan. Choose one of the signature wraps, or build your own. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store selecting things like cumin black beans, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, walnuts and the freshest natural and organic veggies in town. Do your heart and your waistline a favor and stop in at Coolgreens to go vegetarian for a day, or forever.

Yucatan Taco Stand Tequila Bar & Grill

100 E. California Ave.


While the menu at this Bricktown eatery is rather meat-heavy, hidden in the menu is the Vegetarian Mix- Mex Grill. It features a tasty mix of grilled asparagus, onions and assorted seasonal vegetables. On the side are black beans, Latin fried rice, chipotle mashed potatoes, grilled plantains and a roasted garlic aioli. The lack of meat will hardly be noticeable with all those yummy veggies.

Picasso Cafe

3009 Paseo St.


The once-a-month vegetarian dinner at Picasso’s is no secret to local vegetarians and carnivores alike who pack the house for innovative vegetarian fare. In addition, there is an entire vegetarian and vegan menu with tempting dishes like “chicken-fried” portobello, which is also vegan; a vegan pizza; and a Frito chili pie made with vegan chili and holding the cheese. Don’t forget to try the vegetarian Margherita or Greek pizzas.

Cafe 501

501 S. Boulevard Ave., Edmond


With vegetarian options on both the lunch and dinner menus, Cafe 501 also offers the option to substitute a grilled portobello mushroom for any meat item on the menu. But look no farther than the Grilled Vegetable Stack. It features house-made pomodoro, crispy jalapeño-and-cheddar polenta, seasonal vegetables, basil pesto and a balsamic reduction.

Panang Thai Restaurant

9022 S. Pennsylvania Ave.


Head to south OKC and visit Panang Thai, where vegetarians are always welcome. Start with a fried tofu appetizer with sweet-and-sour sauce. Curries feature rich, creamy coconut milk, and each may be made with vegetables and tofu instead of meat. The massaman is tofu simmered in coconut milk with onions, peanuts and potatoes. All may be made anywhere from no spice to very spicy. Or opt for one of the flavorful rice dishes, which can also be made with vegetables and tofu.

Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock

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