Smokey’s BBQ and Diner
2410 N. Portland Ave.
To quote the 1980 horror flick Motel Hell, “Meat’s meat, and a man’s gotta eat.” Regarded as one of the best BBQ joints on the northwest side of OKC, its meaty menu is filled with ribs, pulled pork, brisket and hot links. Take in every bite possible with the jam-packed BBQ sampler ($16.95), including four meats of your choice, two sides (the mac and cheese and fried okra are ... whoa) and Texas toast.
4537 NW 23rd St.
We all love a good Chinese buffet. Take a clean plate and cover every inch of it with crispy garlic chicken, spicy General Tso and smoky beef broccoli. Then, in true American fashion, go back for seconds. It’s a national pastime. If gorging isn’t your style, taste these flavors with the $4.99-per-pound to-go special. It’s moderation at its finest.
Gopuram Taste of India
4559 NW 23rd St.
Gopuram has been an Oklahoma City favorite for 20 years. In those two decades, it has gained a reputation for authentic Indian cuisine so strong that the venue’s name has become synonymous with its cooking. As hard as it is not to, don’t fill up on the naan before you’ve had a chance to sample the rich and flavorful lamb curry ($13.95) or the sheekh kebab ($10.95) featuring minced lamb skewered and baked in a tandoori oven.
La Salsa Grille
2329 N. Meridian Ave.
With the Windsor District’s drive to claim the title of Oklahoma City’s premier international district, Latin America is well-represented. The concise menu contains classic favorites like tacos and burritos, as well as traditional fare like chuletas de puerco ($8.95) and pollo verde ($8.95). However, it’s with the vegetarian selection that La Salsa Grille comes into its own, including vegetable enchiladas ($8.25) and the vegetable fajita ($9.95).
2526 N. Meridian Ave.
Sometimes the intense desire to stay on the couch and laze about overtakes us, and that’s why God invented China House delivery. It brings top-notch Asian specialties right to your door, fast and easy. The house special egg foo young ($7.50) is a treat that seems better suited to a five-star restaurant than your stained La-Z-Boy, as does the tangy eggplant with garlic sauce ($6.95) and the chicken with black bean sauce ($8.35).
Mama Sinmi’s Chop House
2312 N. Macarthur Blvd.
Mama Sinmi’s is one of the most unique dining experiences to come along on the metro dining scene in a long time, and a trip there is better than any safari. Step in slowly with lunch specials ($8.50) that feature a great sampling of dinners to come, including grilled chicken with red sauce or stewed beef, a side of savory jollof rice and a fried plantain or bean cake to finish it off. It’ll leave any culinary explorer clamoring for more.
Neveria La Fuente de Michoacán
2316 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Sweet Lord, after that bacchanalian world tour of the best Mexican, Indian, Chinese and West African food, wander out to find a delicious dessert. Neveria La Fuente is the place to purposefully and plaintively enjoy the palate-pleasing homemade ice cream flavors of coconut or cactus pear fruit (each $3 a cup when in season). Of course, if there’s room, try a large pork skin in a cup ($4.75) and then probably more ice cream.
— by Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman