100 S. Third St., Noble
What works: The uber-friendly atmosphere and good schnitzel-like chicken fried steak.
What needs work: The green beans need seasoning, and mashed potatoes would be better from fresh spuds.
Tip: Come with a hunger like you’ve never experienced, because you’ll need it.
Empire Slice House
1734 NW 16th St.
What worked: Fun and flavorful specialty pizzas.
What needs work: It's busy and can get loud.
Tip: Not every slice is available every day, so call ahead if you need something specific, or buy a whole pie.
Sergio’s Italian Bistro
104 E. Gray St., Norman
What worked: Great freshness and delicacy of flavors.
What needs work: House salad dressing was too heavy on the vinegar.
Tip: Go with the nightly special, whatever it is. You won’t be disappointed.
According to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the state boasts nearly 50 wineries. That’s enough to keep you busy touring for a while. We’ve rounded up a few that are closer to the metro. You can brag to your friends that you spent the weekend touring wine country and didn’t even have to book a plane ticket.
— by Devon Green photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lauren Hamilton