Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant
2106 SW 44th St.
What works: The friendly staff and authentic food give guests a true Peruvian experience.
What needs work: The small restaurant is kind of difficult to spot.
Tip: The choritos a la chalaca are a must-try for seafood fans.
You don’t have to be a millionaire or a head of state to eat like one. While dining like a king every night might quickly take its toll on your pocketbook, sometimes it feels good to eat like a well-heeled big wheel. For a special occasion or maybe just as a special treat, look no farther than these upscale eateries to tempt your taste buds and delight your palate.
— By Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
There was a time not too terribly long ago in Oklahoma City when there was a chain on every corner and the closest you could get to local was to make a trip to your farmers market and make the food yourself. We always celebrate all things local, and luckily, it’s getting easier for OKC restaurants to incorporate locally grown, all- natural ingredients into what they offer.
— By Devon Green
photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
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.
Red Horse Grill
2205 W. Main St., Norman
What worked: Diner food that’s not from a corporate supplier.
What needs work: Tidy up the dining room sports shrine.
Tip: Twenty years in business means it’s doing lots of things right.