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Food briefs: You’re toast, er, pretzel

There’s a new food truck on the scene.
07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Upward mobility

Locals can have fresh microgreens and herbs for cooking in a new and convenient way. Microgreens, a chef favorite, are petite vegetable greens that add color, nutrition and flavor to dishes.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Vietnamese comfort food

I’ve always had a love affair with the refreshing, healthy cuisine of Vietnam. I love the fragrances, the fresh herbs, cilantro, basil, mint and other Asian herbs: perilla, Vietnamese coriander and sawtooth cilantro. And I love the contrast and balance in almost every dish: spicy vs. cool, salty vs. sweet and steamed vs. crispy.
07/16/2014 | Comments 0

OKG eat: Cool places, cooler drinks

We know. It’s hot. It’s summer in Oklahoma. Cool down by sampling cocktails that local bars and restaurants have concocted just for you. Find a nice, air conditioned space or a shaded patio and while away the hours drinking the flavors of summer. You might decide it’s not that bad after all.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lauren Hamilton

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

New kids on the block

There are a wealth of new local eateries cropping up in the metro and even more coming. If they’re not on your radar, they should be. From the comfy atmosphere at The Barrel on Western Avenue to the laid-back vibe at the Plaza District’s coffee shop, you might find a new regular hangout.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

OKG Eat

Ah, the perils of working with special dietary needs. It can make dining out a pain. Luckily, with restaurateurs becoming more savvy to their diners’ needs, there are a bevy of places in OKC to satisfy your craving for the foods you love without losing taste. All choices this week have been road-tested by gluten-sensitive foodies to guarantee satisfaction.
07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Shackin’ up

Something’s fishy at The Shack ... in a good way.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
The Shack Seafood & Oyster Bar
303 N.W. 62nd
608-4333

What works:
It’s flavorful food without overwhelming heat. The seafood court-bouillon is wonderful.
What needs work:
Uh ... it gets a little noisy? Honestly, that’s about it.
Tips:
It’s kind of hidden behind a bank. And parking can be tricky.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

All aboard!

Wave bye-bye to hungry town when you hop on the Interurban chow-down express.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Interurban
1150 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman
307-9200
interurban.us
What worked:
attentive service, contemporary atmosphere and good food  
What needs work:
Pound that round steak harder before frying it.     
The Tip:
Lots of menu choices with a few out-of-the park home runs.       
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Get in line

Boulevard Cafeteria nods to the old-fashioned, albeit delicious, cafeteria days.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Boulevard Cafeteria
525 N.W. 11th
boulevardcafeteria.com
239-6861

What works:
Lots of old-timey favorite foods, the cheesy grits in particular
What needs work:
The decor is kind of old-timey, too.
Tips:
Watch how much you put on that tray. It can add up quickly.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Greece is the word

Capers Mediterranean Buffet and Bistro is all you can eat, and all you will want to eat.


Restaurant Reviews

Louis Fowler
Capers Mediterranean Buffet and Bistro
6317 N. Meridian
capers-bistro.com
720-2600

What works:
There is a wide selection of food that you normally don’t see on a buffet.
What needs work:
The food goes fast. Larger quantities of popular items might help.
Tip(s):
Start with a salad before going right to the meats.
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Beverly fills

The metro's historic pancake diner offers up more than just the traditional breakfast fare.


Restaurant Reviews

Louis Fowler
Beverly’s Pancake House
3115 Northwest Expressway
848-5050

What works:
It’s arguably the best diner food in Oklahoma City. Of course, I haven’t eaten at all the diners. Yet.
What needs work:
Please make sure you get my order correct next time. No hard feelings.
Tip(s):
Open 24 hours, it’s a much better choice than McDonald’s at 3 a.m.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Das tasty

Norman’s Das Boot Camp mixes delicious German mainstays with beer — lots of beer.


Restaurant Reviews

Marisa Mohi
Das Boot Camp
229 E. Main, Norman
das-bootcamp.com
701-3748

What works:
German food in a sports bar atmosphere
What needs work:
The restaurant echoes and can get pretty loud.
Tips:
Go after 9 p.m. to take advantage of the happy hour.
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A finer diner

Breakfast at Classen Grill is a glorious sight to behold.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Classen Grill
5124 N. Classen Boulevard
842-0428

What works:
chicken-fried steak, orange juice, atmosphere
What needs work:
Customers can occasionally get lost in a bustling weekend breakfast service.
Tips:
Your entire party needs to be present to be seated.

 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Papa of pizza

A Bethany pizza parlor serves up quality pies.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Papa Angelo's
3921 N. College, Bethany
papaangelospizza.com
491-6767

What works:
great crust, fun atmosphere
What needs work:
Pasta dishes may require added seasoning.
Tips:
It delivers, but if you’re out of its area, call ahead for your takeout or risk a lengthy wait.
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Viva Vaqueros!

A family-run restaurant in Norman is based on the principle of doing one’s best.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Los Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant
1316 N. Interstate Drive, Norman
310-3910

What worked:
jovial staff serving generous meals
What needs work:
Please refrain from spraying cleanser on the dining room tables during hours of operation.    
The Tip:
Above-average Tex-Mex food, generally with some superior dishes.       
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Manna of Morocco

A Norman nook dishes out some tasty Moroccan fare.


Restaurant Reviews

Marisa Mohi
Shawarma Vite
1129 Elm, Norman
shawarmavite.com
569-0879

What works:
hot food served fast
What needs work:
It can be a little hard to find if you aren’t familiar with the area.
Tips:
Orders can be made to go.
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Holding out for a gyro

Big flavor and big portions are on the menu at this Midwest City Mediterranean eatery.


Restaurant Reviews

Ryan Querbach
Basil Mediterranean Cafe
6620 E. Reno, Midwest City
basilmediterraneanrestaurant.com
736-0500

What Works:
Basil has plenty of options to choose from, including quite a few vegetarian dishes.
What Needs Work:
Although the menu offers plenty of options, most are typical Mediterranean dishes. The menu could benefit from some more unique items.
The Tip:
Affordable and fresh food makes Basil a great spot for Mediterranean cuisine.
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kitchen creations

Even with all the hype, Kitchen 324 doesn’t disappoint.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Kitchen No. 324
324 N. Robinson
kitchen324.com
763-5911

What works:
open-faced toast, braised short rib, pretty much everything else
What needs work:
It can be very busy at practically any time.
Tips:
Bring quarters for parking. Try not to shove your butt in anybody’s face getting in and out of the booths.
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lean like a Chalo

A Bethany-area taqueria provides an oasis of home-cooking amid a smattering of chain restaurants.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Chalo’s Tacos
5029 N. Rockwell, Bethany
440-2984

What works:
Burritos, tamales and goat birria. And so affordable!
What needs work:
The beef and tongue are a bit dry.
Tips:
Be sure to get the green salsa.

 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mucho Gusto

Take it from our reviewer and online cooking-show star Hilah Johnson: Salvadoran fare is alive and well in OKC.


Restaurant Reviews

Louis Fowler
Pupuseria El Buen Gusto
2336 S.W. 29th
636-1399

What works:
the pupusas, all for an unbelievable low price
What needs work:
It’s cash only, so a card reader would be nice. Unless you speak Spanish, sometimes communication can be difficult.
Tips:
three words — horchata, horchata, horchata
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Positively posh

Nearly 50 years of fine-dining service in Norman finds Legend’s living up to its name.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Legend’s Restaurant
1313 W. Lindsey, Norman
legendsrestaurant.com
329-8888

What worked:
Possibly the best upscale joint in Norman.
What needs work:
The dining room is a bit cramped and cluttered with bric-a-brac.    
The Tip:
Good food and fancy atmosphere that manages to avoid pretension.                               
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
 
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