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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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Saddle up

No mules or ponies were harmed in the making of The Mule’s grilled cheeses.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
The Mule
1630 N. Blackwelder
themuleokc.com
601-1400

What works:
sandwiches with great flavors, excellent spot to hang out
What needs work:
Parking can be a pain, but that’s what happens when a place is popular.
Tips:
The Monte Cristo is a dessert worth the calories.

 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

No reservations

A Warr Acres treasure has some of the best Indian tacos around.


Restaurant Reviews

Louis Fowler
Tim’s Drive Inn
5037 N. MacArthur Blvd., Warr Acres
789-5410

What works:
Indian tacos, of course
What needs work:
cash only, no debit or credit cards
Tips:
Order one of their “special” Dr. Peppers.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Ever so Humble

Life is short; eat plenty of pizza.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Humble Pie Authentic Chicago Style Pizza
1319 S. Broadway, Edmond
humblepieok.com
715-1818

What works:
Try a shandy. The lemonade is housemade. It’s a great drink.
What needs work:
It definitely needs a bigger dining room.
Tips:
It’s closed on Monday and crazy busy on weekends.

 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Modern Italiano

Stellas isn’t your momma’s spaghetti and meatballs.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Stella Modern Italian Cuisine
1201 N. Walker
stellaokc.com
235-2200

What works:
fancy Italian cuisine, tasty pizza combinations
What needs work:
Service can be spotty.
Tips:
Reservations are not mandatory, but they are helpful.

 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pretty Penny

Super submarine sandwiches, salads and soups served with Sooner sass on the side.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Penny Hill Deli & Subs
1424 W. Lindsey, Norman
phdeli.com
217-8339

What worked:
In-house preparation of key ingredients makes for incredibly good food.
What needs work:
Don’t keep cookies and other desserts a secret. The eatery hides them behind the counter for special customers or something.   
The Tip:
so much better than national chain sub shops          
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Go Green

Green & Grilled keeps it light, healthy and full of flavor.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Green & Grilled
8547 N. Rockwell
greenandgrilled.com
563-2605

What works:
pork and chicken entrees, spinach rice and bacon spinach salad.
What needs work:
A little more salt would be nice, but you can add that yourself.
Tips:
You can email your order in, but remember to call and confirm. Great for take-out.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Different is good

Let your taste buds take a walk on the wild side.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
The Lobby Cafe & Bar
4322 N. Western
604-4650
willrogerslobbybar.com


What works:
great service, interesting dishes, excellent atmosphere
What needs work:
Prices can be a little high for the amount of food.
Tips:
Park in the back, where there’s lots of room.

 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bar none

The Sushi Bar provides metro sushi-lovers with a tasty experience.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
The Sushi Bar
1201 N.W.178th, Edmond
thesushibar.com
285-8484

What works:
Hamachi Kama and All ’Bout Tuna are tasty.
What needs work:
slow service, noisy dining room, some overly complicated rolls
Tips:
Call ahead if you think it might be busy. Consider sitting at the bar.

 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Artistic appetite

Italian Jim’s and Bella Forte work together to create great food and unique blown-glass artwork.


Restaurant Reviews

Stephanie Bice
Italian Jim’s Restaurant
13 S. Broadway, Edmond
italianjims.net
285-8800

What works:
eggplant ratatouille and lasagna
What needs work:
fettuccine Alfredo sauce
Tips:
Reservations of eight or more are accepted. If possible, ask to sit in the dining area that overlooks the glass studio.
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nic of time

You may have to stand in a long line, but these perfect patties are worth the wait.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Nic's Grill
1201 N. Pennsylvania
524-0999

What works:
The food. Seriously. It’s uniformly good.
What needs work:
Specials ought to last a little longer than just before noon.
Tips:
Nic’s is cash only. If you go without cash, don't go without cash.
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Victoria’s secret

The Norman pasta shop has worked the corner for years, leaving a slew of satisfied customers.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Victoria’s Pasta Shop
327 White, Norman
329-0377

What worked:
small menu that’s been perfected over years
What needs work:
Toss some chopped fresh parsley on top of all that cheese. 
Tip:
Cheese on pasta is good.   
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Super naan-y

A traditional Indian restaurant is working to build a tasty legacy in the metro.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Heritage India
3409 S. Broadway, Edmond
286-9972

What works:
great vegetarian options, like the chana saag, and the best naan
What needs work:
Servers need to know what’s on the menu.
Tips:
Lunch buffet lets you try a bit of everything; dinner for more intimate meals.
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I dream of Gabriella’s

The food genie bestowed OKC with its wish of a top-notch Italian eatery.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
1226 N.E. 63rd
gabriellasokc.com
478-4955

What works:
big portions of classic Italian fare for reasonable prices
What needs work:
The hostesses could be a little nicer.
Tips:
Urbanspoon says it's open for lunch. Only if you eat lunch at 3 p.m.

 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thai-ed up

Tana Thai is authentic Thai cuisine, whether you know it or not.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Tana Thai Bistro
10700 N. May
749-5590

What Works:
lovely atmosphere, small and focused menu
What Needs Work:
Spice levels seemed to vary dish to dish.
Tips:
Take a group, order a bunch, try some of everything.
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pig out

Van’s Pig Stands have been feeding hungry Oklahomans for more than 80 years.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Van’s Pig Stand
320 N. Porter, Norman
364-0600
pigstands.com
What worked:
outstanding hickory smoked barbecue that rivals any of the best in the country
What needs work:
The baked beans need bolder flavor.
Tip:
tried-and-true Oklahoma family recipes at a reasonable price        
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
 
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