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Roasted rumors

A coffee shop with a reputation for snobbishness surprises with a courteous staff and irresistible java.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell

What works: Incredibly smooth Americano, incredibly pleasant staff.

What needs work: The espresso wasn’t my cup of tea ... wait, what?

Tips: Bring a coat in the winter. It gets kind of chilly in there.

 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mystery meat

Big Truck Tacos’ 5th Amendment option changes daily, but contents remain a secret until at least the next day.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
The folks at Big Truck Tacos are savvy. One of the first real social media success stories in Oklahoma City, the restaurant has remained a fan favorite with a fun atmosphere, consistently tasty food and an air of mystery.
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chopped

Mama Sinmi’s Chop House offers you everything but a plane ticket when it comes to West African fare.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Mama Sinmi’s is an intimate dining room with a handful of tables and a sprawling mural of Africa on the wall (along with a Post-It Note imploring visitors to keep their hands off it). Order at the counter, but take your time. The menu can be daunting..
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

No gyros allowed

This Mediterranean cafe leaves the gyro stereotype at the door, and off its menu.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Don’t tell the gyro I said this, but sometimes I don’t want a gyro.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Traffic pattern

Hunger finds a delicious landing at Annie Okie's Runway Cafe with club sandwiches, hearty breakfasts and more.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell

Annie Okie’s Runway Cafe

5915 Phillip J. Rhoads Ave.

787-7732

What worked: Breakfast is strong, especially the omelets.

What needs work: The burger’s pretty boring, and the dinners seem like they’re just sandwiches without the bread.

Tips: Sit in the atrium if you want to watch the planes.

 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Greasy spoon greatness

Sometimes a diner is just a diner. A good ol’ hole-in-the-wall can still serve up perfect breakfasts as well as burgers.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
We have fooled ourselves, we foodie hipsters. We have bought into this idea that every hole-in-the-wall is a gem merely waiting for us to polish it. And then we can shine it in the eyes of our foodie friends and say, “Oh, you haven’t been there? I’m not surprised.”
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

American luxury

Packard’s American Kitchen showcases the art of handcrafted fare, from duck mac and cheese to juicy rib-eye hamburgers.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Winners never quit. Even if they start out by losing a bit. Packard’s New American Kitchen, 201 NW 10th St., had to endure an early losing streak. The menu seemed ambitious and different, but like so many restaurants, it took time for the food and the service to meet the high expectations of the customers.
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Golden god

Take your time picking a menu item you like — there’s plenty to choose from.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Golden Phoenix, 2728 N. Classen Blvd., has a menu that requires time, patience and a spirit of adventure. Not that you have to try Top Snail with Coconut Juice ($8.95), but it’s there if you want to.
 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Noble nosh

The way of the Samurai is to prepare simple but solid sushi that will have you roll back for more.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Never doubt the power of one bad meal. I visited Samurai (1630 NW 23rd St.) when it opened a few years ago and did not feel the need to return. The sushi was not good. I remember the tempura batter being sharp. Like, it hurt my mouth to eat.
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pollo outlet

El Pollo Chulo’s chicken is so tasty, it’s pimp, yo!


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Depending on who you trust, El Pollo Chulo could have several meanings. Google decided it means “The Pimp Chicken,” and if I’m being completely honest, this is the definition I want to believe is true..
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Drum right

No offense to the Okarche economy, but great fried chicken can be found right here in the metro, at The Drum Room.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
If you think the only way to get good fried chicken is by driving 45 minutes to the west, I have good news.
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Menu metamorphosis

A new season means new eats on your favorite local menus.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
Yes, there’s a chill in the air ... occasionally. Yes, the weather outside is frightfully pleasant ... most of the time. It’s Oklahoma. Fall means it’s not always so hot that you want to strip off your skin and let your muscles enjoy the breeze.
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lucky VII

VII Asian Bistro brings together the flavorful textures of Vietnam with the flair of the Far East.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell

What works: Good prices on a variety of Vietnamese and other Asian dishes.

What needs work: Keeping goons like me from ordering too much food.

Tips: Skip the lunch specials and get the pho or the glass noodles. Very tasty.

 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Truckin’

A family business kicks its crispy, cheesy pride to the curbs of Oklahoma City with its wood-fired pizza truck.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
It all started on a Saturday night.

Lorne and Lori Hall wanted to create a family tradition for their daughters, Elise and Molly. So on Saturday nights, Lorne made pizza and everybody would gather around the TV with a couple of slices of basil, pepperoni and sausage pie.

 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Through the timeline

Local restaurants use social media to connect with people in search of the next great meal.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
Restaurants are all about mouths.
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
 
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