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Still in Saigon

With diverse textures and flavors, the Saigon Baguette sandwiches are a gift from out of this world.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Saigon Baguette
2426 N. Classen Blvd.
524-2660
What works:
Barbecue pork banh mi and egg rolls for crazy cheap.
What needs work:
The line can get a little long.
Tips:
Take cash. The entrance is the door on the east side of the building.
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Parrot talk

Repeat after me: Casa Perico does Okie-Mex right.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
What works: Enchiladas, tacos, fajitas … you know, Mexican food.
What needs work: Get rid of those fried guacamole bites.
Tips: Botanos are good, but filling. It’s an appetizer for a group.
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Slice of variety

Feeling a little bored with your current pizza relationship? Spice up your pies with these local alternatives.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
They say pizza is like sex: Even when it’s bad, it’s pretty good. But nobody goes out on the town looking for mediocrity. We want the best. We want to be excited and enchanted. Sure, we all enjoy pepperoni now and again, but let’s get kinky and try something different, shall we?
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Steakhouse of the rising sun

Yamato Japanese demonstrates a knack for seasoning and searing seafood.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Yamato Japanese Steakhouse
7101 Northwest Expressway
721-2420

What works: The shrimp and scallops are delicious.
What needs work: An overall update to its menu and decor.
The tip: Don't order the flounder, even if it's on the menu.
 
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

’merican medley

Purists might have a difficult time finding cuisine suited for Independence Day, but who cares.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
Is there an “American” food?
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Shawn’s secret

Sushi doesn’t have to be fancy


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Shawn's Sushi
5612 Northwest Expressway
792-2211

What works: Inexpensive, but still tasty.
What needs work: The wait time, especially for to-go orders, is approaching unreasonable.
Tips: Albacore loin. For reals. You’ll thank me later.
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rico suave

Sometimes you just need some fast Mexican food. Enter Taco Rico.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Taco Rico
3838 N. Lincoln Blvd.
521-1330

What works: Tacos, burritos … you know, Mexican food.
What needs work: Not much. It does what it does.
Tips: Get queso for the tamales on the side. You may find you don't need all that sauce.
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The hole shebang

Everyone loves a good donut.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
What a conundrum you present, donuts. First of all, should you be spelled “doughnuts”? Nobody is quite sure.
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Yes, you ’can

Caribbean and American cuisine combine to put spice in your life at Carican Flavors.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Carican Flavors
2701 N. Martin Luther King
caricanflavors.com
424-0456

What works: Oxtail, oxtail, dear lord the oxtail.
What needs work: A little more heat on the red snapper, but that's about it.
Tips: Ask about the Jamaican empanadas.
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Love me tender

Get a hunk of meat (and maybe even a side of nostalgia) from the barbecue joint serving memorable meals for 24 years.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Steve's Rib
7202 W. Hefner
728-9555

What works: Spicy sauces and tender meats.
What needs work: Soggy french fries and flavorless green beans.
Tips: The two-meat plate is enough for two meals, if you’re the kind who likes next-day barbecue.
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Surf and turf

Whether you fancy sausages or clams, both afford delicious outdoor eating.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
This is a time of great pride in Oklahoma City.
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Delicious rivalry

No need to take sides — just enjoy the barbecue.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Bedlam Bar-B-Q
610 N.E. 50th
528-7427

What works
: The ribs and the smoked ham are some of the best.
What doesn’t work: Come at the wrong time and you’ll find a very long line and only one register.
Tip: If it’s nice, sit on the back patio. If you get sweet tea, mix it 50-50 with unsweetened, lest you get diabetes.

 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hoagie heaven

Hobby’s may not have invented the sandwich concept, but it has taken meat and bread to a whole new level.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
 Hobby's Hoagie

325 N. Walker

hobbyshoagies.com

605-3131


What works: The cheesesteak and Special Italian are shining paragons of sandwich-hood.

What needs work: Ambiance, maybe? It’s pretty bare bones in there.

Tips: Lean forward. The bread can’t hold those wonderful sandwich juices at an angle, so physics and your dry cleaner dictate you keep it over the table.

 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fair-ly full

Can't decide what you'll eat this year at the arts fest?


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Fair food is always a mystery, isn’t it?
 
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Artful eating

Eat your arty little heart out!


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
Art is great, right? It’s all … artsy, and it makes you feel stuff. Which is why, when the torrential rains of late April show up, we OKCers like to head downtown and walk around looking at it during the perennially wet and wonderful Festival of the Arts.
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
 
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