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Viva Alfie!

Alfredo’s offers Mexican food for tastes geared both north and south of the border.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Alfredo’s Mexican Cafe

2713 South I-35 Service Road, Moore

alfredosok.com

794-4700

What works: Good service and tacos with terrific Mexican corn and chino beans side dishes. 

What needs work: Disinfectant accosts you as you walk in the door.      

Tip: Check out the enormous menu online first.

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Noble nosh

A short drive to the metro’s edge will reward you with a taste of down-home Oklahoma cooking.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Kendall’s Restaurant

100 S. Third St., Noble

kendallsrestaurant.com

872-0303

What works: The uber-friendly atmosphere and good schnitzel-like chicken fried steak.  

What needs work: The green beans need seasoning, and mashed potatoes would be better from fresh spuds.

Tip: Come with a hunger like you’ve never experienced, because you’ll need it.

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Let them eat cake

A sophisticated bistro specializes in European flair and uncommon fare.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

La Baguette Bakery and Café

1130 Rambling Oaks Drive, Norman

labaugette.com

329-1101

What worked: Well-prepared victuals served in upscale surroundings.     

What needs work: Nothing.     

Tip: Don’t skip dessert.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sergio's Italian review

A small Italian eatery offers big flavors with a loving attention to detail.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill

Sergio’s Italian Bistro

104 E. Gray St., Norman

sergiositalianbistro.com

573-7707

What worked: Great freshness and delicacy of flavors.

What needs work: House salad dressing was too heavy on the vinegar.

Tip: Go with the nightly special, whatever it is. You won’t be disappointed.

 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: Ole Town Gyros & Kabob

A small Norman gyro restaurant offers an Iranian take on some familiar cuisine.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Ole Town Gyros & Kabob

402 E. Main St., Norman

447-0884

What worked: Generous portions of exotic food at reasonable prices.    

What needs work: The menu needs to stick with the basics and lose the corn dogs and fish sticks. 

Tip: Parking is scarce. Plan to park in the nearby downtown business district.

 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Coney Island, baby

You don’t have to travel to Brooklyn to get to Coney Island.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
Capitol Hill’s Coney Island wiener-in-a-bun shop has been serving them up red hot with chili, cheese and onions for generations.
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rudy foodie

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q may be owned by a Texan, but crimson and cream runs through his veins.


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Doug Hill

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q

3450 Chautauqua Ave., Norman

rudysbbq.com

307-0552

What works: Good beef brisket and smoked turkey.      

What needs work: Cole slaw quality control.     

Tip: Diners in Sooner or Longhorn apparel will feel welcome.  

 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mountaintop masala

Himalayas Aroma of India offers cuisine for carnivores and vegans alike.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill

Himalayas Aroma of India

705 N. Moore Ave., Moore

himalayasok.com

701-390o

What works: Exotic food served in a pleasant atmosphere.

What needs work: If there must be beef on the menu, cook it low and slow.

Tip: Come prepared to be overwhelmed with choices.

 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Plane food

Ozzie’s Diner provides a landing spot for hungry diners with aviation on their minds.


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Doug Hill

Ozzie’s Diner

1700 Lexington Ave., Norman

364-9835

ozziesdiner-hub.com

What works: No-frills diner food served fast and friendly.      

What needs work: Seating is slightly cramped.     

Tip: Come hungry; portions are huge.    

 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pony up

Red Horse Grill has been serving hearty Southern diner favorites to loyal patrons for a generation.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Red Horse Grill 

2205 W. Main St., Norman

redhorsegrillok.com

360-3287

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. 

 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chinese sizzle

Traditional cooking of the Middle Kingdom with an emphasis on fiery flavors at Ba Shu Legends.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill

Ba Shu Legends 

1522 W. Lindsey St., Norman

bashulegends.com

310-6659

What worked: Bravely un-Americanized Chinese food.    

What needs work: Lose the insipid canned easy listening music and pipe Chinese classical directly into the dining room.

The tip: The red pepper pods are finely chopped and it can take some time to pick them out of your meal.   

 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Don’t pho around

It’s still chilly outside, and now is the best time for sitting down to a steaming bowl of delicious Vietnamese-style noodle soup.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
It’s great to go back to a favorite Asian District noodle shop or to discover a new one that is probably just around the corner. No doubt, the metro area has a wealth of places to get your pho fix.
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Seoul food

Spicy barbecue and bold flavors welcome fresh flavor from the Korean peninsula.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Dong-A Korean Restaurant

1262 N. Eastern Ave., Moore

237-1002

What worked: Made-to-order dishes from family recipes.

What needs work: Substitute Korean pop music for the big-screen TV.     

The Tip: This is the place to go for Korean cuisine on the south side.         

 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Miracle on Classen Boulevard

Inside Casa De Los Milagros’ inviting palatial exterior are the wonders of well-prepared Tex-Mex cuisine.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Casa De Los Milagros Mexican Restaurant and Cantina 

5111 N. Classen Blvd.

286-9809


What worked: pretty much everything

What needs work: Borracho beans had an unpleasant flavor.

The Tip: The salsa is real. It’s spiked liberally with jalapeño and fresh cilantro. 

 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Louie Louie

It’s a boisterous sports bar that wants to be your friend. With several locations, that’s easy.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
 Grabbing lunch at the Norman location of Louie’s Grill & Bar on a University of Oklahoma football game day right before halftime was not as crackers as you might expect. 
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
 
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