Ba Shu Legends
1522 W. Lindsey St., Norman
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.
Dong-A Korean Restaurant
1262 N. Eastern Ave., Moore
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.
Casa De Los Milagros Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
5111 N. Classen Blvd.
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.
111 N. Main, Goldsby
Interstate 35 exit 104 (2 miles south of Norman)
What works: entrees that compare with the metro’s best.
What needs work: The website needs an update with a complete menu, including prices.
The Tip: top-notch, country-style grub and plenty of it.