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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

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

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

Pizza pizzazz

Traditional Italian recipes define Sandro’s pizza and pastas.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Sandro’s Pizza and Pasta
914 W. Main, Norman
sandrospizzaandpasta.com
701-8822

What worked:
excellent pizza and good signature entrees
What needs work:
A crisp, ultra-thin pizza crust would be a welcome additional choice.
Tip:
Pleasant but not fancy dining room serving a level of Italian cuisine found in much more expensive restaurants.
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Curry in a hurry

Fiery to mild Indian cuisine is served up à la casual at Spice and Rice.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Spice and Rice
770 DeBarr, Norman
321-7423

What worked:
high-quality food at lower prices
What needs work:
Addition of beer to the menu would complement the highly spiced cuisine.
Tip:
family recipes that haven’t been compromised for American tastes  
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gone to pot pie

Who doesn’t love a pie with meat in it?


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
Pot pies tend to stir up fond memories of busy moms throwing together a quick meal using savory pastries, chunks of chicken, beef or turkey, all in creamy gravy surrounded by peas and carrots. It’s quieted many a hungry child.
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pho fever

South-side bowls of goodness await.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Pho B&B Vietnamese Cuisine
1615 S. Interstate 35 Service Road, Moore
794-5261

What works:
home-style Vietnamese cooking at fast-food prices in a family-operated establishment
What needs work:
Entrées should be brought to the table simultaneously or, at most, just a few minutes apart.
The tip:
Pho on the south side is as good as or better than what you’ll find in the Asian District.
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Savory Vista

Bella Vista serves up inspired Italian and Greek dishes.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Bella Vista Italian Kitchen
5801 S. Western
bellavistaokc.com
631-1717

What worked:
Italian and Greek meals prepared with obvious pride
What needs work:
The marinara sauce is too sweet.
The Tip:
Family owned and operated, this place is distinctly unique in atmosphere, service and quality.
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Before you GoGo

To-go or to-stay, this sushi emporium is sure to satisfy.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
GoGo Sushi Express and Grill
1611 S. I-35 Service Road, Moore
gogosushinow.com
794-3474

What worked:
delightful tempura and competent sushi
What needs work:
removing the big-screen TVs from the walls
The Tip:
affordable sushi and grilled dishes in a casual atmosphere
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bellissimo

Indulge in sophisticated Italian cuisine served in elegant, contemporary surroundings.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Bellini’s Ristorante & Grill
6305 Waterford Blvd.
bellinis.net
848-1065
What works:
Great service in a charming atmosphere.
What needs work:
One dish’s flavor was subtle to a fault.
The tip:
Go with the daily specials using local, in-season produce.  
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rising from the ashes

Golden Phoenix has reopened, and is even better than before.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Golden Phoenix
2728 N. Classen Blvd.
524-3988

What works: The beautifully remodeled dining room with the same authentic and delicious Asian food.
What needs work: A menu that’s intimidating in its length and obscure descriptions. 
The tip: It’s possibly the best Asian food in the entire state.  
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mambo Italiano

Italian favorites with a Latin kick are what you’ll find at Sergio’s in Norman.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Sergio’s Italian Bistro
104 E. Gray, Norman
573-7707

What works: Friendly service and good value.
What needs work: The marinara sauce is way too sweet.
The Tip:  Italian-American dishes in a nice restaurant with prices nearly the same as fast food.  
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bringing home the bacon

The farm-to-fork movement has a new outpost at Local in Norman.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
Melissa Scaramucci is passionate about bringing the fresh flavors of Oklahoma farms and ranches to your palate.
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Light my fire

Juan del Fuego’s open kitchen serves Mexican-style diner fare for breakfast and lunch.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Name: Juan del Fuego Mexi Diner
Address: 223 34th Ave. S.W., Norman
Telephone: 310-2030

What works: Genuine homemade goodness in every dish.
What needs work: Open daily 7 a.m.-2 p.m. is good, but serving 24/7 would be amazing.
The tip: The diner with authentic Latino flair. 
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fontana Italian Restaurant

Fontana nails the standards, and does so affordably.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Fontana Italian Restaurant
854 N.W. 12th, Moore
703-0911
fontanaitalianrestaurant.com

What worked: The service was prompt and friendly in this family-owned bistro.
What needs work: A few inexpensive flourishes would add more appeal to the plain-Jane iceberg lettuce salads.
The tip: Bring your appetite! There is a large selection of traditional Italian-American favorites served in a simple setting.       
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
 
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