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Rule Britannia

Riverwind Casino’s faux British pub may be perfect for celebrating a win or taking the sting from a loss.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
“Welcome to the sovereign and self-governing lands of the unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation,” reads an entry-door sign at Riverwind Casino in Norman.
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

She’s country

Drive those few extra miles out of the city and treat yourself to some down-home cooking at Libby’s.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Libby’s Cafe

111 N. Main, Goldsby

Interstate 35 exit 104 (2 miles south of Norman)

libbyscafe.com

288-2418


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.

 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

From Lima, with love

Sample the broad diversity of Peruvian cuisine or stick to familiar Tex-Mex at this dual menu eatery.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Mamaveca Mexican Restaurant
2551 Hemphill Dr., Norman
573-4003

What worked:
a fine selection of well-presented Peruvian and Tex-Mex dishes.
What needs work:
We were served only bland red salsa, but there’s a spicy green version, too. It would improve the dining experience to offer both.
Tip(s):
It’s a Mexican restaurant with Peruvian soul.    
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pigging out

Van’s Pig Stands garner special distinction from the travel website TripAdvisor.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
On the morning of May 20, Van’s Pig Stands Bar-B-Q Restaurants had four Oklahoma locations.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

All aboard!

Wave bye-bye to hungry town when you hop on the Interurban chow-down express.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Interurban
1150 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman
307-9200
interurban.us
What worked:
attentive service, contemporary atmosphere and good food  
What needs work:
Pound that round steak harder before frying it.     
The Tip:
Lots of menu choices with a few out-of-the park home runs.       
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hour of scour

No matter the direction you head, adventures await in 60 minutes or less!


Features

Doug Hill

If you’ve spent much time in Oklahoma, you’ve undoubtedly heard on numerous occasions how friendly people are here.

 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Viva Vaqueros!

A family-run restaurant in Norman is based on the principle of doing one’s best.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Los Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant
1316 N. Interstate Drive, Norman
310-3910

What worked:
jovial staff serving generous meals
What needs work:
Please refrain from spraying cleanser on the dining room tables during hours of operation.    
The Tip:
Above-average Tex-Mex food, generally with some superior dishes.       
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Positively posh

Nearly 50 years of fine-dining service in Norman finds Legend’s living up to its name.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Legend’s Restaurant
1313 W. Lindsey, Norman
legendsrestaurant.com
329-8888

What worked:
Possibly the best upscale joint in Norman.
What needs work:
The dining room is a bit cramped and cluttered with bric-a-brac.    
The Tip:
Good food and fancy atmosphere that manages to avoid pretension.                               
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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
 
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