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Pepe Delgados Mexican Restaurante

Looking to break away from the Tex-Mex mold? Pepe delivers.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Pepe Delgados Mexican Restaurante
702 Asp, Norman
321-6232

What works: Unique family recipes for dishes that are cooked to order.  
What needs work: How about tamales every day … not just on Fridays.
The tip: Afro-Mexican heritage adds to the menu’s mix of flavors.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bagging the bean

Java jitters no more! Tea provides another option for that morning boost.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
If you made New Year’s resolutions to adopt healthier habits, you likely attempted to overhaul more than just what you eat, but also what you drink.
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cupid-approved

Is the way to your Valentine’s heart through his or her stomach? Find out with menu specials catering to romance and pleasure.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
Dim the lights, uncork the Champagne and cue the violins: Valentine’s Day is Tuesday. For many lovebirds, the evening wouldn’t be complete without a romantic repast together.
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Creole royale

New Orleans-inspired cuisine fit for monarchs


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
“I had a vision that Oklahoma needed some good, good Cajun cuisine,” Ken Mills said. He’s the owner and executive chef of Cajun King, whose original location opened in 2010 at 5816 N.W. 63rd.
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A cut above

Specialty meat purveyors supply selection and service not common at chain supermarkets.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
In supermarkets, where most people shop for groceries, it’s rare to find anything in the meat case but plastic-wrapped parts on foam trays shipped from hundreds of miles away.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thai times two

Cuisine from all regions of Thailand are brought together in a cozy corner cafe.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Thai Thai Asian Bistro boasts a duo of chefs who have been preparing the food of their native Thailand together for a long time. Daughter Koi Strickland and her mother, Samer Charoenpibool, are the core culinary team at this new restaurant that’s already developed a large loyal following.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Father knows fire

Big Daddy offers down-home hickory-smoked barbecue in a real roadhouse.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Big Daddy’s Smoke House Bar-B-Que has ricks of split hickory stacked outside, front and back. Inside the restaurant, a robust and permanent aroma of smoke leaves lingers. No doubt this place lives up to its name.
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ricardo’s restaurant

South-of-the-border specialties come served in very inviting surroundings.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Ricky’s Cafe is an impressive, freestanding Spanish colonial-style building in a bustling strip mall. It’s maroon and pink outside with a brick-colored tile roof. Although named “cafe,” Ricky’s is closer to being a fancy restaurant than a snack bar or coffee shop.
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bovine in the breeze

Good food and fun in an informal restaurant on OU’s south research campus.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
First, let’s get one thing straight: Cows do not fly. They don’t normally anyway, unless there’s an aircraft, high explosives or wind-assist from Mother Nature. The Flying Cow Cafe serves the impressive National Weather Center complex on the University of Oklahoma campus immediately southeast of the Lloyd Noble Center. It’s named for a memorable scene in the 1996 movie “Twister.”
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Seoul kitchen

Authentic Korean cuisine is served alongside traditional Japanese dishes.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
“Our food isn’t the same as what you’d get in Seoul,” the Rev. John Chong said. “It’s better.”
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Bangkok by way of Roma

Traditional Thai and Italian specialties intermingle in one restaurant.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Thailand and Italy are more than 5,000 miles apart, but Jana’s Restaurant brings the cuisines of both countries together in one room.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cowpoke paradise

Swadley’s serves top-notch barbecue in a chuck wagon-themed dining room.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Swadley’s Bar-B-Q’s original theme song plays when you open swadleys.com. Complete with manly man vocals, mustang snorting and spaghetti Western whistling, the lyrics in part tout their catering: “If there’s a crowd you need to please / We’ll grab our meat and haul our buns.”
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Meatball mecca

Unpretentious pastas, pizza and salads are served in an appealingly intimate dining room at Gaberino’s in Norman.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Right across the street from Norman’s Borders bookstore, Gaberino’s is a welcome addition to the side of town where choices such as the homogenized likes of Red Lobster, On The Border and Olive Garden dominate.
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Penthouse pizza

Wood-fired artisan pizza is served in surroundings with contemporary style at this Classen Curve spot.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Upper Crust Wood-Fired Pizza’s structure looks like a mondo Italiano design, with its white top, sloping roof and floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Taking it to the streets

The metro offers a variety of street food for hungry, mobile eaters or those looking for an adventurous experience.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
Whether you’re looking for a quick snack between appointments or an eating adventure, the area street food scene has several attractive choices. And it’s growing every year.
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
 
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