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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

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

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

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

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
 
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