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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

Mediterranean on Main

Traditional gyro sandwiches, Middle Eastern specialties and American diner fare combine in this downtown Norman spot.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Ole Town Gyros & Kabobs
402 E. Main, Norman
447-0884

 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Coriander can-do

Authentic Vietnamese family recipes are interpreted for modern tastes at Norman’s Coriander Cafe.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Coriander Cafe
323 White Street, Norman
801-3958

 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Slab slingers

Pecan-smoked pork ribs, beef brisket and hot links make this unpretentious barbecue joint a local favorite.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Billy Craig’s BBQ
6001 S. Sooner Rd.
619-5700

 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Border town

Tasty, traditional south-of-the-border specialties mix with familiar, hearty Tex-Mex fare at Alvarado’s.


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Alvarado’s Mexican Restaurant
11641 S. Western
692-2007, www.alvaradosmexican.com

 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

OMG

Expertly prepared sushi and dishes representing most of the Asian continent are served in a warmly attractive dining room.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill

O Asian Fusion
105 12th Ave. S.E., Norman
701-8899, www.oasianfusion.com

 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Johnny be good

Serving fresh food hot and ready when you walk in the door, Johnny’s Lunch Box has been at the same downtown location for generations


Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
413 W. Sheridan
232-9409
Owner: Ed Strawn
Date Established: 1946
Food Style: American cafeteria lunch
Average check: $7.25
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Teenage black belt champion teaches taekwando in Norman


News

Doug Hill
Amber LaValley is helping people channel their inner Jackie Chan one class at a time. "Many of my students have played a lot of martial arts video games," LaValley said at her spacious Visio...
 
Thursday, September 3, 2009
 
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