OKGazette.com - Restaurant Reviews http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-113-1-restaurant-reviews.html <![CDATA[Pony up - Red Horse Grill has been serving hearty Southern diner favorites to loyal patrons for a generation.]]>

Red Horse Grill 

2205 W. Main St., Norman



What worked: Diner food that’s not from a corporate supplier.   

What needs work: Tidy up the dining room sports shrine.    

Tip: Twenty years in business means it’s doing lots of things right. 

<![CDATA[Italian, Venezia-style - An Italian chain surprises with pizzas and desserts worth coming back for.]]>

Venezia Italian Ristorante

8109 Northwest Expressway

What works: Chicken picatta, pizzas and desserts.

What needs work: Some of sauces are a touch too bland.

The tip: When in doubt, get the meatballs.

<![CDATA[Peruvian purview - Chicken, fish and a variety of great food from Peru, with love.]]>

La Brasa Peruvian Kitchen

1310 NW 25th St.

What Works: the food. Ceviches, chicken, beef — all tasty and all affordable.

What Needs Work: Service is friendly, but it needs more servers working lunch.

Tips: Get a table shielded from the door. On cold days, it gets gusty.

<![CDATA[Roasted rumors - A coffee shop with a reputation for snobbishness surprises with a courteous staff and irresistible java.]]>

What works: Incredibly smooth Americano, incredibly pleasant staff.

What needs work: The espresso wasn’t my cup of tea ... wait, what?

Tips: Bring a coat in the winter. It gets kind of chilly in there.

<![CDATA[Chopped - Mama Sinmi’s Chop House offers you everything but a plane ticket when it comes to West African fare. ]]> Mama Sinmi’s is an intimate dining room with a handful of tables and a sprawling mural of Africa on the wall (along with a Post-It Note imploring visitors to keep their hands off it). Order at the counter, but take your time. The menu can be daunting..]]> <![CDATA[No gyros allowed - This Mediterranean cafe leaves the gyro stereotype at the door, and off its menu.]]> Don’t tell the gyro I said this, but sometimes I don’t want a gyro. ]]> <![CDATA[House party - There’s a multitude of reasons to love The Park House at the Myriad Gardens.]]> The Park House, the much-awaited contemporary American cuisine restaurant on the eastern edge of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, opened in mid-December. Foodies and families out for fun haven’t been the same since.]]> <![CDATA[Traffic pattern - Hunger finds a delicious landing at Annie Okie's Runway Cafe with club sandwiches, hearty breakfasts and more.]]>

Annie Okie’s Runway Cafe

5915 Phillip J. Rhoads Ave.


What worked: Breakfast is strong, especially the omelets.

What needs work: The burger’s pretty boring, and the dinners seem like they’re just sandwiches without the bread.

Tips: Sit in the atrium if you want to watch the planes.

<![CDATA[Greasy spoon greatness - Sometimes a diner is just a diner. A good ol’ hole-in-the-wall can still serve up perfect breakfasts as well as burgers.]]> We have fooled ourselves, we foodie hipsters. We have bought into this idea that every hole-in-the-wall is a gem merely waiting for us to polish it. And then we can shine it in the eyes of our foodie friends and say, “Oh, you haven’t been there? I’m not surprised.” ]]> <![CDATA[On top of Ol’ Gyro - Forget the golden arches and head for the land of the Golden Fleece.]]>

Ol’ Gyro Mediterranean Cuisine

3513 N. Classen Blvd 


What works: A quick and easy lunch at a low price.

What needs work: The menu is a little thin.

Tips: Ask for extra garlic sauce — in a bucket, if possible.

<![CDATA[Seoul food - Spicy barbecue and bold flavors welcome fresh flavor from the Korean peninsula.]]>

Dong-A Korean Restaurant

1262 N. Eastern Ave., Moore


What worked: Made-to-order dishes from family recipes.

What needs work: Substitute Korean pop music for the big-screen TV.     

The Tip: This is the place to go for Korean cuisine on the south side.         

<![CDATA[American luxury - Packard’s American Kitchen showcases the art of handcrafted fare, from duck mac and cheese to juicy rib-eye hamburgers.]]> Winners never quit. Even if they start out by losing a bit. Packard’s New American Kitchen, 201 NW 10th St., had to endure an early losing streak. The menu seemed ambitious and different, but like so many restaurants, it took time for the food and the service to meet the high expectations of the customers.
<![CDATA[Let’s talk turkey - Finding turkey burgers, even in this meat-loving town, isn’t easy, but they add variety to any restaurant’s beefy menu.]]> It’s no secret: Oklahoma City loves beef, and there is nothing quite like a great steak or burger. However, some people choose not to eat red meat for health or dietary reasons. ]]> <![CDATA[Golden god - Take your time picking a menu item you like — there’s plenty to choose from. ]]> Golden Phoenix, 2728 N. Classen Blvd., has a menu that requires time, patience and a spirit of adventure. Not that you have to try Top Snail with Coconut Juice ($8.95), but it’s there if you want to. ]]> <![CDATA[Noble nosh - The way of the Samurai is to prepare simple but solid sushi that will have you roll back for more.]]> Never doubt the power of one bad meal. I visited Samurai (1630 NW 23rd St.) when it opened a few years ago and did not feel the need to return. The sushi was not good. I remember the tempura batter being sharp. Like, it hurt my mouth to eat.]]> <![CDATA[Pollo outlet - El Pollo Chulo’s chicken is so tasty, it’s pimp, yo!]]> Depending on who you trust, El Pollo Chulo could have several meanings. Google decided it means “The Pimp Chicken,” and if I’m being completely honest, this is the definition I want to believe is true..]]> <![CDATA[Premium rush - With the addition of one sweet store, Classen Curve just got candy-coated.]]> With the Classen Curve store’s recent opening, married owners Carolyn and Gary Goldman have one goal: to sell delicious, delectable confections to sugar fiends of all ages.]]> <![CDATA[Miracle on Classen Boulevard - Inside Casa De Los Milagros’ inviting palatial exterior are the wonders of well-prepared Tex-Mex cuisine. ]]>

Casa De Los Milagros Mexican Restaurant and Cantina 

5111 N. Classen Blvd.


What worked: pretty much everything

What needs work: Borracho beans had an unpleasant flavor.

The Tip: The salsa is real. It’s spiked liberally with jalapeño and fresh cilantro. 

<![CDATA[Louie Louie - It’s a boisterous sports bar that wants to be your friend. With several locations, that’s easy.]]>  Grabbing lunch at the Norman location of Louie’s Grill & Bar on a University of Oklahoma football game day right before halftime was not as crackers as you might expect. ]]> <![CDATA[Drum right - No offense to the Okarche economy, but great fried chicken can be found right here in the metro, at The Drum Room.]]> If you think the only way to get good fried chicken is by driving 45 minutes to the west, I have good news. ]]>