OKGazette.com - OKG7 Dining http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-116-1-okg7-dining.html <![CDATA[OKG Eat - Not going without]]> Ah, the perils of working with special dietary needs. It can make dining out a pain. Luckily, with restaurateurs becoming more savvy to their diners’ needs, there are a bevy of places in OKC to satisfy your craving for the foods you love without losing taste. All choices this week have been road-tested by gluten-sensitive foodies to guarantee satisfaction.]]> <![CDATA[OKG eat: Know your rights - ]]> What better way to celebrate your freedom than grilling it to perfection over an open flame? We’ve combed local meat markets for the best ingredients to make traditional burgers or brisket. Feeling more adventurous? Why not go for lamb or buffalo? Whatever your heart desires, local butchers will be more than happy to help you praise hot-off-the grill freedom.]]> <![CDATA[OKG Eat: The OKG staff eats, too - ]]> Culled from a list overflowing with some of the best and least-known names in the city, here are the places you’re likely to see a member of our staff. These are several top recommendations from Oklahoma Gazette staff.]]> <![CDATA[OKG Eat: Gay bar, anyone? - ]]> You could say this bar is nestled in the Habana Inn, but “nestled” is far too subtle a word to describe the industrialgrade light and sound that happen in one of the oldest dance clubs in the district.]]> <![CDATA[OKG eat: Wine country - ]]>

According to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the state boasts nearly 50 wineries. That’s enough to keep you busy touring for a while. We’ve rounded up a few that are closer to the metro. You can brag to your friends that you spent the weekend touring wine country and didn’t even have to book a plane ticket.

— by Devon Green photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lauren Hamilton

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<![CDATA[OKG eat: Just desserts - ]]> Life is uncertain; eat dessert first.

You know what’s great about being a grown-up? Getting to go to bed whenever you want. You know what else is great? Getting to eat whenever and whatever you want. Go ahead; no one’s going to stop you. Waltz into one of these local restaurants and order dessert first. In this crazy world, there are few certainties. These are sure things.

— By Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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<![CDATA[OKG eat: Rooftops - ]]>

What’s better than a patio? A rooftop patio, where you can enjoy all of the pleasures of outdoor dining. The temps are finally rising to make these spots ideal for the coming weeks before we careen headlong into blazing temperatures. Grab a cocktail or an appetizer and enjoy the view.


by Devon Green

— Photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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<![CDATA[OKG eat: Have a (snow) ball this summer - ]]>

Nothing is better when you’re roasting in the sun than a flavored ball of snow, with sugary-sweet syrup poured over finely shaved and packed ice. There are some serious snow cone stands in OKC. Cool your taste buds when the temperatures get to right below “blast furnace.”

— By Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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<![CDATA[OKG eat: Pancakes for all occasions - ]]>

Pancakes, flapjacks, griddlecakes — whatever you call them, they’re the cornerstone of an American breakfast. There also are variations worldwide, from French crepes to Slavic blins. We’ve scoured the metro to find the best traditional pancakes and a few variations of the breakfast classic.

— By Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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<![CDATA[OKG eat: Viva la salsa - Liven up the obligatory chips and dip with these fresh local salsas.]]>

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. Why not liven up your table with one of these fresh, locally made salsas? They’re great if you like to feel superior to your fellow revelers with what you can handle or you just like to give those corn chips some pep. Find these at places like the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Farmers Market and Urban Agrarian.

— By Devon Green, photos by Shannon Cornman

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<![CDATA[OKG eat: Highfalutin dining - ]]>

You don’t have to be a millionaire or a head of state to eat like one. While dining like a king every night might quickly take its toll on your pocketbook, sometimes it feels good to eat like a well-heeled big wheel. For a special occasion or maybe just as a special treat, look no farther than these upscale eateries to tempt your taste buds and delight your palate.

— By Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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<![CDATA[OKG7 eat: Fresh off the farm - ]]>

There was a time not too terribly long ago in Oklahoma City when there was a chain on every corner and the closest you could get to local was to make a trip to your farmers market and make the food yourself. We always celebrate all things local, and luckily, it’s getting easier for OKC restaurants to incorporate locally grown, all- natural ingredients into what they offer.


— By Devon Green

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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<![CDATA[OKG7 eat: Soccer pub crawl - ]]>

Football season is finally here! We call it soccer, but that doesn’t have to stop you from indulging in two favorite European traditions: walking and pub crawling. Since the Energy FC games will be alcohol-free, we’ve created a list of pubs and taverns within walking distance from Clement E. Pribil Stadium at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.

— by Devon Green 

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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<![CDATA[OGK7 eat: Dollars to doughnuts - ]]>

While the idea of fried dough may or may not be American in origin, the traditional ring-shaped confection that we know and love does originate here. According to The Smithsonian, doughnuts were created by an enterprising New England sailor’s mother who wanted a way to store and transport pastry. Regardless of its origin, the doughnut is a modern favorite.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman 

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<![CDATA[OKG7 eat: BBQ for me and you - ]]>

Ubiquitous barbecue joints are a point of state pride and, in some cases, a reason to poke fun. When comedian Jim Gaffigan visited Oklahoma last year, he commented on the sheer number of barbecue restaurants in the Sooner State. Whether it’s the rub or the sauce, pork or beef, there’s one thing we all can agree on: A full plate of smoky, sweet barbecue with all the sides is heavenly.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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<![CDATA[OKG7eat pubs and pints (and whiskey and grub) - ]]>

Break out your green garb and get ready to celebrate the luck of the Irish for St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you are looking for a place to start the day right or a place to make a new tradition, these area restaurants have you covered. Some of them are even Irish 365 days a year.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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<![CDATA[OKG7 Eat: Eastside eats - ]]>

Even though NE 23rd Street is one of the most historical streets in Oklahoma City, many locals tend to forget that it’s also home to some of the most grassroots and homegrown eateries in town, the best having a specific focus on soul food, barbecue and old-fashioned Southern cooking. NE 23rd Street restaurants are OKC’s culinary history all in a few blocks and really should be revered as such.


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<![CDATA[OKG7 Eat: Casino chow - ]]>

Winning big can be hungry, thirsty work. We scoured Oklahoma’s casinos for your best bets on sustenance whether you are on a winning streak, holding, folding, walking away, running, or just down to your last five bucks.


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<![CDATA[OKG7 Eat: Love bites - ]]> But what about the lonely, the unloved and the unattached left to put ourselves back together after the interruptus of Valentine’s Day? Bah. Heck, you’ve still got a pocket of dollars and a chip on your shoulder. Here’s a list of places to spend that extra dough, all on the one person you should love the most: Yourself.]]> <![CDATA[OKG7 Hot tropic - ]]> We can only stare at Old Man Winter and hope that someday we’ll thaw out and retire to a sandy, tropical locale somewhere along the equator, where we can enjoy various fruit-heavy drinks and exotic meals served by well-trained monkey butlers. Even though that Jimmy Buffett-inspired daydream might not happen anytime soon, the metro offers plenty of tropical getaways that will drive those winter doldrums away.]]>