OKGazette.com - OKG7 Dining http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-116-1-okg7-dining.html <![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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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.]]> <![CDATA[OKG7 Eat: Winning in Windsor - ]]> Situated west of Interstate 44 to the Bethany line on the NW 23rd Street corridor, the Windsor District is the latest metro initiative designed to show off the best culture Oklahoma City has to offer. After a city investment of $13.2 million dollars through the 2013-2016 Streetscape Project, Windsor has fast become OKC’s International District.]]> <![CDATA[OKG7 Eat: Snack to the future - ]]> Too bad time machines don’t exist. Imagine hanging out in diners, inventing rock ’n’ roll and making out with your own mother at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. Wait... Yeah. The last two things will always be impossible. In the meantime, those classic ’50s diners still light up our main streets. Pile the family into the DeLorean.]]> <![CDATA[OKG7 Eat: Fish dishes - ]]> It’s easy to assume that when it comes to seafood, Oklahoma is not the place to satiate that constant craving for fish dishes. However, with over 50,000 miles of shoreline along lakes and ponds that are stocked with edible species like bass, walleye and catfish in this great state, many metro eateries offer a wide variety of aquatic delicacies — from Southern-fried to elegantly served — that will surprise even the pickiest pescatarian.]]> <![CDATA[OKG7 Eat: Best of SW 29th Street - ]]>

Situated in the heart of Oklahoma City’s vibrant — and, sadly, often ignored — Latino community, SW 29th Street is a mecca for diners looking for the most authentic Mexican, Central- and South-American eats. Filled with carnicerias, panaderias and taco trucks, it can be daunting to choose just one. Here is OKG7’s beginner’s guide to the multicultural variety of this historic strip.

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<![CDATA[OKG7 Tasty meals under $10 - ]]> Having wasted hundreds (thousands?) of dollars on junk that’ll be replaced by the latest upgrades in a year, forced resolutions to “not eat out as much” have become something of a mantra for the budget-conscious in 2014. However, a completely filling dinner doesn’t have to empty your wallet. In fact, you can get any of these delicious dishes for one measly Alexander Hamilton.]]> <![CDATA[OKG7 Eat: Coffee culture - ]]>

Winter is perhaps the best time of year to find a great coffee shop, grab a book and settle in with a warm cup of coffee. You can always find a diner with a bottomless cup of coffee, but why not go all out and enjoy a great cup of coffee in a great space? Around the metro, there are options ranging from converted houses to ultra-sleek modern shops that all take their coffee very seriously.

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<![CDATA[OKG7 Open Christmas - ]]> Christmas can be a trying time, what with being surrounded by family and holiday cheer. For those who need an escape, a good drink, a bite to eat or all three, several bars around the metro will be open. These may not be places where everyone knows your name, but you can head to these friendly watering holes to celebrate — or to forget — holidays.]]> <![CDATA[OKG7 let’s do lunch, downtown - ]]> Head to the central business district in downtown Oklahoma City for lunch options including fine dining and casual stops. Whether you’re just downtown for the day, it’s your day in court, it’s a business lunch, you’re trying to impress the boss (or vice versa) or you just want to be surrounded by tall buildings, find a parking spot and grab some grub.]]> <![CDATA[OKG7 inventive breakfasts - ]]> Inventive options around the metro shake up the bacon-and-egg breakfast. Sure, there is a time and place for the old favorites, but why not have some fun, too? Bacon and sausage may think they hold a monopoly on breakfast, but they take a backseat to turkey, chicken and even lobster on these menus. Some places even substitute tofu and soy for meat, and odds are you’ll never miss the pork.]]> <![CDATA[OKG7 pie dreams - ]]> On the television show Twin Peaks, FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper couldn’t get enough cherry pie at the Twin Peaks Double R Diner. (Don’t even get him started on the damn fine coffee around town.) He raved about the pie at every opportunity, and you too will find reasons to celebrate pie, especially during the holidays. These metro favorites surely would far exceed Agent Cooper’s insatiable lust for fantastic pie.]]>