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Topic: Iguana Mexican Grill

Spelling bee(r)

A fundraiser combines a spelling bee with beer. Sold!

 Fundraiser. F-U-N-D-R-A-I-S-E-R. Fundraiser. Complete.

In an announcement that probably surprises no one, I was really into spelling bees as a kid. It was right up there with sitting at the front of the class and turning in all my homework on time. Yeah, I was that kid.

And, you guys, my time has come again. Midtown Rotary — a fairly new Rotary club group full of young, downtown types — is hosting its first fundraiser this Thursday, a spelling bee. Or, make that spelling bee(r).

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at IAO Gallery and includes a beer tasting from Coop Ale Works, food from Iguana Mexican Grill and, of course, a real, live spelling bee. I’ve already been practicing.

The grand prize for the bee is $500. Tickets to the event are $20 per person and are available online. Tickets are limited, so get yours soon.

by Jenny Coon Peterson 03.21.2011 3 years ago
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Gazette wins eight top honors at statewide journalism contest

Also named second-best newspaper in Oklahoma


Gazette staff
Oklahoma Gazette won eight first-place awards and 16 total honors at the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists Professional Chapter’s contest April 30 in Tulsa.
Monday, May 2, 2011

Violins & Vino

In which I make a huge mistake

 It seemed like a good idea at the time: I love violins! And I love wine! Together, they probably have, like, “Captain Planet” properties! But now I’m not so sure.

I just signed up for Violins & Vino, a fundraiser through the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. No big deal, right?

Wrong. Oh, my god, how wrong.

Violins & Vino, set for May 26 at IAO Gallery, is not your average fundraiser. It allows 20 hapless dupes (or secret prodigies … maybe I’m in that camp? Yeah, probably not) to sign up for a violin lesson to be given at the fundraiser and then PERFORM TOGETHER LATER IN THE EVENING. Sweet Lord, what have I gotten myself into?

Friends are invited to point and laugh, or as the Phil puts it, “watch your friends perform.” Yeah, Phil, nice try.

Here’s how it’ll work: During the cocktail party from 7-9 p.m., the newbie violinists will be given an instrument and a 45-minute lesson from OKC Phil cellist Dorothy Hays. During that time, the soon-to-be-captive audience will get to drink some wine, eat some food courtesy of Iguana Mexican Grill and, I’m guessing, grab some rotten tomatoes and limber up their throwing arms.

Then, after just a single lesson, the newly minted orchestra (or is that just a violin gang?) will perform two songs. We’ll then all be signed to a major label and be asked to open for Yo-Yo Ma. Obviously.

To sign up for the violin lesson and performance ($25), get on over to the Phil website. It’s open to only the first 20 people, and I already know of two people signed up, so don’t dawdle. Non-performing tickets are $10. Being able to laugh at me (I’ll be the one crying and standing in a puddle of my own making) will be priceless.

by Jenny Coon Peterson 05.11.2011 3 years ago
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Fast food

Iron constitutions are a must for a new charity fun run that pairs a 10K relay with — gulp! — an eating contest.


Charles Martin
OKC Hungryman
Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

BEST OF OKC: Restaurants

The best restaurants in the metro, circa 2011!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Auto eats

The dining options along Automobile Alley have revved their engines and taken off.

Food and Drink Features

Vivian Boroff
Cruising through the streets of downtown Oklahoma City, you will find many enjoyable places to dine. No part of town, however, will capture your taste buds the way Automobile Alley will.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

On a stick!

Before the invention of kitchen utensils, people cooked food on a stick over an open fire. Stop in at any of these seven local restaurants to enjoy skewered food.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

BEST OF OKC: Restaurants

The best restaurants in the metro, circa 2011!

Best restaurant downtown: IGUANA MEXICAN GRILL

9 N.W. Ninth They had us at the chips and salsa, and apparently you, too. The colorful Iguana has been whipping up fantastic, Latin-inspired dishes (try the fish tacos!) and some seriously amazing margaritas for a couple of years now. But it’s the cool atmosphere that really makes this place — it’s fun, festive and always a memorable meal.

2. Zio’s Italian Kitchen, 12 E. California and 2035 S. Meridian

3. RED Prime Steak, 504 N. Broadway Worth mentioning: Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante and Bar, Ludivine

Best restaurant on the Northside: REDROCK CANYON GRILL

9221 Lake Hefner Parkway Hang out at this airy, laid-back restaurant and bar that draws locals looking for simply cooked plates of splendid food. The lakeside Redrock is constantly thronged with diners, yet its chefs deal nicely with the constant stress and pressure. There is an exciting flavor fusion going on, and it shows in its first-class, creative menu.

2. Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine, 2824 N. Pennsylvania and 12252 N. May

3. Pearl’s Oyster Bar, 5641 N. Classen Blvd. Worth mentioning: Ranch Steak house, Gopuram Taste of India

Best restaurant on the Southside: CATTLEMEN’S STEAKHOUSE

1309 S. Agnew At Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, the cowboys come out early for breakfast knowing that this is a place where the fare is good, prices are fair and the eatery is clean. Its down-home service is friendly, but never intimidating. This is what Oklahoma cooking is all about, and Cattlemen’s is a sweet taste of Americana.

2. Ted’s Cafe Escondido, 8324 S. Western

3. Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant, several metro locations. Worth mentioning: Dan’s Old Time Diner, Grill on the Hill

Best restaurant in Yukon/Mustang: INTERURBAN

11316 W. Reno, Yukon Cheers to more good years for the winner! Interurban has several metro locations, including your pick in Yukon. The owners are culinary and hospitality professionals dating back to the first Interurban that opened in 1976. Menu items are straightforward, but incredibly delicious. People gobble up crisp salads, pizza, sandwiches, burgers and more.

2. Alfredo’s Mexican Cafe, 1751 Garth Brooks Blvd., Yukon

3. Primo’s d’Italia, 1215 Garth Brooks Blvd., Yukon. Worth mentioning: Bad Brad’s BBQ, Harry’s American Grill & Bar

Best restaurant in Midwest City/Del City: BASIL MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

6620 E. Reno, Midwest City At Basil Mediterranean, a hungry diner can nosh extremely well. The menu offers one of the healthiest cuisines around, something that people are really getting smart about these days. There’s nothing to be afraid of here, because they simply have the best artichoke spinach dip, and patrons feast on its fantastic gyro platter and other dishes.

2. Mr. Spriggs BBQ, 1017 S. Air Depot, Midwest City

3. Don’s Alley, 4601 S.E. 29th, Del City Worth mentioning: Mid-Del Taco, Korean House

Best restaurant in Norman: THE MONT

1300 Classen, Norman The Mont is one of the go-to places for students, a place for hunger to go on holiday every day. Norman residents repeat this happy scenario, so it is no wonder that The Mont has been so successful. Sitting inside or on the patio, order food and drinks that present an overall mix of nothing but the best.

2. Tarahumara’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina, 702 N. Porter, Norman

3. Victoria’s Pasta Shop, 327 White, Norman Worth mentioning: Seven47, Benvenuti ’s Ristorante

Best restaurant in Edmond: FLATIRE BURGERS

318 E. Ayers, Edmond Flatire Burgers, a sister restaurant to the well-liked Lottinvilles, shows off its stuff with damn good burgers. The capable staff keep those tables turning, pleasing a diversity of students and fans at this restaurant, situated right on the edge of the University of Central Oklahoma. No kidding: Some guys and gals consider the inside of Flatire as their own living rooms.

2. Cafe 501, 501 S. Boulevard, Edmond

3. Boulevard Steakhouse, 505 S. Boulevard, Edmond Worth mentioning: Othello’s of Edmond, Lottinvilles Restaurant & Bar

Best Mexican or Latin restaurant: TED’S CAFE ESCONDIDO

Several metro locations Walk into any one of the Ted’s, and it’s obvious they mean business. Lines are long, but fast, perhaps because people have tasted its pièce de résistance — the Atomic salsa —and need air. When Ted Curtis hung the sign on the first Ted’s, people probably wondered, “A Mexican restaurant named Ted’s?” Now there are several locations, all going strong.

2. Iguana Mexican Grill, 9 N.W. Ninth

3. Tarahumara’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina, 702 N. Porter, Norman Worth mentioning: Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant, 1492 New World Latin Cuisine

Best Asian restaurant: MUSASHI’S

4315 N. Western There won’t ever be any good or bad surprises at Musashi’s, because what its loyal customers get is consistency they can count on. Musashi’s has an outstanding Japanese ambience, but what distinguishes this from the rest is the extra bit of interest the staff takes in everyone’s meals. Those knife-wielding hibachi chefs are so entertaining; just remember to duck.

2. Sushi Neko, 4318 N. Western

3. Grand House, 2701 N. Classen Blvd. Worth mentioning: Lido, Saii Asian Bistro

Best Italian restaurant: ZIO’S ITALIAN KITCHEN

12 E. California and 2035 S. Meridian Bursting with enthusiasm, Zio’s servers seem to deliver the food quicker than lightning. But who really cares when the food, a combination of comfort and spice, is as good as it is? The restaurant specializes in classic Italian dishes, and if you listen closely, you will hear a slight hum of contentment in the air when the dishes arrive.

2. Victoria’s Pasta Shop, 327 White, Norman

3. Stella, 1201 N. Walker Worth mentioning: Othello’s , Papa Dio’s

Best European or Mediterranean restaurant: ZORBA’S MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

6014 N. May When you win the lottery someday, you may never have to cook again. You can just eat every day at Zorba’s. No more squeezing on tomatoes or thumping melons! You’ll find all of the basics here, along with more unusual finds like skewers of beef or chicken bursting with flavor, or its hummus or baba ghanoush, all Middle Eastern delights.

2. La Baguette Bistro, 7408 N. May

3. Greek House, 768 Jenkins, Norman Worth mentioning: Mediterranean Imports & Deli, Nunu’s Mediterranean Cafe & Market

Best upscale restaurant: DEEP FORK

5418 N. Western Deep Fork constantly wins friends and influences people, and the Deep Fork Group has never gotten too big for its britches. The dining until 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday is perfect for night owls. During the day, the red carpet gets rolled out with attention to detail, comfortable seating, fresh flowers, an excellent wine selection and awe-inspiring menu items — great for romance.

2. Boulevard Steakhouse, 505 S. Boulevard, Edmond

3. RED Prime Steak, 504 N. Broadway Worth mentioning: The Coach House, Ludivine

Best casual-dining restaurant: BIG TRUCK TACOS

530 N.W. 23rd Are you ready to order? Every once in a while, some knucklehead will go inside and actually take his or her time ordering. Although it’s difficult to wade through all the menu possibilities, anything you choose will hit those taste buds with great satisfaction.

2. Louie’s Grill & Bar, several metro locations

3. Republic Gastropub, 5830 N. Classen Blvd. Worth mentioning: The Wedge Pizzeria, Irma’s Burger Shack

Best family-friendly restaurant: POPS

660 W. Highway 66, Arcadia Terrific for family outings, take a short drive to Arcadia and stop by Pops, which is gaining national prominence. A gas station and restaurant, Pops has folks who challenge them to serve their fave soda from any state — and most likely they can do it. Friendly people are never far from your table when you order up a burger and a shake from its extensive menu.

2. Hideaway Pizza, several metro locations

3. Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler, several metro locations Worth mentioning: Irma’s Burger Shack , Iguana Mexican Grill

Best restaurant ambience: REDROCK CANYON GRILL

9221 Lake Hefner Parkway You can’t beat a lake view, and that’s just what Redrock Canyon Grill offers its diners. Massive windows flood the place with light, making dusk a big deal at this popular spot. (Dine there around sunset and find out why.) If outdoors is the way you want to eat, cozy up to a big fireplace, and let the waves serve as your soundtrack.

2. Paseo Grill, 2909 Paseo

3. RED Prime Steak, 504 N. Broadway Worth mentioning: Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine, Ludivine

Best little-known restaurant:PICASSO CAFE

3009 Paseo The new owners of this Paseo spot looked to another famous name for their eatery. And the artistic vibe doesn’t stop at the moniker — head inside for a pretty little restaurant with art on the walls and cool music being played. The menu is diverse (they love vegetarians and meat-eaters alike) and the bar still puts out top-notch drinks (try the Pimm’s Cup).

2. Nic’s Grill, 1201 N. Penn

3. Ludivine, 805 N. Hudson Worth mentioning: The Cow Calf-Hay, Burger Rush

Best new restaurant (that opened after May 1, 2010): MUTT’S AMAZING HOT DOGS

1400 N.W. 23rd Can you strike gold twice? The owners of Big Truck Tacos have proven so with their new concept, Mutt’s, voted your favorite new place to chow down. The dogs here run the gamut from the classic all-beef kosher to an upscale duck dog. And don’t pass up the sides at this retrochic spot — there are deviled eggs, baked beans, fried pickles and more.

2. Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine at Northpark, 12252 N. May

3. Ludivine, 805 N. Hudson Worth mentioning: West, The Cow Calf-Hay

Photos by Shannon Cornman, Mark Hancock and Lindsey Cooper
by OKG Webmonkeys 09.30.2011 2 years ago
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Bite Size: 10-12-11

News and notes on OKC dining.

Bite Size

Carol Smaglinski
Located in the heart of Nichols Hills near The Coach House and other fine restaurants, Crescent Market was the place to go for topnotch meat cut by on-site butchers who knew their craft, never-frozen chickens and the finest cheeses and butter from Europe.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Operation drumstick

’Tis the season for metro restaurateurs to work with area nonprofits to ensure the needy enjoy traditional holiday meals.

Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton

The founders call it Turkey Tango. Every Thanksgiving, participating restaurants partner with the City Rescue Mission to provide Thanksgiving dinner for up to 800 of its clients.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011