We’re only days away from the temperatures getting to unbearable levels. In this issue dedicated to all things summer, these are seven places that will help you beat the heat.

By Jacob Threadgill with photos Gazette / file and provided

Poké Loco
14600 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
gopokeloco.com | 405-607-0035

Enjoying a nice poke bowl or sushi burrito is one of the best ways to get a healthy protein that is also refreshing. Poké Loco offers both options, and you can choose from signature bowls and burritos wrapped in seaweed or customize your own. Choose from tuna, salmon, shrimp, tofu or crispy chicken and pair them with a variety of sauces.

15 N. Robinson Ave.
flintokc.com | 405-605-0657

A great way to get refreshed in the summer is to get an entrée item that will not weigh you down. The harissa-roasted cauliflower does just that with its spicy chili mix on the surprisingly nutritious vegetable that gets a boost from tart cherries, kale, almonds and farro, a grain that is an excellent source of fiber and protein.

Refresqueria Las Delicias
1107 SW 59th St.
facebook.com/lasdeliciasok | 405-702-0016

This south side neveria is home to a huge selection of on-site fresh ice cream, but it is also where you can get a variety of fruit-based refreshments like the Super Mangonada that blends the sweetness of mango with syrup that gets a kick from chili spices. The same family also owns Snack Attack in Yukon, which is the same concept.

333 W. Sheridan Ave.
vastokc.com | 405-702-7262

This new halibut dish at Vast embraces seasonal spring ingredients, so it will satisfy your hunger and keep you light on your toes. The delicately cooked halibut is placed on a bed of snap peas and spring pea risotto with heirloom tomatoes and a gremolata butter topping. Also be sure to check out its lunch table offerings that change weekly and will make you rethink the concept of a buffet.

6909 W. Hefner Road, Suite B12
letsbabble.com | 405-792-7421

This build-your-own boba concept puts the power of choice into the customer’s hands. They get to select the type of tea or caffeine-free fruit drinks they want to pair with a bevy of boba varieties, jellies and other refreshing inclusions. While you are there, also get Braum’s ice cream paired with a sweet waffle for a unique sweet treat.

Ned’s Starlite Lounge
7301 N. May Ave.
nedsstarlitelounge.com | 405-242-6100

The décor inside Ned’s is a retro throwback. The restaurant that opened in 2018 feels like stepping into a time portal to the 1970s with its shag carpeting on the bar and textured wallpaper, but certain menu items like this watermelon salad with mint, goat cheese and chili oil are a little more contemporary.

Dolci Paradiso
10740 S. May Ave., Suite 116
dolciparadiso.com | 405-254-5070

This new European bakery and gelato shop on the border of south Oklahoma City and Moore is a shot in the arm for those who live there and enjoy sweet treats made with care. Fresh gelato is made daily. Dolci serves a cornucopia of special flavors, but one of its top sellers is the mixed berry sorbet that will cool you down without any of the cream-based guilt.

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