Vegetables need a better PR team. Sorry, veggies, but Spinach: That stuff your mom made you eat just isnt moving enough product. Its time to look for inspiration, and theres no better place to find it than these Oklahoma City restaurants doing great things with great greens. And take your mom with you. She deserves to eat a decent vegetable, too.
Photos Garett Fisbeck
Blu Mediterranean Grill
2142 W. Interstate 240 Service Road
The Mediterranean Diet is a heart-healthy way to incorporate more natural oils and fats into your life. Its also just really, really tasty. Theres a surprisingly heavy reliance on the chickpea, which is a pretty disrespectful way to refer to a female pea, but youll forget all about that when you dig into Blus creamy hummus with crispy fried falafel. So wrap your cares in a pita and eat your heart out.
5840 N. Classen Blvd.
There was a time in our nations history when the term vegan cupcake was used as an alternative to torture not feeding them to people; just talking about them. Then came Green Goodies, where the bakers through a mix of science and magic created vegan cupcakes so delicious you wont even miss the animal products. Sweet frosting, tender cake and some of them are even gluten-free; finally, vegan cupcakes that dont belong on 24.
333 W. Sheridan Ave.
Its no secret that the oil and gas industry is in a bit of a slump. Thankfully, that doesnt apply to the kitchen staff at Nebu, on the first floor of Devon Energy Center. This open-to-all cafeteria serves up pizza, tacos, fish, burgers and sushi but its also dedicated to putting tasty, healthy options out for everyone. Whether youre a carnivore looking to try one of these salad things or a dedicated vegetarian, Nebu has rich wells of veggie reserves.
6443 Avondale Drive
You come here often? Let me buy you some cauliflower, girl.
Greg, what are you doing?
This is the hot bar, right? Im ... Im picking you up.
Thats not what a hot bar is. Its fresh veggies and entrees you can eat right now.
So ... can I get your number?
Buy me some green beans first, sailor.
500 NW 23rd St.
Thailand knows a thing or two about making vegetables appealing. Stop by Thai House and youll find tons of options for those who eschew meat but embrace flavor. Take that purple people-feeder, spicy eggplant, for instance. It has the meaty heft of eggplant, so youll feel sated, and plenty of heat to get your tongue a-tingling. Just be careful if you take home leftovers. The spice intensifies after a night in the fridge.
The Earth Cafe and Deli
309 S. Flood Ave., Norman
I think the owners of The Earth Cafe and Deli in Norman wanted to be the first stop for alien explorers. If Zdelmop and GWeerch decide to explore our planet, wouldnt it make sense to stop at The Earth? Thats why I am petitioning the restaurant to rename its delectable vegan chili Your Leader. And if aliens negotiate a lasting peace deal with a pot of chili, its still better than meeting some of this years presidential candidates.
The Fit Pig
722 N. Broadway Ave., Suite 100
After trying The Beautiful Boar and The Rakish Razorback, it was nice to finally find The Fit Pig. Sniff around this healthy food haven and youll realize its dedication to healthy fare. For those looking to mow down some greens, there are some delightfully low-calorie options like veggie tacos with crumbled feta, black beans and garlic. Breathe easy, little porker. Youll live another day.