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Napoli’s Italian Restaurant

800 S. Air Depot, Midwest City 610-7900 Knowing that we all have eaten Italian cuisine repeatedly, Napoli’s offers some unusual fare, including a Jet’s Special done with chicken and eggplant, lobster ravioli, and linguini tutto mare done with mussels, shrimp and scallops. Open daily, this used to be King Wah for a long time, but now is a nice Italian spot with pizza, sandwiches, homemade baked pastas and seafood.

$$ Italian

Birrieria Diaz

6700 n.W. 39th, Bethany 603-1304

In what used to be a former chimney shop, owners Juan Manuel Diaz and his wife, Solorro Garcia, opened their first Mexican restaurant in late June. Its enchiladas are pure Mexican, not Tex-Mex, they say. To the delight of its many regular customers, the tortillas are handmade on the spot. Birria, or chopped lamb or beef with a special salsa, is the headliner.

$$ Mexican

Timber Lodge Steakhouse

13100 Colony Pointe Blvd., Piedmont 373-1161

This is a re-start of the Timber Lodge of Kingfisher that closed. Located between Surrey Hills and Piedmont, it has 120 seats and offers lunch and dinner with a menu that includes steaks, pasta and seafood. It is owned by Bobby Dennis, and his wife, Santana Dennis. Santana’s grandmother owned the original.

$$$ Steakhouse

Escalera’s Tacos 1802 N. MacArthur Blvd.


sizzles when customers go to Escalera’s Tacos. And darn, those tacos
with the green salsa hit the spot. Is your head pounding from a party?
Say goodbye to that hangover on Saturday or Sunday and get a spicy
surprise with a bowl of hearty birria menudo. The kitchen starts serving
that dish at 9 a.m. Other Mexican beauties include its enchiladas,
burritos and tortas (sandwiches).

$$ Mexican

Millie’s Table

1333 N. Santa Fe, Edmond 330-9156

the mood for a hot meal on a Tuesday or a Thursday but you are just too
frazzled to rattle those pots and pans? Let Millie’s take care of it.
The catering company offers hot meals-to-go on those two days. Simply
call ahead by 1 p.m. or visit and see what’s available.
Perhaps it could be a chicken Parmesan, stuffed bell peppers or chicken
with pesto, pecan and bacon bits.

$$ Pick-up food

The Vine Italian Cafe

12226 N.E. 23rd, Nicoma Park 769-7967

Wednesday through Saturday for dinner only and going strong already,
The Vine is owned and run by Mark and Christine Attanasi, and as the
website says: “Pretend like you’re Italian and you CAN say it — At Tuh
Nay See.” OK, so now we know. Mark is from New Jersey, and those recipes
are from his family, who is from the southwestern region of Italy.

$$$ Italian

Murphy’s Family Grill

212 S. Air Depot, Midwest City 732-2489 How
things change! The owners used to be with City Cafe and now have a new
location, a name change and four times the space. The hungry customers
from Tinker Air Force Base are fond of the quality of the burgers,
superb salads and to-die-for Reuben sandwiches. The menu also includes
shepherd’s pie and salmon patties.

$$ American

—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lindsey Cooper

$$: up to $15

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$$$$: above $30