On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you hate your mouth? Think about it. That jerk is always getting you into trouble. He never says the right thing on dates. He laughed at your great-aunts funeral. I say its time we teach him a lesson he wont soon forget. Lets go to these restaurants where Hurts So Good plays on an endless loop in the kitchen and shut him up.
by Greg Elwell,
photos by Garett Fisbeck and Mark Hancock
10700 N. May Ave.
Pad Kee Mao literally translates as drunken noodles because Thai food is awesome. Drunk, tipsy, hungover or stone-cold sober, these fat, saucy noodles from Tana Thai will satisfy your need for carbs and help clear your head with spicy-hot peppers. When will America get on board with this trend? Theres no reason Hot Pockets shouldnt be called Stoned Meat Sleeves. No reason at all.
4621 N. May Ave.
Business at Sheesh Mahal has been picking up, as evidenced by its new video screen menu and general upkeep of the old building. But it shouldnt come as any surprise, because this Indian and Pakistani culinary treasure is turning out some of Oklahoma Citys best spicy dishes. You can ask to keep the heat down, but it tastes too good to stop eating, even if youre sweating profusely and steam starts piping out your ears.
Queen of Sheba Restaurant
2308 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Do you like Ethopian food? Yes. You do. It doesnt matter that youve never had Ethiopian food. You like it. You like the plates of spicy chicken and beef in exotic spices. You like the spongy, slightly sour injera bread you use to pinch the foods instead of using a boring fork or spoon. You dont like the parking lot that Queen of Sheba Restaurant is in, because its a nightmare for tires, but otherwise, yes, you quite like Ethiopian food, thanks.
1010 W. Memorial Road
Heres how good Szechuan Bistro is with spice: It can make bok choy taste good. Beef? Simple. You can make chicken taste like anything. But bok choy? Tis the work of a wizard! (Or just a really skilled chef.) If you like sesame chicken, thats fine, but flip to the back of the menu and delve into a wonderland of dishes youve never seen before. And if you like it hot, well ... ask.
Abels Mexican Restaurant
5822 NW 50th St.
Last time I saw Jim, he was still hunkered over a plate of Tacos Calvillo at Abels Mexican Restaurant.
Good-bye, we said, but he didnt even look up. There was another plate of tiny, tasty tacos showing up and he was pouring Abels special salsa over each one.
Sometimes I still think of Jim. Hes probably still there. I cant blame him a bit.
Rons Hamburgers & Chili
4723 N. May Ave.
The lawsuit is over. Turns out the owners of Rons Hamburgers & Chili could not prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the term Netflix and chill was based on Rons classic menu of enormous burgers and big bowls of spicy chili. But if youve ever had an order of the Spanish fries full of fried onions and jalapeños, you certainly know that you cannot do anything but chill after leaving Rons.
3401 S. Sooner Road, Moore
The German people basically invented spice is something a German person might tell you. Theyre always claiming this or that was originally German. Just smile and nod and take another bite of your grobe bratwürste mit sauerkraut und kartoffelbrei, enjoying the flavor of the coarsely ground spicy veal and pork sausages and thinking, Sure. Ill bet you invented mashed potatoes, too. And they did. They really did. Maybe.