Gazedibles: Fungus among us

We’re getting a jump on a September celebration here in late August by highlighting our fungus friends. September is National Mushroom Month, and here are seven restaurants to help you indulge.

By Jacob Threadgill with photos by Alexa Ace and provided

Beth Lyon’s Black Cat

308 NW 10th St. | 405-694-9343

Located inside the new Collective food hall, Beth Lyon’s Black Cat is all about providing high vibrational foods that will leave your body feeling great while nourishing your soul. The Third Eye Open bowl combines cauliflower rice risotto, grilled Oklahoma mushrooms and roasted vegetables with spirulina pesto.

The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro

6418 N. Western Ave. | 405-840-9463

The best way to chow down at Metro is to start with the mushroom ravioli as an appetizer. The fresh pasta is stuffed with mushrooms and then finished with mushroom cream and tomato relish. The chicken fricassee with haricots verts, country ham and mushrooms as well as the chicken paillard with roasted tomatoes, spinach and wild mushrooms with angel hair pasta serve as fungus options during dinner.

Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes

1000 N. Hudson Ave. | 405-702-6922

We know Oklahomans love their queso, but the Barrios queso fundido takes it to another level with the addition of mushrooms and poblano peppers with fresh tortillas.  You can go mushroom-crazy with entrees by ordering wild mushrooms sopes with sweet potato sofrito, kale slaw and guacamole and the wild mushroom tamale with huitlacoche, which is another type of fungus.

Gorō Ramen

1634 N. Blackwelder Ave., Suite 102 | 405-606-2539

Gorō includes the Cadillac of mushrooms — sautéed shiitakes — covered in mustard soy vinaigrette on its appetizer menu. Continue the mushroom party into the next course with the yasai ramen with vegan broth, tofu, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, fried shallots and green onions.

Paseo Grill

2909 Paseo St. | 405-601-1079

Paseo Grill is a staple of The Paseo Arts District, and its menu has shown plenty of flexibility since it opened, but there is one constant starter: the cream of mushroom soup. The luxurious, creamy broth is filled with button mushrooms and topped with Port Salut cheese for a simple and elegant way to begin a meal. Combine it with the vegetable moussaka, which includes mushrooms and is one of the best vegetarian entrees in the whole city.

Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewery

1900 Northwest Expressway, Suite 44R | 405-840-1911

There are a bevy of mushroom options at Belle Isle, from beer-battered starters to multiple pizza options, but the real winner for fungus fanatics are the burgundy-braised mushrooms on its mushroom and Swiss burger. They are juicy and assert themselves in the sandwich with its wine-based finish.

Hideaway Pizza

5022 N. Western Ave. | 405-840-4777

While Hideaway’s namesake pizza is very stellar, a lot of people very well might think of the Oklahoma-based chain as Hideaway Fried Mushrooms because no dining experience is complete without a heaping helping of those delectable deep-fried caps and stems. Make it a mushroom lover’s meal with extra mushrooms on a pizza.