Omni present

The city’s future convention center hotel will open in 2021, but officials have already hit the ground running.
Oklahoma City and Omni Hotels & Resorts negotiated the convention hotel deal in 2017, though plans for the hotel stem back to 2008.

Cover story video: Guy Fieri should eat at Jimmy's Round-Up Cafe & Fried Pies

The familiar voice of Jimmy Collins bellowing, “Welcome to Jimmy’s! How are you doing?” is part of the reason Jimmy’s Round-Up Cafe & Fried Pies has become a southside institution while attracting customers across the region for giant yeast rolls and fresh country cooking.

Isle of brew

Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewery is a link to Oklahoma City’s past.
Long before the sleek streetcar was motoring around Midtown and downtown, Oklahoma City had an earlier model in the last century.

Uptown social

Social Deck + Dining opens in the former Chae Modern Korean building on the western edge of Uptown 23rd.
The void left on the far western side of Uptown 23rd District with the closing of Chae Modern Korean last April has been filled by Social Deck + Dining, where owners Jamie and Jordan Winteroth want to put an emphasis on local ingredients with eclectic menu items and everyday brunch.

Family fusion

Chigama combines Asian and Latin flavors with French technique.
Chigama isn’t just a fusion of cuisine; it’s also a fusion of two of the most successful and experienced restaurant minds in Oklahoma City.

New Union

Former MMR Prime Steakhouse aims to serve bold flavors at an affordable price as Union Wood Fired Grill.
Over the past 18 months, the restaurant at 2920 NW 63rd St. has gone from Meat Market Refectory to MMR Prime Steakhouse and finally Union Wood Fired Grill.

Market fresh

Magasin Table brings the first food concept to 8th Street Market by putting a twist on traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
8th Street Market got its first full-time food vendor last month with the opening of Magasin Table, the sister restaurant to a successful New Orleans concept that aims to bring traditional Vietnamese food with a twist to downtown and Automobile Alley.

Signature smoke

Cornish Smokehouse made the leap from food truck to brick-and-mortar thanks to a creative menu that includes jerk sauce.
The journey to opening the brick-and-mortar location of Cornish Smokehouse began six years ago as a trail of hickory and pecan smoke enticed people from Chris and Nicole Cornish’s neighborhood out of their homes and to their front door to place an order.

Recipe favorites

Spruce up your holiday meal with something other than the standard turkey or ham centerpiece.
A Christmas meal can be equal parts nostalgia and conundrum. Less than a month after Thanksgiving, many families turn around and have a similar meal again during Christmas.

Modern tap

Industry Gastro Lounge provides a sports bar experience with a scratch kitchen in an expansive setting.
As Edmond real estate developer Bobby Kahkesh began to dream up the concept for his new restaurant, he wanted to fill what he saw as a void in Oklahoma City metro’s lack of a locally owned sports bar.

Italian feast

Patrono and Stella offer their take on the Feast of the Seven Fishes in time for Christmas.
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a Christmastime tradition rooted in Italian-Catholic history that was codified in the United States by Italian-Americans.

Unique history

Castle Falls provides a connection to pre-Land Run Oklahoma and Oklahoma City’s lost downtown history.
More than a restaurant and event center, Castle Falls provides a unique link to pre-Land Run Oklahoma history and is a vessel to showcase long-forgotten elements of downtown Oklahoma City.

The Sanctuary Barsilica

Drinks are the sacrament at The Sanctuary Barsilica, opening Friday.
The Sanctuary Barsilica, a religion-themed bar at 814 W. Sheridan Ave. on Film Row, comes festooned with Catholic iconography and the kind of atmosphere that feels equal parts reverent and irreverent. The bar, which opens 7 p.m.

Paseo possibilities

Rachel Cope’s 84 Hospitality Group is holding a contest to give away retail space in The Paseo Arts District.
Along the iconic curve of the Paseo, modern visitors can see longstanding art galleries, new restaurants and the neighborhood centerpiece, The Paseo Plunge, in all its salmon-colored glory.

Toasty toasting

Warm drinks light a fire for holiday festivities.
I was on a mission to find a warm cuppa to fit my hands.

Dynamic duo

Osteria OKC — a partnership between local chef Jonathon Stranger and celebrity chef Fabio Viviani — opens in Nichols Hills.
One of Oklahoma City’s most anticipated restaurants — Osteria OKC — a partnership between local chef Jonathon Stranger and celebrity chef Fabio Viviani opened to the public Nov. 17 in Nichols Hills after months of delays that were no fault of the owners.

Boba cafe

Babble puts customers in control of build-your-own bubble tea and much more.
Husband and wife Tuan and Lisa Le are trying to do more than redefine the word Babble with their business; they’re also trying to change the concept of a neighborhood cafe by combining coffee and bubble tea.

Franchise-ready

Open only a month, family-owned Shawarma & Co. has the look, feel and taste of an established operation.
The biggest problem Shawarma & Co. has faced since opening its doors at 14600 N. Pennsylvania Ave. a little over a month ago is letting people know that it’s a locally owned sit-down restaurant that wants to add variety to Middle Eastern street food.

Tap dance

Get hopping with Oklahoma City’s taproom culture.
On Oct. 1, the game changed for Okla-homa breweries. Not only could they sell their full-strength beers in supermarkets and keep them cold at liquor stores, but the breweries’ taprooms could stay open until 2 a.m. and allow guests under age 21 to hang out while their parents sample the latest local beers.

Plaza BBQ

Maples Barbecue opens its brick-and-mortar location Nov. 20 in 16th Street Plaza District.
The metal cage sitting outside at the corner of 16th Street and Indiana Avenue filled with post oak wood lets the Plaza District know that Maples Barbecue is serious about Texas-style barbecue.

Total Osteria

The masterminds behind En Croûte and St. Mark's Chop Room open a new Italian eatery.
Osteria opens Nov. 17 at 6430 Avondale Drive in Nichols Hills and is the latest concept from local chef Jonathon Stranger and business partners Drew Tekell and Dr. Steven Sands (En Croûte, St. Mark’s Chop Room, OK-Yaki). Osteria adds another owner, Fabio Viviani, a staple of food television since a memorable run on the fifth season of Bravo’s Top Chef.

Live tradition

As fun and relaxing as Jamil’s dinner service can be, it delivers a tasty lunch at more value.
A drive north on Lincoln Boulevard away from the capitol is one that features relics of the past and provides a portal into the 1960s, which is a very difficult thing to find in Oklahoma City.

Holidays: Chef recipes for the season

Oklahoma City chefs provide some of their favorite holiday tricks that elevate traditional recipes.
In preparation for this holiday season, Oklahoma Gazette asked chefs from some of the best restaurants in the city to provide recipes they like to make at home for the holidays.

Family fuel

The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen grows from food truck to successful brick-and-mortar Midtown destination.
A family food tradition has spurred The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen from food truck to a successful Midtown location that will celebrate its two-year anniversary in May 2019.

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