Modern ’cue

The Smoking Boar aims to subvert expectations for barbecue by updating traditional meat and adding “new-school” options.
After opening in early July, The Smoking Boar is well on its way to changing expectations about barbecue restaurants.

Seitan slingers

The Taco Plant truck is among the growing number of plant-based options in the city.
The plant-based market in Oklahoma City is very much still in its nascent stages, but branches from the tree sprouted by The Red Cup and The Loaded Bowl are starting to emerge.

Fox expansion

Flower Child enters the Oklahoma City market with a boost from its acquisition by The Cheesecake Factory.
The collective restaurant scene in Oklahoma City took notice in March with the announcement of Fox Restaurant Concepts’ entrance into the market with its successful health-focused Flower Child restaurant slated for Classen Curve. Fox Restaurant Concepts got a boost with its overall expansion plans this week after it announced a $353 million acquisition by The Cheesecake Factory.

Elevated egg

From the owners of Jimmy’s Egg, Rivière Modern Bánh Mì aims to take the humble sandwich beyond the Asian District.
As pho has become ubiquitous throughout the Oklahoma City metro, a pair of friends began to wonder why the best bánh mì shops are mostly confined to the Asian District.

Cover: Edible innovations

As regional foods get more national attention, the Oklahoma City area has entrees, drinks and desserts that deserve the spotlight.
Over the past decade, regional food preparations started to become mainstream.

Social cooking

Oklahoma City native Isabel Orozco-Moore has turned Isabel Eats into one of the internet’s most successful Mexican food blogs.
Before Isabel Eats became one of the most successful Mexican food blogs on the internet, its founder had to leave Oklahoma City to appreciate her roots.

Burger meisters

New State Burgers & Spirits brings an elevated full-service dining experience to 16th Street Plaza District.
New State Burgers & Spirits, the newest restaurant in 16th Street Plaza District, is the culmination of friends who grew up in Oklahoma’s burger capital behind the slogan, “For the people.”

Downtown Cajun

The owners of Brielle’s Bistro expand into Automobile Alley with the opening of Magnolia Bistro.
Building from the success of Midwest City’s Brielle’s Bistro, chef Dwayne Johnson and wife Kaylee have opened a second concept in Automobile Alley, Magnolia Bistro. 

Parlor beauty

Parlor brings seven kitchens and two full bars to its food hall concept in Automobile Alley.
Seven microkitchens and two full-service bars will open at Parlor later this year, which will mark Oklahoma City’s second food hall concept.

Uptown Creole

After working under some of New Orleans’ most famous names, chef Reuben Carey shares his talents at Rew Orleans.
Even after training under some of New Orleans’ most renowned chefs, Reuben Carey’s biggest culinary influence remains his paternal grandmother, Jonamae.

Yakitori pub

Building from Gorō Ramen, Gun Izakaya opens in Paseo as Oklahoma City’s first Japanese pub.
In the 1985 cult classic film Tampopo, food is one of the main characters alongside Gorō (Tsutomu Yamazaki) and his sidekick Gun (Ken Watanabe).

Longtime coming

Frida Southwest opens in The Paseo Arts District after more than five years in the works.
After more than five years of setbacks and delays, Frida Southwest, 500 Paseo Drive, seated its first dining guests.

Conversation starter

Black Foodie Summit showcases black-owned businesses and puts proceeds to work.

New Sichuan

Chuanyu Fusion offers traditional Sichuan-style recipes that balance spice with unique peppercorns.
The experience of dining on Sichuan-style cuisine (often stylized as Szechuan) is defined by the Mandarin phrase mala, which translates to “numb-spiciness.”

PRIDE Diversity niche

Mizu Ramen and Sushi creates a niche, offering unique broth and roll preparations.

PRIDE Jovial brunch

After the Pride parade, enjoy the whimsy of Unicorn Brunch at The Other Room.

Anticipated opening

Oklahoma City’s first food hall, The Collective Kitchens + Cocktails, is set to open at the end of June.
Oklahoma City’s first food hall, The Collective Kitchens + Cocktails, is almost ready to showcase 10 restaurant concepts at its Midtown location, 308 NW 10th St.

Sparrow flies

Sparrow offers fresh pasta, pizza and modern Italian in Edmond’s former Martini Lounge space.
Sparrow Modern Italian represents a new era for Holloway Restaurant Group, but its successful foundation set with Cafe 501 and Boulevard Steakhouse still plays a role in its newest venture.

New hen

Red Rooster makes a leap from dive bar to a full-service cocktail lounge with a local and organic menu.
Red Rooster has existed on the corner of Walker Avenue and 30th Street since 1937, but its transformation into a full-service restaurant focused on organic and local ingredients from its previous life as a dingy dive bar is as clear as the light pouring in through its new large front windows.

Island delights

D Taino Bakery opens downtown as Oklahoma’s only Puerto Rican bakery.
Hector Lopez and Wenddys Rios could not locate Oklahoma on a map until Hurricane Maria brought devastation to their native Puerto Rico in 2017.

Founders view

Atop Founders Tower, 3Sixty introduces a new menu to balance the old and the new.
In a space that is one of the most unique and historic in Oklahoma City, the owners of 3Sixty Restaurant & Bar, 5900 Mosteller Drive, want to balance the pull of nostalgia by tapping into market trends of the present.

SUMMER GUIDE Destination meals

No matter the direction you’re heading, there is a meal worth seeking out.
The summer doesn’t just mean planning trips to visit the great outdoors or family members; there are plenty of meals in small-town Oklahoma worth their own trip or to make a detour when headed out of state. North of Oklahoma City

Decade strong

Park Harvey Sushi celebrates 10 years downtown by strengthening its wine bar while embracing its sports bar roots.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month, Park Harvey Sushi has earned its reputation as a sports bar filled with authentic memorabilia and serving contemporary sushi in the heart of downtown.

Taste buds

Try It, You’ll Like It podcast confronts food fears with comedy and cooking chops.
On one level, the Try It, You’ll Like It podcast is a comedy podcast hosted by talented improvisers and “taste buds” David Zwick and Winston Carter.

Hops Scot

Angry Scotsman offers 24 beers at its new downtown taproom.
Science is the reason Ross Harper made his way to Oklahoma by way of Scotland, and it is also one of the reasons his brewery is turning out inventive beer at its western downtown brewery and taproom.

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