Eggroll Queen

From side hustle to brick-and-mortar, Queen of Eggrolls wants to make Laotian cuisine popular in Oklahoma City.
Getting the nickname Queen of Eggrolls isn’t something that happens without lots of hard work.

La vie en Eleanor

As Oklahoma’s largest champagne lounge, The Eleanor is about more than popping bottles.
Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of the most famous and powerful women in history, as she became the queen of France (1137-1152) and of England (1154-1189) and led the second crusade to the Holy Land during her rule in the High Middle Ages.

Cannabis Issue: Happie Flower

Using its ‘miracle’ sprouted spelt crust, the folks behind Stone Sisters Pizza Bar are disrupting THC-infused edible pizzas across the state.
Sometimes the most obvious joke is the one you should make.

Cover: Cooking cred

Younger generations are food-obsessed on social media, but their skills in the kitchen are lacking.
In 2019, the millennial generation (those born between 1981 and 1996) overtook baby boomers as the largest workforce population in the United States.

Ambitious barbecue

Clark Crew BBQ adds steaks and pizza to a menu that has dominated the competition barbecue circuit.
Like a location in one of Bill Hader’s character Stefon’s appearances on Saturday Night Live, Clark Crew BBQ has got it all: an outdoor dining area that seats over 500 people, competition barbecue world championship belts, grilled wagyu steaks, a fresh salad bar and a huge pizza oven.

Friendship foundation

The Hive Eatery in Edmond provides organic, quality products for comfort and allergen-free food.
The Hive Eatery in Edmond, 1141 E. Second Street, was born out of the bond between friendship and the desire to provide a dining destination that will make guests happy if they’re searching for indulgent comfort food or if they need organic, allergen-free clean eating.

Automated sushi

Sushi robots increase efficiency and provide Nhinjo Sushi and Grill a pilot opportunity as a potential fast-casual sushi franchise.
One of metro Oklahoma City’s first families of sushi is relying on the technology manufacturers’ market of “sushi robots” to lower the barrier for becoming a sushi chef with new fast-casual Nhinjo Sushi and Grill serving as a pilot program for potential franchise expansion.

Sunny rebirth

Aurora reopens under new ownership with expanded hours and a dinner menu.
Almost a year after Jamie and Jordan Winteroth opened their first restaurant, Social Deck + Dining, the couple has expanded into a mini restaurant group — Shared Plate Hospitality — by bringing back breakfast favorite Aurora Breakfast, Bar & Backyard to 16th Street Plaza District after a five-month hiatus with expanded hours and offerings.

Healthy outcomes

The personal trainers, dietitians and chefs at i2U Culinary Solutions offer relief for chronic disease beyond taking pills.
What started as a mission to improve the food quality offered at the hospital has turned i2U Culinary Solutions into a one-stop shop for transforming healthy outcomes through lifestyle choices.

Cover: Growing pains

A boom in the Oklahoma City restaurant scene gives diners options and puts pressure on operators.
If Oklahoma City’s arrival on the national scene started in 2018 as Bon Appétit recognized Nonesuch as the best new restaurant in the country, 2019 is the year local restaurateurs jumped to strengthen the metro’s destination-dining status.

Juice and eat

A partnership with Provision Kitchen and Hal Smith Restaurants turns Organic Squeeze into a one-stop shop with grab-and-go food options.
For years, Organic Squeeze and Provision Kitchen operated as friendly businesses separated by the parking lot at Nichols Hills Plaza.

No allegiance

With a tiered tasting menu, Grey Sweater prepares over 1,000 dishes per week — just don’t ask to see a menu in advance.
Along Walnut Avenue in Deep Deuce, chef Andrew Black is asking diners to trust in his and his staff’s expertise to take a leap of faith for a unique dining experience at Grey Sweater—the third restaurant concept Black co-owns and oversees, all three connected to The Maywood apartments.

New tradition

Family history and consistency provide a base for Smoked Out BBQ that is making its name with creative sandwiches.
The same type of oak wood that kept the Richardson house warm in Watonga for generations is powering Smoked Out BBQ, which is gaining traction since opening its brick-and-mortar last August, thanks in part to creative sandwiches.

Silver celebration

During its 25th anniversary, Gopuram: Taste of India is thriving at its new location.
Gopuram: Taste of India wasn’t the first Indian restaurant in Oklahoma City, but it is the longest serving, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year at its new location at 412 S. Meridian Ave.

Ice cream cheer

Cities Ice Cream brings holiday cheer with a Christmas-themed pop-up before a grand opening in 2020.
It might seem counterintuitive to open an ice cream shop just as temperatures dip below freezing, but the owners of Cities Ice Cream, which is an extension of the Capitals brand that opened in Midtown in 2018, are leaning into the holiday season with a Christmas-themed pop-up at its new location in Edmond.

Guide to the Holidays: Kitchen cheer

Local chefs provide some of their favorite recipes for a change to spice up the holidays.
It’s never too early to start planning your meals for the holiday season. A few local chefs provide some of their favorite recipes for Oklahoma Gazette’s Guide to the Holidays.

Cajun expansion

Dallas-based Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe opens its first Oklahoma location in Chisholm Creek.
On an indoor deck at the new Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe location in Oklahoma City in the Chisholm Creek development, 1340 W. Memorial Road, diners sit surrounded by photos and knickknacks of Mardi Gras culture as windows open to overlook the development’s lake for an atmosphere the privately owned chain is aiming to provide.

New slice

Hal Smith Restaurants expands into downtown Norman with by-the-slice pizza concept Notorious P.I.E.
During his career as managing partner with Hal Smith Restaurants, Brandon Kistler has helped usher in The Garage Burgers & Beer, Pub W and The Winston from opening to expansion, but Kistler’s work on the newest concept, Notorious P.I.E., takes on special meaning.

Hangover Heaven

Crudoolandia takes its “lightning in a bottle” seafood and drink convenience concept to three locations and counting.
A taste from the west coast of Mexico has turned into a success story for an Oklahoma family whose Crudoolandia stores have now expanded to two locations in Oklahoma City, one in Tulsa and out-of-state expansion on the horizon.

Burger return

Right-A-Way Burger Joint returns with an emphasis on family-friendly fresh food in a nostalgic setting.
Equipment failure forced popular Right-A-Way Burgers to close its original location on the border of Guthrie and Edmond almost two years ago, but chef Jimmy Johnson is back with a new location serving inventive burgers in a nostalgia-laced restaurant. 

Competition crowns

Jo-Bawb’s Championship BBQ serves its award-winning food at a permanent location in Oklahoma City.
After years of crisscrossing the country and earning recognition from some of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the country, last October, Lon and JoAnne Mitchell decided create a permanent home for Jo-Bawb’s Championship BBQ.

Spreading Sunshine

Sunshine Baking Company debuts in south Oklahoma City to enthusiastic customers.
More than expanding on its mission to “spread sunshine” with delectable sweet and savory treats, Sunshine Baking Company wants to create a happy working environment for its employees from the special needs community.

Equal-opportunity nourisher

Cafe 110 bucks downtown trends by staying open late and providing a Dinner’s Done option for the whole family
Throughout her more than three-decade career in the food industry, Alicia Gomez-Grayson has literally worked with food from seed to table.

Craft Capital

Social Capital’s love of craft beer does not end with its 120 taps, as beer-can pulled chicken and beer ice cream highlight its food menu.
As guests arrived at the grand opening of the first phase of Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City, Social Capital was ready to offer the city’s largest commitment to independent craft beer with an inventive food menu.

Celebration cup

Urban Teahouse celebrates 10 years of providing flavorful, healthy whole-leaf blends and pours.
For the first time in a decade, Urban Teahouse’s owner arrives for a meeting fresh off doing some volunteer work with Restore OKC, a nonprofit working to bridge the city’s poverty gap.

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