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.

Cicchetti-style

Bar Cicchetti blends sports bar-style snacks and lounging with a high-end dining experience.
One print of art on the second floor of the combination lounge and dining space of Bar Cicchetti — the former Urban Johnnie location in Deep Deuce — depicts a Victorian-era lord in fancy clothes, but it has a tiger for a head.

Lebanese taste

Oozie Mediterranean provides Lebanese flavors from a small cafe in an office building.
After growing up in Lebanon, Charlie Khalaf’s schooling and career in marketing has taken him to Dubai, New York, Tampa and eventually Tulsa.

Northpark speakeasy

Located on the back side of Shoppes at Northpark, The Hamilton Supperette & Lounge is an elevated offering from the owners of Café 7.
Entrance to The Hamilton Supperette & Lounge doesn’t require a password, but the new restaurant and bar from the owners of Café 7 does feel like a speakeasy with its secluded location on the back side of Shoppes at Northpark.

Pork dreams

The new brick-and-mortar location of Big O’s Pork & Dreams dishes a family history of barbecue while helping the kids who need it.
The smell of burning Oklahoma hickory wood has been in Owen Wilson’s life for so long that he hardly notices its distinct smell anymore.

To the plate

Enis Mullaliu’s new restaurant, Piatto Italian Kitchen, brings in-house pasta and elevated Italian to OKC.
The plates come out steaming, piled with homemade pasta under generous dustings of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

COVER Review culture

The explosion of online reviews for restaurants is a double-edged sword for staff and serves as a unique socializing opportunity for users.
Whether the platform is Google, Yelp, Facebook or Travel Advisor, the public-facing digital billboard for businesses is now its rating out of five stars.

Masa momentum

Fresh off a four-day free food giveaway, Masa Ramen & Sushi builds on its success.
When Masa Ramen & Sushi co-owner Leo Chen told the other owners his idea for a grand opening would be four days of free-food giveaways, it took some convincing that it would be a good idea.

Designer tacos

Mexican Radio takes on the atmosphere of 16th Street Plaza District with a fun and lively take on tacos.
The rainbow canopy over the patio at Mexican Radio — the newest restaurant from A Good Egg Dining Group — serves both practical and aesthetic purposes.

Unpredictable pizza

Pizza Planet offers solid pizza if you manage to place an order when it’s open.

Chef celebration

A memorial celebrates the larger-than-life memory of late chef John Bennett and makes plans to continue his legacy.
The oak that is Oklahoma City’s dining scene and has sprouted and grown sturdy over recent decades lost its roots on July 22 with the passing of chef John Bennett at the age of 77.

Veggie love

Plant in Midtown aims to provide an outlet for positive nutritional conversation and healthy meals.
The conversation around a vegan or plant-based diet is often about what a person cannot eat.

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.

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