Baja bus

Taco Nation dishes California-style tacos from the windows of an old school bus.
Cooking for friends helped heal Tim Ulrich at his lowest moment after he and his wife Leanne moved to Oklahoma City from Southern California more than a decade ago.

ALCOHOLMANAC Popping bottles

The Merret serves fun and education as the area’s first champagne-focused concept.
The first champagne-centered bar in the Oklahoma City metro area is out to dispel preconceived notions about the drink’s history and what it means to drink champagne. 


Life as a mobile bartender provides perspective on wedding and alcohol trends.
The cult classic Starz television show Party Down, which starred a pre-Parks and Recreation Adam Scott among its talented cast, went behind the scenes of all that could go wrong in event catering from the vantage point of its bow-tie wearing, want-to-be-actor crew.

Dinner diversion

Banquet Cinema Pub offers first-run movies and a large pub experience.
Oklahoma City’s newest movie theater is also its trendiest full-service bar complete with shuffleboards, a pool table and a projection screen showing sporting events.

Beyond fast

New options make it easier to eat healthy when going through the drive-thru.
The trip through a fast-food drive-thru window doesn’t have to be an unhealthy indulgence.

Muy frío

Snack Attack takes the homemade ice cream neveria concept to the masses.
Snack Attack opened its doors last April to a new audience in Yukon, but it’s carrying on the tradition of made-from-scratch ice cream, fresh salads, nachos and tamales started at Refresquierias Las Delicias almost 10 years ago.

Cover: Beyond authenticity

OKC Taco Week celebrates the unique history of the dish in all its forms.
The history of the taco is complicated because people in what is now Mexico have eaten meals with tortillas since prior to when the Spanish arrived on the continent, but they were largely used as utensils, not a composed dish as we see today.

Valentine's Day: Neighborhood date

After 13 years, Paseo Grill remains the district’s best dining option.
As a kid watching reruns of I Dream of Jeannie, I always wondered what it would be like to lounge inside the bottle full of pillows and colorful curtains.

Valentine's Day: Holiday helper

Nosh Restaurant offers take-and-bake Valentine’s options to make you a hero on the holiday.
What happens when you want a romantic Valentine’s dinner but your favorite restaurant is all booked up and you don’t want to cook an entire meal from scratch?

Valentine's Day: Deuce dining

After years of waiting and planning, La Baguette Deep Deuce and Black Walnut are open in time for Valentine’s Day.
After being in the planning stages for more than seven years, the first two of three restaurants by partners Rudy Khouri and chef Andrew Black in The Maywood apartments in Deep Deuce are open in time for Valentine’s Day.

Immersive catering

With its unique setting, Cosabella Kitchen aims to be Oklahoma City’s first on-site catering and event space.
In six years working at a host of venues across the metro area with Cosabella Catering, restaurant veteran Erica Hogan never found a venue where she could fully prepare meals on-site.

Forward momentum

Forward Foods has offered gourmet cheeses and other pantry staples since the early 2000s.
Suzy Thompson and her husband Steve Wampus Reynolds got their start in 2002 at Opolis, the Norman music venue at 113 N. Crawford Ave., operating a small coffee shop.

Opportunity knocks

A new food truck by the Nic’s operators signals the start of its next generation.
Nic’s Grill has many super fans, from Guy Fieri to Colin Farrell, who can attest to its status as not just one of the best burgers in Oklahoma City, but also in the country.

Classen curved

Cafe 501’s menu full of standards doesn’t match its sleek decor and trendy Classen Curve location.
Cafe 501 is one of Edmond’s most venerable restaurants as it closes in on 25 years of operation.

Italian expansion

As Osteria expands to lunch and brunch, its owners begin a new concept in Deep Deuce.
The partnership that includes celebrity chef Fabio Viviani and local chef Jonathon Stranger — Osteria — expanded its offerings to midweek lunch and weekend brunch last week, but it’s only the beginning of the expansion between talented chefs.

Local viewing

Chalk aims to reinvent the local sports bar with interactive viewing and an elevated but familiar menu.
The operators of the new Chalk sports bar, which hosts its grand opening in Chisholm Creek Feb. 3 following initial service that began last week, want to alleviate the biggest concern of trying to watch a specific sports event right as the customer enters the door.

Collateral effects

Oklahoma breweries big and small are affected by the prolonged federal government shutdown.
In early December 2018, Jake Keyes fulfilled a lifelong dream of opening his own commercial brewery — Skydance Brewing Co. — at Brewers Union with the news of a potential federal government shutdown looming, but its potential effect on his new business didn’t hit home until it was too late.

DDD effect

The impact of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives can still be felt at places Guy Fieri has visited in OKC, but where should he go next?
It’s been nearly a decade since the Mayor of Flavortown himself, Guy Fieri, has appeared in Oklahoma City for his flagship program Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, which includes more than 260 episodes over 26 seasons since its premiere in 2007.

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.


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