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.

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.

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