Craving satisfied

Born in Seattle’s unique food culture, Krave Teriyaki offers Oklahoma City a local option.
The roots of teriyaki might date to 17th-century Japan, but the modern Mecca for all things teriyaki is Seattle, where over 500 chain and independent shops operate in the metro area.

Cantonese fusion

Kwan’s Kitchen delivers on its concept of Chinese dishes with French influences amid show-stopping decor.
Driving along Memorial Road, locally owned restaurants are few and far between the ubiquitous corporate eateries designed to provide a familiar meal at the expense of attentive care.

OKG Sneak Peek: Ned's Starlite Lounge in NW OKC

Ned’s Starlite Lounge, 7301 N. May Ave., is set to open Sept. 24. Located in the former Nomad II location, the restaurant from veteran operator Ned Shadid (Ned’s Catering) focuses its menu on sandwiches,hamburgers, chicken-fried steak, and more.

Speedy food

Edmond-based meal pickup wants to take planning and prep out of your busy hands.
A driveway conversation between friends has developed into a business designed to help families and single people cut out the meal planning and prep time associated with cooking at home.

Fair delicacies

Great TASTE of a Fair provides a glimpse into new food offerings at the Oklahoma State Fair.
There are many reasons to be one of the hundreds of thousands of people who attend the Oklahoma State Fair during its 11-day run (Sept. 13-23), whether it’s for the rides, performances, bull riding or indulgent food.

Upscale dive

With a large patio and inventive drinks, Good Times draws crowds.
Prior to the opening of Good Times, 1234 N. Western Ave., in June, co-owner Claire Hampton admitted that she had some apprehension about its location, which was previously Fat Dog and changed concepts a few times over the years.

Prodigal bar

An Oklahoma ex-pat brings the concept behind one of the nation’s top wine bars to downtown OKC.
Oklahoma native Dustin Lancaster’s first restaurant in Los Angeles — Bar Covell — was named after the street he grew up on in Edmond, so it only makes sense that his first venture in Oklahoma is named after the street he shared in Los Angeles with business partner and fellow Okie Riley Marshall.

Taste the love

Chef Curry To Go offers new American classics with fresh ingredients prepared to-order.
I’m a firm believer that food tastes better when it’s prepared with passion and love.

Veg out

Oklahoma’s first VegFest celebrates the benefits of plant-based lifestyle.
Signs of the increasing support of vegan and vegetarian lifestyles were highlighted in a report from market research firm Mintel earlier this year that showed non-dairy milk sales in the United States increased by 61 percent between 2012 and 2017. 

Bistro comfort

Café Cuvée at Ambassador Oklahoma City offers French bistro classics in a modern setting.
As the restaurant space at the Ambassador hotel went through a three-week renovation to convert Viceroy Grille into Café Cuvée — which opened its seven-day breakfast, lunch and dinner service last week — the space was deliberately brightened with new paint and the introduction of natural light.

Pittmaster love

Deckle Smokehouse BBQ brings central Texas brisket and its inventive menu to Edmond.
Growing up in central Texas, Andrew Liu said that he had little choice in the matter when it came to barbecue.

FIRST LOOK: Ludivine to relocate to high-profile NW 10th Street address

Work has started to relocate the ever-popular Ludivine restaurant a few blocks away, from its current location at 805 N Hudson Ave. to a more visible location on NW 10th Street which will directly front the new streetcar route when it starts to roll later this year. Proprietor Russ Johnson, who also operates R&J Supper Club in the same building, said the two operations will remain distinct, with completely separate menus and kitchens.

Doughnut duo

Sweet Mini’s Donut Company adds the Poke Loco concept, a combination that diversifies its customer base.
At first glance, the combination of hot, fried mini doughnuts and raw, fresh fish might create cognitive dissonance, but owner John Shelton knows it is merely a way to accentuate an already-popular food trend with another.

Dual identity

With a new Britton Road location, Mamaveca showcases Peruvian and Mexican food.
The sign outside Mamaveca Mexican and Peruvian Restaurant at its 2925 W. Britton Road location only tells half the story.

Bar work

With mid-century modern flair, Eatery & Cocktail Office @ The Union offers three bars and a full-service kitchen.
As the craft cocktail scene has exploded over the last decade, it has become fashionable for all types of cocktail-themed bars across the country to add “speakeasy” to their names, harkening to a time when spirits had to be consumed in clandestine fashion.

Trendy hops

Innovation is the focus of Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit as the state’s industry celebrates growth.
When Oak & Ore owner Micah Andrews hosted the inaugural Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit at his Plaza District gastropub in 2016, the intention was to get the word out about the needs of Oklahoma’s nascent craft beer industry to the general public and legislators.

Broiler expansion

As Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler approaches its golden anniversary, expansion is on tap.
With the recent opening of a Moore location, Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler is undergoing an expansion and renovation phase that ownership hopes to finish by the Oklahoma City institution’s golden anniversary in 2021. 

Midtown addition

Commonplace Books expands with the opening of its kitchen.
Between bites of a meal, a person gets up from a seat at a kitchen counter and flips the Black Keys album Attack & Release on the nearby record turntable. 

International lifeline

Oklahoma’s only Brazilian market and cafe makes its home in Moore.
Growing up the daughter of Christian missionaries in Brazil, Cindy Combs would come to Oklahoma to visit her mother’s family in Oklahoma while her parents raised funds for humanitarian efforts in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.

Community connections

The first Black Foodie Summit offers free food and the opportunity to mingle.
Connecting Oklahoma City’s expanding food scene has been on Apollo Woods’ mind since he moved back to Oklahoma in 2016 after two decades away.

Fresh dough

Veteran restaurateurs collaborate on by-the-slice Wheelhouse Pizza Kitchen.
Oklahoma City’s robust independent pizza market received a new addition from some of the city’s most experienced restaurateurs with the opening of Wheelhouse Pizza Kitchen at 11109 N. May Ave. at the end of June.

New Leaf

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt expands hours and offerings with Humble Donut Co.
Oklahoma City-based Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is one of the most successful frozen yogurt chains in the country with more than 200 locations across the nation.

Lactose-free

Just Desserts OKC offers non-dairy ice cream that fools its customers.
There is no quantifying statement made by the term “ice cream” at the Just Desserts food trailer as it sets up shop at its permanent weekend location at the corner of Western Avenue and 47th Street by design.

Convenience price

Approaching law changes have liquor stores bracing for increased competition and decreased suppliers.
When State Question 792 passed with an overwhelming 65 percent of the vote in October 2016, many Oklahomans celebrated the opportunity to buy full-strength beer and wine at grocery and convenience stores.

Fresh passion

Serving fresh half-pound burgers in an unlikely location connected to a gas station, Lip Smackers Restaurant is picking up word-of-mouth buzz.
The sign hanging outside Lip Smackers Restaurant includes the phrase “cooking with passion and love,” and it’s something that owner Jabbar Chaibainou takes to heart.

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