Soul provider

Oklasoul Cafe provides a rotating menu of options with plenty of sweet treats.
The soul at the heart of Oklasoul Cafe doesn’t mean soul food.

Daiquiri Vibes

Good Times & Great Vibes offers a twist on frozen daiquiris, as its wine-based drinks are topped with candy or available to-go.
A strong bond between longtime friends brings a jubilant taste of the South with colorful wine-based daiquiris to Oklahoma at Good Times & Great Vibes.

No fryer zone

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe stakes its claim for healthy options by making more than 100 items in-house.
Providing healthy options has been important for Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe since it was founded in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1997.

Cheesesteak commitment

Philly Homa, which is accumulating lunchtime lines, gets its bread and steak shipped from Philadelphia.
A commitment to serving Philly cheesesteaks like those found in Philadelphia has led to breakout success for Philly Homa after just a few months in business and has already set the groundwork for expansion.

Food Issue: Building community

A monthlong celebration of black-owned restaurants will create awareness and track economic impact.
In honor of Black History Month, OKC Black Eats has organized a selection of black-owned restaurants in the Oklahoma City metro area together for a monthlong celebration designed to build community and study economic development. Apollo Woods founded OKC Black Eats in 2017 and has watched the marketing organization grow in the intervening years so much that it has become his full-time job.

Panda-style

Panda Grill draws fans with its fresh burgers, fries, customer-favorite chicken teriyaki and its own special bread.
Since opening in 2016, Panda Grill has generated a huge following thanks to its commitment to providing fresh food in large portions.

Learn and chill

Play Cafe allows kids to learn and have fun while parents relax with healthy food and even booze.
With a menu featuring items like avocado toast and grain bowls inside a modern and clean aesthetic, Play Cafe, 610 NW 23rd St., at first glance might be the next casual, comforting cafe to open in Uptown 23rd District.

Ode to meatloaf

Area chefs compete in a meatloaf challenge that sets the stage for a public event this spring.
Besides fruitcake, I can’t think of a more derided food item at the butt of jokes in popular culture than meatloaf, but I’m a fan of the savory loaf.

Fresh choice

Ichiban Sushi Bar & Poke offers diners a choice of fast-casual poke bowls or sit-down service with sushi and a hibachi grill.
Along S. MacArthur Boulevard and just off Interstate 40 is a sea of big-box retail outlets and franchise chain restaurants, but at 6308 SW Third St., Ichiban Sushi Bar & Poke offers local ownership as fresh as the fish it serves.

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.

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