Nostalgia-proof

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant is one of Oklahoma City’s oldest sushi options, and it’s still delivering the hits with an expanding menu.
The tinge of nostalgia can taint memories for better and worse.

Pollo de Guatemala

Oklahoma’s first Pollo Campero delivers unique flavor in a crowded fried chicken market.
For millions of people in Central America, the sight of an orange box filled with crispy fried chicken from Pollo Campero produces the same feeling as a container with the golden arches in the United States.

Sweet brunch

Oklahoma City’s version of syrup. leans heavily on the sweet side of brunch.
More than just a place for good coffee and a sweet breakfast, syrup.

Shooting food

4U Café offers burgers, sandwiches and salads in an uncommon setting.
Located inside H&H Shooting Sports with its 90,000 square feet and 61 shooting lanes — possibly Oklahoma’s largest selection of firearms in the state — is a quaint from-scratch kitchen, 4U Café.

Burger boom

Texas chain Hopdoddy opens two locations in the OKC metro.
As regional director of operations in charge of new restaurant openings for Austin-based Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Damon Biggins has had a very busy 2018 as the gourmet burger purveyor continues its fast-paced expansion.

Honduran flavor

Mi Tierra offers a delicious taste of Central American food not found elsewhere in the city.
As I’m driving around Oklahoma City, I’m always looking for small and unassuming restaurants because not everyone can afford over-the-top marketing efforts.

Fieri effect

Parlaying a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives appearance into nationwide success, Metro Diner is a passable classic diner but a fun hedonistic adventure.
The Fieri effect is a very real thing, and we’re all living in a post-Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives world.

Family affair

At its new location, El Fogón de Edgar dishes out Colombian food handled with care.
Edgar Devia moved to Oklahoma City 20 years ago from Bogotá, Colombia, in search of a better life for his family.

Fishing expedition

As Oklahoma City diversifies its Japanese offerings, Shawn’s Sushi struggles to keep up.
It might come as a surprise, but the case can be made that sushi is now more popular in the United States than it is in Japan.

GOP burger

At Little Mike’s, onion burgers are served with a side of conservative political humor
With endorsements from U.S. Rep. Steve Russell (R-Oklahoma City), Tulsa businessman and Republican runoff candidate for governor Kevin Stitt and U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Oklahoma City), Mike Laham could potentially run for office.

Line up

L&G’s on the Blvd delivers a Southern comfort buffet and a tough-to-beat price point.
There are few activities that make me happier than finding a good meal in an unexpected location.

Decade strong

With fresh ingredients and loyal customers, Grill on the Hill watches as Capitol Hill grows.
Nestled at the top of Commerce Street, Grill on the Hill celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year and has watched as the historic neighborhood has begun to revitalize around it.

Neighborhood legacy

Ray’s Café honors its late owner with affordable meals and Persian food.
As Shermin Khazaeli and Reza “Ray” Moeeni began a long-distance relationship between Oklahoma City and Tehran, Iran, in 2009, many of the “dates” occurred over Skype as Moeeni introduced Khazaeli to many of the regular customers at his restaurant, Ray’s Café, 2727 NW 50th St.

Santa Fe dreaming

If you’re craving New Mexican food, just drive to Yukon’s Green Chile Kitchen.
My very first meal in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has lingered in my memory for nearly two decades.

Hidden delight

Tandoor delivers delicious Indian dishes while connected to a truck stop.
Some of the best food of my life has been eaten in a gas station.

Okie Cajun

Cajun Corner isn’t trying to be truly authentic, and it delivers well-seasoned seafood in a fast-casual concept.
The children of Vietnamese refugees, Nam and Rick Nguyen were born in Beaumont, Texas, where their family found their footing in the shrimp boat industry.

Venerable choice

Choice Cafe delivers good food in a warm environment despite an exterior that connotes speed and convenience.
We’ve probably all heard the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” so many times that we judge anyone who uses it.

Solid foundation

Menu staples of burgers and grilled cheese anchor Hopscotch in its first-year transition.
Hopscotch is a game that crosses generations.

Little fire

The Paseo benefits from El Fogoncito, but it doesn’t quite hold up to early experiences.
In the discussion of factors that influence housing prices, easy access to a quality taqueria should go right up there with the quality of the education system and crime rates.

Fore-course meal

The Golf Club Diner at Lake Hefner Golf Club is one of the best deals in the city.
The question you’re more likely to get at the restaurant with the best eggs Benedict and hamburger deals in town isn’t “Do you want fries with that?” It’s “How’d you shoot today?”

Chile-roasted

Chile Pepper Café delivers memorable queso and vegetarian rolled tacos.
The smell of roasted peppers and smoked brisket permeates the air inside Chile Pepper Café, which should be a recipe for success, but according to owner Debra Haney, people have had trouble locating the restaurant tucked inside of a shopping center near the border between north Oklahoma City and Edmond.

Fork-free dining

Oklahoma’s first Ethiopian restaurant still delivers a flavorful communal dining experience.
In some ways, teff flour is a magical ingredient.

Chef-inspired Tex-Mex

Iguana Mexican Grill showcases the benefit of last year’s renovation and refocused menu.
Iguana Mexican Grill has been a serving Tex-Mex in Oklahoma City since opening at its original Western Avenue location from 1999 to 2004 as Iguana Lounge before opening in Automobile Alley, 9 NW Ninth St., in 2008 under its current name.

Soul comfort

Vesa’s Soul Food delivers comfort food worthy of a heart-eyes emoji.
Travessa Burge always enjoyed cooking the recipes she learned while growing up in New Orleans for family and friends in Oklahoma City.

Solid slice

Back on solid ground, Falcone’s pizza by-the-slice is worth a visit.
Falcone’s Pizzeria is a case study in the pitfalls of rapid expansion.

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