Restorative Deli

The Brown Bag Deli is still serving the same excellent quality that has made it popular since 1978, but the building is for sale.
From its etymology, the word “restaurant” literally means “that which restores.” Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson is fond of saying the word means “to restore a community.”

Soul expansion

Taste of Soul takes its giant egg roll concept to Del City with a drive-thru window.
The journey from food truck to brick-and-mortar restaurant was already a successful one for Taste of Soul owners Cerese and Ricki Bly, but it has only gotten stronger as the brand opened a new storefront in Del City and expanded its chicken and waffles concept into Kansas.

Salad days

As Coolgreens expands its regional footprint, it’s still providing healthy options with customer service in mind.
Coolgreens is the latest Oklahoma City-based restaurant concept to expand its wings regionally, joining the likes of Orange Leaf frozen yogurt and some of Hal Smith Restaurant Group’s most popular brands by pushing not only into Texas but also Nebraska and as far away as the Boston area.

Chicago mild

Utilizing Chicago’s famous mild sauce, Tez Wings draws crowds for its lemon pepper wings, catfish and shrimp.

Fairest foods

Taste of a Fair showcases some of the top indulgent foods available at this year’s Oklahoma State Fair.
For the second consecutive year, I put my heart on the line for journalism’s sake by judging 15 items for the Great Taste of a Fair competition at Oklahoma State Fair, which is open to the public today through Sept. 22.

Capitol comfort

Restaurante Los Artesanos might be humble, but it packs great care and flavor into a small space.
A common good review for a restaurant often says, “It’s so good that it tastes like grandma made it.” What if you were able to sit down in an intimate dining room where a pair of mothers painstakingly prepared your order from scratch?

Communal culinary

As Social Deck + Dining builds its customer base in its first year, it is delivering well-executed, high-quality ingredients.
Since opening Social Deck + Dining in the former Chae Modern Korean space, 1933 NW 23rd St., last December, owners Jordan and Jamie Winteroth are still very much in the perilous first year of a restaurant.

Nuevo Huevo

El Huevo Mexi-Diner bolsters Hal Smith Restaurant Group’s growing breakfast brand.
Hal Smith Restaurants has hit its stride with breakfast concepts.

Plant-powered

S&B’s Burger Joint finds success with an expanded plant-based menu at its original location.

Sustainable seafood

After stumbling out of the gate, Slapfish finds its footing in Nichols Hills.

Craft pizzeria

With quality ingredient and service, Birra Birra delivers top-shelf pizza.

Surprise tacos

Perez Truck’s brick-and-mortar location expands on excellent offerings from its mobile kitchen.
For Oklahoma Gazette’s annual summer guide, I set out on the delicious but arduous task of trying to document taco trucks with permanent or semi-permanent locations in the metro area.

Comfort Orchard

Celebrating 45 years, Olde Orchard in Bethany delivers from-scratch comfort food and terrific pie.

Honduran grill

Fonda K-Tracha is a Honduran meal for any occasion with all-day breakfast and dinner seven days per week.

Corporate rebrand

Schlotzsky’s plays the hits even as it becomes “Austin Eatery” but adds sweet sliders, flatbreads and brisket.

Anytime brunch

Chae Cafe & Eatery vastly improves on the food in its departure from the All About Cha chain.

Starlite surprise

Ned’s Starlite Lounge offers unique décor with a well-executed menu of modern and throwback comfort food.

Salvadoran specialty

El Majahual serves up Oklahoma City’s best pupusas.

Nichols perspective

En Croûte and St. Mark’s Chop Room & Bar benefit from new direction under chef Kevin Ward.

Midtown move

Ludivine feels at home in its new midcentury modern location in the heart of Midtown.

Memorial Mediterranean

Hummus Mediterranean Cafe’s eponymous dish lives up to its top billing at its new second location.

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