Naan rising

Naan Cuisine of India delivers with south Indian dishes in the old Ajanta location.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Naan Cuisine of India has been reborn at the former Ajanta Cuisine of India location and quickly become a hit in the Oklahoma City Indian community for providing dishes from the southern part of the country.

ALCOHOLMANAC Bricktown boost

Bricktown Brewery’s classic beers receive higher ABV, and retail distribution on horizon.
Bricktown Brewery is Oklahoma City’s oldest brewery, having been in business for over 25 years.

Fresh take

Magasin Table offers a new take on Vietnamese classics at 8th Street Market.
There are some days when pho is the only thing that will satisfy a craving, especially when it is as cold as it has been in the Oklahoma City area in the past week.

Cajun taste

Locally owned franchise Sam’s Southern Eatery delivers good shrimp and oysters at an affordable price.
When in doubt, follow the crowd of customers.

Deli delight

With a strawberry cake that can send you back in time and huge sandwiches, ND Foods is a unique experience.
ND Foods operated at its 50th Street and Western Avenue location for 14 years before moving to its current location on Britton Road in The Village in 2008, but the recipe for success has remained the same: serving classics done right with deli sandwiches made with premium quality meat.

Uptown misstep

Alley Café isn’t as bad as its low Yelp scores, but it’s a misuse of one of the city’s best locations.
Alley Café opened in August last year in the heart of the trendiest part of Uptown 23rd District, and it’s almost an act of cognitive dissonance as you drive and see it positioned between The Drake Seafood & Oysterette and Bunker Club.

Buffet quest

Italian Express offers downtown an affordable and fresh buffet experience.
In 1992, Pizza Hut installed all-you-can-eat buffets in 2,000 of its restaurants across the country.

Gourmet diner

Located in a vintage diner, Polk’s House delivers its mission of providing gourmet food at affordable prices.
The white building at the corner of 23rd Street and Lottie Avenue once housed a diner, but it had long been forgotten when husband-and-wife duo James and Shacopie Polk decided to renovate the space and pursue their dream of owning their own restaurant.

Seafood staple

Pearl’s Oyster Bar is an Oklahoma City institution that delivers on its Cajun roots and speedy lunch but hits a few bumps outside its comfort zone.
Since moving to Oklahoma City from Mississippi last year, I’ve been on a quest to find a great version of étouffée. I’ve previously had solid, but not-exactly-what-I-was-searching-for experiences at Brent’s Cajun Kitchen and Cajun Corner in this review space.

Corner comfort

Edmond’s Bistro Twenty Two does a lot with a small space.
It is not often that you find a restaurant space that feels like home the first time you walk through its door.

Vegetarian momentum

The Loaded Bowl excels in vegan comfort food that is the perfect entry point to a plant-based diet for Oklahomans.
It makes sense that Oklahoma City’s only 100 percent vegan brick-and-mortar restaurant open for dinner specializes in comfort food.

Shiny Scratch

Scratch in the Paseo Arts District serves up food all day but shines during dinner service.
For me, there are two schools of thought: old Paseo and new Paseo.

Biscuit bout

How do standalone biscuit concepts HunnyBunny and Buttermilk compare to each other?
After spending the last decade and a half in Mississippi and Oklahoma, I’ve taken it for granted that you can find a flaky buttermilk biscuit at most hole-in-the-wall cafes or breakfast spots.

Community grill

Ice Event Center and Grill offers a variety of entertainment and affordable food.
Fried catfish and chicken wings are the reason Ice Event Center and Grill became successful, but it has been elevated in recent years by focusing on becoming community space for Oklahoma City’s African-American community, according to co-owner Marc Flemon.

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.

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