Gazedibles: Garlic glory 

April is national garlic month. These seven restaurants have dishes that will help you celebrate the month and make sure your breath smells great.

By Jacob Threadgill with photos by Alexa Ace, Gazette / file and provided

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Tamashii Ramen House
321 NW Eighth St.
tamashiiokc.com | 405-517-0707

This Midtown favorite is a garlic lover’s dream. Its garlic fried rice is served in a sizzling pan with garlic butter, eggs and green onion, and it’s the perfect dish to pair with a meal and share with a dining partner. The tonkotsu garlic ramen includes four types of garlic: fresh, roasted, fried and black garlic oil.  The Edmond Tamashii location opened late last year.

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Kwan’s Kitchen
3031 W. Memorial Road
kwans.kitchen | 405-607-8838

The appetizer at Kwan’s Kitchen is battered and deep-fried before being finished in a wok with butter, garlic and house seasoning for a perfect start to the meal. Order some of the chicken-fried rice with black truffle and black garlic to keep the theme rolling and get a side of crispy eggplant in plum sauce that is finished with scallions and garlic flakes for the perfect garlic-themed meal.

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Garage Burgers & Beer
1117 N. Robinson Ave.
eatatthegarage.com | 405-602-6880

You can go garlic to the extreme at Garage by ordering a side of garlic Parmesan truffle fries with a side of garlic aioli that will provide enough garlic to ward off any nearby vampires. The mushroom Swiss burger includes the garlic aioli so you can have a fully garlic-infused meal.

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Yummy Mummy
13415 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
yummymummyok.com | 405-752-6055

The menu at Yummy Mummy is streamlined and tasty. Choose from wraps, salads and a few entrees like the inventive Egyptian quesadilla or fatta, which is marinated beef or chicken with crispy pita bits on jasmine rice with a creamy garlic sauce that packs a decent punch. The garlic sauce is available with tahini and mint yogurt sauce to dip fries or falafel at your leisure.

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Hideaway Pizza
5022 N. Western Ave.
hideawaypizza.com | 405-840-4777

Garlic knots are the perfect starter at this Oklahoma-born classic chain. An order of six tasty and warm garlic knots are covered in Parmesan and herbs and served with marinara. You can also add roasted garlic to a build-your-own pizza or get the specialty Capone or chicken Florentine pizzas, which include it as a topping. A garlic glaze on the crust is also optional.

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Vito’s Ristorante
7521 N. May Ave.
vitosokc.com | 405-848-4867

Every meal at Vito’s starts with fresh bread and some of owner Cathy Cummings’ famous garlic dipping oil. Of course, there is lots of garlic showcased in many of the sauces at Vito’s, but if you really want to show it off, order the shrimp scampi or spedini, shrimp served over sachetini pasta with a red pepper cream sauce topped with sautéed garlic.

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St. Mark’s Chop Room & Bar
6462 Avondale Drive, Nichols Hills
stmarkschoproom.com | 405-848-6200

When roasted, garlic takes on sweet notes that allow it to be eaten almost like candy while still retaining that signature flavor. The wagyu beef at St. Mark’s Chop Room is perfectly seared in a cast-iron skillet for a crispy exterior and your preferred temperature in the middle. Instead of ordering a well-done steak with ketchup like a child, smear some roasted garlic on a rib-eye for a fantastic bite.

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