Gazedibles: Happy places 

Breathe in. Breathe out. The holidays are on their way, and that means cooking, getting the house ready for company and trying to find the perfect gifts for your perfect and not-so-perfect family and friends. All of that can be a little stressful, so try these eateries when you need a little peace and quiet.

By Greg Elwell

Photos Garett Fisbeck and Gazette file

click to enlarge The layout of Coffee Slingers during late morning recently.  mh
  • The layout of Coffee Slingers during late morning recently. mh

Coffee Slingers Roasters

1015 N. Broadway Ave.

coffeeslingers.com

405-609-1662

Don’t worry; it’s only called Coffee Slingers because Coffee Politely-Served-to-Happy-Customers is a little too long for the sign. Drinks are served in a timely manner, but nobody is slinging anything. It’s actually pretty sedate for a shop that mainly traffics in caffeinated beverages. The coffee is roasted in-house and tastes wonderful. The baristas are friendly and efficient. And if the drink revives your gift-buying prowess, quirky Urbane Home & Lifestyle is right next door.

click to enlarge 10 oz. Prime Filet with bacon green beans and glazed carrots at Ranch Steakhouse in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • 10 oz. Prime Filet with bacon green beans and glazed carrots at Ranch Steakhouse in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Ranch Steakhouse

3000 W. Britton Road

ranchsteakhouse.com

405-755-3501

Find a babysitter for the kids and put on your cocktail attire for an night of fine dining at Ranch Steakhouse. The moodily lit interior envelops diners in calming elegance. Steak is the restaurant’s specialty, but don’t overlook the selection of seafood, including pan-seared scallops with crabmeat, orzo and a habanero vinaigrette.

click to enlarge Sashimi variety at Saii Bistro & Sushi Bar in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Sashimi variety at Saii Bistro & Sushi Bar in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.

Saii Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

6900 N. May Ave.

saiiasianbistro.com

405-702-7244

Saii Asian Bistro isn’t a sleepy little sushi bar — it gets plenty busy. The unique design of the restaurant includes some twists and turns to provide guests with hidden alcoves for a relaxing lunch or dinner. Try Saii’s Tuna Bomb roll (tempura-fried roll filled with crab mix, jalapeño and avocado and topped with fresh spicy tuna) or a ginger garlic shrimp sizzling stone pot.

click to enlarge The Drake, 519 NW 23rd, prepares to open.  mh
  • The Drake, 519 NW 23rd, prepares to open. mh

The Drake Seafood and Oysterette

519 NW 23rd St.

thedrakeokc.com

405-605-3399

The pace of The Drake’s bar is a little quicker than the rest of the venue, thanks to $2 oysters at the bar top. This seafood lover’s paradise is where you’ll find one of the most laid-back vibes on NW 23rd Street. The round booths with raised walls make guests feel like they’re in a happy cocoon that helps deflect noise that might otherwise intrude. If you hear a hum, it’s probably just the sound you’re making as you try the Lemon Cloud Pie.

click to enlarge ?Cece Otero makes coffee at Okay Yeah Co., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • ?Cece Otero makes coffee at Okay Yeah Co., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.

Okay Yeah Co. Coffee & Eatery

705 W. Sheridan Ave.

facebook.com/okayyeahco

405-652-1322

It’s easy to say yes at Okay Yeah Co. Coffee & Eatery in The Plant Shoppe on Film Row. Do you want an apricot hand tart? Certainly. Would you care for a caprese salad? Affirmative. Can I get you a Breve Bomb, which is a layered drink of half-and-half, your choice of Okay Yeah’s house-made syrups and espresso on top? Yes, yes, yes.

click to enlarge Co-owner Mimi Younis holds the Queen of Sheba Mesob Dish sitting in the traditional Ethiopian dining room-from top left and clockwise potaoes and carrots, green beans and carrots, salad, beef kawatt, chickpea, lamb, salad, lentil. Chicken in the middle. All on top of Qutenga, fried Injera lightly buttered and spiced. Photo/Shannon Cornman - SHANNON CORNMAN
  • Shannon Cornman
  • Co-owner Mimi Younis holds the Queen of Sheba Mesob Dish sitting in the traditional Ethiopian dining room-from top left and clockwise potaoes and carrots, green beans and carrots, salad, beef kawatt, chickpea, lamb, salad, lentil. Chicken in the middle. All on top of Qutenga, fried Injera lightly buttered and spiced. Photo/Shannon Cornman

Queen of Sheba

2308 N. MacArthur Blvd.

405-606-8616

Get ready for an experience in communal dining. There’s no need to raise your voice at Queen of Sheba, where customers gather around giant plates of Ethiopian watt — stews made with chicken, beef, lamb or vegetables — to pinch up bites with soft, slightly sour injera bread. Ideal for vegetarians and omnivores alike, the heavily spiced menu items are generally pretty mild in terms of heat. Check out the generous sampler platters to give everyone at the table the full Ethiopian experience.

click to enlarge Cafe Oasis serves Taro Tea with Boba chilled over ice on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in Oklahoma City. - EMMY VERDIN
  • Emmy Verdin
  • Cafe Oasis serves Taro Tea with Boba chilled over ice on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in Oklahoma City.

Cafe Oasis

1135 NW 25th St.

cafeoasisoklahomacity.com

405-528-5700

After shopping at the busy Super Cao Nguyen Asian grocery store, sneak next door and up the stairs to find a hidden refuge at Cafe Oasis. This tiny eatery is best known for glasses of sweet bubble tea with chewy balls of tapioca at the bottom and decadent avocado and coconut smoothies, but the cooked menu is fabulous, too. Special attention should be paid to the noodle dishes, especially the curry and chili paste spice combo in the tasty Singapore noodles.

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