Gazedibles: Date night

Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so it is  likely that many restaurants are already booked up that day, but it is always worth a shot. Even if you aren’t celebrating on the 14th, these seven restaurants make a great date night any day of the year.

Gazedibles: Tater time

February is designated Potato Lovers’ Month, and Feb. 2 is National Tater Tot day. Celebrate with seven unique interpretations of the humble potato.

Gazedibles: Seeking heat

Are you something of a heat seeker? This is your week to rejoice, as Thursday is International Hot and Spicy Food Day.

Gazedibles: Bean counter

The humble bean should get more respect than being a punchline for making you “toot.” Full of protein and heart-healthy fiber, it’s one of the most important foods for staying healthy and active. These seven restaurants showcase the versatility of beans.

Gazedibles: Trendsetting

The ability to connect with sustainable and local products is becoming more and more important for conscientious diners. Trends point to more restaurants offering mindfully sourced products.

Gazedibles: Bounty of bubbles

Whether it’s technically champagne or sparkling wine, there’s no better way to celebrate the upcoming new year and the revelatory spirit of the holiday season than a glass (or bottle) of some bubbly. These seven spots have plenty of bubbly options.

Gazedibles: Season’s greetings

Even though modern technology allows most ingredients to be available year-round, there’s nothing like eating products that are in season, and that can be difficult during winter months. These seven dishes highlight seasonal ingredients.

Gazedibles: Warm up

December is when the cold really starts to set in, and the idea of facing a few months of the cold can be tough, but luckily we’ve got food to give you company. These seven restaurants have dishes that will fill you up and warm your soul.

Gazedibles: Cookie jar

Keep your cookie jar well-stocked this holiday season in advance of Santa’s arrival with inventive and comforting selections from these seven establishments. By Jacob Threadgill with provided and Gazette / file photos

Gazedibles: Holiday cleanse

It can be easy just to let things go between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Avoid overdoing it during the holidays by enjoying a healthy option at one of these restaurants.

Gazedibles: Holiday showcases

With visitors coming to town for the holidays, you want to show off the best the city has to offer. Check out some of these new restaurants or ones that offer a unique experience that will impress people for the first time or highlight how much the city has changed since they left.

Gazedibles: Window service

Saturday is National Fast Food Day, but instead of supporting international conglomerates, you can get fresh food through your car window at a lot of local restaurants. By Jacob Threadgill with provided and Gazette / file photos

Gazedibles: Gut check

A healthy gut can eliminate all types of health problems. A key to getting your insides in order is to consume healthy types of bacteria, also known as probiotics, but it doesn’t have to be a chore.

Gazedibles: Sandwich celebration

Sunday is National Sandwich Day. There’s no reason to wait until the weekend to get a jump on celebrating the day that can easily be applied to every day at these seven locations.

Gazedibles: Pumpkin spiced

Pumpkin spice is traditionally a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clover and allspice, depending on the recipe. Of course, every establishment has its own take on the mixture.

Gazedibles: 40 strong

In honor of Oklahoma Gazette’s 40th anniversary, we’re giving a shoutout to some of the restaurants that were open in 1979 and remain open to this day. This isn’t a comprehensive list, but they do us proud.

Gazedibles: Cajun favorites

Oklahoma City has received a handful of new Cajun and Creole-style restaurants in recent years that complement the likes of longtime favorite Cajun King. Here are seven new and old Cajun concepts.

Gazedibles: Fresh noods

Noodles can be found in a variety of cuisine, so we’re highlighting some of our favorite places to enjoy pasta, which now include some expanded choices for fresh options. By Jacob Threadgill with Gazette / file and provided photos

Gazedibles: Fresh links

Whether you’re watching the big game or in the mood for some smoked meat, the best way to enjoy it is with a fresh, in-house smoked sausage. These seven places are making their own sausage for you try or bring home and cook on your own.

Gazedibles: Fall favorites

Fall is just around the corner, which means that it will actually start to cool down. By embracing seasonal ingredients like squash and heavier items, we can all enjoy watching the leaves change with full stomachs.

Gazedibles: Chicken craze

These seven locally owned restaurants will keep your hard-earned dollars in the community, and you’ll be able to get a tasty chicken sandwich on Sundays and not have to worry about whether the supply is going to run out. By Jacob Threadgill with photos provided

Rice revelry

September is National Rice Month in the U.S. Rice is not native to this country, so why not celebrate it with food from countries that do it the best? By Jacob Threadgill with photo provided and Gazette / file

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