OKG Eat: 7 new restaurants 

Oklahoma City is getting wild with a slew of gnu restaurants. Where they are getting these gnus is a mystery, but there must be a surplus because there are a bunch of them. Oh. Hold on. New restaurants. Not gnu. (Stupid Hooked on Phonics lessons never covered homophones.) Anyway, here are a bunch of recently opened restaurants you might want to give a try. We’re not sure if any of them are serving gnu.

— by Greg Elwell, photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck

Hidalgo's Parrilla at Hidalgo's in Edmond, May 20, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Hidalgo's Parrilla at Hidalgo's in Edmond, May 20, 2015.

Hidalgo’s Cocina & Cantina

200 S. Santa Fe Ave., Edmond

hidalgosrestaurant.com

285-2424

The only thing bigger than the portions at Hidalgo’s are the smiles. Tucked into the corner of an Edmond shopping center, this Mexican and pan-Latin restaurant is filled to the brim with happy, helpful servers and a variety of tasty dishes. Want to try some of everything? Check out the parrilla piled high with beef, chicken, shrimp, pork, Argentinian chorizo and veggies.

Fuze Buffet & Bar in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 21, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Fuze Buffet & Bar in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Fuze Buffet & Bar

6512 Northwest Expressway

letseat.at/fuze-buffet-bar

603-8668

There’s big. There’s bigger. And there’s Fuze, which is a buffet that feels like it was plucked out of Las Vegas and dropped in OKC. What are you hungry for? Mexican? Sushi? Stir-fry? Burgers? Steak? Barbecue? From noodles to sandwiches, salads and cocktails, this buffet has it all. So if you leave hungry, that’s on you, man.

Black Raven Pub co-owner, Bryan Newport, draws a Guiness at the Choctaw Irish pub.  mh
  • Black Raven Pub co-owner, Bryan Newport, draws a Guiness at the Choctaw Irish pub. mh

The Black Raven

14471 NE 23rd St., Choctaw

theblackravenpub.com

390-1400

What is an Irish pub doing in Choctaw? A better question is, What are you doing in Choctaw? And the answer should be, Going to The Black Raven for Irish delicacies like Guinness beef stew, shepherd’s pie or the Raven Burger with Guinness cheddar. Best of all, this fun, homey bar is replete with great service and a welcoming atmosphere.

Two guys enjoy their lunch at Maya Latin Cuisine recently.  mh
  • Two guys enjoy their lunch at Maya Latin Cuisine recently. mh

Maya Latin Cuisine

3929 N. College Ave., Bethany

facebook.com/mayalatincuisine

470-4497

South America comes to Bethany with Maya Latin Cuisine. More than your usual Mexican restaurant, this new eatery serves intriguing dishes like Crepas Maya (three chicken-filled crepes) and carne a la Tampiquena with grilled flank steak and chilaquiles. And if you somehow have room for dessert, Maya serves a traditional homemade rice pudding.

Yes, they have wine and they have beer, and food too, at Land Run Grill & Wine Bar.  mh
  • Yes, they have wine and they have beer, and food too, at Land Run Grill & Wine Bar. mh

Land Run Grill and Wine Bar

1400 SE 12th Ave. Suite 348, Norman

310-2370

It’s not a requirement to arrive at Land Run in a covered wagon, but you might want to bring a crowd to explore this mighty menu. It’s eclectic, which means there’s a little something for everyone. One order that stands out is the “hog wings.” These pork shanks come covered in tender, tasty meat and are served with sweet Thai chili sauce or barbecue sauce.

Left, Cuu Le and Thuy Tran with Bun thit nuong cha gio, at Gia Gia Vietnamese Restaurant.  mh
  • Left, Cuu Le and Thuy Tran with Bun thit nuong cha gio, at Gia Gia Vietnamese Restaurant. mh

GiaGia Vietnamese Family Restaurant

2624 N. Classen Blvd.

facebook.com/giagiarestaurant

602-5095

Our city has no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants, but the more the merrier if you’re talking about outstanding food like GiaGia. Hidden away on Classen, this family-run business serves all the greatest hits (like pho and glass noodle pork) and plenty of new favorites. If you haven’t tried congee — a savory Vietnamese rice porridge — now is your chance.

Chocolate Waffle at Bonjour in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 21, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Chocolate Waffle at Bonjour in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Bonjour

3705 W. Memorial Road, Suite 707

twitter.com/bonjourcafeokc

286-9172

Hi! Greetings! Howdy! Bonjour will have you saying, “Hello, gorgeous,” to a big plate of crab cake Benedict with crispy potatoes. Led by chef Vuong Nguyen, Bonjour has impeccable credentials and has already racked up a stable of loyal customers. But when you’re serving chocolate waffles covered in fruit, toffee and whipped cream, it’s not like anyone will be leaving unhappy.

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