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Othello’s Italian Restaurant
434 Buchanan, Norman 701-4900

If you have a hankering for Italian while in the Norman area, do try Othello’s. The owners of the Edmond Othello’s now own this one, too. There are lots of customercreated dishes on its menu, and its original decor has not changed one bit. One word that sums it all up is: energy. Be advised: Othello’s is open Sunday with half-price pizza. 

$$$ Italian


Asian Eternity
6161 N. May 810-1198

There are scores of Asian restaurants in Oklahoma where the decor is simple and the dishes budget-priced. One such is Asian Eternity, and when you eat there you never have to cook — or do the dishes. There is an Asian buffet with traditional Chinese fare, including seafood, chicken, beef and barbecue, plus a nice selection of sushi. The establishment opens daily at 11 a.m.

$$ Asian


Brandon’s Gyro Cafe
3524 N. MacArthur, Warr Acres 601-2111

The gyro, a most popular Greek specialty item, is made of minced lamb that is molded around a spit and roasted vertically. Brandon’s opened eight months ago and is offering ham and turkey sandwiches, wings, chicken strips and carryout, too. Chancing upon a place like Brandon’s Gyro Cafe is certainly one of the delights of urban exploration.

$$ Gyros


La Pho Asian & American Cuisines

13520 N. Eastern, Edmond 286-9384

Open
since late May, this chic restaurant with a split personality not only
features the creative food of Vietnam, but American specialties, as
well. It has beef noodle soup and rice dishes, along with grilled
salmon, oriental chicken salad and shish kebab. Finish with a dish of
its fried bananas and ice cream.

$$ Asian/American


Tucker’s Onion Burgers
324 N.W. 23rd 609-2333

Aiming
for an opening in mid-September (or perhaps sooner), chef Robert Black
keeps on rollin’ with classic, juicy onion burgers plus something for
vegetarians. Black has added a nice vegetarian salad and also (here’s a
scoop) a turkey-onion burger for those who shy away from red meat. It is
the latest addition for A Good Egg Dining Group, and all their efforts
produce wonderful results.

$$ Onion Burgers


Jemz Cupcakes

2201 W. Main, Norman 364-5369

Jemz
(get it?) has been creating cupcakes since February and in the fall
will perhaps offer pies and fudge. Owner Kim Adams bakes an inviting red
velvet cupcake, or try another named the Strawberry Patch. However, the
best among the delicate confections is named the Smooth Criminal with
chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate ganache. All are made from prize
recipes.

$$ Baked Goods


Hideaway Pizza

901 N. Broadway 796-7777

In
the middle of Automobile Alley, the newest Hideaway swung open its doors
in early August in what was formerly CD Warehouse. “We have (a) bunch
of new pizzas, such as the Big Jim Sicilian with red sauce on top or the
Totally Truffle done with a garlic glaze and truffle oil. We are
selling an enormous amount of pasta dishes, too.” Those are words from
its enthusiastic manager Randy Carlson.

$$ Pizza and More

—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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