Virgin territory 

Italian Jim’s Restaurant

13 S. Broadway, Edmond 285-8800

What fun! Dine and watch the glassblowing going on next door in the Bella Forte studio. This restaurant is owned by Chris and Linda McGahan, who also own and operate the Yukon location. The menu will feature reliable pizza and a wedge salad, meatball sliders, pasta and more, plus a private VIP dining room.

$$ Italian

The Rumor Meal

109 S. Bickford, el Reno 262-0811

This is a catchy name for a cute place (only open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) that is attracting a steady clientele. Have a hankering for a sandwich, salads or a bowl of soup? The Rumor Meal features all of those, plus homemade desserts. Request the Gossip Girl on sourdough bread or the Busy Body done with turkey and provolone. Both sandwiches raise the pleasure index.

$$ American

Home Run Sliders

128 E. Fifth, Edmond 513-5410

Near the UCO Jazz Lab, Home Run Sliders offers up lots of terrific times and tasty food. It is under the umbrella of the Deep Fork Group consisting of Rod Meyer, Randy Meyer, David Attalla and Wade Starr. Looks like the guys have another hit on their hands. Chef Joshua Richardson serves up burgers with good variations, along with the fun baseball theme.

$$ Sliders

The Nook 119 N. Robinson


around downtown Oklahoma City? To-go stuff is waiting for you at The
Nook, which is part of the Library of Food & Spirits. Look for
French press coffee, fresh salads and pizza made with Schwabs products,
plus homemade desserts. People go off their diets for the apple
turnovers that are in high demand.

$$ Take out

Jo’s Famous Pizza

1522 W. Lindsey, Norman 329-2378

in early 2011, this is just one of the many Jo’s Pizza in the area that
has attracted its share of fans. At the Norman version, the owners have
created a “fusion” pizza called the taco pizza, which comes highly
recommended. Others go for the consistent combinations, but pizza lovers
still zero in on the one with pepperoni and cheese.

$$ Pizza

Divine Swine

7801 N. May 843-3400

Noel Coward once wrote: “Any part of piggy is quite alright with me.”
Oink! From barbecue to an elegant crown roast, pork is truly a meat for
all seasons and the pig is in — especially at Divine Swine. The menu by
chef Joshua Valentine and business partner Courtney Evans will focus on
pork, but will also include turkey, salads and sandwiches with
everything done from scratch. Call ahead to see if it is open.

$$ Breakfast and lunch

Hensley’s Top Shelf Grill

1551 S. Garth Brooks Boulevard, Yukon 265-4076 The
executive chef at this just-opened spot is that remarkable David
Sullivan, former chef at Oak Tree Country Club, who is cutting all the
steaks by hand. A well-respected restaurant, Hensley’s is being brought
back to life. It is situated in the old Santa Fe Steak House. Prices
range from $10 to $32. They have seats for 130, plus the bar area.

$$$ Fine dining, family-style

$$: up to $15

$$$: $15-$30

$$$$: above $30

—Carol Smaglinski, photo by Mark Hancock

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