Smag 7: Taste the trend

The Chinese Gourmet
280 N. Mustang Road, Mustang 376-5000

Just
open at the beginning of the year, owner Tony Wu is wasting no time
offering Asian recipes in the traditional manner. Try the sweet-and-sour
chicken, as well as the beef broccoli, chicken teriyaki or the filling
and satisfying sesame chicken. Start with crab rangoon for an appetizer,
and for dessert there are almond and fortune cookies.

$$ Asian


Kabsa House
3800 N. Macarthur 470-7690

A
traditional Saudi affair can be expected at Kabsa House, as you’ll dine
on the floor, surrounded by plush pillows. Proprietor Abraham Ahmed is
serving authentic Saudi Arabian cuisine such as lamb, rice with raisins,
salads, gyros, falafel and rotisserie chicken. He can whip up some chai
tea in no time. Enjoy lunch and dinner there any day except Sunday.

$$ Middle Eastern


Shartel Underground Cafe
201 Robert S. Kerr 601-8024

Its
original location is known for good food such as macaroni and cheese
with ham, Caesar wrap, cinnamon rolls and other delicious eats. The new
downtown location is offering those items, too. You’ll find the staple
tasty hamburgers, Greek salad and wraps. Want to try an underground-only
option? Opt for the pizza on focaccia.

$$ Eclectic


Bellini’s Ristorante & Grill
6305 Waterford 848-1065

Inside
the Waterford office complex and under new management, its staff offers
dazzling menu items from a classic carpaccio, a slow-cooked veal shank
that hits the mark or the brand new roasted beet salad. Don’t disregard
the aged fillet. Its wine list is in tune with the menu selections.
Check out the Sunday brunch and its patio, too.

$$$ Italian/Mediterranean


Spago Ristorante
10600 S. Pennsylvania 378-7735

This
locally owned venture is no relation to the Wolfgang Puck concept, and
in Italian means “string” or slang for “spaghetti.” Co-owner Marco
Shaqiri, who is Italian, moved here from Dallas. Choose from everything
from pasta to filet mignon. Take a Roman holiday without leaving town
and order its tiramisu, made correctly with ladyfingers, not sponge
cake. Note this grotta is closed on Mondays.

$$$ Italian


Let’s Do Greek
120 Robinson 228-0017

Let’s
Do Greek established its sister restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City in
November, and its owners are no amateurs to the restaurant business. On
Robinson, the place is brought to life through a bright and appealing
menu that includes gyros, crisp salads, oregano chicken, Greek-style
platters and chicken dishes. The original Let’s Do Greek is located in
Edmond.

$$ Greek


The Big Tuna Fish Joint
3720 W. Robinson, Norman 928-5250

Another
of the many successful Hal Smith Restaurant Group concepts, fresh fish
for The Big Tuna is being flown in twice daily. The menu at this fast,
casual place with counter service is simple, but satisfying, and ranges
from baked salmon, coconut shrimp and blackened tilapia, to a great
gumbo and fresh oysters, all with hush puppies.

$$ Seafood

—Carol Smaglinski photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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Carol Smaglinski

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