Sure, that burrito looks good, but so does that turkey leg. And what’s this new thing you’ve never heard of before? Maybe it will fit in your mouth hole and make your hungry-angry go away!
And some things don’t even need an explanation, like at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts. You know the Strawberries Newport are going to knock, launder and neatly fold your socks off. (And you know that some of that money goes to Science Museum Oklahoma, which is an added bonus.)
But what about these new guys? If you’re ready to try something new, hold on to your taste buds, Sally — it’s about to get flavorful.
Adella’s (for Reduxion Theatre Company) does up some pretty good fair food. I saw more than a few folks walking around with Italian Nachos, but I had my heart (burn) set on the Italiano Fire Stick ($7). Probably the best way to describe it is as a sausage and cheese filled taquito. It’s not all that spicy. It comes with dipping sauces and, if your friend has a camera, some awkward photos of you lowering it into your mouth.
Deep Fork Grill (for Oklahoma Children’s Theatre) is famous for their chicken brochettes and prime rib sliders, but have you gotten … a Wedgie ($4)? It’s pita filled with fried chicken strips, topped with slaw and sauce. It’s messy. It’s delicious, but it’s messy. Take napkins and either a mirror or a friend who won’t lie about the slivered carrot stuck in your teeth.
I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt/Plaza Deli (for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic) have got sausage. Oh, yeah, have they ever got sausage. I had the knackwurst ($5) with peppers and onions, sans sauerkraut, and it was delightful. Be sure to add some of the spicy mustard. This one might be best eaten at night, however. It comes out piping hot and the weather’s already keeping everybody else hot.
So let’s cool down! AAA/Bon Appetit Catering (for Red Earth, Inc.) has a basket of fresh small-medium shrimp ($6.50) that is served chilled and should be eaten before it gets too warm. It’s not the world’s finest shrimp cocktail, but it will fill you up with delicious low-calorie seafood, so you can save your calories for some Bananas Foster a la mode ($5).
Australian Jaffles & Salads (for KCSC FM) is another healthy option. The hummus, bell pepper and onion jaffle ($8) is a hearty, filling, earthy sandwich. I suggest getting the Indonesian brown rice as your side option. It’s cool and refreshing and the light flavors really bring out the heartier side of the hummus and onion.
As for dessert, Craig and Carter’s Famous Fish Tacos (for Wilson Arts Inc.) has something called the Chocolate Meltdown ($4). It’s fried dough, filled with a chocolate ganache, topped with ice cream and your choice of raspberry or orange sauce. Congratulations if you waited for dessert to get this one -— I’m fairly certain I saw a few people eating it as a first course.
Interurban (for the Canterbury Choral Society) is serving up Tequila Bread Pudding ($5) with ice cream for just $1 more. It’s thick, creamy and surprising. The tequila doesn’t overpower at all, but accentuates the citrus notes. Bring a friend, though, as it’s big enough for two or three.
And if you’re just too hot because it’s 90-degrees in the sun and 105 in the shade, Scoop’s Italian Ice (for Cimarron Opera) has just the thing. A scoop of lemon Italian ice ($4 for 6 ounces) is a welcome relief from the heat, the sea of bodies and all the food you just ate. Because it’s the Festival of the Eats and, when it’s for charity, it’s poor manners to stop at just one or dish.