Healthy helping of new eateries crop up across metro

There are a wealth of new local eateries cropping up in the metro and even more coming. If they’re not on your radar, they should be. From the comfy atmosphere at The Barrel on Western Avenue to the laid-back vibe at the Plaza District’s coffee shop, you might find a new regular hangout.

Service at The Barrel (Mark Hancock)

Service at The Barrel (Mark Hancock)

The Barrel
4308 N. Western Ave.
barrelokc.com
525-6682

When Café Nova closed for remodeling, they weren’t kidding. Deep Fork Restaurant Group revamped the space and the concept, turning it into a dimly lit eatery with cozy booths, plenty of craft beers and slightly sophisticated pub food. The Barrel serves lunch and dinner every day and brunch on weekends.

Owner/Chef Cody Hail with tacos and natchos, at The Urban Taco Shop in downtown OKC.  (Mark Hancock)

Owner/Chef Cody Hail with tacos and natchos, at The Urban Taco Shop in downtown OKC. (Mark Hancock)

Urban tacos
110 N. Robinson Ave.
facebook.com/okcurbantaco
270-7825

Taking over the space from a chain restaurant, this fresh, light taco shop is a welcome addition to the downtown set. It serves breakfast and lunch with a wealth of house-made meats, including chorizo and fresh accompaniments. Its tacos and burritos are the perfect grab- and-go food.

Ed Koch poses in his restaurant, Union Tacos in downtown Guthrie, Okla.  Lauren Hamilton

Ed Koch poses in his restaurant, Union Tacos in downtown Guthrie, Okla. Lauren Hamilton)

Union Tacos
204 E. Oklahoma Ave., Guthrie
uniontacos.com
293-9440

This new concept in Guthrie wins accolades for its fresh, locally sourced ingredients and traditional Latin fare. And it makes more than just tacos. Offerings include fried catfish; a beef, pork or turkey torta; and Oklahoma favorites blackberry cobbler and pecan crisp.

2 female patrons enjoy a little coffee and chat at District Coffee House recently.  (Mark Hancock)

2 female patrons enjoy a little coffee and chat at District Coffee House recently. (Mark Hancock)

District House
1755 NW 16th St.
districthouseokc.com
633-1775

Can we all agree that the Plaza District really needed a coffee shop, a place to further encourage the cool, community- oriented vibe that’s already going on down there? It’s a cool hangout with casual, light fare for breakfast or lunch. Hurry on in and grab a cup of joe, or stay a while and sample the excellent sandwiches and sides.

Tsubaki Sushi and Hibachi (Shannon Cornman)

Tsubaki Sushi and Hibachi (Shannon Cornman)

Tsubaki Sushi & Hibachi
5900 W. Memorial Road
792-7818

Tsubaki opened without much fanfare late last year, and word is just getting around about its fresh, beautiful edibles. Positioned in a small strip mall, this full-service restaurant is building momentum for traditional, mouthwatering hibachi, salad, sushi and tempura offerings.

Employees of Chiltepes Latin Cusine and Bar (Mark Hancock)

Employees of Chiltepes Latin Cusine and Bar (Mark Hancock)

Chiltepe’s Latin Cuisine & Bar
1800 NW 16th St.
chiltepesrestaurant.com
521-1899

In its previous life as Antojitos Guatemaltecos, the tiny restaurant generated a big buzz among OKC foodies for fresh, authentic Latin dishes. Now reborn as a full-service restaurant and bar, you can experience some new items as well as old favorites in their beautifully renovated space. With eateries cropping up all over town, do not hesitate to put this one at the top of your “to-eat” list.

Chef and Manager Bethany Wright with the fish and chips and a pint of Guinness

Chef and Manager Bethany Wright with the fish and chips and a pint of Guinness

Sweeney McGann’s
16 S. Broadway, Edmond
facebook.com/sweeneymcganns

A welcome addition to the landscape in Edmond, this Irish-American grill is owned by Ryan McGann and John Sweeney. Executive chef Bethany Wright is generating a buzz for her menu, which features the obligatory fish and chips and the unexpected chicken and waffles. Sweeney McGann’s is a friendly place with hearty food — all you need from a neighborhood pub.

Devon Green

Devon Green is a life and food reporter for Oklahoma Gazette. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Kevin and their two slightly evil felines, Goodluck Jonathan and Charles Taylor. Devon has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma and once ran away with the circus to Macau, China. She is passionately local and lives to promote quality of life in OKC. She can most often be found eating, writing or writing about eating — while eating.

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