Oh. Oh-oh. Whoa-oh. Look at all these new restaurants popping up around our fair city. You hungry, Donnie? Quit fighting with your brother, Jordan! And has anyone seen little Joey? Oh. Oh Danny, no. I can’t believe you ate him. Poor, itsy bitsy Joey. Don’t you see, Danny? We were going to dinner soon. This, truly, was the wrong stuff.
— By Greg Elwell
Photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck
The Meat Market Refectory
2920 NW 63rd St.
Praise the lord and pass the full rack of grilled and oven-roasted Australian lamb chops — The Meat Market Refectory is here. While most refectories are found in monasteries, no one will make you take a vow of silence — you’ll just be too busy enjoying the creme de asparagus soup and 28-day dry-aged prime New York strip steak to say anything. Don’t worry; the servers will be able to understand the hand signals for “another glass of wine, please.”
730 NW 23rd St.
It took a while to get here, but the staff of Guyutes has quickly established the restaurant as the place for late-night drinks and dining on always-busy 23rd Street. And the menu is clearly the crazed fever dream of someone with a culinary degree and a case of the munchies. Cheetos-crusted chicken in The Pip wrap? Ham, Tabasco-marinated pineapple and jalapeño on the Ring of Fire pizza? Yes, it’s real, and it’s spectacular.
1933 NW 23rd St.
Following the success of his local All About Cha coffee and tea restaurants, Daniel Chae turned his sights on bringing upscale, chef-driven Korean food to Oklahoma City, and the impressive results are Chae. This accessible, delicious take on Korean dishes includes a crowd-pleaser (and crowd-filler) Iron Bibimbap, a giant cast-iron skillet filled with toasted rice, seared veggies and tender beef short ribs topped with an egg.
VZD Restaurant & Bar
4200 N. Western Ave.
“I thought this was supposed to be about new places.”
“VZD Restaurant & Bar isn’t new.”
“Well, it was closed for a while, and now it’s open again. Bigger menu, more seating — it’s new enough.”
“Does it still serve beer? If so, let’s go.”
644 W. Edmond Road
Do you need a Fixx man? C’mere. I got the hookup. No, it’s not pills. It’s not heroin, either. Wow, you’re really weird; I was just going to take you for a burger at this new place in Edmond called The Fixx. Drugs are not on the menu — just hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads. Maybe I should go there now and you can join me when you get out of rehab. Pull it together, man.
6443 Avondale Drive
Do not get out of your car. I mean, you can if you want to. No pressure. You don’t have to live in the car from now on. But if you’re going to Provision Kitchen, the new Nichols Hills hot spot for organic, free-range, healthy, tasty, chef-created, blast-chilled meals for you and your family, you can call ahead and order and they’ll bring the food out to your car. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, it has you covered.
333 W. Boyd St.
Those Deltas might have hijacked the homecoming parade and cheated on a test and killed a horse, but they’ve got nothing on the University of Oklahoma’s rowdiest fraternity: Meatball House. All your favorite bros are there: Dave “Pork n’ Beef” Johnson and Leslie “Fishtato” Fischelmann.
Huh? It’s a restaurant? I guess that explains why nobody here goes to class and that lady keeps refilling my water glass.