Gazedibles: Fresh meat

Given the wide variety of game animals indigenous to Oklahoma, it’s odd how many metro diners are obsessed with finding the best gnu restaurants. Why not focus on deer or buffalo, both of which are easy to find locally? But, fine; if the dark-red meat of the African plains gnu (aka wildebeast) is what people are craving, then…

Oh. New restaurants. Got it. Yeah, forget that stuff about importing meat from the Serengeti and just try these recently opened gems.

By Greg Elwell, Photos Garett Fisbeck and Gazette file

Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant (Garett Fisbeck)

Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant (Garett Fisbeck)

Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant

5805 NW 50th St.

facebook.com/naylamprestaurant

405-603-3997

A new location of an old favorite is always a reason to celebrate, and Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant is a party waiting to happen. Peruvian food is a sensory delight with bright colors and bold flavors. From light and fresh seafood dishes like the spicy ceviche de pescado to hearty and filling entrees like steak-and-egg masterpiece tacu tacu, there’s a meal for every palate.

Legacy Grill (Garett Fisbeck)

Legacy Grill (Garett Fisbeck)

Legacy Grill

224 Johnny Bench Drive

legacygrill.com

405-701-3535

Oklahoma’s legacy decorates the walls of Legacy Grill, the new restaurant that took over Kd’s Southern Cuisine after the former Thunder star took off for the coast. The restaurant features sports legends and famous Oklahomans who contributed to the state’s history. The food is a legacy, too, bringing back some beloved dishes from the previous menu, including the succulent fried chicken and waffles and decadent shrimp and grits.

Brent's Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar in Edmond (Garett Fisbeck)

Brent’s Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar in Edmond (Garett Fisbeck)

Brent’s Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar

3005 S. Broadway, Edmond

brentscajunseafood.com

405-285-0911

Some like it hot, and those folks ought to find their way to Brent’s Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar in Edmond for the metro’s newest home for spice. Classic Cajun seafood gumbo and fried frog legs are joined by a brunch menu with some tasty new combinations, including The Red River: fried catfish and crawfish étouffée over dirty rice topped with a pair of poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

Hank’s Coffee and Wine (Garett Fisbeck)

Hank’s Coffee and Wine (Garett Fisbeck)

Hank’s Coffee & Wine

1227 N. Walker Ave. Suite 300

hankscoffee.com

405-778-6294

Which came first, the coffee or the wine? Depending on how your day is going, it could be either. Start the morning off right with Hank’s Coffee & Wine’s caffeinated selection of coffee beverages and a sweet pastry, and then come back for lunch and snag a sandwich and a pick-me-up shot of espresso. After a day of intense productivity, make a return trip to Hank’s to relax with a glass of wine, a plate of fruit and cheese and a view of scenic Midtown.

Mutt's Amazing Hot Dogs & Burgers (Garett Fisbeck)

Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs & Burgers (Garett Fisbeck)

Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs & Burgers

285 S. Santa Fe Ave., Edmond

mutts-hot-dogs.com

405-285-2855

Ladies and gentlemen, gather around for a truly mystifying and stupefying sight as the sausage sorcerers at Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs & Burgers do the impossible! Say the magic words, “I’ll have The Pitbull” and watch your order disappear into the kitchen only to reappear minutes later as a delicious hot dog covered in melted cheese, grilled onions and jalapeño, habanero, poblano and serrano peppers. Watch it disappear again as you wolf it down.

The Screen Door in Norman (Garett Fisbeck)

The Screen Door in Norman (Garett Fisbeck)

The Screen Door

408 W. Main St., Norman

thescreendoorok.com

405-928-4693

Norman’s new eatery The Screen Door serves a guilt-free menu full of vegan and gluten- and dairy-free items alongside humanely treated, locally sourced meats and organic vegetables. Basically, it’s food that’s treated just as well as the customers, from good morning pizza (full of natural ham, scrambled eggs, cheese, home fries and pickled jalapeños) to vegan banana and maple grits made with organic cinnamon and cashew milk.

King’s Catering & Cuisine (Garett Fisbeck)

King’s Catering & Cuisine (Garett Fisbeck)

Kings Catering & Cuisine

4540 S. May Ave.

kingscandc.com

405-839-8288

Chef Dwayne “Don’t Call Me The Rock” Johnson treats customers like royalty at his new restaurant, Kings Catering & Cuisine. A recent graduate of Platt College in Oklahoma City, Johnson is adept at barbecue — check out the slab of ribs — as he is with Creole meatloaf and charbroiled burgers. Kings isn’t a one-man show, but everything prepared in the kitchen passes Johnson’s exacting standards.

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Greg is the Gazette's full-time food writer and reviewer. He goes to restaurants a lot. He orders three entrees and gets funny looks and then takes out his camera and people are like, "Ugh. This guy." Greg is writing this right now and it feels weird to keep referring to myself in the third person. On Twitter and Instagram: @Elwelleats

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