While everyone else is worried about hitting the gym three times a week and “practicing mindfulness” or whatever, you have chosen a truly worthy resolution for 2017: Eat at more new restaurants. Every time a new place opens up, you think, “That sounds good! I ought to check that out.” But months go by, and then it has been a year and you still haven’t walked through the door. No more! This year, we’re making it easy by giving you a list of new restaurants to love.
Wicked Piston Bar & Grill
309 S. Bryant Ave., Edmond
Drive too fast and you might miss Edmond’s Wicked Piston Bar & Grill. Climb the stairs to the second-story eatery and park in one of those cozy booths with tall glass of beer. Piston’s menu is sure to set some hearts racing. Piston lamb sliders are a good appetizer right off the line, but so is Wicked Saganaki, a flaming dish of Greek cheese with lemon and brandy served with pita points. Adventurous palates might be drawn to NOX (N2O) “death by fire” wings with a root beer float to put out the flames.
Revolución Taqueria & Cantina
916 NW Sixth St.
After conquering the worlds of pizza and ramen with Empire Slice House and Gorō Ramen + Izakaya, the owners of 84 Hospitality Group took on a new challenge: tacos. Revolución Taqueria & Cantina is open until midnight Monday-Saturday, making it a good place for lunch, dinner and late nights with crave-worthy including pork carnitas and beef barbacoa tacos or wilder options like chicken tinga and cauliflower al pastor.
315 White St., Norman
Ninety seconds. Nine-hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Those are two key ingredients in the extremely tasty pizza napoletana (Neapolitan-style pizza) served at Volare pizzeria. It cooks in a minute and a half, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat that fast. Volare serves flavors worth savoring, including fungi di lemon with fontina and taleggio cheeses, roasted mushrooms, artichokes and lemon oil and Wilson with roasted zucchini, red peppers and eggplant, basil, spinach and cheese over red sauce.
Sam’s Southern Eatery
2336 NW 23rd St.
Perhaps the most difficult part of visiting Sam’s Southern Eatery is leaving any corner of the menu untouched. A really tasty piece of fried fish is always great, and the crab cakes sound appetizing and, ooh, is that a po’boy with gyro meat? Or maybe this is a good time to order those Buffalo wings and try the fried livers and gizzards. Sam’s bills itself as “home of the jumbo shrimp,” so it’s rude not to try at least a couple of those. The Shreveport, Louisiana-based franchise came to Tulsa in 2014 and recently expanded to Oklahoma City.
Thai or Pho
722 S. Mustang Road, Yukon
It’s about a 16-hour drive to get from Bangkok, Thailand, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, or an hour and a half by plane. Meanwhile, it takes only 20 minutes to get to Yukon’s Thai or Pho from midtown Oklahoma City. That’s a much shorter trip with the same rewards — enjoying delicious Thai and Vietnamese cuisines side by side. Indulge in pad see ew with thick, stir-fried noodles, broccoli and carrots in a sweet Thai sauce or a big bowl of steaming hot pho with rare steak and meatballs all in the same restaurant.
El Toro Chino
2801 36th Ave. NW, Norman
Take the Chinese bull by the horns. The Latin-Asian fusion restaurant already garners a lot of love from Norman diners with carnitas eggrolls that mix slow-roasted pork with Korean hoisin sauce, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions and roasted corn and veggie enchiladas full of artichoke hearts, mushrooms, spinach and cheese and covered in mango salsa and citrus sour cream. At lunch, El Toro Chino offers make-your-own combos with a mix of Latin and Asian ingredients to experiment with.
Los Perez Mexican Restaurant
7011 W. Hefner Road
Everybody deserves to feel special now and again, which might be why Los Perez Mexican Restaurant carved out an entire section of its menu for special dinners. That’s where customers will find quesadilla de chile Colorado stuffed full of spicy rib-eye and cheese and slathered in red sauce and filete diablo, which is tilapia filet cooked in a spicy chipotle sauce.