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Green is good

Two enterprising former restaurant owners looked around Oklahoma City’s restaurant industry and thought it could be a lot greener. Chris Buerger and his partner, Brian DeShazo, took notice of the fact that there is no infrastructure to recycle in area restaurants.
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Chow time

Chow’s Chinese Restaurant

3033 N. May Ave.

949-1663

What works: Dumplings, anything with ginger-scallion sauce, and lots more.

What needs work: Watch out for the raw garlic.

Tip: Take-out is a big time-saver.

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Peru-fect

Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant

2106 SW 44th St.

601-2629

facebook.com/naylamprestaurante

What works: The friendly staff and authentic food give guests a true Peruvian experience.

What needs work: The small restaurant is kind of difficult to spot.

Tip: The choritos a la chalaca are a must-try for seafood fans.

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OKG eat: Highfalutin dining

You don’t have to be a millionaire or a head of state to eat like one. While dining like a king every night might quickly take its toll on your pocketbook, sometimes it feels good to eat like a well-heeled big wheel. For a special occasion or maybe just as a special treat, look no farther than these upscale eateries to tempt your taste buds and delight your palate.

— By Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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OKG7 eat: Fresh off the farm

There was a time not too terribly long ago in Oklahoma City when there was a chain on every corner and the closest you could get to local was to make a trip to your farmers market and make the food yourself. We always celebrate all things local, and luckily, it’s getting easier for OKC restaurants to incorporate locally grown, all- natural ingredients into what they offer.


— By Devon Green

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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OKG7 eat: Soccer pub crawl

Football season is finally here! We call it soccer, but that doesn’t have to stop you from indulging in two favorite European traditions: walking and pub crawling. Since the Energy FC games will be alcohol-free, we’ve created a list of pubs and taverns within walking distance from Clement E. Pribil Stadium at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.

— by Devon Green 

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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National pride


Republic Gastropub flies the flag for upscale pub food and beer. Lots and lots of beer.

Jenny Coon Peterson March 9th, 2011

Republic Gastropub
5830 N. Classen Blvd.
286-4577
www.RepublicGastropub.com

The first time I ventured to Republic Gastropub was last summer, not long after its grand opening, to watch the World Cup. One in our party — and the most fervent soccer fan — suggested we sit outside. I was dubious. This was summer in Oklahoma, after all.

We settled in on the side patio, which is set up more like mini-living rooms than a restaurant. Surrounded by a tall hedgerow (so you’re not staring at a scenic parking lot), the patio has a lineup of big-screen televisions, each with its own clutch of low, couch-like seating and ottomans. The best part? Those TVs doubled as portable air conditioners, blasting out blessedly cool air. It didn’t exactly make me wish for a parka, but it was at least something to cut the heat.

That’s the first tip-off that Republic knows what its clientele wants: namely, good pub food, massive TVs and more beer than most know what to do with.

First, let’s talk about those TVs.

There’s a lot of them. From the gigantic one behind the bar to the screens hanging from the ceiling, embedded in the wall and even — seriously — in the bathrooms, don’t expect a subdued meal at Republic on game day (any game day). But the space is big and light enough, what with the tall ceilings and wall of windows, that those TVs don’t make the place feel oppressive.

Next, the beer. There’s a lot of that, too. The first thing you’ll notice walking in (besides the TVs) is the seven tiers of shelv- ing that showcase an impressive array of bottles. In fact, there are 100 beers on tap and another 200 in the bottle, according to manager Jamie Bradford.

All that, and Republic introduced new drinks on Monday.

“We’ll have new cocktails and new beers as well,” Bradford said. “We’re doing a cider sangria that we make with a Wyder’s Pear Cider on tap. We’ve brought in the Redbud Pale Ale that’s made right here in Oklahoma.”

The beer list spans two sides of a large menu (one side for those on tap, the other for the bottles) that breaks the choices down by style. If you can’t choose, there are also the flights.

Bradford said the most popular is the Pride of Oklahoma ($5), which features all Okie beer, or The Classen Curve ($5.75), which includes Carlsberg Lager, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Left Hand Saw Tooth Ale and McSorley’s Black Lager.

But it’s not all drinking and sports.

The food is a great example of what a “gastropub” should be: pub fare with an upscale twist.

To start, check out a bar classic with the pub pretzel ($6), a giant, salty pretzel that comes with two not-so-ordinary sauces: a beer-cheese fondue and serra no-honey mustard.

If you really want to try something unique, order the Scotch egg ($7), a magical little treat from that other bastion of deep-fried everything (that’d be Scotland).

“That’s ... one of the most unique items on our menu,” Bradford said.

Republic’s Scotch egg is a hardboiled egg wrapped in sausage, breaded, then deep-fried. Balance it with the chopped Caesar ($7) — a light, tasty salad topped with manchego, roasted red peppers and pretzel croutons — to make the meal “healthy.”

Keep the egg theme going with the popular — and unique — Republic burger ($8), a hand-formed Angus patty topped with a relish of caramelized onion and bacon, two kinds of cheese and, because that’s not decadent enough, a fried egg. Just watch out. This one can be messy.

During a recent visit, my husband opted for the beef tenderloin sandwich ($15). The super moist beef is topped with caramelized onions, Gruyère and a horseradish mayo between toasted sourdough. It’s a hefty, gooey sandwich, and one that he pronounced “delicious.” Pair it with sea-salt shoestring fries or any of the varied sides (all $3). My favorite? The skillet potatoes, which even come out in their own adorably sized cast-iron pot.

Another favorite is the fish and chips ($13), battered in bock beer and accompanied by those shoestring fries and malt vinegar to douse them in. The fish is fried in a seriously good batter and comes out nice and crisp — not at all soggy.

For a sweet ending, you can’t go wrong with the Meme’s donuts ($6), a trio of warm, sugarcoated donut holes that come with three dipping sauces (chocolate, caramel or strawberry). Also for dessert? More beer.

 
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