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Spanking new


Yep, these seven are fired up and ready to go with flavorpacked food flying out of the kitchens. Step aside, everyone, there are plenty of new places to try. Go get ’em!

Carol Smaglinski July 27th, 2011

In what used to be a former chimney shop, owners Juan Manuel Diaz and his wife, Solorro Garcia, opened their first Mexican restaurant in late June. Filled with family members, its enchiladas are pure Mexican, not Tex-Mex, they say. To the delight of its many regular customers, the tortillas are handmade on the spot.

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant

800 S. Air Depot, Midwest City 610-7900 Knowing that we all have eaten Italian cuisine repeatedly, Napoli’s offers some unusual fare, including a Jet’s Special done with chicken and eggplant, lobster ravioli, and linguini tutto mare done with mussels, shrimp and scallops. Open daily, this used to be King Wah for a long time, but now is a nice Italian spot with pizza, sandwiches, homemade baked pastas and seafood.

$$ Italian


Birrieria Diaz

6700 n.W. 39th, Bethany 603-1304

In what used to be a former chimney shop, owners Juan Manuel Diaz and his wife, Solorro Garcia, opened their first Mexican restaurant in late June. Its enchiladas are pure Mexican, not Tex-Mex, they say. To the delight of its many regular customers, the tortillas are handmade on the spot. Birria, or chopped lamb or beef with a special salsa, is the headliner.

$$ Mexican


Timber Lodge Steakhouse

13100 Colony Pointe Blvd., Piedmont 373-1161

This is a re-start of the Timber Lodge of Kingfisher that closed. Located between Surrey Hills and Piedmont, it has 120 seats and offers lunch and dinner with a menu that includes steaks, pasta and seafood. It is owned by Bobby Dennis, and his wife, Santana Dennis. Santana’s grandmother owned the original.

$$$ Steakhouse


Escalera’s Tacos 1802 N. MacArthur Blvd.

942-2900

Everything sizzles when customers go to Escalera’s Tacos. And darn, those tacos with the green salsa hit the spot. Is your head pounding from a party? Say goodbye to that hangover on Saturday or Sunday and get a spicy surprise with a bowl of hearty birria menudo. The kitchen starts serving that dish at 9 a.m. Other Mexican beauties include its enchiladas, burritos and tortas (sandwiches).

$$ Mexican


Millie’s Table

1333 N. Santa Fe, Edmond 330-9156

In the mood for a hot meal on a Tuesday or a Thursday but you are just too frazzled to rattle those pots and pans? Let Millie’s take care of it. The catering company offers hot meals-to-go on those two days. Simply call ahead by 1 p.m. or visit Milliestable.com and see what’s available. Perhaps it could be a chicken Parmesan, stuffed bell peppers or chicken with pesto, pecan and bacon bits.

$$ Pick-up food


The Vine Italian Cafe

12226 N.E. 23rd, Nicoma Park 769-7967

Open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner only and going strong already, The Vine is owned and run by Mark and Christine Attanasi, and as the website says: “Pretend like you’re Italian and you CAN say it — At Tuh Nay See.” OK, so now we know. Mark is from New Jersey, and those recipes are from his family, who is from the southwestern region of Italy.

$$$ Italian


Murphy’s Family Grill

212 S. Air Depot, Midwest City 732-2489 How things change! The owners used to be with City Cafe and now have a new location, a name change and four times the space. The hungry customers from Tinker Air Force Base are fond of the quality of the burgers, superb salads and to-die-for Reuben sandwiches. The menu also includes shepherd’s pie and salmon patties.

$$ American


—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lindsey Cooper

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