Tuesday 15 Apr

Thai me up

Thai Kitchen Cafe

327 Dean A. McGee Ave.


What works: Top-notch pad thai, excellent stir-fry dishes, fast and friendly staff.

What needs work: Parking can be a real pain, but that’s the price of eating at Thai Kitchen Cafe.

Tip: Go at dinner if you want a larger selection. But there’s plenty to love at lunch.

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Beer and wine

“Drink pink” is the rallying cry of spring for many wine lovers. The big reds of the fall and winter are retired in favor of lighterbodied wines for warmer weather, and the more patio-friendly the better. While white wines, especially sweeter ones, dominate the spring and summer, many wine lovers still prefer dry, red wines.
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Drinking al fresco

One of the first signs of spring every year is the increase in drinkers and diners spending beautiful afternoons and evenings on metro restaurant patios. As the number of restaurants in the metro continues to grow, so do the number of patio options, but very few provide spectacular views of the city while you enjoy your spring cocktails. Here are three hot spots worth visiting for more than just food and drinks.
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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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OGK7 eat: Dollars to doughnuts

While the idea of fried dough may or may not be American in origin, the traditional ring-shaped confection that we know and love does originate here. According to The Smithsonian, doughnuts were created by an enterprising New England sailor’s mother who wanted a way to store and transport pastry. Regardless of its origin, the doughnut is a modern favorite.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman 

04/02/2014 | Comments 0

OKG7 eat: BBQ for me and you

Ubiquitous barbecue joints are a point of state pride and, in some cases, a reason to poke fun. When comedian Jim Gaffigan visited Oklahoma last year, he commented on the sheer number of barbecue restaurants in the Sooner State. Whether it’s the rub or the sauce, pork or beef, there’s one thing we all can agree on: A full plate of smoky, sweet barbecue with all the sides is heavenly.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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Birrieria Diaz

Visit Guadalajara by way of a Bethany restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Christina Nihira February 8th, 2012

Birrieria Diaz
6700 N.W. 39th, Bethany

What works: The authentic food is fantastic.
What needs work: There is limited parking.
The tip: There's a parking lot behind the restaurant.

The growth of Oklahoma City’s restaurant scene doesn’t just include swanky, expensive eateries. Luckily, we have also had an explosion in local treasures offering scrumptious food at reasonable prices.

Among them is Birrieria Diaz. It specializes in serving up big plates of delicious Mexican food. It’s important to note the fare is not the typical Tex-Mex served throughout the metro.

Set in an uncomplicated space on the corner of N. College Avenue and N.W. 39th, this newcomer brings some big-time heat to Bethany.

The restaurant has a warm, welcoming vibe and simple decor, as well as a tempting menu with prices to match. All the dishes are homey and original.

Each meal begins with a big bowl of corn chips, creamy queso, fresh salsa and sliced radishes.

Many folks come here for the house specialty, birria: a spicy Mexican goat or beef stew, depending on your meat choice. The chopped meat is slow-cooked in a thick and fiery tomato-pepper broth until it’s tender and ready to be served with assorted toppings. Such condiments are limes, roasted and salted hot peppers, cilantro, purple onions, diced habaneros, white onions, as well as homemade corn tortillas. The trick is constructing tidy bites, all of which are packed with compelling flavor, and having them arrive safely in your mouth.

The birria meal is served in three sizes: The small ($5) adequately satisfies most diners. A bigger appetite might want the medium ($7), while the large ($9) easily could be split between two people.

Birrieria is like stepping into a friend’s cozy kitchen where you’d likely find a divine meal bubbling atop the stove. All orders are made fresh from family recipes.

The menu has the usual favorites from tacos to quesadillas. The traditionally prepared chicken enchiladas ($6.99) proved to be a winner. Tender pieces of chicken are wrapped inside four corn tortillas.

The red sauce drizzled on top was tame and didn’t require a call to the fire department; the green sauce is on the hotter end of the spectrum. A side of crispy, diced potatoes made for a nice contrast.

The pork tamale ($5.99) was a slight disappointment. The shredded meat was soft. The masa, although moist on the interior portion, was too dry around the edges. The accompanying side of rice and beans more than made up for the distress. “Amazingly authentic” is all that needs to be said.

Try the flautas, too. Tightly rolled with beef or chicken ($4.99), then lightly fried, the four came perfectly crunchy. They were topped with daintily sliced avocado, sour cream and green salsa.

And there’s a nice selection of sopes, aka soup ($5.99). Familiar selections are beef, chicken, pork, with a more exotic chicken tongue and beef head. They are all topped with choices of lettuce, sour cream and cheese.

Soft drinks are served in cans, and you can order real Mexican Coca-Cola, Jarritos and aguas frescas ($1.99). Sangria ($1.99), domestic beer ($2.75) and imported beer ($3.25) are also sold.

End your meal with a light, airy sopaipilla sprinkled in cinnamon and sugar and drizzled in honey. That is, if you are not too full.

Oklahoma Gazette’s restaurant review policy is to highlight the positive aspects and include constructive criticism regarding food, ambience or service when appropriate.

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02.22.2012 at 05:02 Reply

It almost feels like you based your whole review off of some pictures and the menu.  Birrieria Diaz does not serve queso with their chips, which will probably anger a billion Oklahoma tex-mex fans who will expect it if they read your review.  The radishes are not served with the chips, either.  They are given to you if you order birrieria.  Also, sopes are most definitely not the same thing as soup. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sope