Even though NE 23rd Street is one of the most historical streets in Oklahoma City, many locals tend to forget that it’s also home to some of the most grassroots and homegrown eateries in town, the best having a specific focus on soul food, barbecue and old-fashioned Southern cooking. NE 23rd Street restaurants are OKC’s culinary history all in a few blocks and really should be revered as such.
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La Brasa Peruvian Kitchen
1310 NW 25th St.
What Works: the food. Ceviches, chicken, beef — all tasty and all affordable.
What Needs Work: Service is friendly, but it needs more servers working lunch.
Tips: Get a table shielded from the door. On cold days, it gets gusty.
Annie Okie’s Runway Cafe
5915 Phillip J. Rhoads Ave.
What worked: Breakfast is strong, especially the omelets.
What needs work: The burger’s pretty boring, and the dinners seem like they’re just sandwiches without the bread.
Tips: Sit in the atrium if you want to watch the planes.
Dong-A Korean Restaurant
1262 N. Eastern Ave., Moore
What worked: Made-to-order dishes from family recipes.
What needs work: Substitute Korean pop music for the big-screen TV.
The Tip: This is the place to go for Korean cuisine on the south side.