There are a wealth of new local eateries cropping up in the metro and even more coming. If they’re not on your radar, they should be. From the comfy atmosphere at The Barrel on Western Avenue to the laid-back vibe at the Plaza District’s coffee shop, you might find a new regular hangout.
— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
Alfredo’s Mexican Cafe
2713 South I-35 Service Road, Moore
What works: Good service and tacos with terrific Mexican corn and chino beans side dishes.
What needs work: Disinfectant accosts you as you walk in the door.
Tip: Check out the enormous menu online first.
100 S. Third St., Noble
What works: The uber-friendly atmosphere and good schnitzel-like chicken fried steak.
What needs work: The green beans need seasoning, and mashed potatoes would be better from fresh spuds.
Tip: Come with a hunger like you’ve never experienced, because you’ll need it.
Empire Slice House
1734 NW 16th St.
What worked: Fun and flavorful specialty pizzas.
What needs work: It's busy and can get loud.
Tip: Not every slice is available every day, so call ahead if you need something specific, or buy a whole pie.
Ole Town Gyros & Kabob
402 E. Main St., Norman
What worked: Generous portions of exotic food at reasonable prices.
What needs work: The menu needs to stick with the basics and lose the corn dogs and fish sticks.
Tip: Parking is scarce. Plan to park in the nearby downtown business district.
Red Horse Grill
2205 W. Main St., Norman
What worked: Diner food that’s not from a corporate supplier.
What needs work: Tidy up the dining room sports shrine.
Tip: Twenty years in business means it’s doing lots of things right.
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.