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Egg-static

Rediscover a love of eggs with creative takes on the Easter staple.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
No single holiday has done more to ruin the reputation of eggs than Easter.
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thai me up

For lunch or dinner, a downtown Thai restaurant delights.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell

Thai Kitchen Cafe

327 Dean A. McGee Ave.

236-0229

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.

 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Italian, Venezia-style

An Italian chain surprises with pizzas and desserts worth coming back for.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell

Venezia Italian Ristorante

8109 Northwest Expressway

What works: Chicken picatta, pizzas and desserts.

What needs work: Some of sauces are a touch too bland.

The tip: When in doubt, get the meatballs.

 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Viva vegan

Mexican restaurant goes vegan, again, with pleasantly surprising results.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell

Tamazul

5820 N. Classen Blvd.

What works: The jicama wraps and tacos are so good, you stop caring that they’re vegan.

What needs work: The tamales needed a little more filling and flavor. 

Tips: Juice is really more of a smoothie. The spicy green is expensive but glug-worthy.

 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Peruvian purview

Chicken, fish and a variety of great food from Peru, with love.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell

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.


 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Roasted rumors

A coffee shop with a reputation for snobbishness surprises with a courteous staff and irresistible java.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell

What works: Incredibly smooth Americano, incredibly pleasant staff.

What needs work: The espresso wasn’t my cup of tea ... wait, what?

Tips: Bring a coat in the winter. It gets kind of chilly in there.

 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mystery meat

Big Truck Tacos’ 5th Amendment option changes daily, but contents remain a secret until at least the next day.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
The folks at Big Truck Tacos are savvy. One of the first real social media success stories in Oklahoma City, the restaurant has remained a fan favorite with a fun atmosphere, consistently tasty food and an air of mystery.
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chopped

Mama Sinmi’s Chop House offers you everything but a plane ticket when it comes to West African fare.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Mama Sinmi’s is an intimate dining room with a handful of tables and a sprawling mural of Africa on the wall (along with a Post-It Note imploring visitors to keep their hands off it). Order at the counter, but take your time. The menu can be daunting..
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

No gyros allowed

This Mediterranean cafe leaves the gyro stereotype at the door, and off its menu.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Don’t tell the gyro I said this, but sometimes I don’t want a gyro.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Traffic pattern

Hunger finds a delicious landing at Annie Okie's Runway Cafe with club sandwiches, hearty breakfasts and more.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell

Annie Okie’s Runway Cafe

5915 Phillip J. Rhoads Ave.

787-7732

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.

 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Greasy spoon greatness

Sometimes a diner is just a diner. A good ol’ hole-in-the-wall can still serve up perfect breakfasts as well as burgers.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
We have fooled ourselves, we foodie hipsters. We have bought into this idea that every hole-in-the-wall is a gem merely waiting for us to polish it. And then we can shine it in the eyes of our foodie friends and say, “Oh, you haven’t been there? I’m not surprised.”
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

American luxury

Packard’s American Kitchen showcases the art of handcrafted fare, from duck mac and cheese to juicy rib-eye hamburgers.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Winners never quit. Even if they start out by losing a bit. Packard’s New American Kitchen, 201 NW 10th St., had to endure an early losing streak. The menu seemed ambitious and different, but like so many restaurants, it took time for the food and the service to meet the high expectations of the customers.
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Golden god

Take your time picking a menu item you like — there’s plenty to choose from.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Golden Phoenix, 2728 N. Classen Blvd., has a menu that requires time, patience and a spirit of adventure. Not that you have to try Top Snail with Coconut Juice ($8.95), but it’s there if you want to.
 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Noble nosh

The way of the Samurai is to prepare simple but solid sushi that will have you roll back for more.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Never doubt the power of one bad meal. I visited Samurai (1630 NW 23rd St.) when it opened a few years ago and did not feel the need to return. The sushi was not good. I remember the tempura batter being sharp. Like, it hurt my mouth to eat.
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pollo outlet

El Pollo Chulo’s chicken is so tasty, it’s pimp, yo!


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Depending on who you trust, El Pollo Chulo could have several meanings. Google decided it means “The Pimp Chicken,” and if I’m being completely honest, this is the definition I want to believe is true..
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
 
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