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Union made

With a rotating menu and fresh fare a Guthrie restaurant pleases every taste bud.


Features

Greg Elwell
You might think Guthrie is an odd place to open a locally sourced, ingredientdriven, high-end taqueria. And, as someone who used to work in Guthrie part of the time, I would agree with you.
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

All smiles

Try the mixed greens at George’s Happy Hog Bar-B-Q. They’re as good as the meaty main dishes. Almost.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell

George’s Happy Hog Bar-B-Q
712 CULBERTSON DRIVE
525-8111
WHAT WORKS: The mixed greens are the best. The ribs are meaty and tasty.
WHAT NEEDS WORK: The mac and cheese needs a flavor infusion.
TIP: Desserts are displayed along the line, but ask if there’s something you don’t see.

 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stuffed in Oklahoma

The freshly made, new menu and management at The Miller Grill in Yukon might be too much — and that’s a delicious problem to have.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Someone with an entrepreneurial spirit might be interested in opening a small motel in the empty storefronts near The Miller Grill in Yukon, because some very happy people are going to be very sleepy.
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Magnum Opus

Opus Prime Steakhouse offers decadence in everything from wine to lobster. Oh yeah, and steak, too.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell
Opus Prime Steakhouse
800 W. Memorial Rd.
opusprimesteakhouse.com
607-6787
What works: steaks, crab cakes and a wine list that could choke a donkey.
What needs work: a little less Sinatra on the stereo, but not much else.
Tip: With barrel-aged cocktails and an appetizer, the patio is a great spot to relax.
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Catch of the day

June 25 is National Catfish Day, but Oklahoma City’s restaurants are swimming with creative menu variations of the delectable fish.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
Whatever you think of his policies or legacy, we can all agree that Ronald Reagan got it right when he proclaimed June 25 National Catfish Day.
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Empirical evidence

Empire Slice House delights with specialty pizzas and old favorites.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell

Empire Slice House

1734 NW 16th St.

empireslicehouse.com

557-1760

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.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Eat like a Champion

Waffle sandwiches have earned a following at Waffle Champion in Midtown.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell

Waffle Champion

1212 N. Walker Ave. #100

wafflechampion.com

525-9235

What works: Pit Ham and classic Bacon Egg n’ Cheese sandwiches are tops.

What needs work: Parking can be a challenge. Lobster needs more flavor for the price.

Tip: Plan ahead. Closed on Mondays and after 2 p.m. every other day.

 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Basil bunch

Mediterranean delights await you in a green building on NW 23rd Street.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell

Basil Mediterranean Cafe

211 NW 23rd St.

basilmediterraneanrestaurant.com

602-3030

What works: Lamb shanks and kabobs are tender and tasty.

What needs work: The falafel isn’t nearly as good.

Tip: Call-ahead ordering can shave off plenty of wait time.

 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Back door, man

Be an insider and skip the front door at this barbecue eatery on NW 23rd Street.


Restaurant Reviews

Greg Elwell

Back Door Barbecue

315 NW 23rd St.

525-7427

What works: The ribs, the Daily Beast, almost everything

What needs work: The texture of the smoked burgers.

Tip: Park behind the restaurant and go in through the back door.

 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chow time

A local Chinese restaurant offers old favorites and some unexpected new twists.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell

Chow’s Chinese Restaurant

3033 N. May Ave.

949-1663

What works: Dumplings, anything with ginger-scallion sauce, and lots more.

What needs work: Watch out for the raw garlic.

Tip: Take-out is a big time-saver.

 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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
 
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