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.
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.
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.