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.
Sergio’s Italian Bistro
104 E. Gray St., Norman
What worked: Great freshness and delicacy of flavors.
What needs work: House salad dressing was too heavy on the vinegar.
Tip: Go with the nightly special, whatever it is. You won’t be disappointed.
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.
Himalayas Aroma of India
705 N. Moore Ave., Moore
What works: Exotic food served in a pleasant atmosphere.
What needs work: If there must be beef on the menu, cook it low and slow.
Tip: Come prepared to be overwhelmed with choices.
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.
Ba Shu Legends
1522 W. Lindsey St., Norman
What worked: Bravely un-Americanized Chinese food.
What needs work: Lose the insipid canned easy listening music and pipe Chinese classical directly into the dining room.
The tip: The red pepper pods are finely chopped and it can take some time to pick them out of your meal.
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.
Casa De Los Milagros Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
5111 N. Classen Blvd.
What worked: pretty much everything
What needs work: Borracho beans had an unpleasant flavor.
The Tip: The salsa is real. It’s spiked liberally with jalapeño and fresh cilantro.