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Plane food

Ozzie’s Diner provides a landing spot for hungry diners with aviation on their minds.

Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill

Ozzie’s Diner

1700 Lexington Ave., Norman


What works: No-frills diner food served fast and friendly.      

What needs work: Seating is slightly cramped.     

Tip: Come hungry; portions are huge.    

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pony up

Red Horse Grill has been serving hearty Southern diner favorites to loyal patrons for a generation.

Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

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. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chinese sizzle

Traditional cooking of the Middle Kingdom with an emphasis on fiery flavors at Ba Shu Legends.

Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill

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.   

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Don’t pho around

It’s still chilly outside, and now is the best time for sitting down to a steaming bowl of delicious Vietnamese-style noodle soup.

Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
It’s great to go back to a favorite Asian District noodle shop or to discover a new one that is probably just around the corner. No doubt, the metro area has a wealth of places to get your pho fix.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Seoul food

Spicy barbecue and bold flavors welcome fresh flavor from the Korean peninsula.

Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

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.         

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Miracle on Classen Boulevard

Inside Casa De Los Milagros’ inviting palatial exterior are the wonders of well-prepared Tex-Mex cuisine.

Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

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. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Louie Louie

It’s a boisterous sports bar that wants to be your friend. With several locations, that’s easy.

Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
 Grabbing lunch at the Norman location of Louie’s Grill & Bar on a University of Oklahoma football game day right before halftime was not as crackers as you might expect. 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rule Britannia

Riverwind Casino’s faux British pub may be perfect for celebrating a win or taking the sting from a loss.

Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
“Welcome to the sovereign and self-governing lands of the unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation,” reads an entry-door sign at Riverwind Casino in Norman.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

She’s country

Drive those few extra miles out of the city and treat yourself to some down-home cooking at Libby’s.

Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill

Libby’s Cafe

111 N. Main, Goldsby

Interstate 35 exit 104 (2 miles south of Norman)


What works: entrees that compare with the metro’s best.  

What needs work: The website needs an update with a complete menu, including prices.      

The Tip: top-notch, country-style grub and plenty of it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

From Lima, with love

Sample the broad diversity of Peruvian cuisine or stick to familiar Tex-Mex at this dual menu eatery.

Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Mamaveca Mexican Restaurant
2551 Hemphill Dr., Norman

What worked:
a fine selection of well-presented Peruvian and Tex-Mex dishes.
What needs work:
We were served only bland red salsa, but there’s a spicy green version, too. It would improve the dining experience to offer both.
It’s a Mexican restaurant with Peruvian soul.    
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pigging out

Van’s Pig Stands garner special distinction from the travel website TripAdvisor.

Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
On the morning of May 20, Van’s Pig Stands Bar-B-Q Restaurants had four Oklahoma locations.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

All aboard!

Wave bye-bye to hungry town when you hop on the Interurban chow-down express.

Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
1150 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman
What worked:
attentive service, contemporary atmosphere and good food  
What needs work:
Pound that round steak harder before frying it.     
The Tip:
Lots of menu choices with a few out-of-the park home runs.       
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hour of scour

No matter the direction you head, adventures await in 60 minutes or less!


Doug Hill

If you’ve spent much time in Oklahoma, you’ve undoubtedly heard on numerous occasions how friendly people are here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Viva Vaqueros!

A family-run restaurant in Norman is based on the principle of doing one’s best.

Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Los Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant
1316 N. Interstate Drive, Norman

What worked:
jovial staff serving generous meals
What needs work:
Please refrain from spraying cleanser on the dining room tables during hours of operation.    
The Tip:
Above-average Tex-Mex food, generally with some superior dishes.       
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Positively posh

Nearly 50 years of fine-dining service in Norman finds Legend’s living up to its name.

Restaurant Reviews

Doug Hill
Legend’s Restaurant
1313 W. Lindsey, Norman

What worked:
Possibly the best upscale joint in Norman.
What needs work:
The dining room is a bit cramped and cluttered with bric-a-brac.    
The Tip:
Good food and fancy atmosphere that manages to avoid pretension.                               
Wednesday, May 15, 2013