OKGazette.com - Food and Drink Features http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-114-1-food-and-drink-features.html <![CDATA[The art of eating - Come for the art and stay for the food at this year’s Festival of the Arts in downtown OKC.]]>

Festival of the Arts

11 a.m.-9 p.m. through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Festival Plaza and Myriad Botanical Gardens

artscouncilokc.org

270-4848

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<![CDATA[Permanent parking - A food truck park plan passes a downtown committee and is on its way to a summer or fall opening.]]> A plan to create a permanent food truck park in Midtown passed the Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) on April 17. The creator, Hunter Wheat, based it on other permanent food parks around the country.]]> <![CDATA[Chow time - A local Chinese restaurant offers old favorites and some unexpected new twists.]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Peru-fect - South American tastes come alive at a south OKC eatery.]]>

Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant

2106 SW 44th St.

601-2629

facebook.com/naylamprestaurante

What works: The friendly staff and authentic food give guests a true Peruvian experience.

What needs work: The small restaurant is kind of difficult to spot.

Tip: The choritos a la chalaca are a must-try for seafood fans.

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<![CDATA[Green is good - A new initiative in OKC strives to help area restaurants reduce, reuse and recycle.]]> Two enterprising former restaurant owners looked around Oklahoma City’s restaurant industry and thought it could be a lot greener. Chris Buerger and his partner, Brian DeShazo, took notice of the fact that there is no infrastructure to recycle in area restaurants.]]> <![CDATA[Permanent parking, mobile food - Food truck park wins DDRC approval.]]> <![CDATA[It’s easy being green - Local farmers are making it easier than ever to eat fresh in OKC.]]> There was a time not too long ago when it was difficult to find out where your food came from. More specifically, we all know where food comes from, but not in the sense that we have any inkling of the person who picked the potato or carrot on our plates. It is a fairly safe assumption that quite a few people do not know what garlic looks like growing in the ground. A surprising number of Americans do not know the provenance of their food.]]> <![CDATA[Plane food - Ozzie’s Diner provides a landing spot for hungry diners with aviation on their minds.]]>

Ozzie’s Diner

1700 Lexington Ave., Norman

364-9835

ozziesdiner-hub.com

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

What needs work: Seating is slightly cramped.     

Tip: Come hungry; portions are huge.    

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<![CDATA[Smooth pop - Two mobile food vendors hit the streets just in time for summer.]]> Ah, springtime in Oklahoma and the joy of eating food from a street vendor. Just in time for the warm weather, two new mobile concepts want you to chill out.]]> <![CDATA[Egg-static - Rediscover a love of eggs with creative takes on the Easter staple.]]> No single holiday has done more to ruin the reputation of eggs than Easter.]]> <![CDATA[Drinking al fresco - With warmer weather comes opportunities to enjoy libations on rooftops and in the great outdoors.]]> One of the first signs of spring every year is the increase in drinkers and diners spending beautiful afternoons and evenings on metro restaurant patios. As the number of restaurants in the metro continues to grow, so do the number of patio options, but very few provide spectacular views of the city while you enjoy your spring cocktails. Here are three hot spots worth visiting for more than just food and drinks.]]> <![CDATA[Beer and wine - Welcome spring with wines and beers fit for the season.]]> “Drink pink” is the rallying cry of spring for many wine lovers. The big reds of the fall and winter are retired in favor of lighterbodied wines for warmer weather, and the more patio-friendly the better. While white wines, especially sweeter ones, dominate the spring and summer, many wine lovers still prefer dry, red wines.]]> <![CDATA[Thai me up - For lunch or dinner, a downtown Thai restaurant delights.]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Pure nachismo - After five years as a Tuttle favorite, Nachitos is aiming to be the next out-of-town cult eatery.]]> So many restaurateurs describe their customers as being “like family” that it is pretty easy to become cynical when hearing yet another one repeat it.]]> <![CDATA[OMG! - Restaurant owners exit Midtown and head to south OKC.]]> Some fusion restaurants result in a calamity of cuisines, but the owners of OMG! Fusion, 2142 W. Interstate 240 Service Road, are working to combine just the right elements to create some innovative dishes.]]> <![CDATA[Silk road - Remington Park restaurant delights with steak, crab cakes and desserts.]]>

Silks Restaurant at Remington Park Racing & Casino

1 Remington Place 

remingtonpark.com/dining/silks_restaurant

425-3280

What works: The atmosphere. The view. The food.

What needs work: It’s a little pricey.

Tip: Keep up with the race schedule to fully enjoy the view.

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<![CDATA[The Biggest Loser plans OKC casting call - ]]> <![CDATA[Crafty brews - Oklahoma breweries will show off their suds at a festival in Lawton.]]>

Red River Craft Beer Festival

5-8 p.m. April 5

Great Plains Coliseum Exposition Center

Comanche County Fairgrounds

920 SW Sheridan Road, Lawton

redrivercraftbeerfestival.com

580-483-4666

$25-$50


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<![CDATA[Like the fair, but better - H&8th Night Market returns for another year.]]>

H&8th Night Market

6–10 p.m. Mar. 28, monthly through Sept.

NW Eighth Street and N. Hudson Avenue

H&8thokc.com

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<![CDATA[No tragedy at Othello’s - Despite sharing the name with a downer of a Shakespeare play, Othello’s in Edmond has been delighting customers for 14 years.]]>

Othello’s Italian Restaurant

One S. Broadway, Edmond

330-9045

What worked: Amber’s chicken pepperoni

What needs work: Modest outer appearance and plain-looking menus.

The tip: Stop by often enough and you might find an entree named after you.

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