Schlotzsky's: Favorite Sandwich
Schlotzsky’s is one of my very favorite places to eat. It’s a sandwich shop that you can take out or eat in the shop with plenty of tables always available. It’s a bit pricier ($6-7 for a sandwich) than most other sandwich shops but definitely worth it.
It's a place where you order at the counter, then wait for your food and pick it up when they call your number. It's very casual and I'm sure you'll love the food!
Hours of operation
Some hours vary depending on location
Favorite Dish: The highlight is the sandwiches. They make it with thick sourdough bread and very thinly sliced meat. Then they sprinkle cheese (the best is a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella) on one piece of bread and run it through an oven conveyor belt. Therefore the sandwich is warm and very tasty. The Original is their signature sandwich and comes with: “Home of The Original® Sandwich. Lean smoked ham, Genoa and cotto salamis, and melted cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses layered with black olives, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mustard and our signature dressing on toasted Sourdough bread.” (From the website.)
Their sandwiches are quite large. I’ve never ordered a large, the mediums are quite enough when you’re at your hungriest.
Their original chips are delicious! Their pizzas are as well. The cheese and pizza is definitely worth trying, also cooked on a sourdough. The bbq chicken looks just as good but it’s hard not to get my favorite sandwich, the turkey and cheese.
Pearl's Lakeside: Beautiful view of the Lake!
I really enjoyed the food here and drinks were yummy. A very elegant restaurant, with such sumptuous décor. We dined at a booth that faced the lake. It was so beautiful at night. Very enjoyable experience.
Favorite Dish: We had the Steve’s Special of Broiled tilapia, topped with shrimp and Scallops in a mildly spicy Cajun cream sauce With fresh vegetables and rice for $14.95. It was really good.Related to:
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The Varsity Sports Grill: Sports Grill
The Varsity Sports Grill
The Varsity Sports Grill is Oklahoma's most
popular sports bar and grill - with three OKC metro locations.
The Varsity is the place for sports viewing.
---their pic...not mine.
View the website listed. .
Favorite Dish: PEEL & EAT SHRIMP
1/4lb. 4.95 1/2lb. 8.95
Served over ice with cocktail sauce and lemon.
LAYERED DIP 7.50
All Mexican! Refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, chives, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and your choice of spicy beef or chicken. Served with a large basket of tortilla chips and salsa.
This is so good!
TELLY'S GREEK SALAD 4.25
Mixed greens tossed in vinaigrette with black olives, tomato and crumbled Feta cheese. Topped with red onion, cucumber, egg and a green bell pepper ring.
Everything is good!
Beverly's Pancake Corner: Ever had a Pancake Sandwich?
This is the last of Beverly's Restaurants in OKC. The first restaurant was opened in 1921 and when I was in college there in the 50's there were at least 4 others and their specialty was "Chicken in the Rough" (see the golfing rooster on top of the sign). They always focused on fried chicken, huge delicious hamburgers (Bevburgers) and pancakes.
Favorite Dish: I usually visit OKC 2 or 3 times a year (I was born and raised in Oklahoma and went to Oklahoma City University), and on most trips I join my favorite cousin for breakfast at this place. I love their pancake sandwiches: two pancakes surrounding eggs scrambled with sausage (you can opt for bacon). I am sure part of my enjoyment is nostalgia, but the pancake sandwiches are wonderful.
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Victor's Mexican Cuisine: Good tamales, cold beer
This is a fairly new place in Oklahoma City but our friend’s daughter, who lives nearby, already knows the waiters by name which means she has already adopted Victor’s a favorite. The place is pretty pedestrian looking from the outside but the interior has some very nice and colorful décor. The chips and salsa they served as soon as we sat down were several cuts above average. The most important thing though, is that they make a really good tamale which, in my experience is hard to find. Not only that but they have some Mexican beers on tap. Imagine my delight when my Tecate was served in a mug which was not only frosted, but salted as well. I will go back when I am back in OKC
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Othello's: Great food, wonderful ambience
Othello’s offers a rare combination of really good food and enough charm and offbeat decor to be really appealing to me. The building itself is in the center of the old town of Edmond, now a large and bustling suburb of Oklahoma City. In former lives it was a movie theater and a hospital. We had a table upstairs with a view over the main room which adds a little bit of an elegant touch. The decor is hard to describe but very appealing and to me it was crowned by photos of Marilyn Monroe which I encountered covering the walls of the men’s room.
Favorite Dish: I had the stuffed manicotti with proscuitto and a nice cream sauce which was very nice and we finished by sharing a very good tiramisu. We went with my nephew and his family who live nearby and are regulars at Othello’s. We will go back again.
Bricktown Brewery: not in the plans, really
Some places really have great locations and Bricktown Brewing is one of them. Situated right in the renovated Bricktown area of downtown Oklahoma City, it is at the forefront of the city's push towards tourism. It's also near their minor league ballpark, making it popular with locals. It's in a big old brick (how appropriate) building and the interior has high ceilings and a great old pub feeling though obviously quite modern. Aside from the usual seating, there is a big square bar that is maned by a great social bartender (at least we were lucky to have one) which makes for a camaraderie all around it.
Favorite Dish: This was not a planned stop but $1.75 pints have to be taken seriously. Those are prices from another time and space back east. So, we figured we'd stop in and give it a try. First up was the Copperhead, a nice light malty brew with just enough hops to keep it clean in the finish and an appropriate copper hue and thin head. The Red Brick was not as interesting as the Copperhead, a mostly malty brew with a fairly clean finish. The Bison Weizen lacked the typical banana clove overtones you'd expect in a Bavarian Weiss beer and light in body but certainly quaffable on a hot day. The last of the bunch was the Black Gold Stout, dark ruddy brown brew with a thin tan head and roasty malt flavor. It was a bit thin for a stout, more a porter. We decided to have something small to eat and got a couple of loaded backed potatoes, quite good size with bacon, butter and cheddar cheese and a side of sour cream and chives. Yummy. I think they were about three or four dollars apiece. The bill with a generous tip (she was good and giving out ample samples of the beer before buying a pint) was $25 for quite a few beers and the potatoes.Related to:
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Cafe do Brasil: Great muffins and more
This little place is unimposing but a very good stop for breakfast or lunch. We had lunch here and found the food and service excellent. Their sandwiches and salads are fresh and flavorful and they bake a wide variety of cakes and muffins for dessert. I want to go back and try their very interesting looking breakfast menu and some other lunch items like Brasilian Pie and Brasilian Muffaleta. They are only open for breakfast and lunch (7:00-15:00) Mon-Sat.
Zorba's: delicious Mediterranean food
This restaurant serves Greek/Middle Eastern cuisine in a casual setting. The service is fast and the food is delicious every time. You can also call in an order for pickup.
Favorite Dish: The vegetarian plate lets you sample a little bit of everything: falafel, hummus, dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with rice), spanakopita (spinach pie), tyropita (cheese pie), and your choice of Greek salad, Persian salad, or tabouli. Served with pita bread. Get a baba ganoush (roasted eggplant dip) and a piece of baklava for dessert and you're all set.
Cafe Nova: Casual Chic
This is owned by the same group that manages Deep Fork and a few other "local" restaurants. Cafe Nova is very attractive inside, on the cool part of the Western corridor. The food is great, most of the time, I have had a few not so great moments. However, when I commented (not complained) that my chicken picatta was perhaps too salty (though I'd eaten every bite) - the chef sent out a lovely desert tray for the table. Stuff like that goes a long way with me. Have had many lovely lunches here. The water is good, they slice up oranges, lemons, and strawberries in it. Very tasty and refreshing on a hot day. There is a covered outdoor area for dining. There is a large wine list and the menu features a nice mix of items. Sunday Brunch is also quite good. At night this place hums with youthful ambitious heat (young professionals) - the very beautiful and the too hip for words can be found here - as well as the over-aged who enjoy good food and wine. The menu is such that one could eat for under $15.00 or for over $40.00 - how hungry are you? The menu and more information is available at their web site listed below. In from out of town, try this place - OKC does have a level of sophistication.
Favorite Dish: The Beef Fillet is my husband's favorite. Very good.
For a hearty lunch I really love the Chipolte Cheese Burger with fries. The fries are really special here - long and skinny - delicious.Related to:
- Wine Tasting
- Gay and Lesbian
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Cafe 501, Edmond: Fresh and delicious
Cafe 501’s cuisine has been called Californian. I don’t know if that is accurate but it is delicious. We went for lunch with some family members and were all very impressed with the ambience, the service and of course the food. I would love to go back for a ‘pastry break’ as they have a case loaded with wonderful looking cakes, cookies and pastries of all kinds. Their bread is made on premises and is wonderful.
Favorite Dish: I had a pear salad with fresh spinach and sugared pecans which was fresh, crispy and delicious. My wife had chicken salad which she loved. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to sample the desserts - next time!
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Queen of Sheba: Ethiopian Cuisine in Oklahoma?
Who would have ever thought you would find a really good Ethiopian restaurant in Oklahoma City! Well there is one. The Queen of Sheba is in a nondescript little shopping center on Macarthur Blvd just off NW 23rd street. It doesn’t impress from the outside but is a warm and attractive place inside with wonderful food , a cordial staff and an unusual selection of beverages. Our waitress offered us samples of their red wine and a honey wine. My wife opted for the honey which was a little sweet but smooth and nice.
Favorite Dish: My wife and friends had different selections but I opted for a combination plate which included a salad, a very spicy rice, potatoes and carrots, mild lamb and beef dishes and a chicken dish called doro wot which was extremely spicy. It was served with a red sauce and included a boiled egg. While it was a bit hot for my taste, the chicken was very tender and succulent. The meal also included a small green salad, some nicely cooked greens and split chickpeas which were mild but very tasty. As is their tradition the meal is served without utensils but on a huge round of bread, Injera, which is made from the tiny Ethiopian grain, Teff and is said to be very nutritious and dates back to about 4000 BC. The menu listed a black beer which we decided to try and found it was an Ethiopian stout, less dark and strong than Guiness but very tasty and smooth.
Queen of Sheba: Ethiopian food in Oklahoma? Yes!
Having eaten Ethiopian food on vacations, I was so excited to hear that it is now available in OKC. This new restaurant is located in a kind of run-down strip mall, but once you step inside, it's a very classy-looking place. The presentation of the food is unique: all of the dishes are served together on one large platter, shared by everyone at the table. No utensils are used. Instead, you break off pieces of light, spongy sourdough bread and use it to scoop up bites of food. Most of the food is spicy, but not overly.
Favorite Dish: My husband and I shared the two-person vegetarian platter, which included two kinds of lentils, buttery green beans, beets, spinach, a stew of cauliflowers and carrots, and salad, with plenty of injera bread on the side. It was all wonderful.
Sushi Neko: excellent sushi
Such a cute restaurant. Great for a dress-up occasion like a birthday or anniversary (make reservations for dinner). You can request to sit at the bar and watch the sushi chefs in action. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and efficient.
Favorite Dish: I actually don't eat fish, so I usually get a bowl of hot, savory miso soup and some avocado rolls. A light but filling dinner. So tasty!
Khazana: good Indian buffet
This is a newer Indian restaurant located in a strip mall on N. May. Don't let its modest setting fool you -- once you step inside, it's quite posh-looking. The food quality varies -- maybe they haven't hit their stride yet. Sometimes everything tastes fresh, perfectly seasoned, and delicious. Other times, dishes like aloo (fried potateoes) and palak (creamed spinach) taste greasy and bland. Still, the buffet is large enough that you are sure to find something tasty. There is a good variety of meat and vegetarian dishes as well as the usual sides -- naan, pakoras, and an interesting green bean and corn pancake (not sure what it's called) that is delicious when dipped in the green mint chutney.
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