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Gazedibles: Growing roots

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A rolling stone gathers no moss, but these food trucks have hit the brakes to gather more green — money, that is; paper gold; United States currency. Some transient eateries are putting down roots and going from mobile to brick-and-mortar. The food is still great, and it’s even easier for diners to find their favorite dishes no matter the weather outside. Oklahoma City’s food truck craze continues, though, as some restaurants are turning to trucks to find more customers.

Melanie Wilson gets some lunch from Jan Clem at the window of Klemm's Smoke Haus, on location at Oklahoma Employee's Credid Union, 8-1-14.  mh
  • Melanie Wilson gets some lunch from Jan Clem at the window of Klemm's Smoke Haus, on location at Oklahoma Employee's Credid Union, 8-1-14. mh

Klemm’s Smoke Haus

2000 S. Broadway, Edmond

klemmssmokehaus.com

405-562-8616

Klemm’s Smoke Haus is a purveyor of fine German barbecue and other Teutonic delicacies. The restaurant began as a catering business before becoming a food truck. In early 2016, the Clem family (John and Jan and son J.J.) set up a permanent home for the business in Edmond. Customers rave about the brisket, pulled pork and ribs, but one of the biggest sellers is Klemm’s schnitzel, a piece of pork loin that is pounded thin, breaded and fried and served with red cabbage, apple slaw and spicy German mustard.

Snowcone and coffee at Aloha Shave Ice & Coffee Shoppe, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Snowcone and coffee at Aloha Shave Ice & Coffee Shoppe, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

Aloha Shave Ice & Coffee Shoppe

8000 NW 39th St.

facebook.com/alohashaveicecoffeeshoppe

405-633-7778

Inuits might have 50 words for snow, but Hawaiians can say “hello” and “goodbye” with just one word: aloha. At Aloha Shave Ice & Coffee Shoppe, you’ll want to say hello again and again to the restaurant’s Hawaiian-style take on snow cones, with ice cream on the bottom and cream poured on top for a luscious treat. Aloha has a lovely little lobby perfect for saying aloha to some new friends.

Grilled Tilapia basket at Off The Hook Seafood and More in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 21, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Grilled Tilapia basket at Off The Hook Seafood and More in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Off the Hook Seafood & More

125 W. Britton Road

offthehookokc.com

405-840-3474

One of the best Christmas gifts in the metro was when Off the Hook Seafood & More reopened a few days into 2017. Owners Corey and Loniesha Harris took a well-deserved break for the holidays, but it was torture for those of us who’ve grown addicted to the restaurant’s blend of Southern seafood and soul food. Jump right in the deep end with incredibly satisfying grilled fish, shrimp and grits, which come covered in a spinach lobster cream sauce that is downright addictive.

Grilled cheese and Green Machine at Bay Street Bistro & Smoothie Bar in Norman, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Grilled cheese and Green Machine at Bay Street Bistro & Smoothie Bar in Norman, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

Bay Street Bistro & Smoothie Bar

1315 24th Ave. SW Suite C, Norman

thebaystreetbistro.com

405-701-3717

Formerly food truck Pinky’s Rolling Fresh, Norman’s new Bay Street Bistro & Smoothie Bar retains the mobile restaurant’s focus on healthy eating. The filling and fabulous chicken kebab bowl and black rice stir-fry are both gluten-free options, and the caprese sandwich is packed full of flavorful tomato, mozzarella, avocado and spinach. Bay Street also serves a Cheat Day menu with Indian tacos, Cubano sandwiches and a gourmet grilled cheese worth melting for.

The Hall's Pizza Kitchen was spotted at Blue 7. They are Oklahoma's original wood fired oven pizza truck. Photo/Shannon Cornman - SHANNON CORNMAN
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  • The Hall's Pizza Kitchen was spotted at Blue 7. They are Oklahoma's original wood fired oven pizza truck. Photo/Shannon Cornman

The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen

1004 N. Hudson Ave., Suite 106

thehallskitchen.com

405-520-8202

Another Christmas and another bullet dodged by the Hall family — Lorne, Lori, Elise and Molly — who are in danger each December of being decked by someone who takes song lyrics too literally. They could hide themselves away, but instead, these brave souls are always out in The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, making wood-fired slices (and delectable cookies) in their food truck. In 2017, the family will make its restaurant a permanent fixture in Midtown. Look for it to open in spring near NW Ninth Street and Hudson Avenue.

Down home bowl and organic iced tea at the Loaded Bowl in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 1, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Down home bowl and organic iced tea at the Loaded Bowl in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 1, 2015.

The Loaded Bowl

1211 SW Second St.

theloadedbowltruck.com

405-820-9599

Vegans aren’t the only ones celebrating the December arrival of The Loaded Bowl’s long-awaited restaurant in The Farmers Market District. Using a successful Kickstarter campaign for funding, owner Tevin Grupe moved the popular eatery-on-wheels into a permanent location. If you’re not yet a believer in delicious vegan fare, it will only take a bite of The Loaded Bowl’s cashew mac and cheese to convince you.

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Trevino’s Mexican Street Beast

2602 NW 32nd St., Newcastle

facebook.com/mexicanstreetbeast

405-397-1866

The long trek to Trevino’s Mexican Restaurant in Newcastle is still worth the drive, but owners Richard and Sherry Trevino are now mobile with Trevino’s Mexican Street Beast. The menu is always changing, but a few favorites, including the restaurant’s crave-worthy puffy tacos, have become mainstays. Trevino’s piles beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, green onion and sour cream into a freshly fried puffy shell.

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