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Gazedibles: Nocturnal nosh

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There’s just something about Oklahoma in June that’s reminiscent of Grease. Except here, the summer days are blistering away. But oh, oh those summer nights. It’s clear the sun is trying to murder your family right now. The only solution is to live in the slightly less miserable heat of the night. Here are some of our favorite eateries serving food after the sun goes down.

By Greg Elwell

Photos Garett Fisbeck and Gazette / file

Big Ass Grilled Cheese (Feeling Bleu) at The Mule in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Big Ass Grilled Cheese (Feeling Bleu) at The Mule in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.

The Mule

1630 N. Blackwelder Ave.

themuleokc.com

405-601-1400

There’s a reason mules are the perfect symbol of our nation. Eagle, schmeagle — nothing says America like a mule. We’re stubborn and sometimes we smell weird, but we’re hard workers, and we have great hair! Celebrate our nation and the setting sun with a visit to The Mule. This bar and restaurant stays open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays, slinging cold beers and hot melts, and it’s open at 10 a.m. Sundays for brunch.

A liter of beer at Fassler Hall in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • A liter of beer at Fassler Hall in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Fassler Hall

421 NW 10th St.

fasslerhall.com

405-609-3300

If you can read the phrase Late Night Sausage Party on Fassler Hall’s menu without giggling, you’re a better man than me. Who wouldn’t giggle at the prospect of half-priced gourmet sausages like habanero chicken, jalapeño cheddar or hunter (full of smoked venison, buffalo and pork sausage) 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday? Wait. Why are you laughing? Is there a double entendre I’m not getting?

Evil Jungle Chicken Curry at Banana Island in Oklhaoma City, Thursday, April 16, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Evil Jungle Chicken Curry at Banana Island in Oklhaoma City, Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Banana Island

1117 NW 25th St.

facebook.com/bananaislandrestaurant

405-602-1188

Are spicy foods keeping you up, or are you staying up for spicy foods? Whichever way you play it, you should make a stop at Banana Island for the intoxicating mix of Thai and Malaysian cuisines. Open until 11 p.m., it’s a great place for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans who want to eat a delicious, exotic meal late into the evening. And if you want to stay up really late, get a Thai iced coffee. You might never sleep again.

Tacos de papa, at Taqueria la Tropicana, 12-21-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Tacos de papa, at Taqueria la Tropicana, 12-21-15.

Taqueria La Tropicana

1022 SW 29th St.

facebook.com/latropicana

405-634-8231

The weirdest thing about Taqueria La Tropicana isn’t the hours, though a south side taco joint open 3:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday-Sunday is a little odd. The weirdest thing about this delightful authentic Mexican restaurant is that you haven’t been there yet. The tacos de papa are a delight, and the barbacoa and carnitas are some of the best in the city, no matter the time.

spare rips with black mushroom hot pot.  mh
  • spare rips with black mushroom hot pot. mh

Chow’s Chinese Restaurant

3033 N. May Ave.

405-949-1663

There’s never a bad time for Chinese food. Have you had fried rice for breakfast? Masterful. A quick vegetable stir-fry makes for a light lunch that won’t weigh you down. And if dinner comes and goes too quickly, turn to Chow’s Chinese Restaurant for top-notch cuisine until 11 p.m. From classics like broccoli beef to delicacies like cold jelly fish, you’re sure to find something to like but more likely lots and lots of things you’ll love.

Chelio's everything omelette with home fries.  mh
  • Chelio's everything omelette with home fries. mh

Chelio’s Diner

1621 S. Interstate 35 Service Road

405-670-7799

Calories go to sleep when the sun sets. It’s science. So when it gets dark, you can forget your diet and get down with the grub you’ve been dreaming of all day at Chelio’s Diner. A hodgepodge of American favorites, including pork chops and chicken-fried steak, await you. So do some not-so-traditional diner foods, such as lasagna, egg rolls and chili rellenos. Whatever you choose, be sure to come back for breakfast the next day.

Gigglez, Monday, June 20, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Gigglez, Monday, June 20, 2016.

Gigglez Bar & Grill

1016 N. Walker Ave.

gigglezokc.com

405-602-2074

The comics onstage certainly aren’t pulling their jokes from the menu at Gigglez because they’ll get anything but laughs from names like the I’ve Got Nothing to Provalone sandwich or the Guac. Guac. Who’s There? burger. But you’ll get over those groaners when you dig into the food designed by chef Vuong Nguyen (owner of Bonjour). Order fast, though. The laughs might roll on until midnight Friday and Saturday, but the kitchen closes at 11 p.m.

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