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Gazedibles: Sizzling solstice

From bratwurst on the grill to a refreshing summer salad and shaved ice to beat the heat, summer food favorites come in a lot of different forms. Get ready to celebrate the solstice at these seven restaurants.

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Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine
2824 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
rococo-restaurant.com
405-528-2824

Perhaps it doesn’t have the same cache as Rococo’s famous crab cake or Love Salad, but the lobster roll, which was added to the menu full-time in 2017, is summer on a roll. Rococo’s version pushes fresh Maine lobster to the forefront; it’s not gussied up with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. Peak lobster season starts in June and runs through December.


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The Ice Shop
10443 N. May Ave.
theiceshopokc.com
405-534-5700

We’re all familiar with the concept of shaved ice, but The Ice Shop has taken the tried and true combination of ice and colorful syrup and added the Italian treat of gelato. The Ice Shop offers 12 varieties of stuffed shaved ice that comes filled with coconut-pineapple gelato, vanilla ice cream or mango sorbet. The Unicorn features cotton candy and wedding cake syrups combined with vanilla ice cream and is topped with whipped cream and candy.


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Fassler Hall
421 NW 10th St.
fasslerhall.com
405-609-3300

For many people, there is nothing that signifies the summer more than a fresh bratwurst with a cold beer. What other place in the city makes its own sausage from scratch and has a huge selection of domestic and imported beer? Fassler Hall offers nine kinds of sausage, not including its falafel dog. Its Table Board features six sausages, four soft pretzels and a whole rotisserie chicken on a bed of duck fat fries.


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Taqueria Sanchez
4009 NW 10th St.
405-520-3553

The big blue truck along 10th Street is your gateway to some of the best tacos in the city. If you don’t want to wait 10-15 minutes for an order, call in ahead, but if you’re going to wait, it’s better to do so in the summer than when it’s cold and the wind is blowing. Don’t forget to bring cash, but you won’t need much because tacos only cost $1 and you can get a whole burrito for $4.

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Cheever’s Cafe
2409 N. Hudson Ave.
cheeverscafe.com
405-525-7007

Cheever’s very well might be the most consistent restaurant in the city — one that can please folks looking for fine dining but also be accessible and affordable enough to enjoy on its patio without the white tablecloth. Nothing signifies summer like Cheever’s quinoa avocado salad, which gets a boost from chile-lime corn, avocado and pico de gallo.

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Off the Hook Seafood and More
125 W. Britton Road
offthehookokc.com
405-840-3474

Kool-Aid is the official drink of summer cookouts, and Off the Hook’s Kool-Aid pickles are the perfect refreshing treat for the eatery that is putting its stamp on Oklahoma seafood on the north and south side o  f OKC. Choose from cherry, cherry-limeade, grape, green apple, peach mango and blue raspberry lemonade pickles. Pair a pickle with a soft-shell crab sandwich, which is fully in season during the summer.

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La Baguette Bistro
7408 N. May Ave.
labaguettebistro.com
405-840-3047

There is only one way to eat soup during the summer: cold. La Baguette Bistro has you covered with its seafood-stuffed gazpacho.  You can order the gazpacho by the cup or bowl or have it served as a full entrée out of something that resembles a chalice. La Baguette’s gazpacho is filled with shrimp and avocado to make it a refreshing way to enjoy soup while beating the heat.

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