Keep on truckin
Pioneers like Big Truck Tacos and Wild Als cleared the road, and now mobile food has blossomed in Oklahoma City. Taste of Soul Egg Roll, Grouchy Sams, Roxys Ice Cream, Heos Kitchen whatever you want, you can find it on wheels. And business for Waffle Champion was so good, a brick-and-mortar location will soon open in Midtown.
The Devon tower signals Oklahoma Citys economic growth; the restaurants inside signal the citys culinary growth. Nebu is the restaurant every company should have: full of fresh, tasty and nutritious foods. Vast brings back the elegance of classic top-of-the-tower restaurants with high-end dishes and great views.
For years, Indian food has tried to penetrate the Edmond market. 2012 was the year William Bathini and Dominic Gomes brought Heritage India to town. With lots of authentic, regional Indian favorites, this new spot seems to have the staying power others did not. If you go, be sure to order some fresh naan. It might just be the best in the metro.
This year, A Good Egg Dining Group opened its second Tuckers Onion Burgers location at the Classen Curve after seeing its N.W. 23rd Street restaurant packed daily for lunch and dinner. More availability hasnt dampened the enthusiasm, as both spots are constantly bustling. Good Eggs newest concept, a fresh bakery and sandwich shop called Kitchen 324, opened Dec. 21.
Who wouldve thought a little slider joint in a weird office building in north OKC would make such a splash? Well, me. I did. I loved S&Bs and so did everybody else. Which is how it ended up with a second successful grill on N.W. Ninth Street and a third location down on S. Walker. It turns out Oklahomans love great hamburgers with innovative flavor combinations and a rocking attitude.
Usually, kitchen controversies play out behind the scenes, but Angelo and Phil Custino (Custinos Restaurant & Bar) and Bud and Barbara Elder (Custinos Italian Kitchen) have provided plenty of entertainment by airing their battle a he-said, he-said about business mismanagement in public.
About once a year, I make a pilgrimage to Albuquerque, N.M., to gorge on my favorite meal in the world: carne adovada, a dish of braised pork and peppers. This New Mexican favorite has found its way to the metro with the opening of the Green Chile Kitchen, 12 East Main, in Yukon. Is the carne adovada as good as in the Land of Enchantment? Thats up to you. All I know is, I enjoyed my visit to Green Chile Kitchen enough that Im already planning a return.
A trio of longtime restaurant workers got together with a great location (the Plaza District) and a great idea (fancy grilled cheese sandwiches) and the result is The Mule.
The ideas alone, like the leave-a-beer wall (enjoy a brew and leave one for a friend), would be enough to make it a hit, but these guys actually know their food, too. Whether its just cheese, a grilled vegan sandwich or bread stuffed full of macaroni and cheese, its hard to walk out of The Mule without a smile on your face.
Weve been lucky to have Queen of Sheba in Oklahoma City, but 2012 was the year a few others got into the act. With the addition in Edmond of Blue Nile, another Ethiopian eatery, and Mama Sinmis Chop House, a West African shop, weve tripled the number of options for amazing African cuisine. Step outside your comfort zone, and you may find youve got a few new favorite dishes.
How would it be possible for Local not to be a hit? With a beloved local chef like Ryan Parrot at the helm, the best farm-to-table cuisine and an innovative concept like Localville for the kids, this Norman restaurant was bound to turn some heads. Little wonder, then, that in less than a year its become a favorite destination for many in the metro.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock