Good Life Dining, owner of The Library Bar & Grill, 607 W. Boyd St., and Blackbird Gastropub, 575 S. University Blvd., in Norman, among others, have developed a new concept. Jax Soul Kitchen, 575 S. University Blvd., in Norman opened its doors this month. Its a casual, comfortable place that serves up a taste of The Big Easy.
The group consists of five owners: Jack and Lisa Hooper, John Howell, Ryan Robinson and Victor Rojo. According to Howell, they took a look around Norman and decided that it was sorely lacking in the soul food department.
People go out to experience, to see, be seen, and every one of those reasons is tied to emotions. Soul food, comfort food is at the heart of feeling, Howell said.The group also owns Coachs Brewhouse, so local beer is available at all of their concepts. In addition to the Coachs brews and nearly every Okie beer available, the bar at Jax will feature Louisiana-inspired favorites like the hurricane.
The food menu includes classics like po boys, seafood and meat platters and sides like deviled egg potato salad and slow-cooked collard greens. Something else were looking forward to trying is the house-made sweet potato pie. You can find out more and see the full menu at facebook.com/jaxsoulkitchen.
More Cheez Whiz, pleaseTy Wiseman decided it was time for a change: OKC residents needed more Philly cheese steak in their lives. The concept behind Phill Me Up Cheesesteaks was born. The three owners brothers Ty and Vann and their cousin, Holly Bigby went all in and started serving the masses two months ago.
Besides the standard Philly sandwich, the truck offers a Philly cheese dog, a hot dog covered in Philly-style meat and the crucial Cheez Whiz. How do you make a Frito chili pie even better? Make it a Fritos Philly pie with chips, Philly-style meat and Cheez Whiz.
You can find the truck around the metro most days. Track them on Facebook at facebook.com/phillmeupcheesesteaks or Instagram at instagram.com/phill_me_up_cheesesteaks.
New vendors coming to OSU-OKCBrooks Farm Market, 1205 SW Second St., was closed on Saturdays last month. But do not despair; vendor Double R Farms and several others have moved. Patrice Whittle is owner of Double R Ranch in Asher. (Read more about Whittle online at okgazette.com.) She will be at OSU-OKC Farmers Market, 400 N. Portland Ave., starting Saturday, adding to the plentiful choices at the market. Were jumping in with both feet and expanding our operation, she said.
She and fellow farmer Carolyn Harris are making the move to gain more exposure to new customers, Whittle said. Harris offers chickens to order and some produce.
Whittle raises hogs, cows and eggs at Double R Ranch, and her farm is Animal Welfare certified, meaning it is inspected for the overall well-being of the animals several times a year.
Joining them will be Oklahoma Food Cooperative producers Melinda and Danny Billingsley. Melindas Mitties Kitchen line includes a variety of jar items, including fresh salsa, jams and jellies and baked goods. She creates her goods in her kitchen in Earlsboro.
Headline: Food with soul, Good Life Dining heads south with recipes and drinks that highlight Louisiana.