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After a week’s worth of sinning, some of us don’t have time to cook on Sunday. From morning until night, we’re on our knees, praying to go to heaven (or at least avoid hell). So when the sun goes down and the fridge is empty, we head out to eat. Unfortunately, Sunday nights can be a wasteland for some restaurants. So here are a few great ones still serving us sinners.

— by Greg Elwell,

photos by Garett Fisbeck and Mark Hancock

Italian sausage pizza at Pizzeria Gusto, available on Sundays, in Oklahoma City, 1-11-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Italian sausage pizza at Pizzeria Gusto, available on Sundays, in Oklahoma City, 1-11-16.

Pizzeria Gusto

2415 N. Walker Ave.

pizzeria-gusto.com

437-4992

“Oh no! Not pizza again!” said someone you should actively avoid. Let’s face it — pizza is always welcome. If your estranged sister showed up with a pizza, you’d invite her in and let the healing begin. And if she took you to Pizzeria Gusto, forget it — you’d write her back into the will. Even if you’re not in the mood for a pie, the menu is overflowing with great options like fried artichoke hearts, gnocchi and lamb chops.

Chicken Tagine at Cous Cous Cafe in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Chicken Tagine at Cous Cous Cafe in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.

Couscous Cafe

6165 N. May Ave.

couscouscafeokc.com

286-1533

If the only thing you know about Morocco is that it’s a tiny country known for casinos and James Bond car chases, you’re thinking of Monaco. It’s time to recalibrate your GPS.

Morocco is in northern Africa, but you’ll probably associate some of the dishes at Couscous Cafe with Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cuisine. Gyros, falafel and kebobs are all pretty standard. But have you had zaalook or a fish tagine? It’s time to go to Couscous.

Chicken Tacos plate with a Margarita, at Casa Perico Mexican Grill, 4521 NW 63rd.  mh
  • Chicken Tacos plate with a Margarita, at Casa Perico Mexican Grill, 4521 NW 63rd. mh

Casa Perico Mexican Grille

4521 NW 63rd St.

casaperico.com

721-3650

Dios Mio (my God), we’re loco (crazy) for the food at Casa Perico (house of the parrot). And the designers of the menu are pretty nuts, too. But you’ll forget all about the eye ache of those fonts when you dig into the tender, flavorful carnitas de puerco (little meats of pork) and the fresh fried avocado slices. And be less sad, vegetarians! Casa Perico has a boatload of meatless entrees, including the green joy of enchiladas de espinacas (spinach enchiladas), for you.

Crawfish Etouffee at The Shack in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Crawfish Etouffee at The Shack in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.

The Shack Seafood & Oyster Bar

303 NW 62nd St.

theshackok.com

608-4333

If you can’t find something new to eat at The Shack, you must be the chef, because the menu is a wild ride through Louisiana’s swamps on the way to Flavor Country. Okie Oysters are smoked oysters covered in bacon, jalapeño and garlic. The fried seafood platter packs in everything from stuffed shrimp to frog legs. The Shack even has a hamburger po’ boy for your officemate, Kevin, the guy who hates trying new foods.

Golden Taipei and Black Milk Tea with Boba at Cafe Taipei in Edmond, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Golden Taipei and Black Milk Tea with Boba at Cafe Taipei in Edmond, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.

Cafe De Taipei

603 S. Broadway, Edmond

216-9968

Sunday is actually the night Cafe De Taipei closes earliest, at 10 p.m. (It’s open 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.) Most nights, you can roll in after midnight and still get sushi, sashimi and bubble tea. Enjoy the Vampire Roll with torched salmon and garlic or the vegetarian Super Mario roll with baked mushrooms when you can.

The special, Pad Kra Pao, available most every day, including Sundays, is a faforite at Thai Thai, pictured with Thai Iced tea in Norman, 1-12-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • The special, Pad Kra Pao, available most every day, including Sundays, is a faforite at Thai Thai, pictured with Thai Iced tea in Norman, 1-12-16.

Thai Thai Asian Bistro

780 W. Main St., Norman

thaithainorman.com

307-0283

Q: Which cuisine has no winners?

A: I swear, if you say Thai food, I will come at you with a sword. I get it. Thai food sounds like “tie” food, but this is no laughing matter. We’re all winners when we get Thai food. Order sukiyaki; you win. Get some evil jungle curry; you win. Koong pad nam prik pao; a winner is you.

Q: So you don’t like puns?

A: No. I don’t like puns.

The All American featuring macaroni & cheese, with fries, next to The Wonderboy corn dog, and a vanilla shake, at Diamond Dawgs on Campus Corner in Norman, 12-12-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • The All American featuring macaroni & cheese, with fries, next to The Wonderboy corn dog, and a vanilla shake, at Diamond Dawgs on Campus Corner in Norman, 12-12-16.

Diamond Dawgs

753 Asp Ave., Norman

diamonddawgsnorman.com

364-3294

You might not make it to Monday if you finish your Sunday with Diamond Dawgs. The food is great, no question; but is it too great? Will you even be able to stop eating The Closer (a hot dog wrapped in ground beef and bacon) or put down The Mound (a chicken-fried dawg covered in mashed potatoes, gravy and fried onion strings)? And don’t get us started on The Wonderboy (a corn dog with crushed Cap’n Crunch batter).

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