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OKG Eat: Leftover hangover

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How many turkeys did grandma make again? Somehow, the fridge, freezer and several coolers in the backyard are full of dark meat, and there’s only a single thimbleful of gravy left. There’s just so much of that gobbler you can gobble. What you need is a meal out. Here are a few ideas:

— By Greg Elwell

Photos by Mark Hancock 

and Garett Fisbeck

Grilled Onion Cheeseburger and onion rings in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Grilled Onion Cheeseburger and onion rings in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.

4U Café and Catering

400 S. Vermont Ave., Suite 110

hhshootingsports.com/shop/cafe

947-3888

4U Café bills itself as Oklahoma City’s Original Gun Range Cafe, which might tell visitors a lot about how deep the Second Amendment culture runs in our fair city. But even if you’re not interested in bullets, you’d be a fool to shoot off your mouth about the food at 4U without giving it a try. It serves top-notch onion burgers, Frito chili pies and an award-winning chicken salad sandwich. (It’s from the first chicken to place in a skeet shooting competition.)

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich and tator tots, at Ann's Chicken Fry on 39th Expressway in OKC, 11-13-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich and tator tots, at Ann's Chicken Fry on 39th Expressway in OKC, 11-13-15.

Ann's Chicken Fry House and Gift Shop

4106 NW 39th St.

943-8915

“I just got through with that turkey, and now you want me to eat chicken?” is something you might say if you’ve never been to Ann’s Chicken Fry House, where the specialty isn’t fried birds, but rather chicken-fried steaks. There’s nothing quite so entertaining as watching someone’s face when one of these beauties finds its way to a table. These meaty delights are so big they can hang off the plate and come replete with plenty of country (not turkey) gravy.

Lamb chops at Camilya's Cafe in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Lamb chops at Camilya's Cafe in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.

Camilya's Cafe

10942 N. May Ave.

418-4141

Due to a long-standing feud between turkey producers and Turkey the country, there are rarely any turkeys included in the Mediterranean diet. That makes Camilya’s Cafe an ideal spot for your post-Thanksgiving meal. There are gyros, of course, but why not explore something really unique, like okra cooked with ground beef, garlic, onion and tomato sauce or feast on a few tender lamb chops?

Build your own pizza, in halves, quarters, and wholes, at Crooked Crust, 757 Asp Ave., in Norman, 11-16-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Build your own pizza, in halves, quarters, and wholes, at Crooked Crust, 757 Asp Ave., in Norman, 11-16-15.

Crooked Crust

757 Asp Ave., Norman

crookedcrust.com

515-9111

For a place called Crooked Crust, it has a pretty straightforward menu. Any whole pizza is $16, and that includes unlimited toppings. Specialty pies? $16. Cheese and pepperoni? $16. Some weird combo of barbecue sauce, every kind of pepper, mushroom, pineapple and cream cheese? Still $16. Best of all, there’s not a hint of turkey on the menu. If only you could get your family to agree to pizza for Thanksgiving dinner in the first place.

Italian beef and sausage sandwich at Cal's Chicago in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Italian beef and sausage sandwich at Cal's Chicago in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.

Cal's Chicago Style Eatery

7202 W. Hefner Road

calseatery.com

721-7700

Nobody brought pickle fries to Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes and dry stuffing and green bean casserole, sure, but where were the pickle fries, Aunt Kevin? Take your leave of dull sides and park yourself in a booth at Cal’s, where you can find a tasty Italian beef sandwich, Polish sausage and a heaping helping of crunchy, sour and habit-forming pickle fries.

Street Tacos at La Frontera on N. MacArthur Blvd., in OKC, 11-13-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Street Tacos at La Frontera on N. MacArthur Blvd., in OKC, 11-13-15.

La Frontera

2008 N. MacArthur Blvd.

949-0088

You should never name a dog Tacos. Imagine if it got loose. Then you’re stuck running down the street, yelling, “Tacos! Tacos! Here, Tacos!” And that is a recipe for a riot. Because Oklahomans come a-running when they a-hear someone a-talking about tacos. Save yourself a lot of heartache and just go to La Frontera for your asada and carnitas tacos and name your dog something else, like Father Tinkles O’Fluffy, Ph.D.

Honey Orange Chicken Panini sandwich and chips, with a cupcake for dessert, at The Sweetery Eatery on N. May Avenue in OKC, 11-13-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Honey Orange Chicken Panini sandwich and chips, with a cupcake for dessert, at The Sweetery Eatery on N. May Avenue in OKC, 11-13-15.

The Sweetery Eatery

12301 N. May Ave.

sweeteryeatery.com

751-2259

The Sweetery Eatery is a lot of things: a cute little cafe with sandwiches, a bakery with fresh cookies and a purveyor of fine salad. But there’s one thing it isn’t, and that’s open after 3 p.m. So if you have a post-holiday hankering for a cupcake, a pastrami and Swiss panino or the Ultimate BLT (with avocado and cream cheese), make plans to get there early.

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