Here at the Gazette, there is nothing we hold more sacred than our annual Best of OKC contest. Owner Bill Bleakley has a tattoo under his moustache that says Original Best of OKC. But even we know that some great restaurants go unrecognized each year. So heres a smattering of our favorites that arent on the ballot (which you can find in this issue.)
by Greg Elwell,
photos by Mark Hancock, Garett Fisbeck and Keaton Draper
- The Caprese salad at Mickey Mantle's in Bricktown. mh
Mickey Mantles Steakhouse
7 S. Mickey Mantle Drive
Steak is one of Oklahomas 17 official favorite meats, and one of our favorite places to dig into a steak is Mickey Mantles Steakhouse. In addition to a bevy of steaks done well (though not always well-done), Mickeys is a great spot to grab a drink, chow down on a crab cake and watch for Thunder players after the game.
Saii Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
6900 N. May Ave.
OKC has seen a figurative explosion of sushi restaurants over the last 20 years. (Not a literal explosion. Think about how bad the city would smell.) For raw fish, sizzling stone pots and a bar that pours a mean sake, we love heading over to Saii. If your idea of an Asian bistro is Pei Wei, do yourself a favor and check out Saii instead.
- Rare Steak Noodle Soup at Pho Thai Nguyen. mh
Pho Thai Nguyen
3221 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahomans love pho, whether you pronounce it fuh or foe or some of that hot soup with the noodles in it. Slurp to your hearts content at Pho Thai Nguyen, but be sure to check out the rest of the menu. Pho is rightfully in the name, but its massive menu also includes classics like kung pao shrimp and seductively delicious Singapore noodles.
- Chicken Fried Steak at Good Gravy Diner. sc
Good Gravy! Diner
8014 N. Western Ave.
Will you shout, Good gravy! when your food arrives at Good Gravy! Diner? Probably not. First, because you recognize that, while funny, its not very considerate to your fellow diners. Second, because you will be too busy shoveling behemoth bites of biscuits and gravy into your happy gullet to make any noises that dont involve chewing or swallowing.
- Bobo's Chicken is good for all ages, races, and appetites. mh
1812 NE 23rd St.
What can be said about Bobos that hasnt been said before? Probably a lot of things. It has never been called Detroits finest pottery studio, for one. But if youd like to say things that actually relate to what they do, youll want to mention the slow-smoked wings fried up crisp and drenched in honey sauce. Open so late its early again, Bobos is definitely one of our favorites.
Casa Perico Mexican Grille
4521 NW 63rd St.
Its technically not illegal to say I dont like fajitas in Oklahoma, but HB 3021 (aka the Truth in Sizzling Plate Act) could change all that. If you want to stay on the right side of history and the right side of the law, get over to Casa Perico, which has been slinging meat onto cast iron skillets since 1996. Vegetarian? Our condolences. But they have food for you, too.
- Kristy Jennings, owner of t an Urban Teahouse, pours the hot tea into the first cooling container filled with Ice. mh
t, an urban teahouse
7518 N. May Ave.
Coffee is great. t owner Kristy Jennings will not dispute you on that. But have you tried tea before? Because that Twinings crud is disgusting. Instead, let the tea nerds at t make you a hot (or cold) cup that will revitalize your soul and energize your brain. Or, you know, you wont be thirsty anymore.