Theres nothing wrong with Oklahomas current state meal, which was put on the books in 1988, except that it absolutely belongs to 1988. As good as fried okra, biscuits and gravy and barbecued pork are, Oklahoma City has grown and changed so much since then. We deserve a new state meal for 2015, and on Land Run Day, we get one. by Greg Elwell, photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck
Second Wind Coffeehouse
564 Buchanan Ave., Normanthesecondwind.org
If tornadoes and earthquakes dont wake you up, it might be time to try Oklahomas favorite nonalcoholic beverage: coffee. And if youre in Norman during the school year, volunteer-run Second Wind Coffee is an excellent stop. Need an extra kick? Try the Dantes Inferno with espresso, cayenne, chocolate, caramel, steamed milk and cinnamon.
- Garett Fisbeck
- Oklahoma Roll at Samurai in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
Samurai Sushi & Grill
1630 NW 23rd St.samuraioklahomacity.com
Whats more Oklahoman than an Oklahoma Roll? Its delicious and like most things we love imported from other places. Crab stick? Avocado? Those dont come from the plains. At Samurai, they come rolled up with cream cheese inside sushi rice and topped with sesame seeds. You wont know whether to say hi-ya or yee-haw.
- Garett Fisbeck
- Moody's Alfredo Pizza at Pizzini's Pizza in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 9, 2015.
5025 N. Rockwell Ave.787-6000
If theres one thing Oklahomans love to eat, its absolutely everything. And pizza is one of those meals that can be everything on one pie. With Alfredo sauce, chicken, tomatoes and bacon, the Mooneys Alfredo at Pizziniz Pizza is like a sweet slice of heaven in a cardboard box.
Taqueria Los Desvelados
1516 SW 29th St.616-2115
Mexican food part of Oklahomas state meal? OK, but counterpoint: Do you want tacos right now? Of course you do. Tacos are one of the Sooner States staple meals, which explains the proliferation of taco shops like Taqueria Los Desvelados, where they serve an al pastor taco so good youll sing the state song in Spanish.
- Garett FIsbeck
- Pho Tai Nam at Pho T&N in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Aptil 7, 2015.
Pho T&N Vietnamese Noodle House
13325 N. MacArthur Blvd.470-0648
When the weather gets chilly, Oklahoma City skips the chili and gets a big honking bowl of pho. This Vietnamese delight has spicy beef broth, thin cuts of steak and filling rice noodles. Choose a table at Pho T&N and pour on the Sriracha to ward away the cold like a true Oklahoman.
- Garett Fisbeck
- 10 oz. Prime Filet with bacon green beans and glazed carrots at Ranch Steakhouse in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
3000 W. Britton Roadranchsteakhouse.com
Theres nothing wrong with a chicken-fried steak, but have you ever tried a non-chicken-fried steak? Its also very good! And one of the citys finest purveyors of steakly meals is Ranch Steakhouse. Get your little doggies along if you want to experience prime beef like the dry-aged porterhouse.
4308 N. Western Ave.barrelokc.com
The No. 1 consumed vegetable by Oklahomans is ... french fries. OK, so were not the healthiest state in the union, but at least we know what we like. The Barrel does a great plate of fries, or go overboard with the chili cheese poutine, which adds fried cheese, beef, gravy and cheese sauce to your expertly cooked potatoes.
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