Restaurant Guide–Oklahoma City

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Bethany

Birrieria Diaz–6700 NW 39th Expwy. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Authentic Mexican food from Aguascalientes.  I like everything, but one of my favorites is pozole. Enchiladas are notable because they are authentic Mexican style.  (Sister restaurant is El Birrias at 1933 N. MacArthur in Oklahoma City). (10-3-17)

Choctaw

Old Germany–15920 SE 29th St. (German) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Excellent German.  Chicken Jagerschnitzel is my favorite. (1-13-16)

Del City

B-Won Korean–4517 S. Sunnylane Rd. (Korean) Open Daily.  Kimchi chee kae is very good. (1-13-16)

Chibugan–4738 SE 29th St. (Filipino) Closed Sun night & Mon.  Reviewers say it is authentic and very good. This is also the only Filipino restaurant in OK and a good portion of the surrounding states (but look for the Filipino Fusion food truck in OKC, with a different owner, but also serving Filipino food). (3-27-17)

Korean House–4813 SE 29th St. (Korean) Closed Sun.  Recommended by many people but I haven’t had a chance to try it and compare it to B-Won. (1-13-16)

Edmond

Boulevard Steakhouse–505 S. Boulevard St. (Steakhouse) Dinner only (open daily).  One of the top 3 steaks I have had in the OKC area (but the main reason to pick this over the others is if you put equal value in good salads and side dishes). (8-22-16)

Haiget’s–308 W. Edmond Rd. (Ethiopian) Closed Sun & Mon.  Good reviews, and also serves Kenyan cuisine. (3-27-17)

Jerusalem–38 E. 15th St. (Middle Eastern) Open Daily. Excellent Middle Eastern food (the owner used to be the chef at Camilya’s). I particularly like the kabobs and the appetizers (such as hummous). (8-22-16)

Lemongrass Thai–253 S. Santa Fe Ave. (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  I think this is one of the top 2 or 3 Thai places in OKC (and is a little more upscale than most of the others). (1-13-16)

Signature Grill–1317 E. Danforth Rd. (Fine Dining) Dinner only (open Tue-Sat).  Reputed to be the best fine dining restaurant in OKC.  It does not meet the cost guideline for being included on this list, but I thought I’d let people know in case they want to try it. (1-13-16)

Thai Delight–3409 S. Broadway (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 4:30 pm). I think it is as good as Lemongrass for Thai flavor, but it is less upscale, has a very good lunch menu, and is easier to have a quick meal if you are in a hurry. (3-25-17)

The Heat–1319 S. Broadway (Pizza) Dinner only (closed Mon).  Formerly called Humble Pie. Excellent Chicago style pizza (people also rave about the New York style pizza). (10-3-16)

Wa Ha Ha–801 S. Broadway (Chinese) Open Mon-Sat 11 am to 10 pm.  Handmade noodles–this noodle shop is very unique for Oklahoma. (8-22-16)

El Reno

Johnnie’s Grill–301 S. Rock Island Ave. (Hamburgers) Open Daily.  Famous for its onion burgers, but I like the Coney equally well.  Note: Sid’s Diner and Robert’s Grill serve the same type of food and also get good reviews. (3-27-17)

Sid’s Diner–300 S. Choctaw Ave. (Hamburgers) Open 7 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Probably the most popular place in town for onion burgers. Restaurant holds about 30 people, so you might have to wait (but many like it better than Johnnie’s). (3-27-17)

Moore

Himalayas–709 N. Moore Ave. (Indian) Open Daily.  Some Indian people tell me this is the best in the OKC metro. (1-13-16)

Royal Bavaria–3401 S. Sooner Rd. (German) Dinner only (open daily).  Probably the best German I have had in Oklahoma.  There are a few minor things I do not like, such as having to pay extra for bread, and the red cabbage is not as good as at Old Germany (I think Royal Bavaria and Old Germany are the two best German restaurants in OKC and most likely in Oklahoma). (1-13-16)

Nicoma Park

Jim’s Famous Chicken–10811 NE 23rd St. (American) Closed Sun.  Fried chicken (apparently some of the best in the metro). (3-27-17)

Norman

Amazonia–584 Buchanan Ave. (Venezuelan) Closed Sun.  This is Venezuelan food, and everyone seems to be giving it five stars on Yelp. (I like restaurants that stick to one cuisine instead of trying to be “Latin American”).(3-25-17)

Coriander Cafe–323 White St. (Vietnamese) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Sun).  Serves several types of pho, as well as other items on the menu.  Largely has very good reviews. (3-27-17)

Fusion Cafe–760 W. Main St. (Korean) Closed Sun.  Probably the best Korean food I have had.  Spicy potato stew is good.  (This restaurant was formerly in Moore). (3-25-17)

Juan Del Fuego–223 34th Ave. SW (New Mexican) Open 7 am to 2 pm (closed Mon).  Reviewers say the food is primarily Santa Fe style.  Popular for breakfast (huevos rancheros are popular).  Apparently the owner used to cook at The Diner (and has a popular New Mexico style green chile burrito that he brought with him to this restaurant). (3-25-17)

Mr Hui–1522 W. Lindsey St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  In the same building as the now closed Bashu Legends (which had authentic Beijing and Sichuan food). Reviewers say Mr Hui is still somewhat authentic, serves food that is somewhat similar to Bashu Legends, but the owner is Taiwanese and the food has changed–some think it is disappointing compared to Bashu Legends but still good compared to other Chinese restaurants in the city. (3-25-17)

Ole Town Gyros & Kabob–402 E. Main St. (Persian) Closed Sun.  Supposedly it has authentic Iranian food (but in the reviews most people just mention the gyros). (3-27-17)

Thai Delight–761 Jenkins Ave. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 4:30 pm).  After trying the one in Edmond I have added this as possibly being the best and most authentic Thai in Norman. Also has a large sushi menu (but I’m recommending it based on the Thai food). (8-22-16)

Thai Thai–780 W. Main St. (Thai) Closed Mon.  My friends say this is the best & most authentic Thai in Norman. (2-28-16)

The Diner–213 E. Main St. (American) Open daily (breakfast & lunch only).  Blueberry pancakes, brisket hash.  Has several Mexican/Southwest dishes including huevos rancheros and a green chile cheeseburger.  At one time I heard that it had a green chile burrito (like ones in Albuquerque).  Now, though, the burrito has “ranchero sauce.”  Apparently one of the cooks left and opened his own restaurant (Juan Del Fuego) and may have taken this dish with him (in any case the menu for The Diner posted on the Internet no longer has a green chile burrito). (3-25-17)

Oklahoma City

Bedlam Bar-B-Q–610 NE 50th St. (BBQ) Closed Sun evening.  Generally considered as one of the best BBQ places in OKC. (3-26-17)

Billy Sims Barbecue–6401 Northwest Expwy. (BBQ) Open Daily. This and Swadley’s are the two “chain” barbecue restaurants I visit most frequently, but Billy Sims has recently emerged as my favorite because it is more consistent. Ribs are popular, but I think pulled pork may be just as good (I also like the chicken). Note: I like Swadley’s better for the atmosphere, the sides, and certain meats such as the turkey. (5-25-17)

Cafe Kacao–3325 N. Classen Blvd. (Guatemalan) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Mon).  Some say this and Juan del Fuego in Norman are the best Latin style breakfast restaurants in the Metro. Reviews are quite good for Cafe Kacao (but it is crowded and service can be slow). (3-25-17)

Cafe do Brasil–440 NW 11th St. (Brazilian) Closed Sun. evening & Mon.  This is not a Brazilian steakhouse–instead it has a varied menu of all types of Brazilian food (and it is my favorite Latin American restaurant in OKC). (8-22-16)

Camilya’s–10942 N. May Ave. (Middle Eastern) Closed Sun. evening. One of the top Lebanese/ Syrian style restaurants in OKC.  Meats are especially flavorful, juicy, high quality, and every other positive description I can give. Restaurant is small and closes at 8 pm. (9-20-16)

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse–1309 S. Agnew Ave. (Steaks) Open Daily (including breakfast).  Historic restaurant that has an atmosphere that almost makes it worth the trip for that alone.  It used to be great, but now I think it depends on what you order (my family, friends, and I like the filet, T-bone, and rib eye). (2-28-16)

Cheever’s–2409 N. Hudson Ave. (American) Closed Sun.  Semi-upscale atmosphere with very good food (and a good bang for the buck).  This would be my number one recommendation for someone visiting the city and wanting a general menu (not ethnic food, BBQ, or a steakhouse).  I was disappointed in their Mexican food, though. (2-28-16)

Chow’s–3033 N. May Ave. (Chinese) Closed Tue.  Authentic Cantonese/ Hong Kong style food.  Chinese style lunch specials are a good bargain.  For upscale food I especially like the fish (such as steamed fish with ginger and scallions).  (3-26-17)

Cous Cous–6165 N. May Ave. (Moroccan) Open Daily.  I recommend the tagines or other specials (posted on a board). (3-27-17)

El Asadero–2703 S. Western Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Recommended to me by good sources (Jalisco style enchiladas, chile relleno, carne asada, chicken, salsa). (3-26-17)

Fassler Hall–421 NW 10th St. (German) Open Daily.  Bavarian style beer hall.  Serves bratwurst, pretzels, schnitzel, falafel dog (vegetarian), and snacks to go with the beer. (3-14-16)

Flip’s–5801 N. Western Ave. (Italian) Open Daily (open late night).  The Lombardy Pizza is probably my favorite pizza in OKC. (3-27-17)

Fung’s Kitchen–3231 N. Classen Blvd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  One of the top Cantonese style authentic restaurants in OKC. Has dim sum on weekends, but I think the best items are from the regular menu. (3-27-17)

Golden Phoenix–2728 N. Classen Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  The menu is half Chinese and half Vietnamese. Building was rebuilt after a fire and the menu was revamped as well (now I rate the Chinese food as good as the Vietnamese–both are among the best in the city).  Note: they now have restaurants in Midwest City and Shawnee. (10-3-17)

Grand House–2701 N. Classen Blvd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Has an authentic Cantonese menu, and I find it to be good quality. Some look down on it because it has a large Americanized menu, but food from the Chinese menu is very competitive with the other restaurants. It also has the most upscale dining room of the Asian District choices (prices are a little on the high side because of this but I feel that you do get good quality food and service). A bonus is that they sell cakes from La Baguette. (10-3-17)

Green & Grilled–6320 NW Expressway (American) Open Daily.  Healthy and very fresh food (chicken, pork, beef, or tofu) cooked in Colombian style adobo sauce. Excellent salads and soups. Recently moved to its new location. (10-3-17)

Guernsey Park–2418 N. Guernsey Ave. (Vietnamese) Open daily except Sun evening.  Vietnamese fusion restaurant with upscale food and excellent reviews. (2-28-16)

Ingrid’s–3701 N. Youngs Ave. (German) Open Daily except Sun. evening.  Most popular at lunch (sandwiches are very good). For dinner has German favorites. Don’t miss the desserts and pastries (Black Forest and cream horn are very good).  (3-27-17)

Leo’s Barbeque–3631 N. Kelley Ave. (BBQ) Closed Sun.  This and Bedlam are considered among the best BBQ in OKC.  (3-26-17)

Ludivine–805 N. Hudson Ave. (New American) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Farm to table restaurant.  It’s reputed to be one of the best restaurants in the city, but price is $$$.  Reviewers say they enjoyed the experience. (3-14-16)

Museum Cafe–415 Couch Dr. (American) Lunch daily; dinner Tue-Sat.  Very good food located next to the Art Museum (soup, salad, and light lunches are the specialty). (3-26-17)

Nunu’s–3131 W. Memorial Rd. (Lebanese) Closed Sun.  Tops in OKC for cabbage rolls, lentil soup, tabouli, and fatoosh salad.  Daily specials are very good such as the eggplant casserole on alternate Thursdays and meat pie every Tuesday. Hashwa and hummous are among my favorite dishes here. The vegetarian sampler plate gives a large variety of very good food at a good price. (10-3-17)

Packard’s New American Kitchen–201 NW 10th St. (New American) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  I get the feeling this is not a destination restaurant, but it is a very good one surrounded by other very good restaurants within a few blocks.  Popular items here are mac & cheese, grilled pork filet, red lentil curry, veggie sandwich, and really quite a few others. (3-26-17)

Paseo Grill–2909 Paseo St. (American) Closed Sat lunch & Sun.  Always voted one of the top restaurants of the city. Has excellent steaks, but there are a number of alternatives that people also recommend. Salads and mushroom soup are highly recommended. (3-26-17)

Pho Ca Dao–2431 N. Classen Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open daily except Sun evening.  Has authentic vermicelli bowls with fish sauce that has not been sweetened for American tastes. (3-27-17)

Pho Cuong–3016 N. Classen Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  I think this is the best pho in OKC. (10-3-17)

Picasso Cafe–3009 Paseo St. (New American) Open Daily.  Popular restaurant with some upscale dishes and some ordinary ones that are just prepared very well. It is also said to “take vegetarian cooking seriously” (which is what it takes to prepare really good vegetarian food). (3-27-17)

Ranch Steakhouse–3000 W. Britton Rd. (Steaks) Dinner only (open daily).  $$$$ (but worth it).  Probably has the best steaks in OKC (and the OKC steaks are good enough to qualify as a regional specialty). (3-26-17)

Szechuan Bistro–1010 W. Memorial Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Good quality Sichuanese cuisine (along with some American style favorites for those who do not want spicy food).  Upscale decor. (10-3-17)

Taj–1500 NW 23rd St. (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Buffet is very good, and food ordered from the menu is even better.  Specializes in southern Indian cuisine. (3-26-17)

Tamashii Ramen–321 NW 8th St. (Japanese) Closed Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Reviewers say the ramen is off the charts good (the spicy ramen and tonkatsu are most popular). (3-27-17)

Tokyo–7516 N. Western Ave. (Japanese) Closed Mon & Sun lunch.  Very good and authentic Japanese food. I especially like the “Happy Lunch” with salmon teriyaki. (5-25-17)

Vito’s–7521 N. May Ave. (Italian) Closed Sun.  This has consistently been one of my two favorites (along with Papa Dio’s in The Village).  Menu includes Kansas City/ St. Louis style favorites (such as chicken spedini).  I especially like the eggplant parmesan, Italian sausage, and chicken scalloppine. (5-25-17)

The Village

1492 New World Latin Cuisine–9213 N. Penn Place (Mexican) Open Daily.  Menu has recently changed. It has dropped several of the authentic Mexican dishes, but still serves upscale Latin American dishes that are very good. (10-3-17)

Johnnie’s–2652 W. Britton Rd. (Hamburgers) Open Daily.  Charcoal broiled burgers are worth trying, but what I like even better is the Johnnie’s sauce.  I usually get the veggie burger here (it is great with Johnnie’s sauce). (5-25-17)

Papa Dio’s–10712 N. May Ave. (Italian) Dinner only (closed Sun).  Has some outstanding dishes, such as chicken cacciatore, spaghetti cacciatore, chicken piccata, and Papa’s salad. (3-26-17)

Tana Thai–10700 N. May Ave. (Thai) Closed Sun. Lately this has been one of my favorite restaurants because I have been going at lunch when it is cheaper, and I know what to order (pad thai, green curry, basil dishes, etc.). (5-25-17)

Warr Acres

Abel’s–5822 NW 50th St. (Mexican).  Open daily 11 am to 11 pm.  Skip the Americanized dishes and try the large variety of authentic dishes from the menu or the “special menu” (with tacos, quesadillas, gorditas, or tortas).  Tacos al pastor are especially good.  Also has some of the best enchiladas in OKC (but order the authentic Mexican ones). Note: after 9 pm you get the “special menu” at a cheaper price, but it comes without the chips, salsa, and other extras normally served with meals. (10-3-17)

Charm Thai–5805 NW 50th St. (Thai) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  My current favorite Thai place in OKC.  All items are good. (5-25-17)

Gloria’s–5801 NW 50th St. (Mexican) Open daily except Wed night and Sun night.  Has a flavor that I compare to the restaurants in El Paso. Some menu items are American style if you want it, but I really recommend their Mexican style dishes (of which there is a wide selection). (10-3-17)

Travel By Taste–4818 N. MacArthur Blvd. (Persian) Closed Sun-Mon.  Restaurant and deli (deli items are fresh and delicious).  “Specialty Dishes” on the menu are the restaurant’s Persian specialties. I like the ghormeh sabzi and khoresh bedemjan. (10-3-17)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

OKC Talk

Oklahoma Gazette

Oklahoman (Dave Cathey’s Columns)

Oklahoman (Food Dude)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Oklahoma City)

Zomato (Oklahoma City)

 

6 thoughts on “Restaurant Guide–Oklahoma City

  1. For middle eastern food Camilyas is good but I prefer Nunu’s hashwa, cabbage rolls, and sfeeha (meat pies). Nunu’s has more authentic Lebanese food.

    • These are among my favorites at Nunu’s as well. If I am not mistaken the meat pie is only available on Wednesdays, but I will be glad to correct this if someone has better information (I think they may also have it on weekends).

    • If you mean chili sauce without the meat, I have not personally run across this. I will keep an eye out for it, though.

      Are you thinking of a bowl of chili without meat or something like a hot dog with just the chili sauce and not the meat? If so, there should be something like this but I just can’t think of any offhand. For Mexican restaurants there are several that have enchiladas with red or green chile and no meat, but I don’t think this is the question you are asking (I’m just trying to come up with something that might help).

      • Thanks for the reply. Yes I meant chili sauce with no meat. I haven’t been able to find it either but thought if anyone knew it would be you!

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