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). (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Del City

B-Won Korean–4517 S. Sunnylane Rd. (Korean) Open Daily.  Kimchi chee kae is very good. (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Chibugan–4738 SE 29th St. (Filipino) Closed Sun & 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). (Dining room is open 6-26-21)

Korean House–4716 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. (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

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). (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Jerusalem–38 E. 15th St. (Middle Eastern) Closed Sun. 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). (Dining room is open 7-15-20)

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). (Dining room is open 9-2-21)

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. (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

Simply Falafel–343 S. Blackwelder Ave. (Middle Eastern) Open daily except Sun evening.  The best feature about this restaurant is probably that it is a one-man operation, so every time you go the food will be the same. My experience was that it was very good. (Dining room is open 6-23-20)

Thai Delight–3409 S. Broadway (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 4:30 pm). I think this is probably the best Thai restaurant in the city for stir-fried dishes. Note: I think the other Thai Delight (on IH-35 frontage road) may be the best for curries. (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

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). (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Wa Ha Ha–801 S. Broadway (Chinese) Open Mon-Sat 11 am to 9 pm.  Handmade noodles–this noodle shop is very unique for Oklahoma. (Dining room is open 9-2-21)

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. (Dining room is open 6-26-21)

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). (Dining room is open 10-22-20)

Moore

Himalayas–709 N. Moore Ave. (Indian) Closed Tue.  Some Indian people tell me this is the best in the OKC metro. (Dining room is open but they have apparently discontinued the buffet 6-26-21)

Royal Bavaria–3401 S. Sooner Rd. (German) Dinner only (open daily). I really don’t know of any German food I have had anywhere that is better than this. Their standard dishes are very good, but one of the good points of the restaurant is its large menu that includes quite a few items not normally served at German restaurants. (Dining room is open 6-23-20)

Nicoma Park

Jim’s Famous Chicken–10811 NE 23rd St. (American) Closed Sun.  Fried chicken (apparently some of the best in the metro). (Dining room is open 6-23-20)

Norman

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). (Fusion Cafe combined with Wing It–dining room is open 7-15-20)

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). (Dining room is open 6-23-20)

Mr Hui–1522 W. Lindsey St. (Chinese) Closed Tue. 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. Has xiao long bao, hot pot, and other authentic items. (Takeout only 9-2-21)

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). (Dining room is open 6-26-21)

Thai Delight–761 Jenkins Ave. (Thai) Closed Mon. (closed from 3 to 4:30 pm).  Owners are related to the people who have Thai Delight in Edmond (which to me is a good recommendation). Has a large sushi menu (but I’m recommending Thai food based on my experience in Edmond). Reviews indicate that kao soi is one of the best dishes (as I think it is at Sushi Thai Delight in Edmond). (Dining room is open 6-26-21)

Thai Thai–3522 24th Ave. NW (Thai) Closed Mon (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  My friends say this is the best & most authentic Thai in Norman. (Dining room is open. Note: the location at 780 W. Main St. is takeout only 6-26-21)

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). (Dining room is open 6-26-21)

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. Chopped brisket and ribs seem to be the favorite items, but apparently everything is prepared the way it should be. (Dining room is open 6-16-20)

Billy Sims Barbecue–6401 Northwest Expwy. (BBQ) Open Daily. This and Swadley’s are the two “chain” barbecue restaurants I visit most frequently. Ribs, pulled pork and chicken are my favorite items here. (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Cafe Kacao–3325 N. Classen Blvd. (Guatemalan) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  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). (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

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). (Dining room is open 7-1-20)

Camilya’s–10942 N. May Ave. (Middle Eastern) Closed Sun. 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. (Dining room is open 7-15-20)

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). (Dining room is open 6-23-20)

Cheever’s–2409 N. Hudson Ave. (American) Open Daily. 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. (Dining room is open 6-16-20)

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).  (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Chuanyu Fusion–7011 W. Hefner Rd. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Authentic Sichuan food in the suburbs has made a big hit with the local area. I really liked the Chongqing diced chicken. (Dining room is open 7-30-21)

Clark Crew BBQ–3510 NW Expressway (BBQ) Open Daily.  Owner’s award winning barbecue is now being served in this new restaurant. I liked the chicken and brisket, but ribs are probably the most popular meat. I think the cornbread alone makes it worth coming. (Dining room is open 8-10-21)

Cous Cous–6165 N. May Ave. (Moroccan) Open Daily.  I recommend the tagines or other specials (posted on a board). (Dining room is open 6-16-20)

Dot Wo–3000 W. Memorial Rd. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Has one of the largest menus of authentic Chinese food in the city. For one of my favorites, the tofu clay pot with pork or vegetables, I think it is the best in town. (Dining room is open 8-10-21)

El Asadero–2703 S. Western Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Recommended to me by good sources (Jalisco style enchiladas, chile relleno, carne asada, chicken, salsa). (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

Four J’s–2920 S. Agnew Ave. (Lao) Closed Mon.  Restaurant with very good reviews (I think largely from people who had not previously tried Lao food). Also has Thai food (which gets equally good reviews). (Dining room is open 8-10-21)

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. (Dining room is open 7-1-20)

Golden Phoenix–2728 N. Classen Blvd. (Vietnamese & Chinese) 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. (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

Goro Ramen–3000 Paseo St. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Home of some very delicious ramen. I really liked the spicy miso ramen but I haven’t tried the others. (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

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. (Dining room is open 6-16-20)

Ingrid’s–3701 N. Youngs Ave. (German) Open Daily except Sun. evening.  Most popular at lunch (sandwiches are very good–I particularly like the turkey reuben). For dinner has German favorites. Don’t miss the desserts and pastries (Black Forest and cream horn are very good). Desserts here are not as sweet as most so you taste more of the cream and other fresh ingredients.  (Dining room is open 8-10-21)

Interurban–11316 W. Reno Ave. (American) Open Daily.  Mostly serves hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, etc. Has one of my favorite hamburgers in OKC (I get it with barbecue sauce). There are several locations in Oklahoma but this is the only one in OKC (but there are ones in Edmond & Norman). (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

Leo’s Barbeque–3631 N. Kelley Ave. (BBQ) Closed Sun.  This and Bedlam are considered among the best BBQ in OKC.  (Dining room is open 9-2-21)

Museum Cafe–415 Couch Dr. (American) Lunch only (closed Mon).  Very good food located next to the Art Museum (soup, salad, and light lunches are the specialty). It recently changed management and most reviews say it is as good as before (but some miss some of their favorite dishes that have been deleted from the menu). (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

Naan–12215 N. Pennsylvania Ave. (Indian)  Open Daily.  Serves South Indian food that I think is west coast quality. In addition it still has the North Indian food from Ajanta, the restaurant that was formerly in this building. The channa masala (the same that was served at Ajanta) is the best I have had anywhere. (Dining room is open 7-30-21)

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. (Dining room is open 10-22-20)

Packard’s New American Kitchen–201 NW 10th St. (New American) Closed Sun evening.  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. (Dining room is open 6-16-20)

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. (Dining room is open 7-1-20)

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. (Dining room is open 10-22-20)

Pho Cuong–3016 N. Classen Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  I think this is the best pho in OKC. (Dining room is open 7-15-20)

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). (Dining room and patio are open 7-15-20)

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). (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Saffron–3627 N. Portland Ave. (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2 to 4 pm).  Authentic and high quality Indian food that is at a whole different level than the buffet food that has traditionally been found at the city’s Indian restaurants. (Dining room is open 7-30-21)

Szechuan Bistro–1010 W. Memorial Rd. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Good quality Sichuanese cuisine (along with some American style favorites for those who do not want spicy food). Upscale decor. (Dining room is open 7-30-21)

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. At lunch, though, only the buffet is available (cannot order from the menu). (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Tamashii Ramen–321 NW 8th St. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Reviewers say the ramen is off the charts good (the spicy ramen and tonkatsu are most popular). (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

Tokyo–7516 N. Western Ave. (Japanese) Closed Mon & Sun lunch (and closed from 2 to 5:30 pm).  Very good and authentic Japanese food. I especially like the “Happy Lunch” with salmon teriyaki. (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Upper Crust–1205 NW 178th St. (Pizza) Open Daily.  In my recent experience this was the best pizza I tried. It is New York style. (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

Vito’s–7521 N. May Ave. (Italian) Dinner only (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. (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

The Village

1492 New World Latin Cuisine–9213 N. Penn Place (Mexican) Closed Mon.  Menu has recently changed. It has dropped several of the authentic Mexican dishes, but still serves upscale Latin American dishes that are very good. (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

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). (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Papa Dio’s–10712 N. May Ave. (Italian) Dinner only (open Wed-Sat only).  Has some outstanding dishes, such as chicken cacciatore, spaghetti cacciatore, chicken piccata, and Papa’s salad. (Dining room is open 7-1-20)

Tana Thai–10700 N. May Ave. (Thai) Open Daily. 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.). (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

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. (Dining room is open 6-5-20)

Charm Thai–5805 NW 50th St. (Thai) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  One of my favorite Thai places in OKC. All items are good, but I particularly like the ginger stir-fry and the pad prik khing. (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

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 (they are also Halal). I like the ghormeh sabzi and khoresh bedemjan. (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

Yukon

Primo’s–1215 Garth Brooks Blvd. (Italian) Open Daily.  Italian food that I think is big city quality, but at moderate prices. I particularly like the chicken picatta. (Dining room is open 7-28-21)

 

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:

Google Maps

OKC Talk

Oklahoma Gazette

Oklahoman (Food Dude)

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

visitokc.com

Yelp (Oklahoma City)

 

6 thoughts on “Restaurant Guide–Oklahoma City

    • 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!

  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).

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