Revolucion freshens menu; Lago opens today in former Fuze
After the holidays, Revolucion, 916 NW 6 St., shut down for a short spell to freshen up its dining room and allow 84 Hospitality's new head of culinary development Andrew Eskridge to put his spin on the menu following the departure of Chris Becker last year.
The walls also got a fresh coat of blue paint to go with a new installation from local artist Jack Fowler.
We tried the new Ensalada Revolucion, which was outstanding. Grilled pineapple is a nice sidekick to this well-dressed salad founded on crunchy butter-leaf lettuce plus corn radish, queso fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds.
The biggest addition to the menu is a spectacular presentation of pork ribs that comes in halves and whole racks. The Pork Rib Carnitas I tried were tender and well-seasoned. A squirt of lime and a dab of salsa verde was all it needs for a lip-smacking result.
Following the theme of heartier plates, Eskridge has added Chicken-Fried Carne Asada, Barbacoa made from braised beef chuck, and a Burro filled with the standard ground beef, bean, rice, cheeses you expect plus a couple of nice surprises.
Not all the surprises were so nice. Gone are the Cochinita Pibil tostadas, Chorizo burger, Oaxacan Pizza and stoopid delicious tater tots. All tragic losses to the local food scene, they will be missed. Let us pause in remembrance.
Never fear, Queso Fundido is still here to go along with Fancy Queso, Mortar and Pestle Guacamole, an improved version of elote, though technically it is closer to what is called esquites since it is cut from the cob. Call it what you want as long as you make sure I have some on the table. Also enjoyed the new quinoa salad, and escabeche.
Revolucion serves the same fantastic cocktails and continues to offer a great selection of beer.
On days like today, let yourself dream forward to warmer days spent on the patio for cervezas, margaritas and tacos – oh, my.
Oh, and Revolucion would like you to know if you’re entertaining this Super Sunday, they can help with a customized Super Bowl Sunday package.
The restaurant is open daily. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays it opens at 10 a.m., closing at midnight Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday.
New buffet among comings and goings
The grand opening for Lago International Buffet and Bar is today with a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. Lago replaces Fuze at 2001 NW 142 St.
You’ll find Chinese food, sushi, Mexican food, seafood and steaks on the buffet, ranging from $8.99 at lunch to $12.99 at dinner, with special prices for kids and seniors. Today everything is half-price. ...
SmashBurger is down to one location in the metro. That store is at 1301 South I-35 Service Rd, Suite 101, in Moore. The Memorial Road location near Quail Springs Mall will soon be the city’s second spot for The Catch.
The Catch is a family seafood concept based in Ft. Worth with locations sprinkled all around the Lone Star State. The Catch leans toward Bayou-style seafood, meaning plenty of Cajun spiced shrimp, oysters, chicken, crawfish and even alligator. They also specialize in Po’ Boys. The Catch first came to Oklahoma City last year at Belle Isle, which proved successful enough to inspire a second location.
SmashBurger’s Memorial Road neighbor Genghis Grill also recently closed. It, too, has one remaining location in the metro at 2370 S Service Rd. in Moore.
COOP to celebrate 10 Anniversary
COOP Ale Works will celebrate its first 10 years with a celebration on March 2 at its taproom, 4745 Council Heights Rd.
Sessions are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at which ticket-holders will sample COOP’s core lineup plus limited-edition beers. Mission In-Pasta-Bowl, The Flying Pig BBQ, Rockin’ Rotolo, Rolled Up and Oh My Gogi food trucks will be on site.
General admission ticket holders get a commemorative anniversary beer and tasting glass plus access to six beer stations. VIP tickets get all that plus a full-sized glass, an expanded group of special release beers, and private restrooms.
General admission tickets are $40, VIP are $65.
Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 on event brite and at the Tower Theatre box office.
In preparation for the anniversary party, COOP’s taproom will be closed on Friday, March 1. It will reopen for normal operating hours on Wednesday, March 6.
Check for updates and more details about COOP here.