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Wagons Feast! Chuck Wagon Festival returns for Memorial Day

The Chuck Wagon Festival returns to town for Memorial Day.

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Pork futures bright in the 405

This week's dining news includes chef Josh Valentine's return to the 405, a new spot in Film Row, a new burger spot in The...

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Local chefs run a-fowl for culinary supremacy

Local chefs gathered Sunday at The Hutch on Avondale for a 405 Fried Chicken Challenge, and now the public can get a taste for...

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Rebirth of the Cool in Paseo and Welcome to the Ham Show at Fatty's

The Food Dude checks out the brand-new Red Rooster Bar and recently opened Fatty's Smokehouse in Moore.

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Steak at The Drake, A new menu at St. Mark's, and more local chefs getting TV Time

Oklahoma City's latest news from the diningsphere includes steak at The Drake, a new menu at St. Mark's Chop Room, and Oklahoma...

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Bethany fifth-grader cooks his way to cusp of appearance on 'Chopped!'

Bethany Elementary fifth-grader needs help from his community to bring home the gold in national competition for young chefs.

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Pizza palace rises in Chisholm Creek

The avalanche of new dining options continues this week with an early look at a palatial new pizza place from Provision...

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New Pizzeria opens in palatial property

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey visits Birra Birra and shares the latest from Oklahoma City's burgeoning dining scene...

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Gone South: Hal Smith Group takes breakfast in a new direction

El Huevo Mexi-Diner, 3522 24th Ave NW, opened Monday, offering further proof the Hal Smith Restaurant Group never sleeps....

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'Community Table' episode 2: Winning Big, Falling Hard, and Composting Loss

The second episode of Community Table features Corey Harris of Off the Hook, Sean and Cathy Cummings of Vito's Ristorant and...

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Choctaw legend Old Germany closes

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, has the latest comings and goings from Oklahoma City's diningsphere.

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Founder to revive legendary local Italian eatery Bellini's

Tommy Byrd will revive his Bellini's Italian Ristorante and Grill at Waterford Properties after selling the property currently...

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Food Dude: Martinis, blueberry beignets and pork and cork to dream on

Dave Cathey, Oklahoma City's Food Dude, breaks down the latest news from the local dining scene including the return of Artini,...

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Harrises take home $10,000 with more TV time scheduled

Owners of Off the Hook Seafood & More win on Food Network, Urbun Eats reopens in Uptown, The Skirvin has a new chef and so...

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UPDATED: Harris family's culinary battle on Food Network now airing Monday

In case you weren’t convinced Off the Hook Seafood & More is hot like Sriracha, chef Corey “Slawta” Harris...

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BBQ fans rejoice, plus new beer, sweets and the return of the Caffeine Crawl

Dave Cathey shares details from a recent uptick in local barbecue options around Oklahoma City plus information about a new...

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Magasin Table nice add to local Asian fare and Vuong Nguyen is back and busier than ever with trio of concepts

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, reports on the sudden closing of ultra-popular Tsubaki Szechuan plus the return of chef...

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Dining options continue to grow

The Food Dude has the latest from Oklahoma City's dining scene, including developments in the Paseo Arts District and new items...

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Downtown spot reinvents dinner and a movie options

Bleu Garten owners seek to build its audience with a kitschy new movie house called Banquet Cinema Pub, featuring pizza, a full...

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Revolucion freshens menu; Lago opens today in former Fuze

Downtown Oklahoma City's Revolucion makes some subtle changes to its menu while Lago International Buffet opens near Quail...

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Your Sunday dinner plans have changed

In a surprise post, celebrity chef Danny Bowien announced his Mission Chinese will be offering vegan take-out on Sunday.

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Midwest City the site for new kind of restaurant fusion

Longtime Deep Fork Group partner Dave Attalla is betting Midwest City is hungry to support local, independent restaurants and...

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Taproom opens to the public Saturday

Elk Valley Brewing Company opens its new Midtown taproom to the public on Saturday with a weekend-long celebration.

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Food Network continues to mine the 405 for talent

The Oklahoman's Food Editor Dave Cathey keeps up with the latest news from Oklahoma's burgeoning dining scene. This week, a big...

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Local chef can now expect to owe lunch to everyone he knows

Chef Kevin Lee of Vast won $20,000 on the Food Network's hit show "Guy's Grocery Games," but that only scratches the surface on...

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Kitchen at Commonplace doesn't operate by the book

Something special is cooking at The Kitchen at Commonplace, 1325 N Walker Ave., but it isn't just food. What they do have to...

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Your guide to Thanksgiving Day dine-out options

Here's a running list of Oklahoma City restaurants open for Thanksgiving.

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Stranger teams with former 'Top Chef' star on Italian concept

Local chef Jonathon Stranger and celebrity chef Fabio Viviani unveil Osteria on Saturday plus news about a pecan festival in...

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Tune in for local talent

There’s been no shortage of local cooking talent on display across the country lately with plenty more on the schedule. On...

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OKC restaurant ranked best in the nation

Nonesuch, a new concept from Day One Hospitality, has been chosen No. 1 on Bon Appetit's list of best new restaurants in America.

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Chain promises upgrade in local craft burger and beer bar game

The Oklahoman's Food Editor Dave Cathey shares news from the local dining scene. This week, a preview of Hopdoddy Burger Bar,...

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Food trucks, fashion show, live music and a pho-eating contest are planned for the event in Military Park.

The Asian Distrct will host its first night market from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday in Military Park.l

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Local dining-scape becomes game of musical chairs

Sara Sara Cupcakes moves out of Automobile Alley, Katiebug's moves in; Empire building new home down the street in The Plaza

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Ceviche isn't the only seafood in this week's dining notes.

Rococo is throwing a clambake, the poke wave hits Oklahoma City, another local chef will appear on Guy's Grocery Games, and...

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8 Oklahoma City restaurants we wish would reopen for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is nigh and reservations at Oklahoma City’s most exclusive restaurants are disappearing fast. If only we could...

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The ambitious culinary bridge between the Asian District and Uptown 23rd Guernsey Park will close Jan. 28.

Guernsey Park, a celebration of Asian flavors and classic technique, in Oklahoma City's Uptown 23rd District announced on...

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Asian restaurant, all-night chains, hotels among common options for Christmas; reservations a must for NYE

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, writes about holiday dining options in Oklahoma City.

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Nic's Grill now open Fridays for dinner and Saturdays for lunch; The Drake revives lunch service.

The Oklakhoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, shares news from Nic's Grill and The Drake, who are both adding more ways to enjoy...

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Danny Bowien wows late-night host with spicy chicken wings

Celebrity Celebrity chef and Westmoore-grad Danny Bowien once again appears on national television, this time making spicy...

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Hal Smith group latest to join breakfast club

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, has the skinny on Neighborhood Jam plus news from around the local dining scene.

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Will Rogers to host evening of food, drink and live music

Local members of the hospitality industry have organized a one-of-kind event to raise money for storm-torn Puerto Rico. The...

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OKC Energy striker hits the road with the Food Dude for quality crullers

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, goes on a search for doughnuts with Oklahoma City Energy striker Andy Craven, stopping...

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Legend of Jack Sussy to live on in former Bolero space

When Sussy's Eatery in Spirits opens in October, it will keep alive the legend of one of Oklahoma City's most famous and...

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Putnam City North grad shines in the limelight

Putnam City North and Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts graduate Gabriel Lewis was eliminated from Fox's "MasterChef" last...

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Historic restaurant space to go to highest bidder Aug. 9 at Dakil

For the second time in two years, the historic Haunted House restaurant space in northeast Oklahoma City will go on the auction...

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Breakfast is the new black: Ludivine adds brunch; two new breakfast concepts planned

Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman's Food Dude, shares news and notes from Oklahoma City's food and beverage community. This week's...

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Grab your utensils, Katy Perry is what's cookin' in her new video

Pop star Katy Perry is the latest to use the culinary arts to express herself. In her new video for "Bon Appetit," the pop star...

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Oklahoman documentary on OSU's FAPC to premieire on OETA Thursday

OETA will premiere "20 Years of Made in Oklahoma Food Innovation" on Thursday. The documentary focuses on FAPC clients turned...

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Cultivar, Red Coyote offer relief for runners

Cultivar Mexican Kitchen and Red Coyote Running and Fitness have partnered to off support to participants and spectators at...

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Pioneer Woman postpones OKC book-signing

Author Ree Drummond postpones her scheduled book-signing at Full Circle Bookstore, which was scheduled for Monday. Reasons were...

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Who ordered the enchiladas and Motown?

Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman's Food Dude columnist, shares secrets from his kitchen, which include more than cooking. Here he...

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Midtown dining news: Gigglez to become Kong's, one new bakery opens another to follow

News and notes from Oklahoma City growing dining scene, including three new concepts in Midtown, a new job for chef Chris...

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Iguana will operate in temporary space for two weeks

The Iguana Mexican Grill will close its main restaurant for two weeks for remodeling. During the work, the concept will operate...

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Another day, another restaurant closes: West to shutter in Bricktown

2017 continues a dubious trend of restaurant closures in Oklahoma City with the announcement that West would close its...

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Local product champion Urban Agrarian closing

After nine years, Urban Agrarian will close according to its owner Matthew Burch. The announcement comes after the local market...

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Edmond's Lottinvilles Wood Grille closes

Continuing a recent string of high-profile closings, Lottinvilles Wood Grille in Edmond announced its closing on social media...

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Northpark unwraps Hacienda Tacos today

Hacienda Tacos opens in the Shoppes at Northpark. Owners Bryan Neel and Robby Vernon bring plenty of local restaurant knowledge...

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J. Bruner's will haunt no more as of Jan. 2

A year and a half after reopening, the iconic Haunted House restaurant will shutter again. Owner Patrick Boylan confirmed the...

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En Croute opens today in Nichols Hills Plaza

En Croute, 6460 Avondale Dr., opens today in Nichols Hills Plaza. The fromagerie, bistro and bar looks like another building...

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The Drake changes course, embraces standard service format

Amid three restaurant openings, A Good Egg Dining group announced big changes to The Drake Seafood and Oysterette. The Drake...

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Ludivine loses a co-founder but promises continued growth

Local chef Jonathon Stranger is leaving the restaurant he helped co-found, it was announced Saturday. Partners Chip Fudge and...

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Barrios opens in Midtown today

A Good Egg Dining opens its first Mexican restaurant with Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes in Midtown. The eighth concept in the...

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Author/blogger/outdoorsman Hank Shaw in town tonight, tomorrow

Hank Shaw, author of three books and a blog, will be at the R&J Lounge and Supper Club Monday and Ludivine Tuesday to sign...

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Nic's burgers can now be enjoyed by the masses

Nic's Diner and Lounge opened Tuesday, drawing large lunch crowds and plenty of oohs and ahhs. The new place offers the same...

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Three new restaurants to open in next seven days: The Pritchard, Nic's Diner and Dekora!

The Pritchard Wine Bar opened this afternoon in the Plaza District, the long-awaited Nic's Diner and Lounge will open sometime...

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The Coach House evolves into The Hutch on Avondale; now open

The Coach House closed in February after a 30-year run, but reopened as The Hutch on Avondale on Tuesday. Chef David Henry and...

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Farewell to The King: A toast

Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer made an impact across cultural boundaries during his 87 years. His most enduring legacy in the...

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Legend of Jack Sussy's epilogue written as Nomad II closes doors

Nomad II Italian Grill announces its closing. The restaurant was the last opened by infamous Oklahoma City gambler and...

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Charcoal Oven closed Sunday, sign comes down Monday, but story's not over

Charcoal Oven closed its original location on Sunday. Its iconic sign was removed by G&S Signs on Monday. The Wilson family...

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Dispelling jelly-readiness fears and promoting fruityliciousness, that's what I do

Making jelly doesn't require an AARP card, just some Mason jars, fresh fruit and a good playlist.

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Celebrate Dad with The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook

Do you think your dad is a superhero?  You can celebrate this Father's Day with a last-minute gift of The Official DC...

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New food truck court rolls out this weekend at Farmers Market

Local attorney Bud Scott shared plans for the new Delmar Gardens Food Truck Court at the Farmers Market more than a year ago,...

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UPDATED: More than 40 food trucks on 2016 H&8th roster

As Brandy McDonnell reported a couple of weeks ago, the one and only H&8th Night Market for 2016 is scheduled for Friday,...

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'Everybody Wants Some!!' more of a good thing from Linklater

Richard Linklater’s new film “Everybody Wants Some!!” delivers the same kind of tight-jean wearing, hard-rocking, warm-hearted,...

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Linklater's new film reveals more of his Texistential universe

So, what does the man who made an art film that forever changed the landscape of the medium make for an encore? A raunchy...

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Saucee Sicilian joins Wednesday's downtown Lunchrox

Give your lunchbox the day off Wednesday and enjoy The Oklahoman's Lunchrox listening party, featuring pizza and meatballs from...

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'Peake Conditions: Food forecast for postseason includes wienernadoes

It’s playoff time, Oklahoma City, and just as the Thunder is ramping up for a championship run so is the kitchen crew at...

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Have a drink on the Beatles at the Bar at Ludivine on Friday (and a toast with me)

When Ludivine, 805 N Hudson, releases its new Beatles-inspired spring cocktail menu on Friday, I’ll be there to give the...

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Chae to open concept in Tower Theatre; Rococo announces two clambakes

Next Wednesday in The Oklahoman you’ll find an in-depth story about the new Korean restaurant Chae, but in the process of...

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Feed your March Madness appetite in Oklahoma City

March Madness is back in Oklahoma City this year. That means when the throng of basketball fans downtown aren’t in the...

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Taco 'bout timing, Cultivar opens Monday and more local food/drink news

Ever since its sign went up over the space at 714 N Broadway late last year, Cultivar Mexican Kitchen has been an almost...

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Haunted House gets into the spirit of Easter with brunch

Of course the local restaurant most associated with resurrection is offering  special brunch on the holiday most...

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21c Museum Hotel to house Mary Eddy's Kitchen + Lounge

Walking through the imminent 21c Museum Hotel on the west edge of Film Row still requires a hard-hat, but details of what the...

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Restaurant industry mourns McClendon

News of Aubrey McClendon’s death sent shock waves through Oklahoma City’s restaurant industry, which he regularly supported as...

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Tune in to CNBC Wednesday for local Taste (and vote for it, too!)

Nunu's Mediterranean Cafe and Market owner Clayton Farhood and general manager Stephen Bradley will appear on CNBC's...

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Twelve Oaks to close; property for sale

As feared, Oklahoma's flagging economy has claimed another long-standing restaurant. Twelve Oaks restaurant, located east of...

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The Canebrake closes effective immediately, and Oklahoma is a little less awesome

Sad tidings out of Waggoner today with the announcement The Canebrake closed effective immediately. The world-class spa, resort...

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Flint celebrates Valentine's day before Thanksgiving

Chef Josh Valentine started today as the first in a series of guest chefs who will join Flint, 15 N Robinson Ave....

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Updated dining options for Thanksgiving

We didn't have room to get the updated list into print this morning, so here it is online. We will continue to update the list...

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West in Bricktown opens today in time for lunch

Restaurant Concepts welcomes its newest addition to the family today when West in Bricktown opens at 11 a.m. in the former home...

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The George goes dark; Founders Tower has a tall vacancy to fill

The George Prime Steakhouse, which opened atop Founders Tower last June, has shuttered. Officials with Founders Tower and owner...

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Danny Bowien treats Jimmy Fallon and Questlove to an Edna's Lunchbox on 'Tonight Show'

SHOUT OUT TO @ednasokc @LUNCHBOXES ON THE @jimmyfallon SHOW! Love #EdnasLunchboxes @EdnasDoor pic.twitter.com/JUeAqZcGW6 —...

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It's the end of the month so it's time for H&8th and friends to populate Midtown

September's last Friday is tomorrow, meaning the H&8th night market and friends will unleash a fleet of food trucks on...

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Pokes-Horns football game good excuse to visit Austin's First Church of the Holy Brisket

AUSTIN, TEXAS —On  Saturday afternoon two teams in orange will clash at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium, which will no...

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Silver Dollar rolls to top of Great Taste of a Fair contest

As promised, here's the final tally from yesterday's A Great Taste of a Fair. Fairest of Them All: 1st Place: Wonderboy Diamond...

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Get him (and everyone else) to the Greek

If you need proof of Oklahoma City’s thriving Greek community, head north of the Memorial Road intersection on Pennsylvania...

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Tsubaki has Kobe beef so you should probably go get some

A quick note to let you know Tsubaki Sushi & Hibachi, 5900 W Memorial Road, is currently carrying Kobe beef. I stopped by...

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Is The Drake the Goodest Egg So Far?

With the opening of The Drake Seafood and Oysterette, Keith and Heather Paul’s mastery of the restaurant business has become...

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The Food Fight that never was

In case you’re concerned about a “food fight” rising up between the H & 8th Night Market and a new one the city council...

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Producers Dinner Series continues with Walnut Creek

It's not too late to get a seat at the table at The Tasting Room, 4322 N Western Ave., for tonight's Producers Dinner with...

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Update on Nani-gate

Chefs Colin Stringer and Andon Whitehorn had the first of what could be a number of days in court before a local judge,...

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Oklahoma City chefs gaining notice beyond borders

Last Sunday, chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson's R&J Lounge and Supper Club was featured in the New York Times...

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UPDATED: The Haunted House has risen from the dead

It's official, the the house that sits at the end of the lane called Miramar Drive is haunting again starting. After more than...

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Cafe Condesa, Anchor Down open downtown

Downtown dining took a big step forward with two recent openings. Last week, Cafe Condesa, 300 Park Ave., opened in the vacant...

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Western wears on despite growing competition; VZD's reboot nears, The Sandwich Club Opens

Before Midtown, Uptown, the Plaza District or even Bricktown, the North Western Avenue corridor was Oklahoma City’s vanguard...

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Tasting Room hosts NoName Ranch dinner and you should be there

On Friday night, The Tasting Room , 4322 N Western Ave., will host the first of a series of dinners spotlighting local...

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Dodson's Cafeteria founder dies; mourning becoming too common in local restaurant community

The Oklahoma City food industry lost one of its earliest pioneers this week when Joe Dodson passed away at the age of 91 on...

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New Republic to rise in spring; Haunted House nears rebirth

Over the weekend, developers with the new Chisholm Creek development  on N Western Avenue, just south of Memorial Road,...

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Mutt's Sold to Edmond couple

On Monday Kevin and Laurel Wilkerson finalized purchase of Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs from independent restaurateur Chris Lower...

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Craft Beer Festival Moving Indoors; Beer-sharing fantasies revealed

Oklahoma’s notorious weather has once again tested the resourcefulness of its residents, this time targeting those determined...

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Franklin BBQ serves 'Crazy' good brisket

  As I finished the last of the brisket I brought home from Franklin BBQ in Austin, I found myself wonderin’. As in,...

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Pepe's Mexican Restaurant namesake passes away

Julian “Pepe” Gonzalez died on April 19, leaving behind a legacy that included 60 years in the restaurant business as a member...

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Guest Chef Series continues Tuesday; First 'Open Flame' a Countdown to Cinco de Mayo

The Guest Chef Series at Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s District 21 continues Tuesday night with a four-course meal...

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Haunted House news adds to what stands to be a landmark year for local dining

When rock god Jack White’s guacamole fetish isn’t the biggest food story in the local food scene’s first few months, you know...

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Cafe Kacao to expand operations into downtown; Food Dude giddy with anticipation

First The Oklahoman returns to downtown, then the owners of Cafe Kacao decide to open a new restaurant just blocks away....

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H&8th Returns Friday with Industry Flea and even more beer

If it’s the last week of March, the weekend everybody’s working toward includes the first H&8th Night Market of 2015. The...

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Local food trucks will convene for your health on Thursday

Once upon a time a food truck was most associated with midnight (or beyond) snacking after a full night bacchanalia. They still...

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Drop the pickle! Food entrepreneurs have a bill to watch in the state legislature

A bill making its way through the state legislature is aimed at arming home-cooks with better tools to build their cottage...

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Orange Leaf drops a Reese's bomb on The Oklahoman

Friday got a lot nicer when a team from Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt left dropped 200 samples of its new Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup...

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One Restaurant to Rule them all! Made in Oklahoma pits eateries against each other for a good cause

Because we are no longer to consider food and/or restaurants without pitting them against each other, The Made in Oklahoma...

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It's the SO-O-O-O-O-O-O-ul Food Festival! Free lunch for all who attend

Grace Living Center, 1921 NE 21 St., is hosting its 15th Annual Soul Food Fest from noon to 3 p.m. today. It’s a free event but...

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Far East steak and mushrooms taste far out

Inspired by testing Anglicized and traditional Chinese recipes for the Lunar New Year, I couldn’t resist trying a few riffs of...

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VZD's will open in early spring, really!

The off-again-off-again-off-again reopening of VZD’s is over as new owners Nelson Bolen and chef Eric Smith took over the lease...

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Sweat not optional for authentic Mardi Gras

Whether or not you intend to exorcize any culinary demons for the Lenten season, Fat Tuesday looms less than a week away, which...

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Guac God to Rock God, let's shore up that recipe, Jack

Well, it looks like Jack White has dug himself a click-hole for the Dead Horse Society that the Internet has become.  And...

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Kyle's 1025 to close at month's end

First the building where the Denco Darlin‘ become famous burns down, now Kyle’s 1025 — a restaurant committed to keeping alive...

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Super Bowl, Super Bet: Seattle-OKC go toe-to-toe...again

Well, no matter what we do down here in Oklahoma City, we seem to be at odds with folks from the Emerald City. At least since...

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Remodeling announced for Saturn Grill

Chef Joseph Royer has endured a trying couple of years, but he’s not done by a long shot. Today, he announced major renovations...

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Norman farm-to-fork restaurant to close Feb. 15 after nearly 3-year run

NORMAN— Local, 2262 W Main St., will close its doors on Feb. 15, closing a chapter on an ambitious concept that leaves a strong...

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Options for dining out limited on Thanksgiving

When Chevy Chase obediently pierced the skin of a fake turkey, releasing a hellish plume of smoke for “Christmas Vacation” he...

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Sean Cummings closing pub, opening new concept, killing St. Patrick's Day in OKC forever?

        Sean Cummings Irish Pub is closing in a couple of weeks, and the future of St. Patrick’s Day...

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Kaiser's grand reopening set for Saturday

Kaiser’s American Bistro is no more, but  Kaiser’s Diner & Ice Cream Parlor is set to reopen on Saturday (Nov. 1) with...

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Valentine leaves The George and other news to chew on

Four months after opening The George Prime Steakhouse, executive chef Josh Valentine has resigned and chef Chad Willis will...

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Clambake redux: Rococo plans September sequel

Rococo’s second-ever clambake was such a resounding success earlier this summer, owner/chef Bruce Rinehart immediately...

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Ludivine promises to give birth next H&8th

The chefs who brought you Ludivine would like you to know their next concept will be born the evening of the next H&8th...

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'Boyhood' proves low and slow isn't just for barbecue

When Richard Linklater wasn’t watching movies or waxing existential during his own boyhood in the Texas Hill Country, he...

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Fatty Brisket, Live Music and the Whole Karmic Bowl of Queso

A couple of weeks ago I made a pilgrimage south to my hometown of Austin for various reasons, which I described here. Part of...

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Now it can be told: The Food Dude's origin story revealed

As those of you kind enough to follow my food ramblings, you know few places cause me to wax more nostalgic than Austin, Texas,...

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Look Up in the Sky: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...Flash?

News finally broke today of a long-rumored house-cleaning at Vast and The Colcord. Out goes John Williams and Associates...

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Happy birthday Haunted House and Jamil's

As I wrote in today’s Oklahoman, Oklahoma City restaurants Jamil’s Steakhouse and The Haunted House turn 50 this year. I’ve...

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Chiltepe's opens in Plaza District; Pierre Pierre joins Sara Sara

The Plaza District parking problems will only intensify as the up-and-coming entertainment district welcomes another...

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H&8th expands to 10th Street; subsequently goes bananas

Another month, another record-setting attendance mark shattered and another expansion for the H&8th Night Market. For...

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Kimchee, Kimchi or Gimchi is really tasty and easier to make than you think

Here’s how the national dish of Korea, kimchee (or kimchi or gimchi) came to be made in my home kitchen. Months ago in planning...

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UPDATED: By George, you can now eat prime beef with a view

Strolling around the perimeter of The George Prime Steakhouse last Wednesday even a Bacon & Onion tart in one hand and a...

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Look Up in the Sky...It's The George, readying to stuff you with prime beef!

It’s now been longer than a year since Kevin George first announced he would attempt to resuscitate the restaurant space on top...

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Food Network food trucksters compete in OKC this weekend

Food Network’s band of merry food trucks from the upcoming season of “The Great Food Truck Race” are in town filming this...

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Of gyros and existential crisis

In today’s edition (May 14) of The Oklahoman and on NewsOK.com, we published a story about Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine, which...

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And the best chefs and restaurants in America are...

Winners were revealed Monday night, at the annual 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry’s most prestigious...

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H&8th expands due to record numbers

  The H&8th Night Market opened last month to a record-setting crowd between 15,000 and 20,000, doubling the previous...

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Festival of the Arts is a Feastival for the Foodie

As I type, the first rain of the spring is falling on Oklahoma City, which is a partly cloudy sign that the annual Festival of...

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Help Ludivine develop menu for a new concept tonight during H&8th then come root me on to guacamole greatness on Saturday

Chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson need your help developing the menu for their newest concept, and your opportunity to...

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FEAST Fit for Artists, Artisans at Picasso Cafe Tuesday

Paseo FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics), the unique micro-funding program for artists of all disciplines,...

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Nefarious Celery Conspiracy Captured on Tape

  How do you like that headline for click-bait kids?  But seriously, IFC’s “Portlandia” has built no small part of...

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Quick Hits from OKC Culinaria

YUKON — Hensley’s Top Shelf Grill, 1551 Garth Brooks Blvd., will host a special dinner featuring Chappellet wines at 7 p.m.

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A Myriad of Reasons to Love the New Park House Restaurant

The restaurant space that has long been vacant in the Myriad Botanical Gardens opened today as Park House, under the ownership...

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Words I never thought I'd say: 'No more Doritos'

When I was a kid I was a card-carrying member of the Pepsi Generation.

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Basketball is too easy for KD, so he opened a restaurant

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant has diversified his game to the point that he is generally considered one of the...

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Nov. 22, 1963 did bear a few glad tidings

We interrupt this food blog to share a moment of reflection brought on by tragedy and serendipity.

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Witness a Black Friday first: Me being in the middle of it

The measure of how much a person loves and cares for another is how far the person will expose themselves to mortal danger.

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Your Running List of Restaurants Open Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was when the Pilgrim’s taught the native people’s of the New World about dining out.

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South Side Rejoice! OKC's best kept dining secret is in your neck of the woods

My recent lunchtime hot streak continued on Thursday with a visit with what has to be Oklahoma City’s best kept secret, Venue...

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Cafe Kacao Targets Breakfast for Demolition; Local Chefs Canine-ized

Oklahoma City’s best breakfast stop has decided to make the first meal of the day go boom with some inspired additions to the...

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Are Your Cookies Gooder Than Mine and Everyone Else's?

Rachel Wood, of Edmond, is batting 1.000 as a baking contestant, and it’s up to you to put a dent in that average.

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Sushi and Green Chile Cheeseburgers and Ryan Parrott -- Oh my!

“Is this Jason’s Deli?” asked the 55ish gentlemen standing in the middle of a sushi restaurant next door to a Jimmy John’s.

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Butter Wins Protracted War with Parkay and its Trans Fatso Henchfoods

The war between butter and Parkay is finally over and butter wins on a technical knockout bestowed by the FDA, which today...

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Eat, Listen, and Give at Fowler Toyota Saturday

NORMAN — Some Oklahoma’s top gourmet food trucks will be at Fowler Toyota, 050 N.

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Free Sriracha!

Good news, a Southern California  judge has denied Irwindale, Calif., residents’ attempt to shut down production of the...

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I'm Making Chili, so you should come eat some

A Reminder, I’m competing in VI Marketing and Branding’s annual Carpe Diem Chili Cookoff on Friday (tomorrow as of this writing).

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Looking for Fowl in All the Wrong Places: Urban Chickens Need Your Help

Like any sane, locavore and lover of deliciosity, I’m on Kamala Gamble’s email list for Guilford Gardens and Kam’s Kookery.

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Ludivine Co-Hosts Thoreau-ly Modern Milieu

Jim Denevan’s globe-hopping moveable feast concept Outstanding in the Field returned to Oklahoma last weekend, and once again...

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Empire Slice House Rocks the Local Pizza Establishment and Kitchen No. 324 Eyes Dinner Service

Editor’s Note: If this post is not as shiny and happy as you’re used to getting from me, it’s because WordPress ate the first...

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Nic's Expands brand, Tamazul shrinks its potential audience, and other nuggets heard on the line...

Three years ago, I proclaimed Nic’s Grill as having the best burger you’ll never get to eat, but thanks to the Holloway family...

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Since football season is over and basketball hasn't started, spend Saturday out standing in a field eating good food

Well, both the Sooners and Cowboys have had their season’s marred by defeat, deflating fans enthusiasm for pig skin...

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Austin City Limits Music Festival Awash With More Than Rain

The Austin City Limits Festival’s first foray into a two-weekend event ended sooner than organizers hoped, but it didn’t stop...

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ACL Music Festival Day: One Weekend Down, One to Go

Sunday marked the end of a remarkable three-day music festival exceeded only by a remarkable three-day run of weather at the...

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Austin City Limits Music Fest Day 2: Believers Win, No One Loses

On a day when one of the world’s biggest bands, which has a strong Oklahoma Roots, took the stage it was an Austin band with a...

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Austin City Limits Music Festival is Pretty Cool even when it's Stupid hot

Day One is in the books at the Austin City Limits Festival, weekend one, and I’m hustling so I don’t miss Deap Vally.

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And Now For Something Completely Different: Austin City Limits Festival Coverage

  One week a year my perpetual search for the goodest eats in Oklahoma goes on pause so that I can bask in the glory that...

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Valentine's Day Comes Early to Ludivine: That Means Chef Pork Belly is Doing a Special Dinner in MidTown

As if Ludivine, 805 N Walker Ave.,didn’t have enough to do with sourcing local ingredients for it rotating, seasonal menu AND...

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If it's the Last Friday of the Month, it must be time for H & 8th

The next incarnation of the H & 8th Night Market commences at 7 p.m.

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Turmoil at Tamazul: Chef Ryan Parrott Has Left the Building

Matthew Kenney’s third attempt at making something of his restaurant space in Classen Curve is off to a dubious start.

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Guess Who Wrote a Book? Me, so you should probably buy a copy! Please, I'll Even Sign It.

As many of you know, I recently had my first book published. It’s called “The Culinary History of Pittsburg County: Little...

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Two Restaurants Planned for Myriad Gardens

Longtime local restaurateur Peter Holloway will open two restaurants in the Myriad Botanical Gardens by the end of 2013.

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Free Crabcakes from Rococo for a year interest you?

Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wines opened its second location in Northpark Mall two and halfish years ago, and to celebrate chefs...

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News Flash: Special Menu Tuesday at The Tasting Room

Chef Kurt Fleischfresser continues his recent Flash Menu tour with his presentation of Elevated Gas Station Cuisine from...

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H&8th Night Market Continues Expansion Tonight

According to organizers, about 8,000 people attended H&8th Night Market in June.

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Josh Valentine Want You to Love Pork His Way

As if  mild summer weather didn’t make this Thursday’s “Open Flame” at American Propane a can’t-miss occasion, it will...

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The Guy is No Fonz...Or is he?

Until Paula Deen started nasal-drawling about race relations in a court room a few weeks ago, Guy Fieri was having the worst...

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Sayanora June

When I cook, it’s rarely in silence. If other people are in the kitchen with me while I cook, they usually get sick of fetching...

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By George, the new restaurant on top of Founders Tower has a name!

When the new prime steakhouse on top of Founders Tower opens with chef Josh Valentine at the stove, the place will carry a...

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Rick Bayless Wants to Feed You Lunch...but not without a ticket

UPDATED!!! The OK Chefs Relief movement takes its next major leap on Monday with celebrity chef Rick Bayless’s pop-up...

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Rick Bayless to Perform Triple Pop-Up For OK Chefs Relief

Chef Rick Bayless is coming home to join the OK Chefs Relief effort to support the tornado-affected communities of Oklahoma on...

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Cupcake Wars Came to Oklahoma City, and the Results Air Starting Sunday

A couple of local cupcakeries are set to appear on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” this month.

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Danny Bowien is Back In Town And He Wants to Make You Ribs

James Beard Rising Star Chef Danny Bowien is back in town, and he will be manning the stove at Ludivine, 805 N Hudson Ave,...

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H & 8th Night Market Postponed due to inclement weather

While tonight’s H&8th Night Market has been canceled due to weather, according to spokesman Rob Crissinger, you don’t have...

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Food Truck Update

I just spoke with Jinny Chen, who has been helping coordinate food trucks into the devastated areas in Moore to support rescue...

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Danny Bowien Is Coming to Oklahoma City to Open a Restaurant

UPDATED: Well, it’s only for a day, or two, but it’s true.

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Mood Mixology Series Begins

  Better late than never. Cliches might be tired but they got that way because their truth has been passed along for so...

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The coming cold calls for Carne Guisada

Yeah, yeah, we gotta little Christmas to throw here in a couple days, but let us not forget about the big cold front coming and...

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Oklahoma Iron Chef Entry Form

As promised, below is the entry for for chefs interested in Oklahoma Iron Chef, which is Sunday, January 23, 2011. First prize...

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Hot Chocolate to All, and to All a Good Night

  When it comes to chocolate things, Gene Leiterman has an advantage over everyone else: expertise. Mix that with a whole...

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When it Comes to Food Gifts, Santa Delivers

  For those who might’ve missed it, I recruited the world’s pre-emminent gift-giver to visit with some city food vendors....

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Beer for My Reindeer

  At a recent beer dinner hosted by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Cafe, I was introduced to Unibroue beer. Chef Henry...

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Christmas Movie Munching

OK, I just dropped some top-drawer cookie recipes for Santa with more than a little help from my friends. But leading up to the...

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Warm up with Ke-Okie Coffee

  When I first tasted mixologist Jason Ewald’s Ke-Okie Coffee, Zooey Deschanel came to mind. Cheever’s Cafe’s Ke-Okie...

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Tis the Season for Eggnog

  Eggnog is a beverage folks either love or hate. But when poured from the expert hands of a mixologist such as Paseo...

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Mmm doughnuts...for free

The Netherlands is my kind of place.  For good luck on New Years, they go with doughnuts over black-eyed peas. Don’t get...

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Feast of the 7 Fishes

Chef Christine Dowd has worked up another interesting menu for the annual Feast of the 7 Fishes at Trattoria il Centro, 500 W...

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Lunch(es) of the Week

Just a quick one before the weekend. Had a nice run of lunches in local eateries this week. Monday: Sean Cummings Pub Kurt...

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Italian Grotto Eggs

If you’re looking for a good cookbook for either your wishlist or for the foodie on your gift list, consider local author Molly...

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Go West (Director's Cut)

It took David and Rick Haynes about two years to unveil the crown jewel of their growing restaurant empire. The wait for West,...

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Posole goes to the The Big Apple to visit Bobby Flay

  While putting together the posole recipe for this week, I was able to try a couple of potential Christmas gifts for...

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Happy Hanukkah: Easy Sauteed Mushroom and Onion Latkes

We ran out of room in the print edition, so here are some traditional Hanukkah dishes to try out whether you’re in the middle...

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Happy Hanukkah: Blintzes

No, it’s not Blitzen the reindeer’s illegitmate love-child, it’s a traditional Hanukkah dish. And whether you’re under the...

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Emeril in OKC

  Superstar chef Emeril Lagasse dropped by Oklahoma City on Friday to share some recipes, sign some books and spread some...

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The Mystery of Aunt Bill's Brown Candy

We humans are in imperfect lot. Most days, nature or fate — if not both — remind us in some way. In publishing Aunt Susan’s...

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Countdown to Emeril: Friday's Recipes, Part II

Emeril Lagasse fans unite at Dillard’s in Penn Square Mall Friday at 4 p.m. or earlier to be a part of his cooking...

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The Bar at Ludivine

  Had a chance to catch up with the man who keeps The Bar at Ludivine, Kyle Fleischfresser. Don’t call him Little Kahuna...

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If it's Tuesday, it must be taco time

Now hear this, all tacos are $1. Sold? Of course, you are. You read the papers, errr, whatever it is people are reading these...

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Feliz Navidad Fiesta

Earlier this week, I had the great pleasure to cook for some very friendly folks at a party hosted by local homebuilder Caleb...

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Market-C me, feel me, touch me, heal me...

So my main man Matt Clayton joined me over at Market-C for a recent photo shoot. The photo to the left is one of Chris...

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Little Bro takes Top Chef

Much to the disgust of my fellow podcasters, Michael Voltaggio was named Top Chef. All three were deserving, but Michael was...

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More tamale filling recipes

 When we had our tamalada last weekend, besides red chile pork tamales we also filled some with chicken and others with a...

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Tamales around town

Tamales can be procured from a lot of places around town. Heck, even Braum’s sells a pretty salty version in the freezer...

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Top Chef finale is Tonight...

And we’ve got the podcast to prove it! Easily the most balanced group Top Chef has had in the finals. Usually, there’s a dark...

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New Bellini's Menu: C'est magnifique!

So, the Brothers Buthion have officially branched out by purchasing Bellini’s, which opened more than 25 years ago in the...

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Countdown to Emeril: Friday's Recipes, Part I

Superstar chef Emeril Lagasse arrives in Oklahoma City Friday afternoon for a cooking demonstration followed by a book-signing...

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Rockin' Good Pork Chops

If you haven’t been out to Stroud to visit Dawn Welch‘s Rock Cafe, you’re really missing out.  It’s far more than a...

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Julie of "Julie and Julia" fame in Tulsa tonight

Julie Powell, author of “Julie & Julia,” will be in Tulsa tonight to raise food for Community Food Bank of Eastern...

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Four Days to Emeril; Here He Is In the Wayback Machine

  Here’s some video of Emerilmania in its infancy. As you’ll see in this video from the Great Chefs series back in 1990,...

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Emeril's Chicken Cordon Bleu

With superstar chef Emeril Lagasse set to appear at Dillard’s Penn Square Mall, I’ll post some of his recipes from Planet Green...

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Two gone on "Top Chef"

Here’s our podcast of the past two episodes of “Top Chef.” Be sure to check out our old friend ReRe’s recap.

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Open House at the Metro

The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro, 6418 N Western, is having Holiday Open House from 1 to 7 p.m. today. The public is invited to...

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A night to remember

So Tre Wilcox made the trip up from Dallas on Sunday thanks to Cat Taylor’s winning essay entry in a contest sponsored by...

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Two great tastes that taste great together

  Sherrel Jones’ story on Snider Farms peanut butter and “The Field Guided to Candy” byAnita Chu inspired me to do...

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Try a basket

  Some of the metro’s gourmet shops were kind enough to put their goodies up to the Try This challenge. I along with a...

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Step Aside Santa, Emeril Is Comin' To Town

  Emeril Lagasse, one of the most successful chefs in television history, is coming to the Dillard’s Department store in...

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Advance Food Company in Oklahoma Recalls110,730 Pounds of Frozen Beef Steak Fritter Products

ENID — Advance Food Company has recalled about 110,730 pounds of frozen beef steak fritter products that may contain foreign...

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Au Revoir, Paris.

Just a short walk from my hotel room, I started my last day in Paris with a visit to Notre Dame. With no preconceived...

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POPS Goes the Christmas Tree

  ARCADIA — POPS Route 66 is getting into the holiday spirit tomorrow evening with its first-ever Christmas Tree...

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Who's open Thanksgiving?

I will keep a running list of who’s open for Turkey Day. If you know of any place not listed, leave a comment. Grand House will...

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Rococo Northpark Open; Thanksgiving Feast Planned

  Bruce Rinehart has escaped the island and done it with style: via cruise ship. The chef/owner of Rococo Restaurant and...

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Thanksgiving App-titude

Here’s some last-minute Thanksgiving cooking advice from my pal Joshua Harlow with Jones Public Relations on how to apply...

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The Food Network 4-in-1 and Habanero-Cranberry Sauce

As part of our “Try This for the Holidays” series, Kohl’s Department stores sent me a Food Network 4-in-1 grill/griddle, which...

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Idabel Native to Appear on "Chopped"

  As Del City’s chef Joshua Valentine continues his quest for “Top Chef” dominance, another Oklahoma-based chef will make...

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Gary Vee: Futureworld Media Magnate, Carpetbagger or both?

Gary Vaynerchuk is many things to many different people. To most who’ve heard of him, he’s a guy who talks about wine. He talks...

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"Top Chef" contestant coming to town; Season 5 update

Tre Wilcox  First things first.  A local mother of 5 recently won an essay contest through momtourage.com, the...

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Say Goodbye to Eli

Nice run for the Joe Wertz lookalike, but Eli will not make it to Napa. It’s down to Kevin, Jennifer and the brothers...

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Pretty Nice Little Saturday

  The Pokes play Friday night and the Sooners on Saturday night, so local football fans will have a chance to plan what...

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Wild about Wagyu

Videographer Tanner Herriott and I recently visited Red Prime Steak, 504 N Broadway Ave., which recently was listed one of the...

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The Dishwasher's Tale

In today’s column, I mentioned an honoree who has been washing dishes at the Tulsa Country Club for three decades. Here’s a...

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Tucker's, Muppets agree: It ain't easy being green.

  Kermit T. Frog was the first to admit it wasn’t easy being green, but A Good Egg Dining Group’s corporate chef, Robert...

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Help Wanted: Food Feedback

My term as friendly Oklahoma Food Dude is a little more than a year old. What fun it’s been. I’ve been with The Oklahoman since...

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Thank Hebert's for Turducken

  Here’s one of the first stories I wrote as official dude of food. Videographer Tanner Herriott and I met “Cajun Ed”...

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Farewell to a Barbecue Icon

  Oklahoma City lost a venerable member of the restaurant community last week, when County Line Barbecue...

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Thanksgiving Restaurant Openings

Many of us won’t be cooking this Thanksgiving because we know a number of local restaurants are willing to do it for us. If...

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Top Chef returns

Catch up up on the season premiere of Top Chef fifth season in our latest podcast. Staff writers Bryan Dean and Carrie...

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Where does he got all those wonderful spices?

Today’s Red River Chili recipe includes a few dried chiles you might not have seen in the store before. ...

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Falcone's Beware

Stumbled into Perri’s Pizza and Cafe for lunch today. The wife had some shoes to pick up at Zeigler’s Shoe Repair in Casady...

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In search of a bowl of chili

First things first. The chili you order in a restaurant is different than chili you might eat at cookoff. The meat is almost...

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Variations on a pot of chili

One of the beauties of chili is its flexibility. It’s great by itself, but you know you love to smother a coney, burger or...

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History shows chili soothes the soul

When the young, upwardly mobile of the late 19th Century descended upon a young land called Oklahoma,...

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More options for a cook-free Thanksgiving

Don’t have time to cook your own Thanksgiving Dinner and didn’t call premium meat markets or restaurants on time? Buy 4 Less...

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Pack your knives and tune it

A little over 24 hours from the return of “Top Chef” on Bravo. It premieres Wednesday night at 9. Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi...

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Sauced Rises Again

The curious case of the eclectic Sauced pizzeria takes a spin in a new direction Friday when it reopens under new...

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Hafta try kafta

  My chief food co-hort, Jesse Olivarez and I happened upon the annual Mediterranean Food Festival at St. Elijah’s...

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"Top Chef" Podcast returns

To better follow the exploits of chef Joshua Valentine, late of the Divine Swine and The Coach House, as he eyes the $125,000...

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Wii-san!!

As a child of the Atari and Intellivision age, and never a favored child, my interest in video games waned sometime after I...

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To chill or not to chill...

Got the wine picked out, purchased and now it’s sitting on the kitchen counter. You’re wondering when you can pour a glass....

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Upper Crust Enters Local Pie Fight

  There’s a new ranked heavyweight contender in the Oklahoma City pizza federation, from the Hal Smith Restaurant Group...

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Orange you stoked about free Whataburgers?

With Bedlam football lurking, Cowboy fans will enter the game one-up on Sooner fans, thanks to Whataburger. On Tuesday, Nov....

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Does deciding between red or white make you blue?

Once upon a time, you drank white wine with white meats and red wine with meats. Simple, right? Well, now chic sommeliers will...

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Move over wheel, it's the Butterball Indoor Turkey Fryer

      The folks at Butterball sent me their new indoor fryer to check out, and I must say I was dubious....

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More about Food Inc.

Now that “Food Inc” is out on DVD, it’s time to see it yourself, share with family and friends. The need to support local...

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Sappy Law Bans Happy Meals

Just when you thought Oklahoma legislators were the most bored legislators on the planet, I give you the the City of San...

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Cafe 501 Part Deux

Chapter two of the Cafe 501 story began Sept. 27 with the opening of a new location. The longtime pillar of the Edmond...

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I'm Serving Up Victory Downtown on Friday

VI Marketing and Branding will celebrate its 10th Annual Chili Cook Off on Friday, Nov. 2, by taking to the streets. The...

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Epicurean's Pantry plans buffalo and pasta events

Epicurean’s Pantry, 1333 N. Santa Fe Ave., in Edmond is hosting a couple of event this weekend. Friday night, owner Leah...

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The Pioneer Woman Goes to Town

After the first book-signing in Tulsa for her new cookbook, Ree Drummond had an idea that Thursday was going to be a long...

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Chicken Scaloppini with Herbaceous Orzo

Italian Heritage Month is about over, and I’ve got a couple more Italian recipes up the sleeve. This one is similar to Chicken...

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Adoring Dorie: Greenspan Has Her Day in OKC

Celebrated food writer Dorie Greenspan has been connected to Oklahoma for more than two decades, but until Monday she’d never...

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Rangers in the Fall Classic? Are You World Serious?

Up until today, the Texas Rangers Baseball Club had two major impacts on my life: They are my favorite team in the American...

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Save the Pumpkin Seeds for Texture's Sake

Toasted Pepitas  A great soup, salad or baked potato topping. Also great on top of cheese enchiladas. 1/2 cup raw hulled...

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Ready for Spaghetti and Meatballs?

My first experience with meatballs came out of a can via the loving kitchen of Chef Boyardee. They were about the size of...

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Free Chick-Fil-A Sandy Anyone?

The Chick-fil-A inside Quail Springs Mall, 2501 W. Memorial Rd., turns 10 on on Nov. 4 and to mark the occasion, the store is...

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Day in Paris Yields Art in the Sky, on the Wall and by the Plate

Well the food show is over so I’ve moved to a better location downtown. My new hotel is right off the Seine River, on the...

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Red River Chili

Chili was is one of my first loves. I love making it almost as much as eating it. This is recipe can be condensed into a single...

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The Show is Over, but the City of Light Burns Bright

The international food show is over. Five days of long hours, dicey transportation scenarios, and sleepless nights are...

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Fate and Family

While fate is thick in Italian folklore and family is the background of Italian culture, both had a hand in the story you’re...

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Risotto di Gallo

Once you get the hang of making risotto, it quickly becomes clear just how limitless the options are. I immediately start...

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Even Paris Isn't Perfect; But When It Is...

Well, I’ve been in Paris for several days now. Been working long days, leaving before sun up and finishing work about...

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Shrimp Diavolo

  Seafood is common to Italian cuisine, which is no surprise considering its geographical relationship with the...

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World Convenes in Paris for Food

  Monday began SIAL, the international food show in Paris, France.  I am here on behalf of SUSTA, the Southern United...

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Nonny's Italian Hot Pot

It’s no secret that food and family are synoymous with Italian cuisine. I was lucky enough to experience this first-hand thanks...

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Mind your Manners

With the holiday season around the corner, social events and gatherings start to fill the calendar. To prepare, etiquette...

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Living the Parisian Dream

After a layover in Dallas, several delays and a sleepless overnight flight, I have finally arrived in Paris! It is cool here,...

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Outstanding in the Field Comes to Edmond on Sunday

Oklahoma dining continues its attempt to shoulder its way into national prominence gets a boost on Sunday when...

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Chef Black to Report from France

Robert Black, executive chef for A Good Egg Dining Group, got the opportunity of a lifetime this week in traveling to Paris to...

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Local, Cattlemen's on BBC America Tonight

Legendary Oklahoma City restaurant Cattlemen’s Steakhouse and up-and-coming Norman restaurant Local will be in the spotlight...

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Good Potatoes Aren't Rocket Science

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes Simple and delicious. My kids love ‘em as much as they love French Fries. 4 or 5 medium sized russet...

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Lunch of the Weak: Vivo Italian Restaurant

Whenever I see a restaurant that doesn’t start out offering a buffet add one, it’s a huge red flag. Then again, a buffet —...

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Caffe Pranzo: Reunited and it tastes so good

A restaurant’s ability to stay in one’s eating rotation is a high-wire act — One careful step at a time, knowing each might be...

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Chicken Parmigiana

  New to Italian cooking? This is the perfect dish to get you started: chicken, batter, sauce, cheese — everybody’s happy....

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Bijoux diners win whether they root for Sooner or Longhorns

Good restaurants are an extension of the owner’s personality. Great restaurants are a piece of the collective soul. Scott and...

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Red River BBQ Shootout Tonight

DALLAS — If you’re headed for Dallas today and can’t wait until Saturday morning to get your Red River Rivalry on, you might...

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Monique's Corner: Pirates flavors from the Caribbean

Former Oklahoman intern Daniel Puma introduced me to Monique’s Corner back in September. He’d talked and talked about how much...

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Go West(in), Sooner Fans

Despite a disappointing start to the season, the Red River Rivalry beckons. Because the game doesn’t carry its usual wealth of...

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Chile Rellenos

Works well with enchilada Sauce, salsa verde or chirmol. These are served with chirmol and sprinkled with chopped cilantro....

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Sometimes You'll Want the Whole Enchilada

With apologies to the Texas Tornados, there’s no room for a little bit or nothing at all when you’re at The Whole Enchilada....

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Tokyo Pot

Dean Chen and David Tjie, owners of Tokyo Pot in Stillwater, might not have great location or serve expertly cooked food,...

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Some Changes for Diego's good, some not

When Diego’s Mexican Restaurant moved from its previous location on NW 39th Expressway to 1501 nNW 23rd in the space previously...

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Will Big Truck Tacos Open the Door for Oklahoma City?

A funny thing happened to Big Truck Tacos owners Cally Johnson, Kathryn Mathis and Chris Lower on their way to opening a...

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Chef Josh Valentine is Oklahoma's First "Top Chef" Contestant

Anyone with a discerning palate was heartbroken when the “for lease” sign went up in front of The Divine Swine Pork Bistro a...

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Benefit Set for "Post-Human" Production

If you’ve been following our food coverage at The Oklahoman for any amount of time, you’ve undoubtedly come across the work of...

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Tanner Vs. Taco in a Bag

Videographer Tanner “Trans Am” Herriott took on the Taco in Bag during our trip to the Oklahoma State Fair. See the video...

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Indian Tacos

  If the high price of Dan’s Original Indian Taco stand has you down, never fear the Food Dude is here. The fry bread is...

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Foodie Film Feastival: Gluttony

It’s only fitting that after I ate my way through the fair yesterday, that we come to gluttony. No episode of “Man v. Food” has...

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Do-It-Yourself Torta

If you want to make you own tortas, the first and most crucial step is finding the right bread. The bolillo roll is the most...

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105degrees: Cool food, hot spot

Your olfactory senses are the first to feast on 105degrees Cafe. When you park, the dazzling glass wall allows you to...

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Foodie Film Feastival: Some Like it Hot

Food and film work together on screen and off. Dinner and a movie is an entity unto itself. And what’s the point of dinner and...

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Split-T Story Redux

Since Monday’s story about the Split-T published, I’ve received a high volume of calls and emails, thanking me for the trip...

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One Bad Night Doesn't Nullify Nino's

I’ve probably been to Ninos Mexican Restaurant more than 100 times in the two-plus decades I’ve lived here. So what happens the...

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Foodie Film FEASTival: Flavor on the Screen

“Big Night” is my favorite food film. There might be better ones, but this one is my absolute favorite. I remember watching it...

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Foodie Film FEASTival: Scenes from a Kitchen

  And so the first-ever and hopefully of many Foodie Film FEASTival begins Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of...

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Raw Foods Flagship opens Saturday

Raw foodists and fine dining enthusiasts unite for the most unique upscale concept in the state. 105degrees Cafe opens for...

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I'll be in Norman this Saturday to tailgate

  After taking a reconaissance trip to Stillwater, I’m ready to take on Norman. I’ll be making arrangements to meet with...

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Local Chefs to Compete in Pairsine on Thursday

Chef Michael Powell, fresh off his victory at the Oswalt Culinary Cook-Off, will compete in Thursday night’s Pairsine...

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It's Oktoberfest!

Question 1: Why is Oktoberfest in September? A: According to Mike Turek, Burgomeister of the annual Choctaw Oktoberfest, owner...

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Tomato Fest Under Way at Trattoria il Centro

  Executive chef Christine Dowd does spectacular work day in and day out at both Trattoria il Centro, 500 W Main and Aunt...

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Ludivine Welcomes Hank Shaw

Hank Shaw, author of the popular blog Hunter Angler Gardener Cook and the new cookbook “Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the...

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Zorba's: Then and Now

I will begin by saying I once ate at Zorba’s 2 to 3 times a week. I worked nights at the time, and would show up just before...

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Will Rogers Theatre hosts night of food, wine & charity

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Sept. 8 for the first-ever Thirst For a Cure at Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N Western Ave., from...

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More Hatch green chile recipes

    Recipe: Green Chile Tacos  Ingredients 2 pounds 80-20 ground chuck2 cups Hatch green chile...

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Sunflower Opens Today

The end of Walmart’s grocery tyranny over the Oklahoma City market is officially under way. The first brick to the road to...

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Gyros Etc. doesn't abbrieviate quality

Gyros Etc., 7006 Northwest Expressway, might be the worst location in the city, but it also might be the best...

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"Food, Inc." informs, educates and calls to action

As a journalist with more nearly two decades experience, watching “Food, Inc.” made me long for the days of investigative...

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Tailgating Tome from Soonerland

Just in time for tailgating season is “The University of Oklahoma Cookbook” (Gibbs Smith, $14.99) This hardcover with concealed...

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Hickory House Pimento Cheese Stuffed Pickles

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Pickles 4 3- to 4½-inch-long kosher dill pickles 1 cup grated mild cheddar or american cheese 3...

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Hickory House Barbecue Sauce

Hickory House Barbecue Sauce This is the standard sauce.  For more heat, add more chile to the rub, like ground cayenne,...

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Hickory House Baked Beans

Chef Rick Bayless shared these original Hickory House recipes with Saveur Magazine in 2005. He told the magazine navy...

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Rick Bayless' deviled eggs recipe

Deviled Eggs Adding mashed potato to the filling of this traditional hors d’oeuvre helps bind it. 6 eggs 1 medium red-skin...

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Rick Bayless: An Oklahoma-Grown Hero

Oklahoma City native Rick Bayless has crossed the goal line with the pig skin. Of course, it came off a suckling pig marinated...

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Jamil's: Grade-A, Old-School Dining

Jamil’s Steakhouse is a living museum to a way of dining that is far too rare — slow and smooth. Technology affords us more...

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Hickory House sweet slaw

Sweet Slaw Edmond teacher LuAnn Tucker, Rick Bayless’ sister, prefers this mayonnaise-enhanced slaw, another Hickory House...

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Hickory House sour slaw

Hickory House Sour Slaw Rick Bayless served this with smoked quail in his first dish during the finale meal on Bravo’s “Top...

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Batches of Hatches available

Local Homeland stores have gotten into the annual late August Hatch chile explosion. 10 pounds for 10 dollars at my Homeland...

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Kaiser's Reborn

Just a quick note, more details to come… Peter Schaffer will close the Grateful Bean at the end of August, but the iconic...

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Bayless Victorious in Top Chef Masters

Master chef Rick Bayless reached back into his Oklahoma roots then to his passion for Mexican cuisine to capture Bravo’s...

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Incas to Rise Again Via Gastronomy

The last of the Incans disappeared hundreds of years ago to the long-lost city of Machu Picchu. No one has any idea how they...

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Bourdain bringing "Guts & Glory" to Oklahoma City; Ludivine to Host Reception

Anthony Bourdain will bring his Guts & Glory tour to Oklahoma this fall with new, uncensored material. The internationally...