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Jul 30, 2008 04:02 AM

Norman, OK: What's worth eating?

Im going to be spending a fair amount of time in Norman on business. Where should I eat (lunch and dinner)? No price restrictions. Just need good chow. Would prefer not to have to drive to OKC, but if that is necessary, please advise. Thanks.

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  1. My picks are Hideaway Pizza on Buchannan (campus corner area) for the best pizza around. The Mont on Boyd (also near campus) is a favorite among Normanites for great drinks such as the Blueberry Margarita and the Sooner Swirl. Charlesons (just west of I-35), an area chain restaurant is my pick for a classy/casual environment - great wine and martini selections, short smoked salmon is to die for, and so is the spinach artichoke dip and shrimp cargot. Tarahumaras on Porter has great authentic mexican food - awesome mexican beers served in huge goblets with tons of lime pulp. I would advise making a trip to OKC and checking out Bricktown. For a fancy dinner, try Mickey Mantle's across from Redhawk Stadium for the best panseared seabass with lobster rissotto. Pricey, but well worth it. For old-school OKC vibe and great steaks check out Cattlemen's in the stockyards area, on Agnew, I believe. Lots of famous visitors to OKC, including a few Presidents have dined there. Another area to check out would be the Paseo Arts district for great live music and drinks. The best place for japanese food would be Sushi Neko or Mushashi's, both on Western and directly across the street from each other. While in the area, check out the Cock O' The Walk bar. I would recommend Cheever's on 23rd street for a great lunch and also close to the State Capital is a BBQ joint (and I mean JOINT) called Leo's on Kelley. Leo's was featured on an episode of Diner's Drive-ins and Dives on Food Network. Pick up an OK Gazette or visit, a weekly arts and entertainment magazine in which results for the Best of OKC '08 conteset should soon be published. Also pick up a Boyd Street Magazine which can be found at any campus corner restaurant or bar including Hideaway Pizza to see weekly drink specials and entertainment in the area. Hope this helps!

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    1. re: kendra1124

      The Leo's BBQ location at N.E. 36 and Kelly as seen on Triple D has been closed for repairs for about a year. There is another Leo's location at N.E. 4th and Harrison about a block east of the Downtown YMCA off 4th and Broadway. Leo's is my favorite BBQ in the Oklahoma City area. Othello's and Victoria's Past Shop are two Italian places around Buchannan in the Campus Corner area that are pretty good. Van's Pig Stand on North Porter has good BBQ. If you are a WWE fan, J.R. Ross, the wrestling announcer has a BBQ off I-35 and Main that is actually pretty decent. The Sooner Legends Hotel actually has good BBQ and other food. Of I-35 between Robinson and Lindsey there are a lot of chains including Cracker Barrel, Marie Callender's, and Red Robin to name a few. Legends on Lindsey is a good higher end place for Norman. Norman is a college town with lots of good places to eat for its size.

      Bigray in Ok

    2. My current Norman obsessions are:

      1. Victoria's Pasta Shop (Delicious, fresh pasta)
      2. Turquoise Cafe (American bistro with innovative menu)
      3. Pepe Delgado's (Fresh, delicious, legit Mexican food)

      All are in the campus corner area.