Valentine's Day is closer than it has any right to be and nothing says, "I forgot to buy you something, but here's sugar so please don't kill me" like delicious chocolates.
Looking for a Valentine's dinner that's outside the usual cattle call? The Cheese Wench and Joel Bein of Rub created a two-night even just for you (and a few other people).
Keeping my fast food bona fides firmly in place, I tasted Del Taco's regular Del Taco against the new meatless Beyond Tacos. Guess what? They're good.
A new month means new specials at some of your favorite local restaurants. Put on your stretchy pants, because February is about to get FAT.
First Looks is back with a peek at the new Banquet Cinema Pub, opening later this month. Movies. Booze. Food. From the creators of Bleu Garten. Seems like a homerun.
In a very timely post, I ate chips and salsa from ALDI...and lived to tell the tale! Click the link for a new edition of I Ate ALDI!
It's a new #PigOutOKC round-up. This month we've gathered some of the best places for pork ribs in the metro. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Pork Council.
I Ate Oklahoma actually got out of the metro for once and I ate my way through Chickasaw Country for a weekend. Some wonderful food and adventure awaits just an hour or so south.
Most colleges end up teaching us to drink beer, but only Brew U at Oak & Ore will teach how it's made and what makes out local craft beer scene so vibrant.
Looking for a place to watch The Big Game? Or possible some Medium Games? Maybe even a Small Game? I've got a suggestion.
New Feature: I Ate ALDI is my excuse to keep buying and eating weird food from ALDI. Maybe you'll want to eat it too!
Don't worry, guys. This won't become a vegan blog. But there is some pretty tight vegan food waiting for you at Emma Ryan's Eat To Live workshops.
Finally, someplace in Oklahoma City to eat brunch and/or lunch.
The monthly Monthly Features feature is finally here! You can finally eat something this month!
Ring in the new year (or set fire to the last one) with Arts Council Oklahoma City's Opening Night, featuring some of the best food trucks the state has to offer.
What do you get when you combine high-end tequila with cocktail experts? A real good time. I teamed up with The Pritchard and Ambhar Tequila and the results were delicious.
Is it really a First Looks if it's a second location? The menu is the same, but the location and the ordering are different at the new Tamashii Ramen in Edmond.
A new First Looks tracks the evolution of Yum Yum Bites food truck into Papi Banh Mi & Bistro brick-and-mortar restaurant in Del City.
It's #CollectiveCountdown time again and this week we're previewing The Rockin' L Ranch Smokehouse, which only serves one meat: brisket. You can do an awful lot with a brisket.
Time again to discover all the great food you can only eat this December during the monthly Monthly Features feature. Some can't-miss options this month, my hungry hippos.
#PigOutOKC returns with Instant Pot pork stew that's easy to make, delicious to eat and hearty enough to keep you going all winter long. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Pork Council.
Fast and fine dining don't usually fit, but chef Gary Arnold of the upcoming Local-Homa, part of The Collective Kitchens + Cocktails, is ready to change some minds.
First Looks brings you, you know, a first look at a new restaurant before it's time for a full review. This edition: Union Wood Fired Grill, which took over the space of MMR.
After a long wait, Osteria is now open. Should you go? Yes. Should you take me? Also yes. Read more in this edition of First Looks.
Do you love food essays where I just talk about nonsense? Then you're in luck! Here's a recipe for a relaxed Thanksgiving that won't make you want to stop being alive.
Brand! New! #CollectiveCountdown! This week we're checking out Oh Baby, the Dutch baby concept coming to The Collective. Thanks to sponsors Okie Pokie and Chick-n-Beer!
Being my friend and/or coworker is a bad beat. Once again, I've roped the staff at Oklahoma Today into helping me taste a bunch of stuff. This time: Baby D's Bee Sting hot sauces.
Plant is the newest concept in the #CollectiveCountdown. Emma Ryan's plant-based cuisine aims to make eating healthier easier. Thanks to sponsors Okie Pokie and Chick-n-Beer.
Looking to liven up your Thanksgiving? Help out the Homeless Alliance, attend Chefs-Giving and take home Thanksgiving recipes from some of OKC's most-celebrated chefs.
In this edition of #CollectiveCountdown, we talk to Patton Simpson about his hang-loose island flavors and the new concept Shaka. Thanks to sponsors Okie Pokie and Chick-n-Beer.
First Looks gets a peek at the soon-to-open OSO on Paseo and the chefs' dedication to tacos that are good without caring a whit about authenticity.
#CollectiveCountdown week 3 is here and we're talking to the owners of Theo's Doughnuts about bringing sweet brioche pastries to The Collective Kitchens + Cocktails.
It's another #CollectiveCountdown and this time we're talking about The Fried Taco, which brings Puerto Rican-Caribbean flair to OKC's taco game.
Our sweet little Iguana Mexican Grill turns 10 years old this year, so of course they're throwing a party. What are you, new?
Long after it was promised, long after it was relevant, I forced people to try Lay's Taste of America chips and we all made fun of them. Now it's on the Internet. MAGIC!
Finally, a not-even-close-to-definitive guide to where to eat brunch in Oklahoma City. Links to reviews and hints of reviews yet to come, if you care about that kind of thing.
Whet your appetite as we countdown to the opening of The Collective Kitchens + Cocktails. This week we've interviewed Chef Vuong Nguyen about his new concept, Cafe de l'Asie.
Celebrate great art the way great artists do: pretty hammered. Oklahoma City Museum of Art's ARTonTAP is almost here!
We're counting down to the opening of The Collective Kitchens + Cocktails with interviews from chefs about their new concepts, starting with Chef Beth Lyon's The Black Cat.
Spencer Hicks is many things, but he's no quitter. So when he said he was going to eat Cheez-Its for his lunch all week, I knew it would be good. Read this and you'll know it, too.
Monthly Features, the monthly feature that features monthly features available this month is back for another month featuring monthly features.
Al Pastor means "Shepherd style" which is...? I know how to shepherd tacos into my mouth. Find out what al pastor tacos are and where to get them in this new #PigOutOK feature.
Vast's Rosé Soirée Wine Dinner, benefitting breast cancer awareness, is a perfect example of what great chefs can do when they're feeling frisky.
Obahoshe inland-style rum is the newest addition to the Prairie Wolf Distilling catalog since its purchase earlier this year by Jonathon Stranger and brothers Erik and Drew Tekell.
If you enjoy "Chopped!" or "Iron Chef," you really need to plan for next year's Oklahoma Restaurant Association Culinary Cook-Off, won this year by Gogi Go!'s Danh Do.
Need a little extra insanity in your life? How about with some hollandaise? The Other Room's bonkers Unicorn Brunch is your weekly adults only boozy glitter bomb.
Ned's Starlite Lounge is a few months away from a full review, but this bar and restaurant is well worth your time in the early going. Click here for some menu highlights.
Insults and Cooking Tips continues with the follow-up to the wildly popular "How To Cook a Hot Dog, Dummies." This time I'm telling you idiots how to reheat pizza. You're welcome!
"What, uhhhhh, what are you doing?" Well, guy at Braum's, I'm tasting every flavor of ice cream with my friend Michelle for a worst-to-best ranking for my website. And this is it.
Papa John's makes the worst pizza available without a prescription. Why your doctor keeps prescribing terrible pizza is between y'all. Here are some great local pizzas you'll love.
If you love food and hate yourself, there's no place quite like The Oklahoma State Fair, where insane fried foods and carnival treats meet legitimate gourmet delicacies.
Tuna salad: you either love it or I hate you. Here are some of the finest tuna salad sandwiches available across the metro. (Except the one you make, of course.)
New month, new features. Grab all this September-only goodness from local favorites Pie Junkie, Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, S&B's Burger Joints and more!
Do you REALLY want to #PigOutOKC? How about a quick, easy way to have way too much carnitas? Check out this recipe for Instant Pot carnitas, sponsored by the Oklahoma Pork Council.
Oktoberfest comes to Midtown OKC with the extremely aptly named Midtown Oktoberfest, Sept. 7-9 on the Midtown Lawn.
Time again for Late Night Eats! All you vampires and other creatures of the night still need to eat, right? So here is another list of great restaurants open well past sundown.
We teamed up with The Betes Bros to talk about diabetes and how modern medicine changed the way people are living with the disease (and why you should mind your own business).
The picture is a Taco Bell Mini Skillet, by far the most attractive option on the menu. Click the link, but beware: This food ain't pretty.
How do you take your coffee? Is it with a heaping helping of self-loathing and guilt? Well...stop doing that. Baristas don't care what you order, only that you're happy with it.
Do you work at/have massive investment in shares of/have terrorists forcing you to order Pizza Hut? If not, there's no reason to order Pizza Hut. Let's Break the Chain.
The New OKC Taco Tour returns for a fourth installment on the far west side of OKC. Mini reviews of Hugo's Taquizas, Taqueria La Original and Taqueria El Rey await you! Yes, you!
After a July sabbatical, where it worked on a manuscript that could help it get tenure, Monthly Features is back for August. It's all timely treats and expiring eats in here.
ATTENTION EASILY OFFENDED READERS, THIS MIGHT NOT BE RIGHT FOR YOU. SORRY FOR SHOUTING. IT'S JUST...THIS GETS A LITTLE RAUNCHY. FAIR WARNING.
Finally revealed: How to steal my job. Also, one of the perks of said job — a tasting menu at The Sushi Bar that was surprisingly light on sushi...and the bar.
The BLT is king of the sandwiches, but who is king of the BLTs? In this #PigOutOKC (sponsored by the Oklahoma Pork Council) we lay out the contenders.
Break the Chain is back to take down IHOB. Er, IHOM. IHOV? IPOH. IOPH. IHPO. THAT PANCAKE PLACE THAT TRIED TO BE A BURGER PLACE FOR A MINUTE.
The Black Foodie Summit seeks to teach minority restaurant owners how to garner much-needed attention to keep their businesses alive and thriving.
Not all of us like to get a solid 19 hours of sleep a night (but I do), so here's the first part of a guide to great late-night dining options in Oklahoma City.
It's my biggest Break the Chain challenge yet: Red Robin. Why? Because Oklahoma City has SO MANY great burger places and I'm sure I've accidentally forgotten a couple.
You begged. You pleaded. You threatened. But I ignored you and now there's a new installment of The New OKC Taco Tour. WHAT TACOS HATH GOD WROUGHT?!
Learn to make the drink I like, because maybe we'll become friends and you'll want to do something nice for me. Or just drink it yourself, you greedy jerks.
You've driven past ALDI. Your friends shop there. Is it a cult? A scam? Is this how aliens will finally take over your body? MAYBE. But also, it's an awesome grocery store.
Think you can't screw up hot dogs? Wrong. You've been screwing them up your whole life. Now, finally, a fat food writer from Oklahoma is here to set you straight.
When you go to a Korean restaurant (like the excellent Taste of Korea) and they give you all those little bowls of food...what are they? That's banchan.
The Depresstaurants series continues with C2 Catering executive pastry chef Whitney Cardona discussing her experiences with mental illness and the restaurant industry.
Learn to make pasta with your own two hands alongside the two hands attached to Oklahoma's pasta master, Chris Becker of Della Terra Pasta. Then eat that pasta.
The smell inside your house is getting grim. Open the door, go outside and find something delicious to eat at one of these Eat This Calendar approved events.
Break the Chain and get your family eating local barbecue. There's nothing wrong with RibCrib, necessarily, but that's no reason to avoid great local spots for BBQ.
Forget everything you know and...oh, crap. You forgot how to read. Oh, man, this is bad. I was just trying to make a funny intro to Eat This Calendar and now you're illiterate!
Depression takes a heavy toll on many of us, but it strikes particularly hard in the restaurant community.
Boozy Breakfast Cereal cocktails and Greg-chosen Saturday morning cartoons — What could be better? Lots of things! But this is still very good!
Break the Chain helps you find local restaurants that will satisfy your chain-loving family while letting you eat something a little more adventurous. Up first: Olive Garden.
Time again for Monthly Features, the round-up of limited-time-only drinks and dishes from our favorite local restaurants, which comes out roughly 12 times a year.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or, in the case of Eat This Calendar, the more food and drink events in Oklahoma, the fatter I'll get.
Urban Agrarian was doing local food before it was cool. A new Kickstarter gives you the chance (and awesome perks) to expand and grow this vital local resource.
Donuts are, by definition, circles of happiness and joy. But not all donuts are created equally. Here's a guide to some of the best in the metro.
Tequila, Spanish wine, chuck wagons, hot wings and drag queens await you in this week's Eat This Calendar.
Pho! Eating! Contest! And, yes, there will be other stuff at the inaugural Asian Night Market Festival in OKC's Asian District, but, c'mon: you want to see a pho-eating contest.
After a sick kid-induced week off, Eat This Calendar returns with so many events there's no way you can do all of them. Just give up. You can't win. My counselor taught me that.
More than 100 restaurants in the Oklahoma City metro serve biscuits and gravy and I'm going to try as many of them as I possible can. This page will update. A lot.
Servers and servants are not the same thing. Welcome to Customer Courtesy 101, your guide to behaving like a good human being at a bar and/or restaurant. Yes, you.
It's a different kind of meal planning with Eat This Calendar. Find out about all the best food and drink events around, including several Cinco de Mayo parties.
Pie, burgers, coffee...and possibly more if I get a few more suggestions for May's Monthly Features feature. Check back occasionally, as I tend to update this one.
Paseo Farmers Market begins its inaugural season Saturday at SixTwelve in the Paseo Arts District.
There's never not something to do. While that is completely exhausting, it's also nice for some people, maybe. I don't know. I just write this stuff. Why, what are you up to?
♫ Although we've come
To the end of the road ♫
♫ Still I can't let go
It's unnatural ♫
♫ You belong to me
I belong to you ♫
Music? Yeah, I guess there's music at Norman Music Fest. But there's also a culinary symphony of street food waiting for lines of hungry concertgoers.
Eventually, for one reason or another, we all find ourselves eating at a chain restaurant. If this is new territory for you: relax. Here's the map to the other side.
Design Appétit feeds those with a hunger for helping families transitioning out of homelessness with furniture, furnishings and other household items.
There are 52 weeks in a year, but this might be the best one. It also might not. No promises. But if you're looking for places to go and food to eat, this is a pretty good list.