After 13 years of treating the taste buds of Harrah, Checkerboard Café and Bakery made its move to Midwest City where it was subsequently kinged. The neighborhood nosh spot serves up a tasty array of lunch and dinner bites, complemented with fresh-baked goodies and homey charm. Start your table with an order of southwest spinach queso dip ($5.99) to share, or grab a baked snorkel and dive into a bowl of baked potato soup ($4.49). The midday menu tempts carnivores and carny voyeurs alike with juicy burgers, toasty pressed sandwiches, and blue plate specials such as chicken fried steak ($8.99), and dinner options add to said delights with an extended list of entrees. Enjoy a personalized portion of hickory smoked prime rib, served by the ounce and cooked to temperature ($1.49 per ounce), or entrust the custom-sized cranny in your belly to a plate of potato-encrusted salmon with rice pilaf ($13.99). All entrees are served with two side orders and customer-acclaimed yeast rolls.
Health Nut Cafe rolls its many wraps with both nutrition and flavor in mind. The deli's menu accommodates vegetarians and meat-seekers with sandwiches, salads, and specialty smoothies, refusing to sacrifice taste as it showcases health-conscious cooking. Catering services can furnish office meetings or luncheons with fresh alternatives to lickable business cards.
Crafting notably delectable frozen treats in small batches, Marble Slab Creamery uses ingredients from around the world and fresh dairy from local farms to percolate palates with super-premium ice cream. Just like tax forms, chef-inspired concoctions are prepared on frozen marble slabs to ensure optimal freshness and easy customization. The frozen slab enables expert dippers and mixers to gently incorporate your choice of candies, nuts, and more into the ice cream on the spot. Grab a heaping dish of original flavors ($3.69 for a original cup) such as pumpkin, black cherry, bubblegum, mango, and amaretto (flavors vary). Or opt for the hefty Big Dipper size ($4.59). Enjoy your custom creation in a cup or a freshly baked waffle cone, which can also be painted orange to mark off hazardous potholes in living-room floors. Marble Slab also makes its ice cream in cake form, providing a conveniently festive treat in the event of an impromptu birthday party or alien abduction. Six-inch round cakes are $17.95, while eight-inch round cakes are $24.95. Otherwise, switch out your printer paper with a rectangular quarter-sheet cake for $29.95.
Gene Leiterman spends his days at a culinary college teaching the art of pastry making and his evenings at CocoFlow Chocolate Cafe molding his favorite medium. His chocolate handiwork ranges from truffles infused with rose syrup to edible sculptures--he once carved a 20-pound chocolate Easter bunny, which proceeded to lay several Cadbury eggs. He's also filled the café's menu with slices of cake, fresh crepes, and hand-painted bon-bons, such as the pistachio crème with swirls of colorful cocoa butter. During CocoFlow's hands-on weekend classes, students learn to craft their own chocolates using machinery-free European techniques that they can replicate at home.
Frozen fanatics and frozen cavemen alike can blissfully ride the chilly tide of Peachwave's sweet, healthy treats. The yogurt utopia softly serves up more than 25 classic and creative flavors of all-natural dairy delights, including cheesecake, peach, coffee, coconut, guava, peanut butter, green tea, tiramisu, and lemon (flavor selection varies by location). The store also lets customers ornament their portions with a variety of tempting toppings, such as fresh banana slices, blueberries, strawberries, dried fruit, chocolate chips, Fruity Pebbles, and nuts. Because the creamy confections at Peachwave are self-serve, you'll get an excuse to don your fanciest hair net. Price is determined by the final weight of each creation ($0.39 per ounce), so think twice about sprinkling your cone of dark-matter yogurt with gold ingots.
Bricktown Candy Company dazzles inner and outer children with rainbow colors of confectionary whimsy. Cherry colas, root beers, ginger ales, and orange fizzy waters ($2 each) neatly line Bricktown's bright shelves, and there's enough candy to make eyes spin like vertigo-peppermints. The succulent stock of gummies, candies, and jellybeans sell for $3.99 per half pound, and chocolates and gourmet candies sell for $4.99 per half pound. Twenty-four flavors of frozen gelati come in small ($3.50), medium ($4.25), and large ($5).
Beatnix Café’s reality-forcefield device keeps it locked in this world, so you don’t have to listen to Susan B. Anthony while perusing the menu. For morning sustenance, Beatnix features the Daddy O French Toast with your choice of bread base ($2.98 for two slices). During lunch, the Groovy Grilled Chicken Sandwich stands tall with toasted wheat bread, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion with mayo or your choice of dressing ($5.89). All salads start with a base of fresh organic spring mix, baby spinach, and red-leaf lettuce combined with freshly grated carrots and red cabbage (starting at $5.49), and soups are made from scratch ($3.49 for an 8-ounce cup).