The first thing you notice about In the Raw Sushi’s dining room is the noodles—an endless, swirling knot of them, tangling and untangling from floor to ceiling, their canary-yellow hues vibrating against a sky-blue background. This striking mural runs the length of the dining room and reflects the eatery’s effort to elevate cuisine to an art form. Chefs meticulously plate blooming arrangements of sushi and sashimi and drizzle them with fusion flourishes such as creamy habanero sauce. In addition to rolled seafood, they also dish out soba-noodle and rice dishes, teeming with veggies such as red bell peppers, bok choy, and squash, ensuring that diners have plenty to do with their chopsticks aside from demonstrating the mistake that prematurely ended their jousting career.
NewsOK lauds Cajun King for creating “some of the best fried chicken in town” and blackened pork chops that “disappear so quickly, they’re constantly being refreshed.” Head chef and New Orleans native Ken Mills earns panegyrics by toiling endlessly to whip up authentic Cajun buffets. Throughout the day, affable staffers replenish the smorgasbord’s fresh home-cooked eats, such as crawfish etoufee, seafood gumbo, and the restaurant’s signature fried catfish made from Ken’s own secret recipe. Ken’s dedication to sharing the flavors of his hometown with Oklahomans is evident not only in his toothsome noshes but also in the Cajun music played in the restaurant throughout the day to activate guests’ latent urges to travel everywhere via parade float. Servers bustle about the dining room, delivering baskets of warm beignets to tables as a dulcet prandial epilogue. Cajun King’s purple-and-green walls further bolster the restaurant’s congenial Mardi Gras atmosphere, as do vintage figurines of New Orleans characters. Dangling plants hang next to drooping Mardi Gras beads, just like in the wild.
Though it’s now the oldest single-family owned barbecue restaurant in Oklahoma, the Shawnee Van’s Pig Stand wasn’t Van’s first barbecue shop. The family patriarch first began crafting his signature pork sandwiches and plates of ribs in 1928 and shared his recipes with family members as they opened up their own hubs throughout Oklahoma. More than 80 years later, Van’s descendants still grill up barbecue dinners and sandwiches with those signature recipes, that is, if they have taken the blood oath to keep them secret. Though they specialize in cuts of pig, the grill masters incorporate everything from brisket, turkey, chopped beef, and chicken into their dinners, pairing each meaty helping with two sides and a slice of texas toast. Sweet flavors, including sweet tea and pecan pie, cap off savory meals.
Full Moon Sushi and Bistro forges an extensive collection of more than 60 specialty sushi rolls accompanied by entrees that highlight Japanese spins on steak, pork, and seafood. While sushi chefs wrap crab, escolar, or yellowtail in cocoons of rice and await the emergence of butterfly shrimp, diners can sip frosty brews and watch sports on flat-screen TVs. Rustic wooden floors cradle a sturdy stable of high-backed chairs, and sky-blue walls host vibrant artwork and vacationing clouds.
Unlimited portions of more than 20 toppings grace the pizzas of The Crooked Crust, which diners can order as whole, half, or one-fourth pies. Nine specialty pizzas, such as the pesto-and-artichoke-covered Mean Green or the Hawaiian-themed Lu-Wow!, arrive at tables in Denton or Campus Corner locations after baking in ovens fired with outdated geology textbooks. In addition to accommodating guests in its dining quarters, Crooked Crust delivers for an additional $2 fee.
With a stay at Holiday Inn Norman in Norman, you'll be close to Sooner Mall and Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. This hotel is within close proximity of Bizzell Library and Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Make yourself at home in one of the 150 air-conditioned guestrooms. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a pool table. Guests who want to try their luck at the slots can hop on the complimentary casino shuttle.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Norman? This hotel has 7000 square feet (630 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. Free parking is available onsite.