Tex-Mex incorporates waves of warm cheese and a chipotle spiciness not found in Baja Mexican cuisine, which has also become popular in the United States. The chefs at La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant tap into the former’s tradition of piquant decadence when crafting fajitas, hot skillets filled with gooey jack cheese and chorizo, and steaks cooked to order. Inside the colorful dining room, frozen mango margaritas complement the bright hues of nachos rancheros crowned with grilled steak and loaded with toppings, or puerco con salsa roja, tender pork marinated in a red sauce and served with rice, beans, and tortillas. A range of imported Mexican beers the color of filtered sunshine or a gold sarcophagus that you didn’t read the washing instructions on cut the spice from the rest of the dishes.
Mamadou’s Restaurant satisfies visitors with a robust menu specializing in steak and seafood and boasting a healthy selection of soups, salads, and burgers. Diners can inaugurate the foodie festivities with an order of six crab-stuffed mushrooms topped with melted provolone cheese ($6.99) or opt for fried pickles or fried green beans ($6.99 each) to combine the nutrition of vegetables with the fashionableness of a breading jacket. Burgers and sandwiches such as the half-pound cheeseburger ($5.99), the catfish fillet ($6.99), and the classic turkey-club sandwich ($6.59) all come with seasoned fries, enabling eaters to pretend as though silverware has yet to be discovered. Satiate a desire for turf with an 8-ounce slow-roasted prime rib ($14.99, served Wednesday to Sunday) or for surf with a blackened spicy Cajun catfish ($10.99), or combine seafood and landfood with the steak and shrimp, an 8-ounce sirloin with five grilled shrimp reclining on a soft bed of rice ($21.99). All dinners come with a caesar salad or all-you-can-eat salad bar, a choice of starch, a dinner roll, and the vegetable of the day.
Lamenting the lack of European baked goods in the Norman community, the Jazzar and Khouri families united to open a bakery filled with flaky French pastries, three-layered Bavarian cakes, and freshly baked European breads. As La Baguette Bakery & Café's popularity grew, the families opened two more locations and began supplying their breads, desserts, and twirled moustaches to more than 200 hotels and restaurants. The Jazzars and Khouris also added a menu of lunch and dinner fare, purveying such café-style eats as quiche lorraine, croque monsieur, and italian pasta dishes.
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.
The Boulder Grill's menu appeases appetites of all sizes with shareable small dishes, a roster of sandwiches, and ample entrees assembled from scratch. Start meals on a heroic note by freeing macadamia-stuffed dates from bacon clutches ($8) or witness chicken and andouille sausage forge an alliance atop a crispy dais with the Cajun barbecued flatbread pizza ($8). Sandwiches and burgers ($8–$10) arrive at tables flanked by an entourage of fries or a soup or salad sidekick. Alternatively, tongues can paint themselves red with the rojo sliced sirloin steak poised on sweet-corn tamale cakes ($14) or delve into a textural treasure chest free of inedible doubloons and bank statements with the potato-crusted salmon, which comes pan-seared and arrayed in mustard cream ($18).
Pelican's Restaurant's seasoned chefs serve up a menu brimming with fresh surf 'n' turf fare in a nautical restaurant atmosphere. Deep-sea dive into seafood specialties such as the stuffed sole, which packs lobster stuffing into fishy fillets before showering them with chowder and monterey jack ($15.99). Hand-breaded deep-fried frog legs kick-dance to “Hello! My Baby” before cooling off in a tartar-sauce bath ($15.49). The hand-cut, slow-roasted 8-ounce prime rib turns up with house-made horseradish sauce on its arm ($17.99); the hawaiian chicken, a grilled breast marinated in teriyaki sauce, shows off a fancy new pineapple ring ($13.99). A lunch menu lets you preview the most popular dinner options, including the shrimp sauté, which jumbles pineapple and veggies together with shrimp before dousing them in a teriyaki glaze ($7.99).
Shiloh's Restaurant's homestyle fare is born of the love and dedication of several generations of restaurateurs. The Hermann and Rodgers families have more than 50 years' experience in the kitchen, and although they're retired, entrepreneurial pros Grandma Ethel and Great-Grandma Gladys still oversee the recipe book to ensure quality.
Following these thoroughly scrutinized instructions, chefs cook up a well-rounded menu of all-day country breakfasts, meaty sandwiches, and pan-fried country steak. At tables, Shiloh's signature housemade rolls are always on hand to sop up leftover homestyle gravy and goulash. And to ensure that no mouth is left unfed, chefs also serve up their piping-hot comfort food to offices, parties, and the hungry families of vacationing grandmothers.