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 offers an eclectic menu of sandwiches, salads, entrees, and sharable small plates, often made with locally grown produce and locally raised meat. Preheat your appetite with homemade tater tots with truffle oil ($6), sweet-corn tamale cakes ($7), or shrimp and grits ($9). To quiet midday tummy grumbles, 10 savory burger selections ($8–$10) and 10 diverse sandwiches ($9) are stacked with vibrant flavors such as manchego cheese, chili-ranch sauce, and golden-fried tilapia. After tasting The Boulder Grill's chicken-limone pasta simmered in a rich, creamy sauce ($14), or potato-crusted salmon drizzled in a mustard cream sauce ($18), tone-deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
Don't let the giant hanging fish and miniature live ones swimming through the warm wood walls in brightly lit aquariums fool you; Pelican’s extensive dinner menu actually features a great deal of fish and seafood. Prep your stomach for a long voyage with a starter of blackened-chicken nachos ($10.49), a half-dozen “topless” fresh oysters ($8.59), or escargot ($7.99); or pillage Pelican’s extensive soup and salad bar ($8.79). Deep-sea dive into Pelican’s seafood specialties—Alaskan king crab (market price), Australian lobster tail (market price), Norwegian salmon ($17.99), frog legs ($14.49), or a pound of steamed mussels ($12.99). Landlubbers who have offended Poseidon, meanwhile, can stick with turf-based classics such as prime rib ($16.99), chicken Dijon ($11.99), and a number of fresh pasta dishes and sandwiches.