With home-roasted beans and coffee knowledge gleaned from various locales across the US and Europe, Aspen Coffee Co. brews steamy and frosty cups of java to perk up Stillwater patrons. Each punch on the five-punch card will announce the fresh arrival of a venti-size caffé latte (a $3.90 value each) splashed with a pump of flavor, providing enough sweet, steamy, bean juice to jump start any day or lethargic lawnmower. In an assortment that Aspen’s world-traveling joe aficionados have meticulously compiled, house coffees purvey the scents and tastes of beans culled from locations at both ends of the oblong globe. The light to medium-bodied Costa Rica Tres Nubes nips at the palate with gentle notes of citrus, and the spicy Ethiopia Harrar Longberry teases drinkers with hints of blueberry and chocolate.
An unassuming brick storefront with bamboo-shaded windows barely contains the thrum of voices and simmering broth that roils within Tokyo Pot. Shabu shabu is by necessity an active method of dining and The Oklahoman’s Food Dude Dave Cathey says “It’s impossible to sit through a meal at Tokyo Pot in silence.” This vibrancy arises from the broth-filled pots that sit in the middle of each table and remind diners of the genuinely social nature of cooking and sharing food as they dunk thin slices of meat into the hot liquid. Gentle pendant lighting brings to life the colors of bright cut blossoms and illuminates jets of rising steam that resemble famous clouds.
With a passion for their authentically inspired sauces, the cooks at Roma's Italian Restaurant top virtually all of their entrees with zesty marinara, decadent alfredo, or wine-based lemon sauce. They use vegetables bought directly from farmers’ markets to adorn house-made baked pastas or savory meats sautéed in pure olive oil. When they aren’t using the ovens to bake New York–style pizzas or to cathartically incinerate grueling crossword puzzles, they fire them up to bring meat-filled calzones and house-made rolls to golden-brown fruition.