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GoOKC1991
10-29-2013, 12:23 AM
Title says it all.


Bob Evans for me.

Easy180
10-29-2013, 02:26 AM
Pappadeaux would be nice

Stew
10-29-2013, 04:19 AM
quaker steak and lube

mikesimpsons82
10-29-2013, 06:18 AM
Even though there is an abundance of good burger joints, I'd still have to go with Shake Shack.

RadicalModerate
10-29-2013, 06:22 AM
Buco di Beppo.

Roger S
10-29-2013, 06:27 AM
Fogo de Chao

bradh
10-29-2013, 07:07 AM
Are we talking chains here, or just any restaurant?

Giordano's Pizza (from Chicago)

BBatesokc
10-29-2013, 07:09 AM
Not that its 'so over the top great' - but I love me some Torchy's Tacos from Austin. It's my goto 'fast food' choice when I'm visiting.

I'd take it over BTT or other casual Mexican fare any day.

bchris02
10-29-2013, 07:17 AM
I would say Boston Market. Out of all of Charlotte's great restaurants, I can't believe I actually miss a fast food chain the most. However, eating there was a regular occurrence for me (Pappadeaux was not). I don't think OKC has any fast-casual rotisserie chicken places other than the Wal-Mart deli. Somebody correct me if I am wrong on that.

warreng88
10-29-2013, 07:17 AM
I would like to see a Salt Lick BBQ set up like the one in Driftwood (outside of Austin) with a large outdoor space, live music right on the Oklahoma River. Maybe near the DT Airpark once that area gets better developed.

Roger S
10-29-2013, 07:58 AM
Not that its 'so over the top great' - but I love me some Torchy's Tacos from Austin. It's my goto 'fast food' choice when I'm visiting.

I'd take it over BTT or other casual Mexican fare any day.

We ate at a Torchy's on our last trip to Austin and pretty much said the same thing about it and BTT.

Roger S
10-29-2013, 08:01 AM
I would like to see a Salt Lick BBQ set up like the one in Driftwood (outside of Austin) with a large outdoor space, live music right on the Oklahoma River. Maybe near the DT Airpark once that area gets better developed.

I would be pretty darn happy to see any kind of Central Texas style Q-raunt open up here..... Thought that was going to be Back Door BBQ but I was mistaken.

bradh
10-29-2013, 08:18 AM
I would say Boston Market. Out of all of Charlotte's great restaurants, I can't believe I actually miss a fast food chain the most. However, eating there was a regular occurrence for me (Pappadeaux was not). I don't think OKC has any fast-casual rotisserie chicken places other than the Wal-Mart deli. Somebody correct me if I am wrong on that.

Damn I love some Boston Market meatloaf

ABryant
10-29-2013, 09:10 AM
I jones for an in and out. Also jones for a penn station. All bad for your health.

warreng88
10-29-2013, 09:20 AM
I jones for an in and out. Also jones for a penn station. All bad for your health.

In and out would be nice but there are so many great burger places here that I would be ok if we didn't get one. Ten years ago, I would have been dying for one.

ctchandler
10-29-2013, 09:39 AM
This is tough, I have a few I would really like to see, but right now I am really hungry for Corky's Barbecue out of Memphis, so I will go with that for the moment. I think this thread will vary based on my current craving.
C. T.

bchris02
10-29-2013, 09:44 AM
This is tough, I have a few I would really like to see, but right now I am really hungry for Corky's Barbecue out of Memphis, so I will go with that for the moment. I think this thread will vary based on my current craving.
C. T.

Corky's is pretty good. Personally I think the Memphis style of BBQ is my favorite. It's a regional thing though and I would be surprised to see it come this far west.

betts
10-29-2013, 10:07 AM
Xoco. It's almost local too.

warreng88
10-29-2013, 10:16 AM
Can't believe no one has mentioned Mission Chinese...

OKC_Chipper
10-29-2013, 10:35 AM
My two top choices have already been mentioned with Torchys and Fogo De Chao, but a personal favorite of mine that destroys any barbecue in OKC is Railhead Smokehouse in Fort Worth

ThomPaine
10-29-2013, 11:29 AM
I'd really like to see a good fish n chips place. My personal favorite is Eamonn's in Alexandria, VA Welcome to Eamonn's a Dublin Chipper (http://www.eamonnsdublinchipper.com/)

I also agree with Sid, a real ice cream parlor would be awesome.

GoOKC1991
10-29-2013, 11:39 AM
Lots of great ones! I too would love to see Boston Market.

7 or 8 years ago my main preference was Fuddrucker's, and they were supposed to come to Memorial Square and I-240, but that fell through and I think they have stopped building and have closed many.

icecold
10-29-2013, 01:01 PM
Any restaurant? Girl and a Goat ( Girl and the Goat (http://www.girlandthegoat.com/) )

Chain ish answer-- Earl's ( Earls Restaurant - Vancouver | Calgary | Winnipeg | Toronto (http://www.earls.ca/) )

ThomPaine
10-29-2013, 01:36 PM
Any Stephen Starr Restaurant. I really like The Continental in Philadelphia - it would be great in Automobile Alley.

STARR Restaurants Entertainment for all of the senses. (http://starr-mobile.com)

Continental Martini Bar (http://www.continentalmartinibar.me)

OKVision4U
10-29-2013, 02:09 PM
I could use a McCormick's & Schmick's ...Seafood & Steaks.

Seafood Restaurant Kansas City, MO - Steakhouse Kansas City | McCormick & Schmick's (http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/Locations/kansas-city-missouri/kansas-city-missouri/west47thstreet.aspx)

jerrywall
10-29-2013, 02:15 PM
Humperdinks!

OKVision4U
10-29-2013, 02:18 PM
Gram & Dun ... Whiskey and wild game...

Gram & Dun (http://gramanddun.com/)

Plutonic Panda
10-29-2013, 02:29 PM
Pappadeaux

SoonerQueen
10-29-2013, 03:24 PM
Pappadeaux


I have several, but Bob Evans would top my list. In-n-Out would be nice to have here. I miss Marie Calenders and their pies. They could come back anytime. I'd love to have Village Inn back in the OKC area.

Easy180
10-29-2013, 03:35 PM
Humperdinks!

Yes sir!

OKCisOK4me
10-29-2013, 04:06 PM
I enjoyed it when I was down there, but Lucile's Stateside Bistro in Fort Worth. They're not expanding. Just a one owner restaurant. Will eat there again next time I'm down there.

betts
10-29-2013, 04:17 PM
Can't believe no one has mentioned Mission Chinese...

Aren't we getting that? I just ate there in SF last month and the food was divine.

Plutonic Panda
10-29-2013, 04:51 PM
I have several, but Bob Evans would top my list. In-n-Out would be nice to have here. I miss Marie Calenders and their pies. They could come back anytime. I'd love to have Village Inn back in the OKC area.Lets see

For fast food, I suppose an In-n-Out would be cool. I have never been to one though, just based on the hype. A Boston Market would be cool, just to have one and to me, it seems like a cool place to hang out and study.

As for further restaurants.

1. Pappadeaux
2.California Pizza Kitchen
3.I would like to see something like Flying Fish off of Coit Rd. in Dallas http://flyingfishinthe.net
4.An actual good Brazilian restaurant. The one in Midtown sucks. Trust me on this, I know. My stepmother is from Brazil and when we lived in Dallas, there were true good Brazilian restaurants.
5.Rainforest Cafe

Really, OKC's restaurant scene is actually really good and vastly improving. There are so many options now is unreal. I would like to build two restaurants here in OKC one day, a concept similar to the Magic Time machine, but a thousand times more awesome. I would like to build that in Bricktown. The other one would be a restaurant that specializes in cooking fried alligator, but has other great Cajun style food. I have found some great locations around lake Arcadia that would be cool for this.

Teo9969
10-29-2013, 04:56 PM
Mario's

It's a little Gyro shop in Salzburg.

Best damn gyro in the world.

That, or I guess I could settle for Alinea...

bchris02
10-29-2013, 05:39 PM
1. Pappadeaux
2.California Pizza Kitchen
3.I would like to see something like Flying Fish off of Coit Rd. in Dallas http://flyingfishinthe.net
4.An actual good Brazilian restaurant. The one in Midtown sucks. Trust me on this, I know. My stepmother is from Brazil and when we lived in Dallas, there were true good Brazilian restaurants.
5.Rainforest Cafe

1. Yes, that would be excellent. I think on the canal in Bricktown would be the perfect place
2. Would be nice. Personally I think Penn Square Mall or somewhere on Memorial Rd would be ideal for California Pizza Kitchen
3. Decent place but not really that much different from the other seafood places OKC has.
4. Definitely this. I haven't had any of the Brazillian restaurants here, but the one in Charlotte, Chima, was one of the best meals I have had in my life
5. Never experienced Rainforest Cafe. I knew they were pretty popular in the '90s but not sure how so now.



Really, OKC's restaurant scene is actually really good and vastly improving. There are so many options now is unreal. I would like to build two restaurants here in OKC one day, a concept similar to the Magic Time machine, but a thousand times more awesome. I would like to build that in Bricktown. The other one would be a restaurant that specializes in cooking fried alligator, but has other great Cajun style food. I have found some great locations around lake Arcadia that would be cool for this.

Agree. I particularly like some of the asian food available here. There is also surprisingly good sushi being so far from the coast. I know Trapper's has fried alligator, and its the only alligator I have ever ate. How would you rate it?

ljbab728
10-29-2013, 09:20 PM
Lots of great ones! I too would love to see Boston Market.

7 or 8 years ago my main preference was Fuddrucker's, and they were supposed to come to Memorial Square and I-240, but that fell through and I think they have stopped building and have closed many.

Fuddrucker's used to be here. I ate at one at I240 and Western a number of times.

Pete
10-29-2013, 09:31 PM
I actually leased space to Fuddrucker's on NW Expressway in the mid 80's.


As for a new restaurant, I would much rather have A Good Egg open another great concept than have another chain move in.

Jeepnokc
10-29-2013, 09:44 PM
I could use a McCormick's & Schmick's ...Seafood & Steaks.

Seafood Restaurant Kansas City, MO - Steakhouse Kansas City | McCormick & Schmick's (http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/Locations/kansas-city-missouri/kansas-city-missouri/west47thstreet.aspx)

That would work. Would prefer a Morton's as it is my favorite restaurant but any decent high end steakhouse would work. ( capital grill, three forks, del frisco). Anything but a Ruth Chris !! I have e had better service and steaks at an IHOP than Ruth Chris. Red prime does a good job feeling the void though. They get their strips from Allen Brothers in Chicago which also provides Morton's their steaks.

In n Out burgers also!!! 3x3 animal style!

Plutonic Panda
10-29-2013, 10:55 PM
I actually leased space to Fuddrucker's on NW Expressway in the mid 80's.


As for a new restaurant, I would much rather have A Good Egg open another great concept than have another chain move in.Have you ever been to a Pappadeaux?

Teo9969
10-29-2013, 11:16 PM
That would work. Would prefer a Morton's as it is my favorite restaurant but any decent high end steakhouse would work. ( capital grill, three forks, del frisco). Anything but a Ruth Chris !! I have e had better service and steaks at an IHOP than Ruth Chris. Red prime does a good job feeling the void though. They get their strips from Allen Brothers in Chicago which also provides Morton's their steaks.

In n Out burgers also!!! 3x3 animal style!

I can't remember if you said you've been to the Ranch or not…you should give 'em a try.

I would rather leave the national Prime Steak chains out of OKC. That probably won't happen though, in which case I'd prefer Morton's over Ruth's or Fleming's (though the 100 wines by the glass would be great to have).

Garin
10-30-2013, 07:15 AM
Salt Lick BBQ

SOONER8693
10-30-2013, 07:38 AM
Arthur Bryant's from KC or Bone Daddy's from the DFW area.

bradh
10-30-2013, 07:49 AM
Oh man, Bone Daddy's is an excellent choice. Great food and scenery

ctchandler
10-30-2013, 11:36 AM
Pete,
Where was it located? I don't remember them except on South Western. I did eat at Longnecker's on NW Expressway a bunch of times.
C. T.
I actually leased space to Fuddrucker's on NW Expressway in the mid 80's.


As for a new restaurant, I would much rather have A Good Egg open another great concept than have another chain move in.

okieinindy
10-30-2013, 01:26 PM
Oceanaire

Stan Silliman
10-30-2013, 02:17 PM
Wild Eggs (from Louisville) 1st Choice

Hummus Kitchen (New York)

BB King's BBQ

Disappointed "Cheeseburger in Paradise" near Memorial couldn't make it. Doesn't bode well for the others.

jerrywall
10-30-2013, 02:18 PM
Disappointed "Cheeseburger in Paradise" near Memorial couldn't make it. Doesn't bode well for the others.

I've always wondered what happened there. The place always seemed busy. Lots of large gathering/events there as well. I was surprised when it shut down.

elitespy
10-30-2013, 02:31 PM
I would love to have a Dairy Queen here, I know they are putting one in Moore, but I really want one in OKC. Growing up in Texas they were on every corner it seems, now I am going to have to drive 20/30 minutes to get a blizzard.

RadicalModerate
10-30-2013, 02:56 PM
I would love to have a Dairy Queen here, I know they are putting one in Moore, but I really want one in OKC. Growing up in Texas they were on every corner it seems, now I am going to have to drive 20/30 minutes to get a blizzard.

I was going to ask if it was too late to switch my vote from Buco di Beppo to Dairy Queen.
(no kdng. tnx for stealing my thundersnark--#tndrsnk =)

Yet, seriously . . . If we (that is OKC) can't get An Upscale Dairy Queen . . . i suppose that i could "settle" for . . .
Burger Emperor, 24/7/365. =)
(a.k.a.: BE XXIV/VII/CCCDXV)

So . . . How about one that hasn't been "invented" yet . . . to "keep it local" and all . . .
Maslow's Pyramid of Burger Needs?
(a.k.a."Maslow's" for short, or simply The M.)

What the "hey" . . .
Instead of squandering money on some pseudo-imitation Memphis-style faux-pyramid this could be a way to save and repurpose Stage Center!

(at the top is The Self-Actualization Burger.
it consists of whatever you want it to be.
at the bottom is vegetarian grazing/garnish.)

(just kidding . . . geez . . .
Stage Center has got to go.=)

Bill Robertson
10-30-2013, 03:21 PM
Disappointed "Cheeseburger in Paradise" near Memorial couldn't make it. Doesn't bode well for the others.


I've always wondered what happened there. The place always seemed busy. Lots of large gathering/events there as well. I was surprised when it shut down.Our C.I.P. was doing very well. The whole chain closed all but one or two locations. We were regulars there and were told that the local management tried to license the OKC store as a franchise but the mother company was trying to file bankruptcy and didn't want the income a franchise would generate.

Larry OKC
10-30-2013, 03:34 PM
Casa Bonita

BlackmoreRulz
10-30-2013, 05:12 PM
Sammy's Pizza so I wouldn't have to go to the fair to get a calzone fix.

Prunepicker
10-30-2013, 09:20 PM
Mine would be any restaurant that isn't a chain. :cool:

I don't know about others on this thread but when I go to another
city I look for local flavor and not a chain I can get anywhere.

Prunepicker
10-30-2013, 09:28 PM
Sammy's Pizza so I wouldn't have to go to the fair to get a calzone fix.
Isn't there one downtown?

I was a Sammy's calzone fan. I found that Pizza House has pretty good
calzone and close to Sammy's.

N.W. 23rd & N. Ann Arbor.

Jeepnokc
10-30-2013, 09:34 PM
I've always wondered what happened there. The place always seemed busy. Lots of large gathering/events there as well. I was surprised when it shut down.

The place was busy because they couldn't turn tables. We went three times and the service was super slow. Took forever to get food to the tables. Gotta turn tables to make money. They catered a little bit to our local parrothead club but we stopped going because service was so bad.

Bigrayok
10-30-2013, 09:50 PM
Rocky & Carlo's from Chalmette, Louisiana. They have great poboys, fried seafood, and my favorite, Veal Parmesan with my favorite macaroni & cheese anywhere. Ladies invited.

Bigray in Ok

Bigrayok
10-30-2013, 09:52 PM
Not that I know of. They were supposed to put one in Bricktown last year but it did not happen. They always have two locations at the State Fair.

Bigray in Ok

Bigrayok
10-30-2013, 09:55 PM
Isn't there one downtown?

I was a Sammy's calzone fan. I found that Pizza House has pretty good
calzone and close to Sammy's.

N.W. 23rd & N. Ann Arbor.

There is not a Sammy's Pizza downtown that I know of. They were supposed to put one in Bricktown last year but it did not happen. They always have two locations at the State Fair.

Bigray in Ok

Bill Robertson
10-31-2013, 06:34 AM
Casa BonitaI loved Casa Bonita. I worked there form 74 to 77. Made some of my best friends there. The guacamole was fantastic and no one does sopapillas like they did.

Roger S
10-31-2013, 06:36 AM
Mine would be any restaurant that isn't a chain. :cool:

I don't know about others on this thread but when I go to another
city I look for local flavor and not a chain I can get anywhere.

We have that rule when we travel. We don't eat anywhere that we can eat here in OKC.... We don't rule out chains because when I'm going to Detroit to visit friends I can guarantee you I'm eating some White Castle.