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5822 N.W. 50th
Abel’s Mexican Restaurant may be the bestkept secret in Oklahoma City. When you go, you must order the Tacos Cavillo, five street tacos served with steak, cilantro, onion and a couple of salsas. There are lots of other taco options, too, as well as Tex-Mex staples, fajitas and enchiladas.
S & B’s Burger Joint
5929 N. May
If you like burgers, this is your place. Well over a dozen specialty hamburgers are on the menu, in addition to a variety of other sandwiches and salads. And if you can’t pick just one burger, order sliders and try two or three different ones. I love the Columbian, crusted with sea salt and coffee, and the Chili Lime, topped with chili paste, avocado cream and cilantro-lime coleslaw. And don’t forget the sweet potato fries.
333 W. Boyd, Norman
I’ve been known to plan trips to Norman just so I can eat at Cafe Plaid. Their sandwiches served on freshly baked focaccia are all superb, as are their many salads and soups. This cozy cafe on Campus Corner also has a bakery and full coffee bar, and it’s a great place to duck out of the way to read, study or meet up with friends. I always order the Brown Bag Special or the Salad Sampler.
Jerrod Shouse is president of Shouse & Associates Consulting.