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Join Me on Rise and Shine Oklahoma Each Week!

I have just been busting to tell you guys this for quite some time, but I wanted to make sure details were finalized, and plans were drawn out before I made it public. 

It’s official folks!  I have business cards, and a keycard to the door!   I’m excited.  Keep reading to find out why!

Beginning in July (slated for Wednesday, July 14th right now), I will be doing a weekly segment on Rise and Shine Oklahoma on KAUT43, an affiliate of KFOR News.  My segment will be featuring restaurant reviews, and maybe even a little of my kitchen Tips & Tricks that you’ve seen on Dishin & Dishes.  Here is how it will happen…

Each week, Mr. Wonderful and I will dine out at a great Oklahoma City (or surrounding metro area) restaurant.  The night will be filled with photographing the great food we are served, much like I do on my blog posts.  We’ll probably talk to the chef and/or owner and maybe even get to visit inside the kitchen to see where all great cuisine begins.

Then I’ll do a live spot with Lance West on Wednesdays and we’ll discuss the restaurant and our experience.  Sometimes, the chef or owner will join us, which will be great fun!

There will be a page dedicated to this on the News Station’s website .  It’s going to be called…Dishin & Dishes with Katie or something like that!  I saw a little bit of the mockup when I visited the station. Past reviews will be archived here and can be watched anytime!

Lance and I will “dish” about the restaurant for a bit, and then people will have the opportunity to go to the page and order a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant we reviewed.  But here’s the kicker!  You’ll only have to pay $25 for the $50 gift certificate!

My segment is set to air weekly on Wednesdays at 7:15 a.m. (I’ll let you know for sure closer to first air date) so I hope if you live in the Oklahoma City area, you’ll join me for a fun restaurant review each week!

I am so looking forward to how fun this is going to be!  Can you imagine? I’m getting paid to eat out at great Oklahoma City restaurants, and then have fun by telling you, the viewers about spots you may not have tried!

I hope you join me in July!  It’d be a great thing to do in the morning and I’d sure love having you with me 🙂

Did you know us bloggers love to get comments? Please let me know your thoughts below on this article! 

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Tana Thai Bistro- Restaurant Review

Tana Thai Bistro
10700 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
405.749.5590
Dollar Factor $$
Taste Factor $$$

website:  http://www.tanathai.com/

So today I was at a four-day training session for work up in the Northwest side of Oklahoma City and it made me dangerously close to one of my favorite Thai restaurants.

Tana Thai.

Mr. Wonderful and Jason took me here for the first time, and to me, besides Charm and Sweet Basil (the one in Norman, not Bethany) it is one of my favorite Thai places around the Metro area.

Tana Thai, although small, has a modern feel, a little Asian, a little hip, and it’s bright an airy with nice decor, and a cut-above-decor in tableware for an Asian restaurant.

As I said. the one dining room is small but bright.

The service will be quick, and your waitress probably won’t hang around too long to chat, but only if it’s very busy, which strangely enough, it always is. Today, the older waitress, (whose name goes unknown to me even today, even though she always asks me where Mr. Wonderful is when I dine alone) lets me know my steampunk necklace “though beautiful”, is tucked inside my t-shirt and that I should wear it outside.

I take no offense to her, because she is efficient in her duties, and it’s just what makes her herself. Much like a truck stop diner waitress, this modern Asian waitress, (who I suspect has some ownership in the restaurant), has never let me down in service.  Soon, she delivers my order, the Beef Panang Curry lunch, although being the change-up orderer that I am, I substitute chicken, and the grand total of my lunch order comes to $5.95 plus tax and tip.

Soon, my order is delivered on a retro-boxy plate artfully decorated with fresh, young, tender green beans, red peppers, shaved chicken breast slices and a curry sauce that leaves you wishing for more to soak into your jasmine rice globe sitting alongside of it.

Tana Thai isn’t one of those places where you’ll receive huge portions of food, but I rather like a health-conscious portion of a fresh, beautifully-plated meal over one that will put me to sleep at work after lunch.

Just for kicks today, I ordered a different dish, but my favorite dish at Tana Thai is the Thai Basil Chicken, hands down.  It’s the dish I tried to recreate here.  I’m very close, but still venture forth for satisfaction to satisfy my craving for this, my favorite of all Thai dishes.

Might I suggest Tana Thai’s Pad Thai or any of their curries as well? The soups will fill you up all by themselves while being delicious also.  Try the Tom Kha Gai,  with chicken broth, coconut milk, lemon, chicken, mushrooms and assorted Thai vegetables.  You will be sighing in satisfaction.

You can see pictures and the menu at their website here.

As usual, at most Thai places, there is an offer of heat in any of the dishes.  Tana Thai’s offering is from 1-3, with three being hot enough to cause perspiration to develop under your eyes, so keep that in mind while ordering any of their delicious entrees.

I have yet to find something at fault at this place.

You can find Lunch specials for $5.95 or $6.95 on up.  The service is good, the place is quaint and clean, and the food, is pretty close to unbeatable for a Thai place.

Try Tana Thai soon.  If you’re a Thai food fan, you’ll enjoy it.

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Chica’s Mexican Cafe



Chica’s Mexican Cafe
6482 Avondale Dr.
Nichols Hills, OK 73116
405.607.8193
Taste Factor **1/2
Dollar Factor $$-$$$
(no menu or website available)
Hours of Operation:  Mon-Sat 11-9
Sunday -CLOSED

We happened to try Chica’s recently. It was just the three of us, Mr. Wonderful, Tori and I.

Located in the Nichols Hills Plaza, you can access this little place by Western or 63rd.  We had to really look for it.  You walk through a tiny outdoor patio, which is an option for alfresco dining on a nice night.  It’s really just a couple of tables and chairs on the sidewalk.

The inside of the restaurant was much smaller than I’d imagined.  There were 3  or 4 tall tables for four and maybe 6-8 others.

There is also a bar at the back of the restaurant you can sit at.

When we arrived, the place seemed trashed.  Every table was dirty and we weren’t sure where to sit.  A waitress arrived pretty quickly, however and cleaned off one of the tall tables against the windows. I soon figured out why the place was a mess.  There was a steady stream of young, trendy folks streaming through the door the entire time we ate.  This is a highly popular place.  The tables quickly filled up again and the place was packed in no time.

The decor is urban diner, bright and crowded, and our service was excellent.  We were quickly brought chips, cheese and salsa.

The salsa is the  thin, mostly tomato salsa that is typical at Mexican restaurants and it’s okay.  The cheese sauce was good.  I forgot to ask for additional sauces like I normally do and I’ve heard they have quite a few.  I’ll try that next time.

I always ask the wait staff what is good and they recommended the Ocean Tacos as one of their most popular offerings. I’m a huge fish and shrimp taco fan, so I played along.

These were good.  I asked for cilantro and added some pico de gallo for a little spice, but the guacamole cream sauce was great, the tilapia moist, and the slaw on top had a nice crunch.  I prefer corn tortillas for my tacos these days, and was pleased that they came out warm and fresh, and not greasy, like in some other places I’ve been.  I could pick from several kinds of beans, Mexican potatoes, cole slaw or fresh fruit.  I opted for the black beans and fresh fruit, both of which were great, and a nice change from typical Mexican rice and refried beans.

Tori ordered the Fried Tacos.

Oh to be young and have a metabolism again.

She enjoyed these as far as I could tell.  They were filled with beef and cheese and came with a side of guacamole and pico de gallo.

Mr. Wonderful ordered the Combo Fajitas and really liked them.

Chica’s had many more things I’d like to try .  We enjoyed our visit here.  Please note that if you’re looking for authentic Mexican fare, this would not be the place for you.  This is more of an Americanized, trendy and hip type of Mexican featuring seafood (I am trying the shrimp and pablano enchiladas next time!).

Chica’s is also a little pricier than some other Mexican restaurants I’ve been to, but in the Nichol’s Hills area, you should expect that anyway.  I wouldn’t say the food is stand-out great, but I also wouldn’t say it’s bad at all.  We enjoyed our visit and probably will go back again.

From what we saw, many people agree with me.  The tables filled up with no problem!

**Update – Visit two was very enjoyable.  We asked for extra salsa, and received a salsa verde and a super spicy habenero salsa.  We had a different waitress from last time who brought us their complimentary spicy guacamole. It was killer good!  Don’t miss this!

I also tried the Shrimp & Pablano Enchiladas which were great.

We also ordered the Chorizo appetizer that had sauteed onions, pablanos, tomatoes, chorizo sausage and cheese.  This was very good as well.

Mr. Wonderful ordered the beef and chicken enchiladas and they had plenty of meat in both and he couldn’t finish them.

I’m glad we tried a second visit.  We were very pleased last night!

Have you eaten here? Let me know what YOUR experience was!

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Restaurant Review – El Pollo Chulo

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Dollar Factor
$
Yum Factor
**

Location:  5805 NW 50th St
Oklahoma City, OK
405.792.2300

Today for lunch I headed to El Pollo Chulo, which contrary to popular belief is Spanish style, not Mexican. If you’re looking for a low-cost, healthy place to eat, this is a great place. Fred, the owner, will be all too forthright to let you know that his food is healthy and broadcasts it on his wall-menu and take-out menu as well.  In fact their moto is “We worry about what goes into  your body so you don’t have to…”

The star of the show at El Pollo Chulo is Fred’s chicken. The birds are butterflied and marinated in a fruit and lime marinade (that Fred won’t reveal, doggone him!), and then flame-grilled slowly over some large grills built into the counter. It’s the first sight you see when you walk in the door and step to the front of the cafeteria style serving line.

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Through the glass, you can view the sizzling slow-grilled chicken and view its odd crimson- taint of colors from the marinade.

Chicken seems to be the house favorite at El Pollo Chulo.  You can opt for 1/4 ($4.99), or 1/2  (6.99) of a chicken or you can order by pieces – 3 piece  ($5.99),  or 8 pieces ($10.99) of chicken.

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All come with 2 sides and complimentary salsa and 2 tortillas.  Fred will also ask if you prefer white or dark meat and only asked me the first couple times I went.  Now he remembers and doesn’t ask me anymore, which makes you feel remembered and  is pretty cool. He also keeps the high def TV tuned to the Cooking Channel or Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations (my latest intrigue), which I enjoy to view while munching on his creations.

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But chicken isn’t all that El Pollo offers in the means of animal flesh.  You can also get your fill of Omega 3’s with grilled wild salmon ($6.95) or how about a seafood skewer ($6.95).  Both of these are served with the 2 choices of sides and 2 complimentary tortillas with salsa as well.  Prefer bovine?  You can opt for seasoned chuck eye steak for $6.99.

Let’s talk about the sides.  The sides are served, as I said before, cafeteria style and they range from pesto-type noodles, to spanish rice to sweet potatoes but also include black or pinto beans, vegetables and parsley potatoes.

Another popular favorite which I’ve enjoyed is the Burritos.  Fred hacks up his wonderful chicken and grills a burrito on his flat grill, and there are various versions from which to choose.  The burritos range from $1.99 (beans and rice) to $3.25 (The Ultimate), a bargain for lunch.

Don’t know what to make for dinner? How about stopping by El Pollo and picking up a Pollo Party Pack?  For $13.75 you can get 12 pieces of chicken, 4 side orders and 8 tortillas and salsa.  Keep in mind however, the sides are a tad small, so take  that into consideration.  At $.99 for a small and $1.99 for a large side order, though you could order a few extra.

The dining room is spacious and very casual and well-lit by large windows.

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I am a fan of El Pollo, and go there regularly.  I hope you try it sometime.  It’s a great healthy alternative to fast food.

One word of advice.  Although it’s well into fall, I did go a few times in the summer, and there was no air-conditioning turned on.  There were some overhead fans, but in our Oklahoma heat, I could barely stand it for an hour’s lunch.  You might try take-out in the summer.  Maybe by next summer, Fred will turn the air on.
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