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Thanks for bearing with us heat at The Oklahoman as we merge our former site (newsok) with TheOklahoman.com.
We finished a post-Mother’s Day podcast last week, but between the merger and the busiest storm season in years, I haven’t had a chance to post it!
Anyway, our love of mom is bound by dates. Herein you’ll hear from chefs Jonathan Krell of Patrono and Shelby Sieg of The Pritchard; legendary local caterer and co-owner of Ned’s Starlight Lounge Ned Shadid; Kitchen at Commonplace and Commonplace Books partners Chris Castro and Ben Nockels. The common subject among all these conversations is mom.
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3Sixty freshens its menu
Chef Beth Lyon is still about a month away from launching her Black Cat concept at The Collective, but in the she’s been plenty busy helping 3Sixty Restaurant and Bar atop Founders Tower with a little menu refresh.
Among the new she items for bar consumption are a Burrata Melon Salad, Tempura Fishsticks, and a Boar Burger to go along with Calamari, Shrimp Cocktail, Shrimp and Gouda Dip, flatbreads in barbecue chicken and Alfredo, a tenderloin sandwich, Crab Poppers, and Grilled Avocado.
I have tried both the Burrata Melon and the Tempura Fishsticks, and they are terrific. Burrata is simply sublime. Add some fresh melon, prosciutto and orange-blossom vinaigrette and you’ve got a Schedule 1 narcotic. The “fishsticks” are made of marinated ahi, which are tempura-battered and fried. They are served with miso honey, jalapeno and cilantro. Bar bites that ideal are a rare breed.
Among the new entrees are a Turmeric-crusted Mahi Mahi, Wild Boar Pasta and Fried Chicken Thighs. That last item is a confit of chicken, removed from the bone, and batter-fried.
Magic is the only word I can come up with to describe the chicken. Perhaps it’s changed since I tried it in its early conception, but I doubt it. Either way, working out how to make fried chicken out of classic French technique is genius.
The pasta dish is a dazzling Bolognese. A true crowd-pleaser for the less adventurous. Don’t be scared off by the boar. It’s just pork, y’all. As for the Mahi, if the question is whether you tried try it, the answer is yes. Served with orzo with kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes, the dish is ideal for the coming summer.
To celebrate turning two this month, 3Sixty is shaving 20% off most of the food menus the rest of the week.
East Coast Style
As chef/owner of two Rococo locations and The Manhattan downtown, Bruce Rinehart is used to putting out fires.
But last Tuesday, he had something happen that required actually calling the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
“I’ve been a little upside-down,” Rinehart texted in the aftermath of a car slamming into the front of his restaurant
That’s right, when the dust and ballast had cleared from a three-car pile-up during rush hour on Pennsylvania Avenue, Rococo was wearing white two-door in its entryway. The driver was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries, but Rococo was left to clean up the mess.
The restaurant incurred no structural damage, so Rinehart was able to carry through with service the same night and hasn’t had to close.
“What can I say? Someone needed a crab cake so bad they drove through the front door.”
Bruce assures me that despite the mess still hanging around the front door, all is well inside and I can assure you the crab cakes are still the best in town. Drop by and see him, and he might just tell you the whole story.
Riverwind Casino’s COOP Ale Works Beats & Bites Festival returns June 8 with a live concert from Shenandoah and a fleet of food trucks from 6 to 10 p.m.
Beats & Bites Festival is a free, outdoor event for families in the casino’s west parking lot with inflatable bounce-houses, and face-painting. COOP Ale Works will also have a variety of seasonal and signature craft beers on tap for mom and dad.
Food trucks scheduled to attend include 2 Cajuns Express, Amici en Movimento, Bambu, Chef Rays, Coit’s, Cowboys and Angels, Creek Bottom Burgers, Dippin’ Dots, dOugh MG, El Kiosko Café, Filipino Fusion, Gilty Pleasures, I Don’t Know & I Don’t Care, Kona Ice, Let’s Do Greek, MacTastic, MMP Concessions, Sadie J’s, Saucee Sicilian, Smokin’ Oak Pizza, Sugar Shack, The Flying Pig, The Fried Taco, Tropical Smoothie Café, Whole Latte Pie, and Yum Pig.
The festival returns July 6 and Aug. 10. For more information on Beats & Bites, click here. ...
Mary Eddy’s at the 21c Hotel in Film Row officially opens the Train Shed on Saturday. To celebrate the opening of the seasonal covered patio and bar area, Mary Eddy’s will have live music, specialty cocktails, bar bites and a table tennis tournament. ...
Check back on Friday to find out who the first tenants will be at Parlor OKC.