So for those of you foodies and football fans headed to Norman this weekend to see the CLASSIC matchup between our Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida State Seminoles, here are my suggestions for some good food while you are here. I know many of you will grab a burger at a tailgate, which is fine and dandy, but seeing as the game starts at 2:30 this weekend, that leaves you one meal of your choice, lunch or dinner, to grab something at one of our fine local eating establishments.
Being a Norman resident, I will try to update each week letting you know my suggestions for the weekend (meant to last week…forgot…bad blogger I know…). Please…whatever you do….do not let me catch you eating at Chili’s or McDonald’s. Save those for another time and another town. We have GREAT food in Norman, so take advantage! Use these recommendations as a departure from the normal bratwurst, hot dog, or burger that you can grab at your tailgate. Honestly, I need a little diversity from time to time, so while I love a good brat every once and awhile, I can only do that every once and awhile!
If you are in the mood for a quick lunch on your way to the tailgate of your choice, I would suggest grabbing Los Dos Compadres, Norman’s local taco truck. This is located in the parking lot of Bill’s Used Furniture (if you have an extra hour…go to Bill’s too…very cool place) at the corner of Alameda and Porter. The food from this truck is classic tacqueria tacos, or classic taco truck tacos. Each has great flavor and fresh ingredients. I will personally recommend the barbacoa or the fajita beef tacos. We also tried the nachos and they were quite good. They are a bit heavier than the tacos, but still, very tasty. This is a great alternative to normal tailgate food as it is decently healthy (tacos were…nachos, not so much). You can grab this to-go or you can eat at one of the handy-dandy picnic tables outside the taco truck.
If you want to grab dinner, or even lunch (WARNING: You will smell like sweet bbq goodness for the rest of the game if you eat here at lunch), you just have to try one of my favorites, Van’s Pig Stand. Joe has written a great story about Van’s, so check that out, but its a must try in Norman. It is some of the best bbq in Oklahoma and in my opinion is the best in Norman. I highly suggest the hot link or rib dinner.
These are just a couple of places to grab a quick bite while you are in town. Check back next week for a couple more recommendations. Feel free to find me on Facebook (search for Okie Foodie) or on Twitter (@OkieFoodie) if you need any more suggestions of some Norman food to grab while you are in town.
Most of all… BOOMER SOONER! I hope our Sooners kick some Florida State ass, just like we did in 2000. Have fun in my town and eat well!
So this one time…in hot and steamy OKC in August…there existed a restaurant called Iguana Grill. They had been holding weekly taco nights called “taco Tuesday” for over a year now. This “taco Tuesday” was a large hit with the OKC crowd because of the yumminess and crafting of great tacos and the fact that it allowed you to eat great while still stay on budget. And then…out of the clear blue sky… a corporate jerk in the fashion of Taco Johns (their slogan is the “fresh taste of west mex”….wtf is west mex…) swoops in and attempts to rain on Iguana’s Parade by letting them know that “taco Tuesday” has been trademarked by them and demanded that Iguana change the name of their Tuesday evening festivities. Little did Taco John’s know that OKC loves our local businesses and does not appreciate corporations which are not even in Oklahoma butting in and telling us what we can or cannot do. Needless to say, a Twitter firestorm has been brewing the last couple of days and this week’s Taco Tuesday (or Taco Day After Monday…same DAMN thing) was a roaring success.
I, of course, in the excitement of the evening forgot to take pictures of the food, but I assure you, it was fabulous. The specials tonight (doing this off the top of my head..hope I don’t screw up!) were Wild Mushroom, Roasted Vegetable, Quail with peach chutney, and Pork. I, being the Okie Preggie, just chose to stick with the vegetable and a couple of beef tacos. They were of course delicious. The rest of my table ventured out with the rest and all had great things to say about all of the food.
All of this reminds me of another story involving an Oklahoma small business and a large corporation. As many of you know, I hail from the sprawling metropolis of Marlow, OK (population 4500). There was a clothing boutique there that was a very small, family owned business called Coco’s. Well a few years back, some way somehow, Chanel got wind of this business and wrote a letter stating that the name “CoCo” was trademarked and they were not allowed to use this name for their business. Now forgive me if I am wrong, but this small clothing boutique would NEVER infringe on any of Chanel’s clientele. Most Marlowites have never even heard of Chanel and certainly will never be able to afford it. It reminds me very much of tonight’s debacle.
The story to take away from the evening is not necessarily the awesomeness of the food/company/atmosphere/etc., but that we Oklahomans band together when someone steps in and shakes their corporate finger at us. We are proud of our local businesses and all this has done is made us support Iguana THAT much more. So, Thanks Taco Johns for helping boost our Oklahoma economy. We Taco Tuesday attendees will still continue calling it that even though it will not be the official name of every Tuesday night at Iguana and now have an army of angry, hungry Oklahomans behind us supporting the cause too.
Sorry all for my absence. I have been horribly busy and have some news for my dear readers out there. The Okie Foodie is going to be an Okie Mommie!!!!
So…let the cravings begin. I’m ready to eat for two!