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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!
BBQ, Barbecue, Bar-B-Cue, however you spell it. The cuisine should bring about strong emotion if you were raised anywhere in the rural south. Where I was raised; there was only two kinds of food served on the picnic table at family reunions, fried catfish (noodled) and BBQ. Yes from a young age I was taught the fine art of real BBQ and corrected if I ever referred to grilling as Barbecuing. Most of the teaching came from the family pit master, my uncle Rick Peters. I have revered this man from a young age for his ingenuity and culinary expertise. He just recently fabricated one of the largest mobile smokers I’ve ever seen (see photos), from which to serve friend and family alike. After many years of hands on training, he has passed down to me the smoking techniques and recipes needed to create great BBQ. So, needless to say I’m born and bred BBQ, and I know a good rib when it hits my taste buds.
I travel ALOT and I can tell you that some of the finest BBQ in our great country is served in Oklahoma. One such establishment is Van’s Pig Stand in Norman, OK (original Van’s is in Shawnee). Occupying a former service station of Highway 77, it has the vintage BBQ look to match the taste. I always order the rib plate and “make it a van” which means, add a side of fries. Throughout my travels, I’ve found this to be an Oklahoma BBQ thing. The ribs never fail to exceed by high BBQ standards by falling off the bone and having just the perfect char on the outside, not to hide the beautiful, pink, flavor filled pork underneath. In addition I could write another whole entry on the sauce itself. It’s the kind of BBQ sauce that is good enough to put on a piece of bread and just eat by itself. It’s has the perfect smokey/spicy mixture. The BBQ served at Van’s pig stand is second to none in the country, trust me I’ve tried it all.
Van’s (as Norman locals call it) also holds a special place in my heart. It’s sentimental value came about after countless mid-day lunch meetings with my then girlfriend and now wife, Cassi Peters (the Okie Foodie!). Over a plate of ribs and smoked sausage we discussed our days events, trials and tribulations. Van’s tasty dishes clang to mine and Cassi’s stomachs through mid-term tests and over time football games at Memorial stadium. For these reasons, nothing comes close to Van’s Pig Stand for me!
For those of you that don’t know…I travel… ALOT. I went to New York City (one of my favorite places on Earth) this weekend for about 18 hours. It was a fun little trip, complete with Joe almost running over John Legend (yes the famous singer, and yes it was really him!).
We ate at Lombardi’s, one of our favorite pizza places on Earth. We tend to eat here each time we go because it is so yummy.
We also stopped by the new Brgr and it was delicious. Very much like Oklahoma’s own Republic, but a more fast food type restaurant.
Quick trip to the greatest city on Earth.