Yule want to know where to eat out during the holidays

The Food Dude shares news and notes, including local restaurant openings.
by Dave Cathey Published: December 19, 2012
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Yucatan Taco Stand Tequila Bar and Grill, 100 E California Ave., recently opened in Bricktown and is announcing its presence with authority — namely, a Tacopocalypse party.

The Texas-based chain with locations in The Woodlands and Fort Worth opened in Bricktown in mid-November. Known for its grilled and tempura-fried fish tacos, Yucatan was opened in August 2008 by chef Paul Willis, who also founded the Fuzzy's Tacos chain. Yucatan has a more upscale atmosphere, a selection of more than 75 tequilas, and broader menu with dishes from a variety of Latin cuisines like banana leaf-wrapped tenderloin tamales, Latin caterpillar roll, paella de Venezuela, vegetarian mix-Mex grill, roasted tequila lime chicken, and Brazilian shrimp Diablo.

On Friday, in honor of the end of the Mayan calendar, Yucatan Taco Stand will celebrate with a taco-eating contest, food and drink specials, and live music.

Entrants in The Raging Inferno Hot Taco Eating Contest will be served increasingly spicy tacos in succession. The person who can make it furthest down the hot taco line without drinking anything will be declared the champion. The restaurant also will have an evening-long raffle. Ryan Dorman and Kevin Miller of The Clever Guns will play live music from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

For more information, call 886-0413.

The Yucatan Taco Stand isn't the only place celebrating the predicted end of the world. Stella Modern Italian, 1201 N Walker Ave., is hosting an End of the World As We Know It party Friday night, starting at 10:30 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes food and a free cocktail. Reserve your spot by calling 235-2200.

... Lastly

Kitchen 324, 324 N Robinson, opens on Friday in the Braniff Building. The New American concept is the result of a partnership between SandRidge Energy Company and A Good Egg Dining.

This is easily A Good Egg's most ambitious concept, featuring a craft bakery and coffee curator program to support its breakfast and lunch services. The result is an elegant and unpretentious menu to match its bright, crisp interior. You'll find house-made breads, doughnuts and pastries, house-cured bacon, and an inventive mix of sides to pair with cleverly reimagined classics.

I'll have more on Kitchen 324 early next year, but if the preview service is any indicator, A Good Egg — which boasts Iron Starr Urban BBQ, Cheever's Cafe, Republic Gastropub, Red Prime Steak and Tucker's Onion Burgers, has outdone itself. In a word: Brilliant. I can't wait to have a cathead biscuit with chorizo gravy topped with a poached egg for breakfast this weekend.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 763-5911. Find the full menu online at kitchen324.com.


by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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