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There are lots of barbeque places in Oklahoma, some are good and to be honest, some aren’t. One of my favorites is right down the road from me- Smoked Out BBQ. If you are a regular driver on NW Expressway, you might know about Smoked Out but if you have only been by a few times, it’s easy to miss. Tucked up off the road in a small strip mall, it almost looks like another marijuana store but in reality they have some really good barbeque.

They have a large menu of dinners, sandwiches, sides, and desserts. My go to is a 2-meat dinner with brisket and smoked sausage. The brisket is always tender and juicy, with just enough char on the edges. The smoked sausage is also really flavorful with just a hint of spicy. I also get 2 sides- fried okra and Jacq and cheese, their version of mac and cheese. The fried okra is always good, fried crispy and served in a huge mound. The Jacq and cheese is just about as popular as their barbeque, penne swimming in a thick cheese sauce.

Service is always great. The green glow in the restaurant gives a calming effect when dining with them. I give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 6220 NW Expressway, Suite B, Oklahoma City.

Look to be another nice weekend with some spring-like weather, get out and enjoy. Always check on the event, make sure it’s still occuring.

Okeene Rattlesnake Round-Up- Okeene- May 19th– 22nd

Bricktown Family Fun Fair- Oklahoma City Bricktown- May 19th– 22nd

Walt Disney’s A Decade in Concert- Tulsa Symphony Orchestra- May 20th

Gem Faire- Tulsa Expo Square- May 20th– 22nd

The Stirling Classic Scottish Festival- Yukon Mollie Spencer Farm- May 20th– 22nd

May Daze Festival- Blanchard- May 20th– 21st

Celebration of Freedom- Hobart- May 20th– 21st

Food Truck Friday- Moore Central Park Multipurpose Pavilion- May 20th

Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch- Oologah Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch- May 21st

Uncanny Comic Expo- Tulsa- May 21st– 22nd

Miller in May Home and Garden Tour- Oklahoma City Miller Neighborhood- May 21st– 22nd

Gore Spring Cruise Night- Gore- May 21st

Thunderbird Classic Car Show- Norman Thunderbird Casino- May 21st

Cruise in for Coffee- Midwest City- May 21st

Depot Days- Ardmore Santa Fe Depot- May 21st

Calderon Dance Festival- Oklahoma City Plaza District- May 21st

Garden Festival in the Park- Oklahoma City Will Rogers Gardens- May 21st

Enid Gem and Mineral Society Rock Swap- Enid- May 21st

Saturday on Main Polish Fest- Harrah- May 21st

Weekends on Maine- Enid- May 21st

5th Annual Route 66 Patriotfest- Tulsa- May 21st

Heard on Hurd- Edmond- May 21st

Games for Change- Oklahoma City Wheeler Ferris District- May 22nd

Cruis’n Oklahoma Hennessey Edition- Hennessey- May 22nd

Detroit style pizza is somewhat new to Oklahoma but is taking off quickly. One of the newest places to offer this style of pizza is Woodward Pizza at the Icehouse Project in Edmond.

We visited on a quiet Saturday morning right before the lunch crowd showed up. We started with spicy cheese curds. These deep-fried cheese curds have plenty of heat with them, they do come with ranch to put the fire out. If you have someone with you who might not like spicy, this definitely isn’t for them. As for the pizza, we ordered the trippple XXXtra pepperoni. This pizza is really good. Nice flavor to the deep-dish crust. The cheese and pepperoni were piled high with crispy cheese burnt around the edge. The red sauce goes on last and it was good (to tell the truth I’m not a red sauce fan). Now for a brief history of Detroit style pizza, it was of course developed in Detroit. The square shape comes from using automotive drip pans to bake the pizza. It’s been a thing in Detroit for many years but only recently has spread through the country.

I really enjoyed our first visit to Woodward Pizza and ready to go back. The service was great as well, the employees very friendly. They told me that the menu will most likely grow in the future. This is part of the new Icehouse Project, there will be more restaurants in this space. I’m giving them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 119 W 2nd St. Suite 100, Edmond.

Another nice weekend and lots going on. Graduations everywhere, car shows and festivals. As always please look up the event before attending.

The Lion King- Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall- May 11th– 29th

Summerfest- Collinsville- May 12th

McAlester Italian Festival- May 13th– 14th

Guymon Outback Motorcycle Show and 5 State Run- Guymon Texas County Activity Center- May 13th– 14th

Fort Towson/Doaksville Cemetery Walking Tour- Fort Towson Historic Site- May 13th– 14th

Exchange Club Chili and BBQ Cook-Off- Muskogee Hatbox Field- May 13th– 14th

2nd Friday Norman Art Walk- Norman Arts District- May 13th

LIVE on the Plaza- Oklahoma City- May 13th

Lao New Year Festival- Oklahoma City- May 13th– 15th

Eufaula Heritage Days Festival- Eufaula- May 14th

Muddy Buddies Run- Choctaw Creek Park- May 14th

Midwest Jeepfest- Guthrie- May 14th

Stilwell Strawberry Festival- Stilwell- May 14th

Main Street Masquerade- Claremore Will Rogers Memorial Museum- May 14th

Payne County Flea Market- Stillwater Payne County Expo Center- May 14th

May 2022 Downtown Norman Ghost Tour- Norman- May 14th

Tulsa Garden Tour- Tulsa Garden Center- May 14th

Woolaroc Spring Trail Ride- Bartlesville Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve- May 14th

Second Saturdays- Stillwater Oklahoma State University Museum of Art- May 14th

Second Saturday Architecture Tour- Sapulpa- May 14th

VW’s on Automobile Alley- Oklahoma City- May 14th

12th Annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- May 14th

Food Truck Festival- Oklahoma City- May 14th

Budweiser’s Custom Cars Super Show Tour- Oklahoma City Oklahoma Expo Hall- May 15th

VW’s on Automobile Alley 2021

It’s going to be a nice weekend again plus it’s Mother’s Day, so get out and enjoy. As always please check before heading out, never know what the status of an event due to weather.

Bricktown Taco Festival- Oklahoma City Bricktown- May 5th

Cinco de Mayo Party- Oklahoma City Yale Theater- May 5th

Vibes- Edmond Downtown- May 5th

Oklahoma Renaissance Festival- Muskogee The Castle- May 6th– June 5th

Germanfest- Tulsa- May 6th– 8th

Pioneer Days Celebration- Guymon- May 6th– 8th

Oklahoma Steam and Gas Engine Show- Pawnee Steam Engine Park- May 6th– 8th

Dancing in the Gardens- Oklahoma City Seasonal Plaza- May 6th

Bixby BBQ n’ Blues Festival- Bixby Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum- May 6th– 7th

Diamond Daze Festival- Sallisaw-  May 6th– June 7th

Clean Shorts Film Festival- Choctaw Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center- May 6th– 7th

Armed Forces Day Banquet and Parade- McAlester- May 6th– 7th

Arts for All Festival- Lawton Shepler Park- May 6th– 8th

Tulsa International Mayfest- Tulsa- May 6th– 8th

First Friday Gallery Walk- Oklahoma City Paseo Arts District- May 6th

National Barrel Horse Association Oklahoma State Finals- Shawnee Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center- May 6th– 8th

Art Crawl on 66- Tulsa- May 6th

Norman Pride Weekend- Norman- May 6th– 8th

Asian Festival- Oklahoma City Isingtec Event Center- May 7th

Tulsa Festival of Kites- Tulsa- May 7th– 8th

Oklahoma City Flower and Garden Festival- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- May 7th

Cowboys of Color Rodeo- Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Arena- May 7th

Tipton Car Show- Tipton- May 7th

Festival of the Child- Yukon City Park- May 7th

Indie Trunk Show- Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fair Park- May 7th

Tinker Federal Credit Union’s Annual Miracle Car Show- Oklahoma City- May 7th

Watermelon Campbell Memorial Open House and Model Train Show- Enid Railroad Museum of Oklahoma- May 7th

Coffee and Cars- Oklahoma City Chisholm Creek- May 7th

Reptile and Exotics Show- Tulsa- May 7th

Next on Tap 2022- Norman- May 7th

Ostrich Egg Breakfast- Oklahoma City Zoo- May 7th

OCTSF Charity Car Show- Warr Acres American Legion Post 12- May 7th

Oklahoma Orchid Society Spring Show and Sale- Oklahoma City Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center- May 7th

Jim Thorpe Celebration and Memorial 5K- Yale Jim Thorpe Park- May 7th

Shop 66 Saturdays- Tulsa- May 7th

Railroad Day Celebration- Muskogee Three Rivers Museum- May 7th

Rose District Cinco de Mayo Fiesta- Broken Arrow Rose District- May 7th

OK Classic Cars and Memorabilia Auction- Durant Choctaw Event Center- May 7th

El Reno Fried Onion Burger Day Festival- El Reno- May 7th

Red Brick Nights- Guthrie- May 7th

Drumright Monthly Market- Drumright- May 7th

Dancing Rabbit Music Festival- McAlester- May 7th

Heart of Spring Craft, Vintage and Junk Show- Purcell McClain County Expo- May 7th

Prague Kolache Festival- Prague- May 7th

Round Barn Rendezvous- Arcadia Round Barn- May 8th

There are donut shops all over the OKC metro, one of my favorites is Route 66 Donuts, between Council Road and Lake Overholser. Located at the end of a small strip mall right on Route 66, it’s quick and easy to get in and out.

I’m not lying when I tell you that they have the best apple fritters in the Oklahoma City metro, I have never had an apple fritter with so much apple. Has to be at least half an apple in each one. Not too much cinnamon or glaze, these are seriously the best fritters in town. I also love their donuts, just regular light fluffy donuts with different toppings. The chocolate and maple are always favorites. And not to leave out their sausage rolls. The small ones are breakfast sausage sized with dough wrapped around them. The larger ones are sausage patties with cheese and the dough wrapped around it all. I like both but feel there is just too much dough for my liking in a breakfast food.

Service is always great and the employees are always friendly. I recommend stopping by and trying those apple fritters. I will give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 8368 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany.

Another nice weekend in Oklahoma and lots going on- music festival in Norman and arts festival in Edmond. No reason to stay home, get out and enjoy. As always check Google for the event status.

Town West Route 66 Carnival- Tulsa- Apr 27th– 30th

Okemah Pioneer Days- Okemah- Apr 27th– 30th

Woolly Weekend at Shepherd’s Cross- Claremore- Apr 28th– 30th

Norman Music Festival- Norman- Apr 28th– 30th

Bare Bones International Film Festival- Muskogee- Apr 28th– May 1st

Tumbleweed Calf Fry- Stillwater- Apr 28th– 30th

Mangum Rattlesnake Derby- Mangum- Apr 29th– May 1st

Red Fern Festival- Tahlequah Norris Park- Apr 29th– 30th

The Old Chicken Farm Vintage Barn Sale- Jones- Apr 29th– 30th

Bell Cow Boil Crawfish Festival- Chandler- Apr 29th

Downtown Edmond Arts Festival- Edmond- Apr 29th– May 1st

Pauls Valley Arts Council Fifth Friday Art Walk- Pauls Valley- Apr 29th

Wildflower Pinto Classic- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 30th– May 1st

Steamroller Print Festival- Oklahoma City Artspace at Untitled- Apr 30th

Oklahoma Dressage Society Show- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 30th– May 1st

Restoring Resilience Powwow- Tulsa River West Festival Park- Apr 30th

Mid-Continent Kennel Club of Tulsa Dog Show- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 30th– May 1st

80’s Prom- Tulsa Cain’s Ballroom- Apr 30th

Spring 2022 Marketplace- Moore Central Park Multipurpose Pavilion- Apr 30th

Flower Power Bike Ride- Fort Gibson Three Forks Harbor- Apr 30th

Dunagan Farms Family Farm Day- Guthrie- Apr 30th

Party in the Park- Muskogee Honor Heights Park- Apr 30th

Mural Fest 66- Miami- Apr 30th

Oklahoma Renaissance Festival- Muskogee Castle of Muskogee- Apr 30th– June 5th

Spring Fest and Hops Classic Car Show- Perry- Apr 30th

Lawton Police Department 2022 Car Show and Poker Run- Lawton Comanche County Fairgrounds- Apr 30th

Just like burger places, there are lots of options for Mexican or Tex-Mex food in the Oklahoma City metro. One that I love is a small restaurant in Warr Acres that serves some really good food. Tucked away in a strip mall on the southeast corner of NW 39th Expressway and MacArthur, this is a hidden gem that’s getting more popular.

We stopped by on a cloudy Friday night, our second visit in a year, it was busy enough but not too crowded. We immediately were seated and brought chips, salsa, and queso. The first thing we tried on this visit was the queso fundido. If you haven’t tried this dish, it’s chorizo fried with onions and peppers then served in a cast iron skillet with a cheese topping. It was really very good, not too much spice but different from the complementary salsa and queso. Now I ordered my standard chimichangas with shredded beef and sour cream sauce topping it, served of course with beans and rice. I really like their chimichangas, the beef was a shredded fajita meat and the sour cream sauce has a cheese tang that I really enjoy, much different from other Tex-Mex places in town. Big K had the burritos El Paso, this dish has marinated steak with a cheese and green sauce on top, also served with beans and rice. He liked the steak, said it nice and tender with a good flavor.

Service was really great. Our server was good and the food was prepared quickly, so not a long wait. The ambiance is also nice, the painted tables and chairs lighten the room. I give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 3800 N MacArthur Blvd., Suite A, Warr Acres.

It’s April and there are lots of fun things to do in Oklahoma!! Get out and enjoy!! As always please check on the status of each event.

Festival of the Arts- Oklahoma City Bicentennial Park- Apr 19th– 24th

Better Barrel Races World Finals- Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fair Park- Apr 20th– 24th

89er Days Celebration- Guthrie- Apr 20th– 23rd

Philbrook Wine Experience- Tulsa Philbrook Museum of Art- Apr 21st– 23rd

Waynoka Rattlesnake Hunt- Waynoka- Apr 22nd– 24th

OKCine Latino Film Festival- Oklahoma City- Apr 22nd– 24th

Springs Home and Outdoor Living Expo- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 22nd– 24th

Civil War Days at Har-Ber Village- Grove- Apr 22nd– 24th

Market on the Meadows- Shawnee- Apr 22nd– 23rd

Tulsa Earth Day Celebration- Tulsa Arts District- Apr 22nd– 23rd

Health and Fitness Expo- Oklahoma City Convention Center- Apr 22nd– 23rd

Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car and Motorcycle Show- Duncan- Apr 22nd– 23rd

89ers Day- Lexington- Apr 22nd-  23rd

Salt Plains Crystal and Birding Festival- Jet Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge- Apr 22nd– 23rd

A Taste of Claremore- Claremore- Apr 23rd

Emerald Jubilee Iris Show- Oklahoma City Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center- Apr 23rd– 24th

Kites Over Enid- Enid Autry Technology Center- Apr 23rd– 24th

Enid Home Show- Enid Chisholm Trail Expo Center- Apr 22nd– 24th

Street Kings Car Show- Guthrie Logan County Fairgrounds- Apr 23rd

Mountain Gate Poker Run- Talihina- Apr 23rd

Jenks Herb and Plant Festival- Jenks- Apr 23rd

2022 Sooner Football Spring Game- Norman Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium- Apr 23rd

Earth 1st Expo- Ardmore- Apr 23rd

Mustang City Wide Garage Sale- Mustang- Apr 23rd

Footloose Festival- Elmore City Community Center- Apr 23rd

Wonders and Wisdom Expo- Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fairgrounds- Apr 23rd– 24th

Oklahoma Buckskin Bloomin’ Blowout Show- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 23rd– 24th

Cruis’n Oklahoma Hennessey Edition- Hennessey- Apr 24th

Cool piece of art at the Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City

Cajun Corner opened a few years ago at the SE corner of NW Expressway and Council and they have been a favorite of mine ever since. They have a good selection of po’boys, blackened dishes, pasta, and different seafood baskets.

My favorite is the fried shrimp basket, complete with Cajun fries and hushpuppies. We usually get this to go, the biggest reason- this is where I like to have my dinner from on nights I mow the grass. Yes I know that sounds strange. In the past I would get a Wendy’s Baconator with a Dr. Pepper but since Cajun Corner opened, I send my husband here for dinner. The fried shrimp basket is perfect to cool off with after mowing. Yes I do mow my own yard, started mowing my grandmother’s yard when I was 10 and it just became relaxing to me no matter how much I sweat. But back to Cajun Corner, this basket is simple and they make it quick. Now if I go into their location for dinner I try different things. Their fried shrimp po’boy and crawfish po’boy are excellent. They also have a ribeye Philly cheesesteak that’s pretty good as is the crabby patty, a burger with crab salad. The loaded shrimp fries are also a treat, lots of spice to kick it up. I keep meaning to try their oysters, they have to be done a certain way (the way my grandma Farley cooked them). I’m also interested in their pasta dishes. The owners have done so well with this location that they opened a second location in the Uptown district. I haven’t been there yet but need to try it out as well seeing that they have different menu items.

The service has always been great, no matter if I call the order in for pickup or if I go in. The food is always good. My only real downside with the Council location is the parking lot, but that’s more on the strip mall owners. I definitely give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 9200 N Council, Suite A, Oklahoma City; 312 NW 23rd St., Oklahoma City.

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