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Food Friday: Taqueria El Camino

I love new restaurants, but I love them more when they’re close to home so I was excited to hear about the opening of Taqueria El Camino a few weeks ago. They originally opened in the Edmond Railyard back in October 2019 and business was so good they now have their own location on North MacArthur in Oklahoma City.

Being an introvert, I was apprehensive about going in, I could see they were really busy with the Friday night crowd but Big K wasn’t going to let that deter us. He went in and found out they had tables open, so in I went. They mostly specialize in tacos but have a few other items as well. We started with just basic chips and queso. These were awesome. The chips were fried flour tortillas with seasoning on them and the queso had a tang to it, I would have these everyday if I could. I went with the coconut shrimp taco and brisket barbacoa taco with the sides of waffle fries and cilantro lime rice. The tacos were good sized, the coconut shrimp taco had a nice pile of slaw on top, gave it a beachy type feel. The brisket barbacoa taco also had the slaw with some cotija cheese on top, the brisket was cooked perfectly, melted in my mouth. The cilantro rice was really good, had a light flavor to it. And the waffle fries were perfect, not those sad ones you get from Chick-fil-A. These were fried crip with seasoning over them that gave them a great flavor. I also had a lavender berry margarita, this was a real treat, sweet with a touch of lavender flavor. Big K had the chorizo guac taco and a quesa carnitas taco with the sides of zesty slaw and elote. He loved both tacos, they had crispy cheese fried onto the tortillas. He thought the slaw had a flavor that was different, and he fell in love with the elote (elote is grilled street corn, I tried a bite and it was good).

The only real downside is that it did take a bit to get our entrees. Like I said at the beginning, they were really busy. They just opened at this location in December and getting a lot of attention. I will be going back to try more of their menu offerings and will give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 9120 N. MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City.

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: January 27th- January 29th

After that snow Tuesday, we might have some nice weather for at least part of the weekend. Last weekend for the Downtown in December celebration, so if you want to ice skate or snow tube get down there. Tennis tournament in Edmond as well, along with an RV show in OKC and home and garden show in Tulsa.

Josephine G Winter Chamber Music Series: Mozart- Tulsa First Presbyterian Church- Jan 27th

Red River Showdown Go-Kart Racing- Duncan Stephens County Fair & Expo Center- Jan 27th

Downtown in December- Oklahoma City- Now- Jan 27th

Kicker AMA Arenacross & Freestyle Motocross Show- Guthrie Lazy E Arena- Jan 27th

Transportation Playtime- Del City Library- Jan 28th

Southwest Oklahoma Vintage Toy Show- Chickasha Grady County Fairgrounds- Jan 28th

Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Convention- Oklahoma City- Jan 27th– 28th

Eagle Tour & Loon Watch- Vian Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge & Tenkiller State Park- Jan 28th

Daddy Daughter Dance- Yukon Dale Robertson Center- Jan 28th

Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra: Take Me Home- Bartlesville Community Center- Jan 28th

Oklahoma R&B Bash- Tulsa BOK Center- Jan 28th

OKC Philharmonic: Disney in Concert- Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall- Jan 27th– 28th

Lunar New Year Celebration- Oklahoma City Super Cao Nguyen- Jan 28th– 29th

USTA Edmond Open- Edmond Center Court- Now- Jan 29th

Devon Ice Rink- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Now- Jan 29th

Green Country Home & Garden Show- Tulsa Expo Square- Jan 27th– 29th

OKC Super Mini-Con- Oklahoma City- Jan 28th– 29th

Oklahoma RV Showdown- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- Jan 26th– 29th

Eagle Watch- Broken Bow Beavers Bend State Park- Now- Mar 4th

Food Friday: Haystack Coffee

We sent Miss Mae back to Norman for the spring semester last week but of course some of her books hadn’t arrived before she left. They showed up a few days later and on Saturday morning we decided to deliver them as well as take her out for breakfast at one of her many favorite places to enjoy a coffee, Haystack Coffee.

This small coffee shop is run by the OU Baptist Collegiate Ministry and is just southwest of the campus dorms. It was quiet on Saturday morning, just another small group was meeting there, so we just sat and enjoyed our coffee while conversing about the upcoming semester. All 3 of us thought the snowman latte sounded good. This special latte for winter has peppermint, maple, cinnamon, white chocolate, espresso, and whipped cream. It was different but good. Each sip you could just get a hint of each flavor, it was the perfect drink for the cool morning. We also had some cinnamon rolls made for Haystack by Buttercream Bakery. These came in small containers and could be heated, a nice sized roll with lots of buttercream icing topping it.

Haystack Coffee is a straight up coffee shop that was started in 2019. Even though it’s in the ministry building, the coffee shop is separate from the rest of the building. Even though it is near the campus, it is not part of OU. It’s right across the street to the south of the old Stubbeman Village and to the southwest of Adams Tower, both will be demolished soon. You will need to text your tag number to a verification service to prove you are a customer and not just parking there to go to a game or class. I give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 1203 Elm Ave., Norman.

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: January 20th- January 22nd

A lot of Lunar New Year celebrations going on this weekend, year of the rabbit. Not sure what the weather will be like, sounds like cold and rainy but I’m still going to get out. Remember to check and make sure each event is still scheduled before you head out. Have Fun!!!

Kicker AMA Arenacross & Freestyle Motocross Show- Guthrie Lazy E- Jan 20th

Scottish Club of Tulsa’s Robert Burns Night- Broken Arrow Event Complex- Jan 21st

Shen Yun- Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall- Jan 21st

Eagle Tour & Loon Watch- Vian Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge & Tenkiller State Park- Jan 21st

Funko Pop & Toy Swap- Oklahoma City Comic Collectibles- Jan 21st

Payne County Flea Market- Stillwater Payne County Expo Center- Jan 21st

Tulsa Flea Market- Tulsa Expo Square- Jan 21st

Vietnamese New Year Celebration- Oklahoma City Pho Lien Hoa- Jan 21st

Power House 8th Anniversary Party- Oklahoma City Power House- Jan 21st

Booklahoma- Pryor Graham Community Center- Jan 20th- 21st

Lunar New Year Celebration- Tulsa Nam-Hai Oriental Food Market- Jan 21st

Lunar New Year Celebration- Tulsa St. Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church- Jan 21st

Lunar New Year Celebration- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Jan 21st

Duncan Monster Truck Wars- Duncan Stephens County Fairgrounds- Jan 21st

Mad Dog Demolition Derby- Claremore Expo Center- Jan 21st

American Finals Rodeo- Tulsa Expo Square- Jan 19th– Jan 21st

World of Wrestling Tulsa Nationals- Tulsa Expo Square- Jan 20th– 22nd

Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- Jan 20th– 22nd

Western Hills Winter Bluegrass Festival- Wagoner Sequoyah State Park- Jan 19th– 23rd

Downtown in December- Oklahoma City- Now- Jan 27th

Devon Ice Rink- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Now- Jan 29th

Fat Okie’s Best of 2022

I got out and tried a lot of new restaurants last year, here are some of my favorites from last year. Get out and support local businesses. Happy eating!!!!

Best Pizza-

Hideaway Pizza

Falcone’s Pizzeria

Empire Slice House

405 Pizza Company

Rendezvous Pizza

Best Chinese Food-

Hunan Wok

Best Hamburgers-

Patty Wagon

Tucker’s Onion Burger

Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler

HD’s Onion Burger

Sid’s Diner

405 Burger Bar

Spark

Best Cajun Food-

Cajun Corner

Best Chicken Fry Steak-

The Lokal

Del Rancho

Cheever’s Café

Kendall’s Restaurant

Best Mexican Food-

San Marcos Mexican Restaurant

Casa Perico

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Big Truck Tacos

Best Mediterranean Food-

Gyro City

Baba G’s

Simply Falafel

Jerusalem Mediterranean Cuisine

Haydeh’s Bistro

Best Italian Food-

Venezia Italian Ristorante

Best Sushi-

Nhinja Sushi & Wok

Volcano Sushi Bar & Hibachi

The Sushi Bar

Ichiban Sushi Bar & Poke

Creek Sushi & Poke

Best Desserts-

Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

Freezing Cow

Aloha Shave Ice and Coffee Shoppe

Dolci Paradiso

Not Cho Cheesecake

Best American Food-

Café 7

Stray Dog Café

Pub W

Rock Café

BlueJ’s Rockin’ Grill

Cal’s Chicago Style Eatery

Chalk

Bricktown Brewery

Neptune Submarine Sandwiches

Backporch Drafthouse

Birdie’s Fried Chicken

Interurban

Eskimo Joe’s

Spirals

Taste of Soul Giant Egg Rolls

The Mont

Lucille’s Roadhouse

Best Chicken Sandwich-

Nashbird

Chicken Foot

Best Indian Food (from the country of India)-

Taj Cuisine of India

Gopuram Taste of India

Mt. Everest Cuisines

Best Breakfast-

Sunnyside Diner

Hunny Bunny Biscuit Company

Polar Donuts

Route 66 Donuts

Hatch Early Mood Food

Eggceptional Cafe

Coffee Jerks

Donut Man

Stella Nova

Best Barbeque-

Smoked Out Barbeque

JoBawb’s BBQ

Clark Crew BBQ

The Butcher BBQ Stand

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: January 13th- January 16th

A few things going on this weekend, plus Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations are going on around the state on Monday.

Cattlemen’s Congress- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- Now- Jan 13th

Chili Bowl- Tulsa Expo Square- Jan 9th– 14th

KNID Agrifest- Enid Chisholm Trail Expo Center- Jan 13th– 14th

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra: Invigorating Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5- Tulsa Performing Arts Center- Jan 14th

Glitterball Noir- Oklahoma City Tower Theater- Jan 14th

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

Tulsa High Performance Racing Auction Trade Show & Swap Meet- Tulsa Expo Square- Jan 14th

Second Saturday Architecture Tour: Will Rogers High School- Tulsa- Jan 14th

HERPS Exotic Reptile & Pet Show- Shawnee Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center- Jan 14th– 15th

International Finals Rodeo- Guthrie Lazy E Arena- Jan 12th– 15th

Oklahoma Winter Bead & Jewelry Show- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- Jan 13th– 15th

OKC Boat & RV Show- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- Jan 13th– 15th

Edmond Ice Rink- Edmond Mitch Park- Now- Jan 15th

Downtown in December- Oklahoma City- Now- Jan 27th

Devon Ice Rink- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Now- Jan 29th

MLK Celebrations

Martin Luther King Jr Day March & Celebration- Stillwater Community Center- Jan 15th– 16th

MLK Day parade & Celebration- Ardmore- Jan 16th

MLK Holiday Parade OKC- Oklahoma City- Jan 16th

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade & Celebration- Muskogee Martin Luther King Community Center- Jan 16th

Tulsa Martin Luther King Jr. Parade- Tulsa- Jan 16th

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Jan 16th

Norman Philharmonic: Martin Luther King Celebration- Norman McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church- Jan 16th

Food Friday: Neptune Submarine Sandwiches

To start out the new year we wanted to eat a bit healthier, so we tried a place that we always pass but have never stopped, Neptune Subs. Normally I see the parking lot packed but on this nice Saturday afternoon there was no one. The drive thru lane was packed, so we went up the steps and ordered from the window quickly. They have a more traditional sub menu, variations of different meats, 1 type of cheese, and veggies. You can get half or whole sandwich made on bread baked fresh in house.

I decided to try the supreme sub- salami, pepperoni, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, and mayo. Didn’t take too long for it to be ready. I got a whole sandwich and it’s fully a footlong. All of the meat tasted good, the veggies were fresh and crisp, and the bread was so good, light and fluffy, with a soft texture. Big K got the same thing and liked it as well. Miss Mae got a half salami sandwich, she liked it and said it was enough food for her.

The unique architecture of the building makes it stand out on Classen Blvd., the mid-mod design was built in 1961 to house a hamburger place called Quicks. They were gone by 1974 when Neptune moved into this location. Neptune Subs were a popular sandwich chain in the 1970’s and 1980’s with 17 stores around the state. Bankruptcy in the 1980’s killed the chain but this one location remained. The original building was just a walk up but the dining room was added in 1974.

I will definitely be returning, mad at myself for waiting so long to try this place out. Really good food and atmosphere. I’m looking forward to trying more items from their menu. They get 5 strips of bacon, hopefully on their BLT.

Address: 3301 N Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City.

Historic photos of Neptune Subs, then Quicks. Being built in 1961, and later in the 1960’s. Current building now has a dining room, 2022.

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: January 6th- January 8th

First weekend of 2023, not a lot going on. I think everyone is still recovering from the holidays, cleaning up their homes, putting the lights away, getting gym memberships. There are still a few things to do, try to get out.

First Day Hike- Great Plains State Park and Fort Cobb State Park on Jan 7th

First Friday Art Crawl- Tulsa Arts District- Jan 6th

Holidays on Ice- Enid- Now- Jan 7th

OKC Philharmonic: Nordic Soundscapes- Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall- Jan 7th

Oklahoma High Performance Racing Auction Trade Show & Swap Meet- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- Jan 7th

All Star Team Roping- Claremore Expo Center- Jan 7th– 8th

Round Barn Rendezvous- Arcadia Round Barn- Jan 8th

Oklahoma Bridal Show- Oklahoma City Convention Center- Jan 8th

Winter Big Om Yoga Retreat- Hulbert Sequoyah State Park- Jan 6th– 8th

Arcadia Lake Eagle Watch- Arcadia- Jan 6th– 8th

Oklahoma Boat Expo- Tulsa Cox Business Center- Jan 6th– 8th

Glow on the Green- Tulsa Guthrie Green- Now- Jan 8th

Crest on Ice- Norman- Now- Jan 8th

Winterfest- Tulsa Downtown- Now- Jan 8th

Cattlemen’s Congress- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- Dec 31st– Jan 13th

Edmond Ice Rink- Edmond Mitch Park- Now- Jan 15th

Downtown in December- Oklahoma City- Now- Jan 27th

Devon Ice Rink- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Now- Jan 29th

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