Monday, April 26, 2010

Doin' It New York Style

Pretty much everyone loves eating pizza, right? The real question that arises is: where do you get that pizza?

If you're in Norman, you should probably make it New York Pizza and Pasta. They're located at 217 W Boyd St, just north of OU's campus. They're the best choice for a few reasons: taste, cost, speediness and location.

The taste of the pizza is pretty excellent, and they offer a number of choices for toppings. Probably the best if the Margarita pizza (pictured above), which is made with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, and topped with fresh tomatoes and basil. The cost is also excellent, as you can get a large slice of pizza for under four dollars. They also offer pasta and salad choices.

They will get you your pizza in about five minutes or less, which is great for those people working on a tight schedule. Students especially love it.

“The pizza here is pretty delicious,” OU sophomore Cooper Carroll said. “And it's perfect for a quick lunch when you get a break from school, and cheap too.”

The people who work there are always very nice as well, making for a better dining atmosphere. Perhaps the only downside to the restaurant is that it doesn't deliver like most other pizza places around town.

“It would be better if they could deliver,” Carroll said. “But most people I know are students so it isn't really a problem for us. It's right off campus”

Due to it's convenience and food quality, it has gained quite a loyal following around OU's campus, and has even become somewhat of a hot spot.

“It's a really cool place,” Carroll said. “Definitely worth checking out if you like pizza.”

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mama's House

There's certainly no shortage of Mexican restaurants in the Metro area, but if you're looking for something a little different but still very delicious, Mamasita's should be your choice.

The restaurant, which is located at 1121 NW 63rd in Oklahoma City, has the traditional Mexican choices like enchiladas or tamales, but that's not what keeps its most loyal customers coming back.

The Mexican tacos, tilapia tacos, and Margarita Caesar salad (all three pictured above) are probably the most delicious choices, combining fresh ingredients with excellent flavor.

The Mexican tacos are a perfect combination of steak, onion and cilantro, with green sauce available on the side to add some spice. The tilapia tacos combine blackened tilapia, fresh pico de gallo and Monterey Jack cheese. The fish is excellently cooked, allowing for the upmost amount of flavor. To complete the meal you should order the Caesar salad on the side. It's not a typical Caesar dressing, as it is really more of a vinaigrette with lime juice and a dash of tequila for that extra kick.

"I really like the Mexican tacos and Caesar salad, " Lloyd Vines, who works there as a waiter, said. "I recommend them both to all of my tables. The tilapia tacos are also really good, but not everybody likes fish."

Some people obviously prefer the traditional Mexican choices, and those aren't bad here either, but the specialty items are popular among regulars.

"Oh I just love the food at Mamasita's," Oklahoma City native Debbi Crossmock said. "I've eaten here for years, and I'd recommend the fish tacos to any newcomers."

The atmosphere of the restaurant is very welcoming, as the wait staff are all very friendly.

"I've never had any trouble with the people here," Crossmock said. "They treat you real nice, and the service is pretty quick most the time too."

So next time you're looking for a different dining choice, check out Mama's, you won't be disappointed.

"It's probably one of the better Mexican spots in the City," Crossmock said.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Climb to Success

Matej Dzajkovski loves hip hop music, and his dream is to be a part of it. He left everything behind in his home country of Macedonia to pursue that dream at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. He's here sharpening his skills and bettering his knowledge of music, hoping to break into the always-tricky music industry.