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The Best of 2008

Dec. 31 The end of the year seems to be a good time to write a summary of the good places I have found to eat. Despite my best efforts I have fallen quite a bit behind on my reviews of restaurants. Some of the places listed below have their own pages on this site, and hopefully the rest will be added soon.

During 2008 I spent part of the year in El Paso, Texas, and part in Oklahoma City. Following is my current list, then, of these two cities (and in some cases, the surrounding areas). I am sure I have not been able to visit all the good places--this list only represents places about which I have first hand knowledge.

Oklahoma City

Best Chinese:  Grand Village, Chow's (both are Hong Kong/ Guangdong style)
Best Chinese by special order (not on the menu):  Fortune (Guangdong style)
Best Shanghai style:  Golden Dragon (call ahead for a special order)
Best hot and sour soup:  Dot Wo

Best Thai:  Thai Palace (Edmond)
Best noodles:  Elephant Cafe (Bethany)
Best Laab (Thai salad):  Thai Garden

Best Indian:  Taj (Warr Acres)
Best dosa:  Namaste (Edmond) note: closed summer 2008

Best Japanese:  Tokyo
Best sushi:  Mr. Sushi (Edmond)

Best Vietnamese:  Golden Phoenix, Pho Cuong
Best pho:  Pho Hoa, Kim Wah (The Village) note: Kim Wah only serves one kind

Best Korean:  Fusion Cafe (Moore)

Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern
Best Mediterranean:  Cous Cous Cafe Moroccan, Camilya's
More of the Best:  Shishkabab, Zam Zam (Warr Acres)
Best Lebanese steak house:  Eddy's note: closed in 2008

Best German:  Old Germany (Choctaw)

Best Mexican:  Adobe Grill
Best old style Tex-Mex:  Cocina de Mino (south OKC), Serapio's (El Reno)
Best authentic street style food:  Buy For Less Grocery (Warr Acres)

Best Italian:  There are too many places on my "to visit" list to make a list at present
Best Pizza:  Caffe Pranzo (The Village), Italia Express, Papa Angelo's (Bethany)

Other Ethnic (All of which are excellent)
Ethiopian:  Queen of Sheba
Guatemalan:  Curiosidades Guatemala
Brazilian:  Cafe do Brasil

Best steaks:  Cattlemen's, Boulevard Steakhouse (Edmond)

Best hamburgers:  Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler (The Village & OKC)
Best onion burgers:  Johnnie's Grill (El Reno)
Best veggie burgers:  Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler (The Village & OKC)

Best BBQ:  Van's Pig Stand (Shawnee)

Best fried chicken:  Eischen's (Okarche), Sleepy Hollow (OKC)

Best salads:  Boulevard Steakhouse (Edmond), Museum Cafe, Cheever's

El Paso

Best New Mexico style:  Chope's (La Mesa, NM)
Best interior style Mexican:  Cafe Mayapan
Best border (El Paso) style:  Forti's
Best Mexican seafood:  Villa del Mar
Best taqueria:  Santa Cecilia
Best Mexican breakfast:  Mi Tierra, Mike and Ana's
Best Mexican bakery:  La Ideal
Best Lent specials:  El Jacalito, Carnitas Queretaro
Best barbacoa:  Los Jarrones
Best caldo:  Jalisco Cafe, Anita's
Best chicken tampiquena:  Ay Caramba, Amigos
Best chile con queso:  La Choza
Best chile relleno:  Chope's (La Mesa, NM), Little Diner (Canutillo), Amigos, Casa Jurado
Best fajitas:  Wyngs
Best flautas:  Julio's Cafe Corona, Casa Jurado, Flautas Tepalca (Canutillo)
Best gorditas:  Little Diner (Canutillo)
Best green enchiladas:  Chope's (La Mesa, NM)
Best mole:  Carnitas Queretaro, Barrigas
Best red enchiladas:  Forti's, Su Casa, Dominguez, La Casita
Best salsa:  L&J Cafe, Julio's Cafe Corona
Best shredded beef taco:  La Nortena
Best steak tampiquena:  Forti's
Best tamales:  La Choza, Little Diner (Canutillo), Lupita's Tamales (Canutillo)
Best tortilla soup:  Amigos

Best northern style Chinese (spicy):  Moon Day (Beijing style)
Best Cantonese (Guangdong) style:  China Star Bistro
Best Chinese by special order (not on the menu):  China Star, Oriental Cafe, Sam's, Moon Star
Best egg rolls:  Shan Dong
Best Mongolian barbecue:  Beijing Lili East

Best Vietnamese:  Saigon Taste

Best Thai:  True Thai

Best Japanese:  Matsuharu
Best sushi:  Matsuharu

Best Korean:  Seoul, Han Il's

Best Indian:  India Palace

Best Italian:  Trattoria Bella Sera
Best pizza:  Cafe Italia, Hello Pizza
Best pizza without red sauce:  Ardovino's

Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern
Best Middle Eastern:  Al-Zaituna
Best Greek:  Casa Pizza
Best tabouli:  Su Casa
Best soup:  Mediterranean Cuisine

Best German:  Gunther's Edelweiss I'm not sure if it's still open

Other Ethnic
Hawaiian:  Aloha Hawaiian BBQ

Best steaks:  Great American, Cattleman's (Fabens)

Best hamburgers:  Rosco's

Best chicken:  Billy Crews (Santa Teresa, NM)
Best fried chicken:  Elmer's

Best Barbecue:  Mo'Z
Best Ribs:  State Line

Best sandwiches:  International Bakery & Deli
Best panini:  Ripe

Fine Dining
Best fine dining:  Cafe Central