I can’t say enough great things about the followers of EatingOxford.com! I got a tip last night on Twitter from Hildon Sessums that a new restaurant was moving into the O.E.C. Japanese Express space in the Walmart shopping center.
I went to investigate today and it turns out that O.E.C. has moved a couple doors down and is now sharing space with Maharaja Indian Cuisine. You can dine in or get delivery, and they’ve kept the same phone number (662-234-8088).
In the O.E.C. space, a new restaurant, Bistro Burger, will be opening soon. I’ve been unable to find out much info, except that they have started a Facebook page here. Hoping to have more news for you soon. If you know anything, let me know.
Have you been missing Turkuaz Cafe? Join its former owner, Ibrahim Tabanca, for a special Turkish Night being held at Petra Cafe on March 24, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Turkish music will play, with the possibility of a live performance, while you dine on Turkish delights.
Starter Plate: Cracked wheat salad (kisir), dolmas, Turkish pastry (borek)
Main Dish: Sultan’s Delight (Hunkar Begendi) and rice pilaf [[Hunkar Begendi: Stewed lamb meat (vegetables for vegetarians) over creamy roasted eggplant]]
Dessert: Baklava, kataifi and a chef’s special serve with Turkish coffee
PRICE: $30.00 (cash only)
Contact Ibrahim by March 18 to purchase tickets at email@example.com or via phone at 662-801-3587.
Find out more details on the Facebook event page here.
In a surprising turn of events, New Hunan, located in the Walmart shopping center, has reopened (the restaurant closed this past June). Today, a sign on the door announced that dine-in and takeout was available, with full buffet starting tomorrow.
Even an MDOT warning to stay off of the icy roads didn’t deter folks from filing into Rice & Spice Thai Kitchen today to try Oxford’s newest Thai food offerings.
spring roll appetizer
pad thai with tofu
pad see aew
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Several people have emailed me inquiring about Nagoya’s recent name change to Toyo.
Turns out, according to a manager at the restaurant, that there has been a change in ownership. However, they have ensured customers that even though the restaurant has a new owner, it will not undergo any major changes to its food or service.
The new sign for Toyo will be installed soon, and a new menu, retaining 85% of the items from Nagoya, will be released soon after.
Remember when Two Stick used to be the only place in town where you could go for sushi? It wasn’t that long ago. Now, in only a short span of time, eight restaurants have laid down their nori and sushi rice and started offering rolls to the plethora of Oxonians who pull up a seat for this deliciously healthy finger food on a regular basis.
Next time you’re in the mood, check out the following restaurants:
- Two Stick
- Bangkok Thai
- Big Bowl Asian Bistro
- Chow Tyme Grill & Buffet
- New Hunan
- O.E.C. Japanese Express
To peruse the menus of the above restaurants, visit the Menu Guide on EatingOxford.com.
Several graduates had the culinary pleasure of having their parties catered by Turkuaz Cafe this past weekend. Me? I stopped in on Saturday afternoon to beat the rush and enjoyed a falafel plate accompanied by fresh and delicious homemade hummus, pita, rice and tabouleh.
Owner Ibrahim Tabanca has been whipping up Turkish and Mediterranean food at Turkuaz for well over a year now out on Highway 6W at the Rebel Paintball and Mini Golf Entertainment Complex (yes, there’s mini golf there now, too).
The menu offers something for everyone–whether you’re a carnivore, herbivore, love a strong cup of Turkish coffee or have a craving for something sweet. Seating is al fresco on a covered patio and payments are cash only, so don’t bother bringing your card. Turkuaz Cafe is open Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information, check out the Cafe’s Facebook page here. Special requests are always given consideration; just ask.
Photo: Misha Gravenor, Bon Appetit
This Wednesday is Cinco de Mayo, giving us a great excuse to visit one of the many local Mexican restaurants and enjoy some of our favorite dishes (I recommend the fish tacos at Taqueria el Milagro accompanied by a tall glass of horchata).
For those who enjoy trying new recipes at home, I came across a delicious-sounding one for Mexican Ceviche Tacos in Bon Appetit magazine.
Mexican Ceviche Tacos
Recipe by Jill Dupleix
- 1 1/4 pounds very fresh (sushi-grade) fish fillets (such as tuna, hamachi, barramundi, or mahi-mahi), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- Fine sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
- 3/4 cup chopped red onion
- 2 tablespoons sliced pickled jalapeño chiles from jar plus 1 tablespoon liquid from jar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 large head of romaine lettuce, very thinly sliced crosswise (3 to 4 cups)
- 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, diced
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 12 purchased crisp taco shells
- Purchased salsa
Place fish in medium glass dish or bowl (a non-reactive bowl helps deter a metal aftertaste); sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add lime juice, lemon juice, and sugar and toss. Cover and chill until fish turns white and no longer looks raw, tossing occasionally, at least 4 hours and up to 6 hours.
Strain fish, discarding marinade. Place ceviche in large bowl; add tomatoes, red onion, pickled jalapeños, 1 tablespoon liquid from jar, and olive oil and toss to blend. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover and chill.
Add lettuce, avocado, and cilantro to ceviche mixture and toss. Fill taco shells with ceviche mixture. Top each taco with large spoonful of salsa and serve.
If the demise of International Buffet saddened you, dry your tears. Turns out another buffet is rolling into town to take its place. When I drove by the other day, trucks were unloading supplies for the “coming soon” Chowtime Buffet & Grill at the former location.
I’m thinking it may be a replica of the Chowtime Buffet concept that’s in Memphis, a restaurant that serves both International cuisine and Southern home cooking side by side. I’ll let you know when I find out more.
UPDATE 12/28: Just received a response from the folks at the Chowtime Buffet in Memphis; the Oxford location has no affiliation with the Memphis restaurant, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for us when this one opens.
UPDATE 02/12/10: Chowtime Buffet & Grill is scheduled to open this Saturday, February 13.
UPDATE 04/06/10: Chowtime offers eight 11-foot-long buffet tables with items such as snow crab legs, ribs, sushi, pizza, oysters, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, salad bar and more. If you’re looking for the best deal, go for lunch during the week ($6.25) and use your student I.D. or senior discount for 10% off.