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Karlie Tipton, Editorial Assistant
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By Karlie Tipton
July 5, 2012
“What’s wrong with these kids today, with their skinny jeans and their ironic moustaches and their undeserved sense of entitlement?”
I am 23 years old, yet I find myself grumpily muttering this phrase on a daily basis, particularly when one of these hipsters tries to set up his acoustic guitar on my lawn. (Note: I live in an apartment so I don’t have a lawn, but if I did, this would surely make me long for the good ole ol’ days).
Although I question many of the choices my Millenial compatriots are making—how many thousands of hours are lost every day to cat videos on Youtube, for example—there is at least one huge benefit to being surrounded by people who believe they deserve the best: food that is plentiful, unique, and good.
I’m not saying cheap, mediocre food—anything with “fast” in the title—is on its way out, but Oklahoma City alone is evidence that the demand for variety (Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs, the Melting Pot, Incan Trail) and high quality (Cheever’s, the Coach House, La Baguette Bistro) is only going to grow.
A great example of this culinary revolution is sushi. Prior to World War II, sushi was basically unheard of in the U.S. and was relegated to the coasts for decades thereafter. But between 1988 (the year of my birth) and 1998, the number of sushi bars in the states quintupled. It’s estimated that there are about 10,000 Japanese restaurants in this country today.
Out of those 10,000, Oklahoma has more than a few exceptional ones, but here are my top picks:
Nhinja Sushi and Wok. This restaurant is relatively new, but they have a good selection of rolls and excellent prices.
Sushi Neko. Is it possible to talk about Japanese food in Oklahoma City without mentioning this place? I doubt it.
Tokyo Japanese Restaurant. My absolute favorite. I could go on forever, but you really only need to know one thing: Crazy Horse.
So maybe I can’t solely thank my peers for the all the Nigiri and California rolls I have consumed in the past few years. Many restaurateurs and patrons consider themselves Gen X, Baby Boomers, or “other,” but I like to think we are capable of contributing something to society other than the improper use of the word “random.” Now, off to eat more than my fair share of the ocean.