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Local defines everything I love. Their philosophy is to eat real food from farmers in the area, to be self-sustained and creative, and over all, to simply be original. Oklahoma has needed a restaurant like this for a long time.
Local’s originality is the key to their success. Although they might be a little under the radar for now, I have a feeling it won’t be like that for long. They do things differently, right down to serving lime in the water instead of lemon. It’s the little thoughtful things that make a difference.
Their location is a bit deceiving from the outside it looks like it might be a small cafe in a strip mall. After going inside I was more than surprised. It’s spacious and has a modern vibe to it. Who says that you have to be a hipster-tree hugger to eat healthy? Local has some unique features that set it apart.
- Localville – a space created just for the little ones. It’s completely separate from the rest of the restaurant so it’s a perfect place to bring the kids and still fit in some alone time. They can play and eat in this supervised area. The only problem being they might not want to leave.
- Local Market - a take-out version of Local, where you can purchase fresh and frozen foods to be prepared at home.
- Private Event Space – A dining room available for private parties. The room will feature different artwork throughout the year and it even has a private entrance for VIP guests or surprise visitors.
But as great as all that is, what about the food? I tried the Sweet Potato Ravioli with brown butter and swiss chard. The homemade pasta was light and smooth and the brown butter sauce was richly divine. But I must admit, I was stealing bites of my mom’s Turkey Lasagna the entire time. Initially, I thought the portions looked small, but I think that was just because my eyes were bigger than my stomach. Local offers a long list of atypical lunch and dinner items, we just happened to be in the mood for the two italian ones, so don’t think that’s all they offer. I still managed to find some room for dessert, Banana Split Bread Pudding. It’s served with a whole banana, vanilla gelato, and then lightly drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces. I saw the table next to us throwing jealous glances our way a few times. Not that I’d ever let that stop me. The service we had needed some improvement, but given that Local is still in its beginning stages, we can’t be too hard on them. After all, it’s hard to find a place that’s taking strides not just to stand out, but to stand for something.
You can view Local’s menu here.
2262 West Main Street Norman, OK 73069
Tuesday-Saturday at 11am.
Friday and Saturday there is a Late Night menu from 10pm-2am.