Food has an incredible way of disarming people and often is the first way we are introduced to another culture. Food is also common ground. At the table hard conversations are made easier, we see how our stories are more similar than different, we learn diversity is beautiful as we taste how many ingredients and spices come together to make one delicious meal.
As we head into the holidays, I invite you to connect over a meal with those you love and help support a local business at the same time! Here are three of our family’s favorite locally-owned restaurants:
Dining In: Empanada extravaganza
The owners of Ganache Patisserie opened Domenico and surpassed all my expectations! Sit outside to enjoy the beautiful view of Chisolm Creek. Owner Laura, born in Argentina, showcases her favorite dish growing up: empanadas. They offer 10 varieties, with bacon and eggs the most popular flavor. Also try their shakes, ice cream, cocktails and crepes (lemon curd and chicken pot pie are my favorites).
To-Go: Curry in a hurry
As an Indian American, I am always on the lookout for the best curry and mango lassi. My family loves CAFÉ 47 in Edmond, serving fresh and authentic Indian food. Try the chicken tikka masala or my favorite, chicken biryani, which is like a rice and chicken casserole. Their mango lassi is sweet, tart and refreshing.
Dessert: Cold treats
My husband and kids are obsessed with ice cream, even though some of us are lactose sensitive, so we are huge fans of Freezing Cow’s lactose-free ice cream. They also offer sugar-free, dairy-free and keto options. My kids enjoy watching owners Sean and Jordan roll out the ice cream on a stainless steel surface. I highly recommend the banana pudding ice cream with cinnamon toast crunch topping!