If there is one thing that I can confidently tell strangers and friends alike, it is that I know my food. I am no acclaimed food critic, I don't plan on being Ree Drummond's right hand man anytime soon, but gosh darn it I know good food when I taste it. Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, American, Greek, you name it and I will more than likely try anything once....or twenty times. But folks, we all need to sit down and talk about a restaurant that I recently discovered and I wish I had known about it my whole life. I'm talking about a place in the Paseo District (surprised?) called Oso, and it is Oh, So Good! See what I did there? Anyway, lets chat.
Oso is considered a taqueria but boy oh boy, you have never been to a taqueria like this one before. We are talking about a place that serves burnt end tacos... Are you kidding me?!? Burnt ends have been my favorite BBQ treat for years, but now you are telling me I can have them in a taco? Count me all the way in! But this place is much more than Tacos, and this is where we insert their wonderful street corn. Described as "roasted off the cob", this stuff is INCREDIBLE!! Absolutely the best street corn I have ever tasted in my life. I haven't traveled the world and sampled all the street corns, but rest assured I have had my fair share and this stuff is to die for!
The atmosphere of Oso is another feather in the hat of success. This wonderful taqueria has what I would call a chic atmosphere, while keeping it very modern and practical for a dining establishment. An open ceiling concept has wooden rafters overhead making the room feel much bigger than expected. High back chairs, booths with pillows in place, a bar that not only looks awesome but serves incredible cocktails, and a surprisingly friendly blue bear looking in on guests. But don't worry this particular bear is oddly shaped and doesn't have an appetite for humans, or anything for that matter.
The Paseo district in Oklahoma City has roots back to the 1920's whenever the area was developed. The arts have always been the centerpiece to The Paseo, whether it be visual, performing, or the culinary variety, which is how our friends at Oso fit in. Every year usually in May the Paseo Arts Festival is held for 3 days showcasing the areas top artists, performers, food vendors and more. With establishments much like Oso Paseo coming to the district and offering up such tasty items, guests are sure to have an amazing time during the Festival, as well as other times throughout the year. Just be sure you tell them Dan from the OKC Review sent you.
So in closing lets recap on a few things that are definitely worth remembering. If you like BBQ and you enjoy burnt ends, you'll love these tacos about as much as Russ loves wearing high water pants and a multi-colored sport coat. The street corn at Oso does not have anything clever that I can compare it to. It is just that good folks. The atmosphere here will have you staying and chatting long after your meal is over. Just be sure you tip your wait staff a little extra if you do decide to stay, because you know, that how they make a living and such. Stay tuned for much more from us at The Review. In the meantime stay classy!