This south 405 city has diverse options with relatively long histories.
Sandwiched as it is between OKC and Norman, Moore gets overlooked as a food destination, which is unfortunate. It’s true that much of Moore is dominated by national chains, a reality that any city with a long stretch of interstate running through must contend with. It’s just hard for local joints to afford prime real estate next to a major corridor, but excellent local options are sprinkled throughout the city, especially on the west side of Interstate 35. Many of Moore’s local joints have relatively long histories, and they also have some very diverse options. Here are 10 Moore restaurants to try now.
Dong A Korean Restaurant. When we compile lists of the best Korean food in the city, even back in the heady days of Chae and Taste of Korea, Dong A always makes the list. Traditional Korean food is the focus, and so you’ll find japchae, bulgogi, and noodle bowls, but the seafood is what makes this place truly special.
Great Himalayan Indian Cuisine. The magic at this underappreciated restaurant is the blend of northern Indian and southern Chinese cuisine, such as you find at any major border — think Texas/Arizona and Mexico, Vietnam and China, and Laos and Thailand. Wonderful things happen on the borderlines, and this Moore spot gets it. You’ll find samosas, naan and biryani, as well as butter chicken and goat curry, but you’ll also find momo and gobi manchurian.
HiFi Burgershop. Bryan Neel’s truck-turned-brick-and-mortar was a Best New Restaurant for 2021, and deservedly so. The burgers, onion rings and curly fries are all excellent, but definitely get the Batch 23 on one of your trips.
Hummus Mediterranean Cafe. The dishes are takes on traditional eastern Mediterranean cooking, including favorites like falafel, gyros and kofta, and everything is fresh and flavorful. It’s also one of the few places in the 405 to find muhammara, the roasted red pepper and walnut dip made famous in Syria and Turkey.
The Lazy Donkey. This family-owned Mexican restaurant combines traditional regional Mexican dishes and Tex-Mex favorites with equal skill. The standouts are the chile verde and chile colorado.
Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ. The second location of former Sooner and New York Jets defensive back Darrol Ray’s barbecue concept is in Moore, and the barbecue is just as good as the sister location in Norman. It’s brisket, ribs, pulled pork, hot links, etc., with all the sides. They have lunch specials and dinner combos, too.
Royal Bavaria Restaurant & Brewery. A recent revamp of the menu and processes made an already good concept great. Andy Gmeiner has been delivering excellent food and quaffable beer for nearly 30 years in this spot on the edge of OKC and Moore, and the regulars are very, very loyal for good reason. Start with the sausage sampler, spaetzle and red cabbage.
Supermercados Morelos. We absolutely love the “lunch counters” in the mercados. You could do your own taco trail by hitting up the supermercados around town, but you’ll also find some of the 405’s best tamales in Morelos.
Taqueria el Mexicano. One of the greatest things about the 405 right now is the ubiquitousness of traditional taco trucks. Moore is no exception, and this local favorite features pollo asado as the specialty of the house, and it’s the best introduction to what they do.
Volcano Sushi Bar & Hibachi. It’s one of the favorite spots in all of Moore, and for good reason. The traditional rolls are the heart of the menu, but you’ll find plenty of harumaki, soft-shelled crab, takoyaki and even a whole hibachi menu, too. It’s truly impossible to go wrong here.