Now that most people truly feel we're past the pandemic and building towards recovery... even with the economy in the current state it's in... there is some good news for Oklahoma. Several new and classic restaurants may be eyeing the Sooner State for expansion in the near future.

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Personally, I'm looking forward to the pizza joints. My local Cici's Pizza closed in 2020, and there hasn't been a $5 lunch option since. Also, considering taste over price, Mazzio's is starting to experience a resurgence too. I've seen four new locations spring up across Northern and Northeastern Oklahoma in the last few months - mainly as gas station add-ons, but good pizza is good pizza.

Here are the rest rumored to be expanding into the Sooner State.

Restaurants That Could Soon Expand Into and Across Oklahoma

While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still lingering in most of everyday American life, a ton of restaurants are on the upswing in 2024. While most famously had issues before the pandemic, the country is back on the build and more than a few beloved brands are looking to expand in states where they've either failed in the past or haven't been yet.

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Restaurants Oklahomans Wish We Had in the Sooner State

All across social media, people in Oklahoma are holding nothing back talking about restaurants they wish were in and around the Sooner State. If you had one wish, which eatery would you pick?

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Ten Iconic Oklahoma Restaurants You Have To Try

I think it's fair to say that each state probably has its own legends when it comes to restaurants. Pennsylvania has cheesesteaks, New York has wings and pizza, Texas has Franklin BBQ and Tex-Mex, etc...

Oklahoma is no different.

Birthed into statehood as a cattle state, there's no shortage of beef on any menu here, but there's a little room for chicken and fries too. Here are the absolute, hands down, best restaurants, in no particular order, everyone has to try in The Sooner State.

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Oklahoma Restaurants People Swear Are Worth The Drive

Eating out is entertainment. Sometimes it's you and your better half, other times you'll drag the family along with you. Either/or, if you've got time to kill and want to sample the best Oklahoma offers, here are the restaurants' everyone swears are worth every moment in the car to and from.

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More Restaurants Oklahomans Swear Are Worth The Drive

The Sooner State sure isn't short on good eats. From the best BBQ you'll find in America, to the worldly tastes of exotics with an Oklahoma spin... Here are more of the best restaurants Okies swear are worth the drive for.

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9 Chain Restaurants Founded In Oklahoma

While some Oklahoma original restaurants are obvious and common knowledge, there are a few that will likely surprise you having a start in the Sooner State. At least, they were shockers to me. Whether you want burgers, BBQ, pizza, breakfast, or Tex-Mex, the tastes of Oklahoma stretch far beyond our border.

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