With a distinguished selection of wine and a solid reputation as one of Oklahoma City’s anchor Italian restaurants, Flip’s Wine Bar and Trattoria may sound like the kind of restaurant where one might enjoy a cozy, romantic candlelight dinner. But OKC locals know it’s not a place that stands on ceremony – and that’s why, after nearly 30 years, crowds still flock to Flip’s.

The real appeal of this laid-back icon of the Oklahoma City bar and restaurant scene comes long after most places have locked up and wiped down for the evening. Since 1985, Flip’s has offered a staggering late-night menu (serving until 1 a.m.) to OKC’s starving night owls. And this is not the chips-and-queso standard of late-night bar fare. Everything from salads and appetizers to pasta and dessert are on the table, but diners in-the-know go straight for the famous calzones. Stuffed into homemade, whole-wheat crusts, the calzones at Flip’s feature traditional Italian meats and cheeses, overflowing with capicola and prosciutto, fontina and gorgonzola and just about anything else delicious you could dream of. Diners with especially large appetites can opt for the Joey Bag O’ Donuts calzone and feast on a pocket of chicken, spinach, peppers, garlic, mushrooms and four different kinds of cheese. All calzones are served with Flip’s famous red sauce, of course. Look for a mixed crowd at Flip’s, emphasis on “crowd.” 5801 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City. www.flipswinebar.com

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