As you cruise around town preparing yourself for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, get an edge on the competition with a technique used by endurance athletes worldwide. Carbohydrate loading builds up a store of energy needed to complete a race. Two to three days of carb-heavy eating is recommended. Let’s get started and carb-load our way through OKC! 

Not running the race? No judgment here! Carb-loading is an endurance race in itself. Here’s a guide on where to find some of the best restaurants specializing in carbs around OKC, broken out into six main carb groups: pizza, pasta, chips, rice, fries and donuts.  

                           

Pizza

Head to The Wedge Pizzeria in Deep Deuce and enjoy the spring weather on their outdoor patio. You can’t go wrong with one of their classic pizzas, but do consider their eclectic specialty pizza options. To prime your pizza appetite, order their truffle pizza, loaded with olive oil, roasted chicken, mushrooms, spinach, mozzarella and of course, truffle oil. The chefs at The Wedge are experts when it comes to carbs. Their wood-fired pizza oven crisps pizzas to perfection and their desserts round out a carb-centric meal perfectly. Don't forget to add on their bread if you want to ensure you are carbing up like a professional.

Pasta

Flips Wine Bar & Trattoria offers simple but delicious Italian fare in a comfortable setting. Savor traditional Italian flavors with the spaghetti and meatballs or the spaghetti carbonara pre-race. Or make a reservation post-race and celebrate with a glass of wine or a craft cocktail. Be sure to save room for dessert because Flips offers amazing homemade desserts from classic tiramisu to decadent tuaca creme brûlée.

Chips

More than just a vehicle for queso and salsa, a well-crafted tortilla chip lays the foundation for a delicious Mexican meal. Specializing in innovative Mexican food with a twist, Mexican Radio in the Plaza District is a must for perfectly thick and crispy chips. Pair your chips with their dip trio or go for the half-moon nachos, which has cheese, carne molida, pickled jalapenos and onions and salsa roja.

Rice

On the go? Pop into GoGo Sushi Express + Grill in Midtown and browse their selection of mouth-watering Japanese food. GoGo is more than just their sushi menu. Their stir-fried noodle bowls are out of this world for flavor, featuring your favorite protein with fresh vegetables and a delicious sauce. If you're looking for a variety of different foods, they have you covered with their bento boxes which include a protein, steamed rice, house salad, tempura fried vegetables, California roll and miso soup.

Fries

Ignite your taste buds at Spark in Scissortail Park. Their loaded fries are addictingly delicious. Try their signature pink fries, featuring their special pink sauce (colored with beet juice) and topped with parmesan and parsley. Round out your visit with one of their juicy burger options, like the BLC Spark with pimento cheese, bacon, crispy cheddar crust, pickles and their house-made prairie ranch.

Donuts 

Round out your carb-loading with a visit to Holey Rollers in the Paseo Arts district. A sensible sweet, you need not worry about excessive sugar, artificial flavorings or coloring. Holey Roller’s made-from-scratch treats are 100 percent dairy- and egg-free. Try a fried or baked donut to go alongside your locally roasted KLLR or Elemental Coffee or a cup of tea from Woodshed Tea.