As you gallivant 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 of where to find some of the best carbs in OKC, broken out into six main carb groups: pizza, pasta, chips, rice, fries and donuts.  

                           

Pizza

Head to the Hall’s Pizza Kitchen and take in the downtown sights from the rooftop. You can’t go wrong with one of the classic pizzas, but do consider the slice of the day. To prime your pizza appetite, order the Quinn’s Burrata. Enjoy house-made burrata drizzled with chili oil and microgreens served alongside flatbread, lots of flatbread. The Halls know carbs. Their wood-fired pizza oven crisps pizzas to perfection and their desserts round out a carb-centric meal perfectly.

Pasta

With house-made pasta made daily, Osteria creates authentic Italian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. Savor traditional Italian flavors with the Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe or the Wild Mushroom Potato gnocchi pre-race or make a reservation post-race and celebrate with a glass (or bottle) of champagne or a craft cocktail. Be sure to save room for dessert. Not only does Osteria feature a seasonal gelato menu, but their flourless chocolate torte is *chef’s kiss.*

Chips

More than just a vehicle for salsa, a well-crafted tortilla chip lays the way for a delicious Mexican meal. Specializing in innovative Mexican food with a twist, Big Truck Tacos in Uptown 23rd District is a must for perfectly crisp chips. Pair your chips with one of five in-house salsas or go for the ceviche, which features mouthwatering lime-marinated shrimp and tilapia with pico de gallo, cilantro and avocado.

Rice

On the go? Pop in to Midtown’s Gogi Go and build your own bowl. Pick your base of plain rice, japchae, or the flavorful Kimchi fried rice. Choose from spicy grilled chicken, tofu, spicy pork or the sweet and savory bulgogi beef. Top with pickled veggies, kimchi, crushed peanuts and sous vides egg. The signature sauces make for a Korean flavor explosion.

Fries

Hot Dang! Nashbird Chicken is more than just a chicken place. The fries with pickled ranch for dipping are addictingly delicious. Nashbird baskets stack the fried chicken high atop a slice of classic white bread with crisp dill pickles on the side. Tucked between Broadway and the train tracks, this Nashville hot chicken joint is one you won’t want to miss.

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 excess 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.