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Richard and Christine Shockey

Stops: Flo's Burger Diner, Villa Ravenna, Miami Nights Restaurant and Lounge, Yutaka, Maryn's Taphouse and Raw Bar

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
October 28, 2019

The Mission: So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the October 2019 issue of Preview 918.

The Team: Richard and Christine Shockey

Stop #1: We started as American as you can get with lunch at Flo’s Burger Diner.  They have a new sign, so they are easier to find on 11th Street. Flo’s has a large selection of burgers to choose from, but we went with the classic. Add the Bomb Sauce for $0.50; it’s cream cheese with bacon and jalapeño.  You won’t be sorry.  
Cost: $11

Stop #2: Early in the evening, we went to Villa Ravenna in the Farm Shopping Center. We had to restrain ourselves and only ordered an appetizer. We had the bacon-wrapped dates. A date has never tasted so good.
Cost $11

Stop #3: Afterward, we moved on to Miami Nights Restaurant and Lounge. They have an extensive menu, but we were sticking with our appetizer plan. We ordered mariquitas, and plantain chips with a garlic dipping sauce. Because there were so many different choices, we decided to go all out and also ordered the shrimp scampi that comes in a jasmine wine and garlic lemon sauce. We also tried the empanadas (one beef and one guava cream cheese) as our dessert. There was plenty to share, and in doing so, we had a little Cuban buffet. If we are being totally honest, we weren’t sure what we were getting into, but the people and the live music were great, and the food is a garlic lover’s dream. We will be going back soon.  
Cost: $24

Stop #4: After American, Italian, and Cuban, we decided to go Asian with the buffet at Yutaka. In addition to a fantastic selection of Asian food, they also have a variety of sushi and a build-your-own-style hibachi grill. The fresh and hot hibachi food was our favorite.  
Cost: $24

Stop #5: For our last stop, we headed to the Riverwalk in Jenks. Who doesn’t need a walk after eating your way across town? We found ourselves at Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar. Shrimp, lobster, crab rolls, and all things seafood are on the menu. On recommendation from our server, we ordered tamale balls and loaded beer cheese fries.
Cost: $20

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