Norman’s Top 15 Restaurants According to the Delta Chapter

When it comes to food, the Delta Chapter is filled with certified experts. We’ve tried them all and have compiled a list of our favorites. So without further ado, here are Norman’s top 15 restaurants according to the Delta Chapter!

15. Crossroads

This popular union hotspot is home to many fan favorites, such as their spicy chicken & waffle sandwich and stacked grilled cheese. Crossroads in the Union is the best place to go if you’re craving breakfast at any time of the day!

14. Ozzie’s Diner

Located in the Max Wertheimer Airport, this hidden gem comes with a meal and a show! You can enjoy your food while watching the planes go by. What more could you want?

13. Tino’s Italian Eats and Sweets

Tino’s #1 fan is a member of Delta (@KaylaAnaMarie), so of course Tino’s was going to make the list! Tino’s is locally owned and has a wide variety of yummy options. According to Kayla, her go-to meal is the soft pretzel with the infamous white whiz cheese sauce and french fries. They also have a number of Italian style sandwiches to choose from!

12. Midway Deli

Midway Deli is home to our game day meal, affectionately known as Pridewiches. Even though the season is over, Delta still goes to Midway to get the legendary pridewich! “Who doesn’t love a game day prandwich on a regular school day?” says Historian Elizabeth Haskins.

11. The Library

No, it’s not an actual library! The Library is located just outside of Catlett Music Center, making it super easy to walk to. From pizza to nachos to burgers, there’s tons of options for everyone!

10. Sonic

Even though this isn’t a local Norman eatery, we still had to include it on the list for their deals, such as their 99¢ mozzarella stick day and 50¢ corn dog day. Sonic makes for the perfect chapter snack!

9. O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille

Also known as O’Conn’s, this restaurant is one of our stops for our game day eve pep bands. My personal favorite is the ranchhand burger!

8. Othello’s Italian Restaurant

Another campus corner classic, Othello’s is one of the best Italian restaurants in Norman! Not only does it have great food, but The Pride’s drum major, Paxton Leaf, often performs there with his jazz combo.

7. The Caf

Couch Restaurants, or The Caf, is an OU staple. During the fall semester, the entire Pride attends The Caf every Wednesday after rehearsal. The Caf is buffet style and holds one of the only all-you-can-eat Chick-Fil-A’s in the world! The Caf has everything you could ever want, so it’s no surprise it’s this high on the list!

6. Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe

Pickleman’s is the best place to go if you’re looking for a soup/sandwich combo! It’s quick and has great service. If sandwiches aren’t your thing, they also have the best cracker-thin crust pizza!

5. BJ’s Brewhouse

BJ’s serves as the Delta Chapter’s iconic post-second degree meal. My personal favorite menu item is the deep dish chicken bacon ranch pizza. After dinner, it’s necessary to split a pizookie with your little!

4. Tatsumaki Ramen & Lounge

If you like ramen, Tatsumaki is the place to go. They have a huge selection of ramen and sushi to choose from. There’s even a number of vegan options! Our sistaus love it for the chill atmosphere it provides.

3. Victoria’s Pasta Shop

I’m a huge pasta lover myself, so Victoria’s has always been one of my favorites! As an added bonus-there’s always enough to take home leftovers. If that’s not convincing enough, Secretary Brenna O’Hara says “their $6.99 plate of linguini and garlic bread is a game changer.”

2. The Mont

Where do I begin? Delta’s ICONIC post-chapter hangout is home to the best cheese fries in Norman. What’s better than cramming into a booth and splitting cheese fries with your favorite sistaus? For our non-dairy queens, the spicy fried green beans are to die for!

1. Tea Cafe On the Corner

Tea Caf is a restaurant loved by many in the Delta Chapter. Whether you’re just going to get some boba to go or meeting someone for lunch, everything at Tea Caf is outstanding. If you’ve never been, you’re highly missing out. I would suggest getting the chicken fried rice with the fried cheese wontons!

-Juliana Mitchell

Where did we leave off?

With the spring semester in full swing, it’s time to review what Delta has been up to since December! After a short break, we all headed back to Norman on Christmas to begin preparation for the Peach Bowl. In Norman we held our final auditions for the drum major position and practiced our pregame and halftime shows. After that it was time to travel to Atlanta! Atlanta was filled with lots of fun things, like rehearsals in the stadium, visits to the famous Atlanta Aquarium, and even a trip to a super fun arcade! Even though the game didn’t go exactly how we wanted, it was still so much fun cheering on our Sooners!

After the bowl trip, things settled down as we had a much needed break before the spring semester began. During the first week of school, Delta held our first degree for our Delta Eta rush class! It was super exciting to see all the membership candidates begin their journey into Tau Beta Sigma and get their presents from their bigs! I can’t wait to see where Tau Beta Sigma takes them.

Even though marching season is over, the Delta Chapter has a packed schedule this spring! Keep up with our blog posts to see what we’re up to and follow @TBSDeltaChapter for weekly history snippets and live tweets from our Women in Music Speaker event!

-Juliana Mitchell

The Next Chapter

This past semester I have made one of the hardest, and most stressful, decisions of my life. I decided to transfer Universities. When this decision was made my first thought was “Oh no, will I be able to continue as a sister of TBS?” So of course, I chose a school that had a chapter, Texas Tech University, the home of the Beta chapter. Also known as the school that started it all.

I was extremely nervous. I had heard a lot of negative talk about the school and Lubbock itself and I was also worried that I wouldn’t fit in with the sisters and brothers of Beta. I knew eventually I would have to face my fears and took a weekend to travel my way down to Lubbock in order to tour Tech and the surrounding area. Within minutes of stepping into the music building on campus at Texas Tech I had met brothers and sisters of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. They were all extremely welcoming and I began to feel comfortable around them within minutes. I had even met one girl from Beta that sat down and had a thirty minute, maybe even an hour, long conversation with me as though she had known me forever. My fears had instantly begun to melt away.

This interaction reminded me of what TBS is all about. It is a bonding sisterhood, no matter where you go or where you’re from. These are people that have the same ideals and end goals in mind. It reminded me of just how lucky I truly am to be a part of something and to share something so special and valuable with tons of people across the nation.

My heart still aches knowing that I am leaving my sisters of Delta behind. In the end I know my Delta sisters are always cheering for me and I am more than excited to get to know and share new memories with the sisters of Beta. I guess you could say I am on to the next chapter, figuratively and literally.

Wreck em’,
Maria Cullum

A Golden Opportunity

October 12th, 2019 was the date of everyone favorite historic red river rivalry. Personally, I would argue that it is one of the best football games to exist. The fans are at their peak crazy and thousands of people come to support their team. Not only is the energy from the fans crazy but the game takes place at the Cotton Bowl which is surrounded by the state fair of Texas and I mean who doesn’t love Texas? Well, the state anyways.  

This Red river rivalry was especially special for me this season not only because of the Sooner win, but because I had the chance to take over the National Tau Beta Sigma Instagram story. I got to post videos of my fellow sisters, clips of our pregame performance and of the band playing in the stands, and of course the most important a video of the Delta chapter singing with the Beta Gamma Chapter. Of course, the day started off a little rocky due to a lack of signal at the Cotton Bowl (It’s what I deserve for using Sprint). As time went on though, my clips started posting and I had a blast getting to share my day with sisters everywhere. This opportunity was the icing on top of the golden cowboy hat! 

-Maria Cullum

The Importance of TBS

Joining color guard started as me just trying to prove to my brother that I could do it and stick with it. I am sure 14-year-old me never would have thought that 6 years later I would be a part of something so much bigger than myself. Marching band is a big part of who I am. All these years of long practices, determination, competing, performing, and friendships have shaped me to be the young woman everyone sees today. Even today I know that being a part of The Pride of Oklahoma continues to shape my personality and mind set. Not only is marching band a big part of who I am but it is a therapy to me. No matter how stressful school or life gets I know getting to Pride Field at 4:30 everyday will immediately bring me pure happiness and relief.

When I learned about Tau Beta Sigma, I immediately knew I had to rush. This was the perfect opportunity to give back to and serve the activity that has meant so much to me. Not only do I get to give back to the band, but I have become sisters with so many others that share my love and passion for band. The chance to serve The Pride and to share my number one passion with others are just two of the many reason Tau Beta Sigma is so important to me.

-Maria Cullum