Who knew Oklahoma City could be a foodie’s heaven? While the city is located in what is considered the Midwest where thoughts of mediocre food with low quality ingredients come to mind, this could be further from the truth in the Sooner City.
Oklahoma City proved to be just as modern and creative when it comes to cuisine as big cities on the east or west coast. Here are some of the best restaurants in Oklahoma City worth adding to your foodie bucket list.
Best Restaurants In Oklahoma City
Waffle Champion is a must for breakfast, lunch or brunch. What started out as a food truck concept has now turned into a popular and legitimate brick and mortar restaurant. Whether you like your waffles sweet or savory, Waffle Champion will more than satisfy your tastes buds.
Some of the savory options include buffalo chicken, BBQ pulled pork with blue cheese slaw, and chorizo with tomatillo salsa. For those of you with more of a sweet tooth there are some incredibly delicious choices such as raspberries & cream (with white chocolate almond-rosemary cookie crumble), s’mores (torched marshmallow, chocolate ganache, graham cracker crumble) and blueberry sunrise (blueberry-thyme compote, goat cheese spread, homemade lemon curd).
You can also choose your waffle style in either classic or liege, the latter being a sweeter Belgian style made with a caramelized pearl sugar.
Mary Eddy’s Kitchen & Lounge
Mary Eddy’s Kitchen is an upscale restaurant that showcases an eclectic take on American cuisine combining bold and unexpected flavors. Their biscuits with gravy are super light and fluffy and for dinner the Berkshire Pork Chop is just fabulous.
Not only is the food top notch, but the restaurant has an art exhibition with beautiful pieces of curated art. The establishment is located inside the 21c Museum Hotel which was once a Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant.
The sweeping views of downtown Oklahoma City and surrounding land seen from the 49th floor of the iconic Devon Tower is what Vast is most known for, however this swanky establishment also happens to be the city’s only AAA Four Diamond restaurant.
This fine dining eatery which sources their food from local producers offers a reasonably priced lunch buffet and a more pricey dinner menu. While Oklahoma is considered to be a Mid-Western state, the dishes at this restaurant seem to be very much so inspired by the south.
On the menu you will find seared Gulf shrimp, crispy-skinned duck breast, and rack of lamb. The buffet spread consists of soup, salads, pasta as well as a carving station. A number of delicious bite-sized desert options are available too.
En Croûte is a restaurant, bar, and fromagerie in Nichols Hills Plaza. According to the establishment themselves, the restaurant is meant to evoke the comfort and leisurely lifestyle enjoyed in the fromageries, cafes, and bars of European country villages with an American twist.
The menu focuses on high quality ingredients offering an assortment of fancy cheeses, charcuterie boards or platters to go, freshly baked bread, pastries, salads, sandwiches, decadent dinners, and beautifully presented desserts.
The charcuterie boards here are the most talked about among locals, but their steaks are also quite good. You really cannot go wrong with any of their desserts, especially the honey and pistachio cheesecake or triple chocolate raspberry entremet.
Revolucion is a modern Mexican restaurant located in the industrial area of Oklahoma City. Their tacos are combined with fun twists on the accompanied dressing such as pork shoulder confit with orange and lime for the carnitas taco, grilled pork with pineapple, raddish and habanero salsa for the al pastor taco, and chipotle-mango tilapia with secret sauce for the fish taco.
There are a few good vegetarian options too like the ‘Locales Bowl’ – spiced farro and sorghum, roasted cauliflower, spring lettuce, tomato, red onion, jalapeno and cilantro.
The best thing on their menu would have to be the Bistec Asado (marinated steak and potatoes with pineapple and jalapeno’s) and the Mole Rojo de Pollo (tender chicken thighs in a creamy and mildly spicy sauce served with rice).
You’ll also find some really good margarita concoctions at Revolucion. Want to hear some of them? How about a margarita with avocado cilantro puree sound? Or a frozen margarita topped with a sangria snowcone? If you can’t decide, you can order the $10 margarita flight.
The Jones Assembly
The Jones Assembly is a trendy restaurant that occupies historical automotive manufacturing buildings from yesteryear which have since been transformed revitalizing the area since its opening. The tasteful interior is extremely spacious and includes two high-end cocktail bars. The venue also features live music on weekends.
This restaurant has a great menu and some of the best wood-fired pizza in town! Also, the Nashville Hot Chicken is fantastic and the octopus appetizer is a must-try. For dessert try the pineapple upside-down cake.
Back Door Barbeque
Back Door Barbeque was created by a chef with a love for Texas Hill Country BBQ who combined her techniques learned from working at fine dining restaurants. The end result being mouthwatering smoked meats that not only include brisket and ribs, but lamb and duck too.
You can order their smoked meats such as brisket and pork belly by the pound or in a combo plate which comes with two sides. They also serve amazing burgers and sandwiches. The most amazing burger being the Okie burger; 7 oz grass fed beef, smoked pork belly, smoked cheddar, smoked onions, smoked tomato’s and Memphis mayo.
No visit to Oklahoma City would be complete without visiting the famed Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. Located smack bang in the center of the Stockyards area of Oklahoma City, Cattlemen’s Ranch can lay claim to being the oldest operating restaurant in the state of Oklahoma and the heart of this city’s cowboy scene.
Cattlemen’s Steakhouse has been featured on the Travel Channels “Man Vs Food” and on Food Networks “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”. It is not only known for its intriguing history but also for its terrific food, most notably their legendary steaks. Their beef is slowly aged and broiled over a hot charcoal flame. The beef is never frozen and is always of good quality, Mid-West raised beef they claim.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can order a serving of their Lamb Fries. And it’s not what it sounds like. Sliced and fried testicles of young lamb is what you’ll get in this dish.
Which of these restaurants are you looking forward to the most? Have you been to any of them? Please share your reviews and opinions in the comments section below!
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Where To Stay In Oklahoma City
Downtown Oklahoma City is the best place to base yourself for exploring the city. The downtown core area is very walkable especially around the Bricktown District. See below for the top hotels to stay at in Oklahoma City.
Omni Hotel – This four star hotel is brand new and offers plush bedrooms with dramatic city skyline views. The hotel is situated in the downtown area and offers an outdoor pool with comfortable lounge area.
21c Museum Hotel – This is a boutique four-star hotel which offers spacious loft style guest rooms that are reminiscent of New York City’s Soho neighborhood. Contemporary art is at the heart of the 21c experience and boasts more than 14,000 square feet of exhibition space. The hotel is also home to one of the best restaurants in Oklahoma City.
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