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The Best Restaurants Where You Can Eat in Oklahoma City

On a recent trip to Oklahoma City, my husband and I learned just how much of a foodie town Oklahoma City is! Craft breweries, vegan eats that will satisfy even the most die-hard carnivores, and international cuisine fill this city. I need to come back to Oklahoma City just to fill my tummy more! Keep reading about the best restaurants where you can eat in Oklahoma City!

Oklahoma’s First Craft Brewery

Bricktown Brewery is a popular spot in OKC with several different locations. However, it’s in Bricktown where they actually brew the beer! I couldn’t choose between the Blues Berry Ale and Wiley’s One Eyed Wheat! They even have bottles so you can take your favorites home and (maybe) share with friends!

a group of glasses of beer on a table

In addition to great beer, they have an incredible selection of food. Caramel and bacon glazed sweet potato fries, cheese curds, juicy burgers, and avocado fries left me in a wonderful food coma! They perfectly paired sweet and savory with a wide variety of dishes from Southern comforts to unique finds!

a table full of food

Oklahoma Shaped Pancakes

I thought Texas was the only place that made everything in the shape of our state, but apparently Oklahoma has jumped on that trend. Hatch Early Mood Food in OKC is one of the best places that you could come to everyday you stayed in OKC and never run out of things to try.

In addition to Oklahoma shaped pancakes, they have blueberry streusel, banana foster, pina caramelo, and a pancake flight if you want to try them all!

a plate with a bread and a side of food

If you want something savory, the Cheiftan’s revenge is filled with spicy grits, beer braised pork, tomatillo salsa, over easy eggs, avocado salsa, cotija cheese and is basically just a plate full of savory goodness!

Sandies

The macaroni pony at The Mule hit just the spot with Jalapeno cornbread, chipotle BBQ pulled pork, and a three-cheese mac and cheese!

a large burger with fries

Vegan Option: The Herbivore. Vienna wheat, cashew cheese, roasted beets, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, grilled jalapenos, grilled onions, and chipotle aioli. I was tempted to order this just to make sure I got all my veggies, but that mac n cheese was calling my name!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

After the Mule, you can walk over to Roxy’s, a vibrant ice cream shop and soda fountain with fun art around the shop! Their cappuccino sundae with coffee ice cream and cappuccino whipped cream was the perfect buzz I needed to make it through the rest of our fun day!

me enjoying my drink

Out Of This World Flavors

Flower shop turned restaurant, Cheever’s Cafe is another intimate spot perfect for a date night in OKC with a diverse range of unique culinary options.

This is also another flavor packed vegan restaurant option! Savory cauliflower bread pudding with mushroom pesto, red pepper jus, crispy brussel sprouts, pistachios, and goat cheese was such a unique combination, unlike anything I had ever had. It took all my effort not to lick the plate clean! The boneless short ribs with charred jalapeno gratin and roasted veggies were another incredible option!

Elote Pizza and Live Music

The Jones Assembly is a concert venue that also serves as an upscale restaurant. During lunch, they serve more contemporary comfort food. As someone who could eat elote every day, I was so excited to discover their elote pizza!

For those who have never tried elote (first: I’m sorry!), it’s Mexican street corn filled with flavor and definitely goes on pizza!

a delicious pizza

Don’t skip out on drinks, either. I ordered the I Like You Gelato because they described it as fluffy, which I had never heard a drink described as before. They were totally right, fluffy and fresh!

a chicken sandwich with veggie on the side

Mouth Watering Sandwiches

I can’t say I’m really a sandwich person. I usually argue that I can make sandwiches myself, but that was not the case at Stitch OKC. Their fresh and healthy fare was the perfect light meal for lunch. I ordered the rainbow beet hummus sandwich filled with colorful veggies and was impressed with the flavor!

The adobo pulled melt was delightful, and I wish I could have eaten a whole tub of mac and cheese! It was so good!

veggie sandwich

Afterwards, I ordered a little pick-me-up – a beautifully pink beet latte! Who knew that a once-hated vegetable could taste so good in latte form!

sandwich overload

Award Winning Brunch

Featured on the Food Travel Channel and recognized for multiple awards, Cafe Kacao, a Guatemalan brunch spot, is an easy winner! I slurped down the horchata latte before I could get a picture, but trust me, it was good πŸ˜‰ . They have an extensive menu of different items.

The crispy motuleno is a delectable mixture of black beans, ranchero sauce, dry cheese, and queso fresco. Or go for the Tikal with scrambled eggs, grilled flank steak, plantains, and longaniza (Guatemalan sausage).

A Laotian Lunch

Spicy cravings hit at lunch, so I went to Ma Der Lao Kitchen, a modern Laotian restaurant. The floral walls were like a neon welcome sign. Inside, the cool air and delicious food greeted me. I grabbed a patio seat, perfect for people-watching.

Sharing seemed like the best way to tackle the menu, full of unfamiliar flavors in small plates. We ordered sticky rice, a fiery papaya salad, savory grilled beef, and a selection of chili sauces (seriously, they had some kick!). But who is the star of the show? The crispy fried chicken – a sweet and spicy glaze with a shatteringly crisp crust. Each bite was an explosion!

To cool down, I tried their Tamarind Whiskey Sour – tangy and sweet, it perfectly balanced the spice. Ma Der Lao Kitchen wasn’t just lunch, it was a delicious adventure. Now I have to go back for their “Freestyle Friday” menu. – can’t wait to see what surprises they have next!

Distilled Cocktails

Hidden downstairs in an old bank vault (seriously, the National!), Library of Distilled Spirits felt like a secret. Dim lights, cool vibes – all very speakeasy. Their menu boasted house-made syrups and a handful of fun cocktails, including a new strawberry one I couldn’t resist on a happy hour.

No crystal ball was needed, this place knew how to make a thirst-quenching drink. They also offer mouthwatering tacos and savory snacks that pair perfectly with their extensive collection of spirits.

‘Presidential’ Steakhouse

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse boosted Oklahoma’s history. Built in 1910, it felt like a Western movie come to life. I tried the hot cakes and bacon for breakfast, then savored lamb fries and the Presidential Choice T-bone – the steak President Bush himself enjoyed. To end this hearty adventure, I shared local favorite cow-shaped pancake (Cowpoke Cake!) and a warm cinnamon roll. Delicious!

A Journey to Asian District

JK by Chef King was an absolute sensory overload in the best way possible. Stepping into the restaurant felt like entering a fairytale – hanging flowers from the ceiling, and a beautiful faux tree stood majestically in the center. Angus, our attentive server, expertly guided us through the menu, making the excellent service even more enjoyable.

The food itself was a celebration of modern Asian cuisine. We started with delicate Lobster & Shrimp Shumai dumplings and a refreshing Crispy Duck & Watermelon Salad. The Hamachi Kurudo was melt-in-your-mouth perfection, and the Wagyu Shortrib Skewers were smoky and flavorful.  For a heartier option, we shared the Oxtail & Bone Marrow Fried Rice – a rich and delicious dish bursting with flavors.

But JK by Chef King isn’t just about the food; it’s about the presentation too. Our dessert arrived in an impressive plating – the JK Fruit Basket. A cloud of dry ice smoke reveals a stunning display of colorful fruits and pillowy mochi ice cream. It was a truly a wonderful time!

A table with a bowl of assorted fruit and a glass of red wine.

And let’s not forget the classic cocktails!  My Deluxe Espresso Martini came with a tiny, customized picture airdropped from my phone – a playful touch that perfectly captured the restaurant’s vibrant atmosphere.  We also shared a “Pink Sensation” with bubbles, and the Hibiscus Royal, a 2017 cocktail of the year in Japan, featuring a stunning edible hibiscus flower.

The chefs, Josh and King (hence the restaurant’s name!), met back in England and have a long history of creating successful restaurants together, including several top spots in Dallas.  Their passion for food and creating an unforgettable dining experience is evident in every detail at JK by Chef King. It’s a must-try for anyone seeking a unique and delicious adventure in Oklahoma City.

The restaurant adorned with vibrant flowers, creating a colorful and lively ambiance.

Enjoy Mexican Food

Craving a taste of Mexico without the plane ticket? Look no further than Rika’s Botanas in Oklahoma City. This spot serves up authentic Mexican street food that’s both delicious and approachable. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, their aguachile is a must-try. This spicy seafood salad is a refreshing take on ceviche, with the tangy citrus marinade perfectly complementing the fresh, raw seafood.  

But fear not, spice-averse foodies! Rika’s Botanas caters to all palates. Their vibrantly colored strawberry horchata is a feast for the eyes and a delightful blend of creamy rice milk and sweet strawberry. For a tropical twist, the dragon fruit lemonade is another winner, offering a unique and refreshing alternative to classic lemonade. 

With its focus on bold flavors and fresh ingredients, Rika’s Botanas is a hidden gem in Oklahoma City’s vibrant food scene.

Fine Dining with a Heart

Soaring high above Oklahoma City in one of its tallest buildings, Vast offered a stunning backdrop for even a casual visit. Pressed for time, I opted for cold drinks at the full bar, a decision quickly rewarded with breathtaking cityscapes. 

The twinkling skyline stretched as far as the eye could see, transforming the cityscape into a mesmerizing view. Thankfully, enjoying the view didn’t require a hefty bill. The drink menu offered private dining rooms, wallet-friendly options, and some even came with a charitable twist – a dollar donated to partner charities for every drink ordered. 

While I didn’t experience the full dining experience, Vast provided the perfect perch for a relaxing drink and an unforgettable perspective of Oklahoma City.