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OKLAHOMA CITY KEY MAGAZINE - DINING

The best barbecue recipes in the south, world-famous Tex-Mex creations and the "best Chicken Fried Steak in the universe" is only the beginning of the great food to be found in Oklahoma City. The city's restaurants offer mouthwatering fare that satisfies a variety of palates and fits any price range.

The Elephant Bar Restaurant
1901 Northwest Highway
Introducing the ELEPHANT BAR RESTAURANT! We'll take you on a taste safari through exotic destinations to find "elephant size" portions of fresh culinary delights. We'll help you escape the "concrete jungle" and seek out the culinary pleasures of Asia, the Tropics and sensational regional favorites. Our own Executive Chef and Partner, Reinhard Dorfhuber, has created an extraordinary menu...where each dish is prepared just for you. Where we pride ourselves on serving only U.S.D.A. Choice beef, fresh fish, fresh 100% ground beef, hand-breaded chicken tenders and shrimp, marinades and sauces made from scratch, fresh hand-cut vegetables prepared to order and garden fresh salads. Where every bite will take you away from the ordinary to our world, the world of the Elephant Bar. Watch for our grand opening later this Spring!

Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy
17 E. Sheridan in Bricktown, 405-235-1422
3001 West Memorial Road 405-755-2680
Walking into Abuelo's is like stepping into Old Mexico - in a very posh part of town. From the award-winning recipes to the magnificent interior courtyard, Abuelo's is truly the best of Mexico. Bold murals and tropical greenery provide an exceptional and complementary romantic background for Abuelo's distinctive Mexican dishes. While Abuelo's serves up fine Tex Mex, it also offers many dishes reminiscent of the interior of Mexico, as well as five or six seafood offerings from the Mexican coasts. The Los Mejores de la Casa, combo Brocheta de Filete and Alambre de Camaron, is no less than perfect. Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy is at the top of the class for service, ambience and food.

Bourbon Street Café
100 E. California Avenue - Bricktown
232-6666
Enjoy the food, the music and well stocked bar. Bourbon Street offers a delightful mix of genuine New Orleans cuisine and American dishes including seafood, steaks and pasta in a French Quarter atmosphere.  Start your meal with lobster bisque – a great prelude to any of the chef’s specialties.  Several entrees worth specific mention include the black magic catfish, blackened to perfection and topped with crawfish etouffee and the Voodoo Pork – two 6 ounce cuts – complimented with garlic mashed pototaoes. A delightful dining experience inside or the patio on the canal. Jazmoz, Bourbon Street Café - brings you the flare and fashion of good old Nawlins style.

Bravo!

Café do Brasil
440 N.W. 11th 525-9779
Authentic Brazilian cuisine six blocks north of the National Memorial in Downtown OKC. Brazilian steak and seafood dishes with a unique flare. Enjoy live music on the weekends or watch the sunset from the upstairs patio while sipping an exotic South American mixed drink. Café do Brasil also offers delicious weekend brunches.

Cafe Nova
4308 N. Western Ave. 525-NOVA
Cafe NOVA serves up Contemporary American Cuisine in a place unlike anything in Oklahoma City, with design elements from New York, Chicago and Santa Fe. Our menu is intended to give Oklahoma City unique flavors from innovative chefs dedicated to using fresh seasonal products and locally grown organic produce. Dine inside or dine outside on our beautifully landscaped covered patio.

Cajun Kitchen
1920 S. Meridian - 688-9888
The first Cajun Kitchen, the newest concept of Pearl's Restaurant Group, opened in April 2001, and features may of Pearl's most popular items together with new additions created especially for this restaurant. The quick, casual restaurant includes poor-boy sandwiches and Cajun specialties including Crawfish Ettouffee, Shrimp Pearl, Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya and more. The casual atmosphere and fast service offers a great alternative to hamburgers and fries. Best of all, menu items are priced under $ 7 - making this an excellent value.

Cattlemen's Steakhouse
1309 S. Agnew, 405-236-0416
Established in 1910, Cattleman’s is one of Oklahoma's oldest restaurants. Located in the heart of historic Stockyards City, this world-famous restaurant was won in a craps game in 1945. In a smoke-filled room at the old Biltmore Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, Hank Fry, a gambler of sorts, was running out of luck and money in dice game attended by a local rancher, Mr. Gene Wade. Fry put up Cattlemen’s as the pot if Wade could roll a ‘hard six,’ otherwise known as two 3s. Wade put up his life savings, which was a sizable amount of money. With one roll of the dice, Gene Wade was in the restaurant business. The ‘33’ brand on the wall of Cattlemen’s Hereford Room became a well-known symbol of Wade’s good fortune.  Since 1945, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse has become a gathering place for all kinds of folks - from movie stars to rodeo greats, politicians to potentates! Today, like a good wine, Cattlemen’s continues to improve with age.

Cimarron Steak House
201 N. Meridian - 948-7778
A visit to Oklahoma is not complete without enjoying a hearty meal at this popular steakhouse.  Cimarron is the biggest Steak House in Oklahoma City, (big in size, not in price). Serving up huge portions of steak, seafood and chicken for a moderate price. Cimarron features an ‘open kitchen’ which allows guests you to watch as their meal is cooked over a mesquite grill. Be sure to try the "Mesquite Shrimp" as an appetizer – unforgettable!  If you’re here for the weekend mosey up on Saturday night for live country music and dancing on the large dance floor.

Coach’s
20 S. Mickey Mantle Dr. - Bricktown - 232-6224
102 W. Main St. - Norman - 360-5726
Coach's Restaurant & Brewery is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a great meal with your favorite brew.  Known throughout the area for its delicious, classic cuisine and friendly service, there's not a better place to go if you are looking to kick back and catch up on your favorite sporting events. Be sure to try the Sooner Stout - black barleys give this Irish Ale its coffee-like flavor and dry-roasted finish.  The atmosphere is warm and inviting - perfect for any casual occasion.  Specialties include the great Oklahoma bar-b-que, steaks, pizza and handcrafted beers. 

Crabtown
303 East Sheridan - Bricktown
232-7227
The first crabhouse in Oklahoma City – Crabtown -  is housed in a 20,000 sq ft. renovated warehouse in OKC's historic Bricktown district featuring a variety of crab appetizers, crab dinners and seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta.  The "Crab Boil", the house specialty, includes crab legs, andouille sausage, shrimp, new potatoes and corn-on-the cob. Served on butcher-block paper and heaped on the table, customers are invited to leave the silverware alone and dig-in. A new menu item, the big bubba bucket, features Cajun hot wings, a Big Bubba BBQ pork chop, fried shrimp, catfish or chicken tenders and a never ending bowl of red beans and rice – bring your appetite!

Earl’s Rib Palace
216 Johnny Bench Dr.
Bricktown - 405-272-9898

6816 N. Western
405-843-9922

4414 W. Reno
405-949-1220

2121 S. Broadway
Edmond 405-715-1166

Kona Ranch Steakhouse
2037 South Meridian
681-1000
One of Oklahoma City’s best-kept secrets, Kona Ranch features corn fed, specifically aged USDA Choice steaks, skillfully broiled to your liking.  Popular favorites include the bone-in ribeye and their incredible steak and lobster.  For the seafood lover entrees include fresh mahi mahi and salmon.  Kona specialties include volcano onions, coconut shrimp, smoked prime rib and smoked turkey.  Everyone finishes with the renowned skillet kuki for desert.

La Luna Mexican Café
Reno & Walker, OKC 235-9596
Campus Corner Norman 329-9596
For truly authentic Mexican food, don’t miss out on a meal at La Luna. Featuring some of the best fajitas in OKC as well as plenty of ice cold beer and margaritas.

Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse
No. 7 Mickey Mantle Drive – Bricktown
405-272-0777
Open 5 p.m. nightly for dinner. The Oklahoma Legend continues! Serving the finest cuts of aged USDA prime steaks, lobster and fresh seafood. Mickey Mantle's also offers an extensive wine list with over 150 quality selections. Live entertainment is featured in the lounge. Join us for great food, friendly service and the many photos, awards and memorabilia highlighting the life and career of the Oklahoma Great, Mickey Mantle, from the Mantle family and personal collection. Reservations are suggested. The Oklahoma Legend continues! Serving the finest cuts of aged USDA prime steaks, lobster and fresh seafood. Extensive wine list and live entertainment is featured in the lounge.

Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante and Bar
1 Mickey Mantle Drive
(405) 235-4410
The Place to Meet.  Nonna’s, located in the “Heart of Bricktown” in a 90+ year old warehouse is 3 floors of part art gallery, part bakery, part fine dining, and pure fun!  From top to bottom it offers an eclectic atmosphere featuring Euro-American cuisine.  And don’t forget the beautiful …Purple Bar

OKC Museum of Art Café
415 Couch Drive
405-236-3100
The Museum Cafe’s metropolitan ambiance, superb cuisine, and exceptional service bring a taste of Chicago, San Francisco, and London to Oklahoma City. The full-service restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, offers fine dining with a French-fusion menu prepared fresh daily, ranging from Pepper Seared Tilapia and Grilled Asparagus Panini (a Museum favorite) for lunch to Radiatore Pasta and Veal Chops for dinner to a Sunday Brunch including Quiche Lorraine and Stuffed Blintz. An accommodating staff welcomes special requests and delights in quality service. Patio tables are available for seasonal dining al fresco along with an array of coffees, teas, espresso, cappuccino, and a full bar.

On The Border
120 South Meridian
942-1100
A border is a special place where the best of two worlds blend together. Traditions merge. From our mesquite-grilled favorites to our famous Borderita GrandeTM and Mercedes Margaritas, On The Border's Mexican food and drinks create an experience that is anything but ordinary. Enjoy such traditional Mexican favorites as our Border Sampler - a tempting array of chicken quesadillas, beef nachos and chicken flautas. Or if you really want to mix things up, try one of our famous fajita creations. With more than 20 ways to prepare fajitas, we've got what you crave. What are you waiting for? Eat. Relax. Laugh. Discover the joys of venturing Off The Map.

Pearl’s Oyster Bar
928 N.W. 63rd - 848-8008
2125 S.W. 74th - 682-1500
Danforth and Kelley in Edmond - 562-2586
Consistently voted Oklahoma City’s #1 seafood restaurant. Pearl’s has become an OKC tradition with its upbeat tempo, sleek interior and New Orleans style Cajun entrees. Pearls, Oklahoma City's first Cajun restaurant started in 1984, and expanded to 2 locations. It continues to be one of the city's most popular restaurants. Consistently voted the "OKC's Best Seafood Restaurant" in magazine and newspaper polls for its food, service and outdoor patio. Be sure to try Steve's Snapper or the blackened chicken.

Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine
2824 N. Pennsylvania
528-2824
The menu is diverse, as is the variety of carefully selected wine, bottled beer and liquor.  Prices are wide-ranging in order to appeal to those of all socio-economic strata.  Everything is hand-crafted, with the usual obsessive attention to details, from ingredients, to preparation to presentation.  "It's all about the food".  (and service)  The atmosphere is casual and eclectic.  You can expect a clientele as diverse as the food.  The primary philosophy is to offer so many appealing dishes that you can't wait to come again to try the things you couldn't on your first visit. Beginning with the best ingredients, following through with meticulous preparation, ending with artistic presentation, you can rest assured that the food at Rococo will exceed your expectations.

Spaghetti Warehouse
101 E. Sheridan Ave. - Bricktown
235-0402
The Spaghetti Warehouse combines Old World Italian Traditions with American abundance in hearty, made from scratch dishes. A festive atmosphere ideal for family celebrations and group gatherings. Every day they roll hundreds of meatballs by hand, prepare sauces from scratch, and layer lasagna with fresh meats, cheeses, noodles, spices, and sauce.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill

Trapper’s Fishcamp and Grill
4300 West Reno
943-9111
From the 12 ft. tall Kodiak bear who greets you at the door to the dining room filled with games trophies, authentic Indian canoes, and a live alligator tank, you’ll love the outrageous décor. Dive into Gulf Coast specialties including seafood, fish, steaks and prime rib. A truly unique backwoods fishing lodge atmosphere featuring seafood, chicken and mesquite grilled steaks and prime rib. Favorites are the blackened prime rib as well as trout, quail, and center cut pork chops.


     
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