ELUNA 2016 Meeting: Local Information, Restaurants


Welcome to The Local Arrangements’ Guide to Eating Well in OKC! This list of eats is organized by city district, with the districts closest to downtown listed first. See this handy map for an overview of downtown OKC and its immediate surrounding areas.

Take note of our code: * = vegetarian friendly, ** = vegan friendly, # = Gluten free options, ! = Local Arrangements Recommended

The basics: Downtown & Film Row | Bricktown & Deep Deuce | Automobile Alley | Midtown

If you’re feeling adventurous….. (you will need some form of transportation to get you to these places!): Stockyards City | Plaza District | NW 23rd | Beyond 23rd | Way beyond 23rd

FYI: Local Beer | The Best Ice Cream

Downtown and Film Row

Downtown is Oklahoma City’s city center and central business and arts & entertainment districts. Film Row, located just west of the city center, is Oklahoma City’s former film exchange district – once home to the distribution offices of major film studios and a destination for theater owners to screen and lease films for their movie houses. Today it has been reborn as an area offering artistic businesses, a movie house, locally-owned restaurants, and more.

The Buzz Coffee & Cafe : Casual cafe and coffee shop in downtown’s Underground. $

Cafe 7*: Casual Italian eatery providing specialty & design-your-own pizzas, pastas, sandwiches & salads. $

City Bites Subs*: Oklahoma based deli and sandwich shop. $

Coolgreens**# : Fresh, housemade, locally sourced salads and sandwiches, with vegan and gluten-free options. $

Flint! : Stylish, contemporary venue supplying gourmet American eats & drinks from breakfast until late. In the historic Colcord hotel. $$-$$$

Joey’s Pizzeria*! : Creative pies, subs, salads, and a bar in Film Row. $$

Kitchen No. 324*! : Upscale cafe & bakery in a historic building crafting seasonal, locally sourced entrees & desserts. $$

Let’s Do Greek*! : Casual Greek eatery, open for lunch. $

Nourished Food Bar : Grab-and-go clean eats including salads, soups, smoothies, and snacks. $

Oklahoma City Museum of Art Café : Full-service restaurant serving lunch, dinner, drinks. $$-$$$

Old School Bagel Cafe*! : Yes, they boil then bake! Breakfast and lunch only. $

Park Harvey Sushi & Sports Lounge : Fun sushi bar & restaurant offers artisanal rolls in a contemporary space with TVs & a sports theme. $$

Thai Kitchen*! : Dine-in or carry-out authentic Thai lunch or dinner. Don’t let the decor fool you! $

Vast : New American fine dining & cocktails with city views from atop the Devon Energy Center. $$-$$$

Bricktown & Deep Deuce

Bricktown, located east of the city center, is Oklahoma City’s major entertainment district. A former warehouse and industrial area, today it is home to attractions including restaurants, dance clubs, live music venues, upscale retail shops, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and the Bricktown Canal. Deep Deuce, a historic neighborhood directly north of Bricktown, was once the largest African American neighborhood downtown and was the regional center of culture and jazz music. What remains of this area today has become an urban residential district.

Abuelo’s Mexican Food : Authentic, made-from-scratch Mexican food. $$

Bricktown Brewery : Traditional American brew-pub and micro-brewery. $$

Deep Deuce Grill : Casual setting with draft brews & sports TVs, plus an outdoor patio and fire pit. $$

Earl’s Rib Palace : Hickory-smoked BBQ. $$

In the Raw : Contemporary eatery with creative sushi, salads & Japanese entrees. $$

Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Café : Upbeat Cajun & Creole eatery serving famed crab dip & more amid a New Orleans-style ambiance. $$

The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro : Fine seafood & chops in a low-lit bistro with a club-type decor. $$$

Native Roots Market! : Corner grocery featuring local and organic goods and snacks. $$$

TapWerks Ale House : English-style pub offering hundreds of beers plus American fare, darts, and games. $$

Urban Johnnie Bar & Grille : Bar & grill serving American fare with Oklahoma roots, plus patio seating & sports TVs. $$

The Wedge Pizzeria*#! : Artisan pizzas, salads, and appetizers from OKC’s first wood fire oven pizzeria. $$

The Wsky Lounge! : Stylish bar with craft cocktails, 250-plus whiskeys & small plates plus cigars & live jazz. $$

Yucatan Taco Stand* : Latin American grill and tequila bar. $$

Automobile Alley

Automobile Alley, located to the northeast of the city center and once home to most of Oklahoma City’s car dealerships, is an upscale urban neighborhood with lofts, galleries, local shops, and restaurants.

Coffee Slingers Roasters! : Locally roasted coffee sourced in Central America brewed by the cup in a contemporary setting.

Hideaway Pizza*! : Pizza and pasta options; an Oklahoma tradition since 1957.

Iguana Mexican Grill*! : Creative twists on Mexican fare plus classics, vegetarian options & 200+ tequilas. $$

Red PrimeSteak : Elevated steakhouse with sleek decor & private dining areas in a renovated 1911 building. $$$

S&B’s Burger Joint*! : Fresh, gourmet burgers and sliders (incl. vegetarian), plus a full-service bar. $$


Midtown, just north of downtown OKC, is currently experiencing a renaissance of its own. Featuring a number of renovated historic buildings, this area has many upscale urban amenities, including restaurants, shopping, events, and nightlife.

1492 New World Latin Cuisine : Bar & grill serving Latin-inspired dishes & Tex-Mex standards in upbeat modern environs. $$$

Bleu Garten : OKC has the highest concentration of food trucks in the US, and food trucks rotate regularly at this food truck park + bar.

Café do Brasil*! : Brazilian regional cuisine open for lunch and dinner, plus Bossa Nova Caipirinha Lounge open for happy hour. $$$

Elemental Coffee Roasters : Minimalist cafe preparing espresso & craft coffee from beans roasted in-house, plus tea & pastries. $

Fassler Hall*! : German-inspired beer hall offering homemade eats (including falafel dog and other veggie sides) and beer garden. $$

The Garage Burgers & Beer*! : Trendy bar with TV sports & games, known for inventive gourmet burgers (including a garden burger option). $

GoGo Sushi : Japanese options including hibachi, bento boxes, sushi, and more. $$

Irma’s Burger Shack : Locally raised beef burger available. $

Ludivine : Upscale restaurant presenting farm-to-table New American cuisine & craft cocktails amid modern decor. $$$

James E. McNellie’s Public House*! : Brewery-style bar serving classic pub grub & 350+ beers. $$

Prairie Thunder Baking Company*! : Sandwiches, quiche, salads, and pastries. $

Stella Modern Italian Cuisine : Brick-oven pizzas & inventive pastas and entrees served in elegant decor. $$

Tamashii Ramen : Authentic ramen, served fresh using Japanese techniques. $$

Waffle Champion : Hip, airy eatery serving unique sweet or savory waffle sandwiches, plus soup & salad. Open for breakfast and lunch. $

Stockyards City

Stockyards City has its origins in meatpacking and livestock, retaining many of original business and its Western flair. The area is located about 3 mi southwest of downtown OKC, sitting just south of the Oklahoma River.

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse : Oklahoma’s oldest continually-operated restaurant, serving steaks, fried catfish, and all the Okie classics. $$

Plaza District

Plaza District is a neighborhood commercial district northwest of downtown OKC. The area is rich in local arts and is home to galleries, studios, retail shops, restaurants, and more.

Empire Slice House*! : Hip spot for unique pies, slices, and brews with a walk-up window, patio, and late-night dining hours. $$

The Mule*! : Casual, hip restaurant offering a large beer & cocktail menu plus gourmet grilled sandwiches (including grilled cheese!) and more. $$

Oak & Ore*! : Boutique beer hall offering 36 taps of craft brews & elevated bar bites in an industrial-chic space. $$

Pie Junkie*! : Just what the name says. Sweet and savory selections that vary by season. $

Roxy’s Ice Cream Social : Ice cream parlor serving unique flavors and fresh baked cookie sandwiches. $

Saints* : Classic & updated Irish dishes, cocktails & beer served in a cozy, laid-back atmosphere. $$

Urban Wineworks : Cool, industrial-modern space with a patio showcasing unique wines (including local to OK!) & American eats, plus live music. $$

NW 23rd St

Uptown 23rd is a business, arts and entertainment district located north of downtown OKC. Currently experiencing its own renaissance, the area features a wide variety of restaurants and shops. Nearby photo-ops include the Gold Dome (a Route 66 landmark) and the Braum’s Milk Bottle building.

Big Truck Tacos*! : A variety of casual Mexican eats & creative tacos. $

Bubba’s-Q : Outstanding traditional southern-style Bar-B-Q cuisine by former pro-footballer Al “Bubba” Baker. $$

Cheever’s Café* : Elegant bistro offering upscale Southwestern & Southern cuisine plus cocktails & wines. $$$

Cuppies & Joe! : Cozy cafe offering creative gourmet cupcakes & locally roasted coffee. $

The Drake : Casual, modern seafood & shellfish eatery with full bar & family-style service at round booths. $$

Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs!# : Retro spot serving a variety of hot dogs with specialty toppings & sauces, with vegetarian and gluten-free choices. $

Pho Lien Hoa! : Pho & other freshly made Vietnamese specialties. Cash only. $

Pizzeria Gusto : Oklahoma City’s first Neapolitan pizza restaurant. $$

The Pump Bar! : Funky hangout in a former gas station with eclectic bar bites and small plates, plus creative cocktails. $$

Sala Thai : Quality Thai fare open for lunch and dinner. $$

Taj Cuisine of India* : Buffet-style restaurant featuring a variety of South Indian, Indo-Chinese & vegetarian dishes. $$

Thai House : Quality Thai fare open for lunch and dinner. $$

Tucker’s Onion Burgers : Oklahoma’s first premium Onion Burger restaurant, serving up an Oklahoma classic. $

Beyond 23rd – Asian District/Classen Blvd, Paseo, etc.

The Asian District, north of downtown OKC, hosts a number of shops and restaurants representative of many cultures from all over Asia, notably Chinese and Vietnamese. The Paseo, just east of the Asian District, is home to Oklahoma City’s artist community. Surrounded by historic neighborhoods, this area is home to a number of unique galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars.

Café Kacao! : Popular breakfast spot serving homestyle Guatemalan favorites & Latin-themed cuisine. $$

Fung’s Kitchen : Chinese restaurant serving dim sum, noodles, fried rice & other standards in a warm, low-key space. $$

Grand House China Bistro : Casual eatery offering a broad menu of Pan-Asian fare. Dim sum served on the weekend. $$

Guernsey Park* : Asian fusion and sushi in a modern setting. $$

La Brasa : Unique Peruvian cuisine served in the historic Kamp’s building. $$

Lido : Vietnamese & Chinese dishes served in a low-key white-tablecloth setting. $$

Picasso Cafe**! : Artsy hangout & bar featuring a farm-to-table menu with vegan options. $$

The Red Cup** : Vegetarian cafe with vegan options and coffee. $

Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine* : East Coast style seafood, pasta, and more. $$$

Super Cao Nguyen! : All-encompassing Asian grocery. $-$$

Way beyond 23rd  – Classen Curve, etc.

Western Avenue is surrounded by heritage neighborhoods and home to a diverse mix of local restaurants and bars, boutiques, antique shops, and galleries. The upscale Classen Curve area toward Western’s northern end is about 6 mi from downtown OKC.

Deep Fork Grill* : High-end restaurant dishing New American cuisine & local brews in spacious digs with warm decor. $$$

The Drum Room : Fried chicken, waffles & other comfort foods dished up in whimsical digs, with a late-night menu. $$

The Barrel Pub* : Pub-fusion cuisine with an extensive selection of craft beers, wines, and spirits. $$

VZD’s : Venerable live-music venue with elevated pub grub, TV sports, Guinness on tap & breakfast all day. $-$$

Cafe 501*! : Casual, rustic bistro & bakery with a stone oven serving refined European & American cuisines. $$

Iron Star Urban Barbeque : Fine house-smoked BBQ, prime rib, and gourmet comfort foods dished in a cozy, upscale setting. $$

Republic Gastropub* : Contemporary American Public House offering sophisticated American cuisine & hundreds of beers in a high-design contemporary setting. $$

Local Beer

OKC is very big into the craft beer scene, so you will find many of our local breweries’ offerings at most of the restaurants above. If you want to try one of our local beers, look for these names:

  • (405) Brewing Co (Norman, OK)
  • Anthem Brewing Company (OKC)
  • Black Mesa Brewing Company (OKC)
  • COOP Ale Works (OKC)
  • Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing (Tulsa, OK)
  • Huebert Brewing Company (OKC)
  • Mustang Brewing Company (OKC)
  • Prairie Artisan Ales (Tulsa, OK)
  • Redbud Brewing Company (OKC)
  • Roughtail Brewing Company (Midwest City, OK)

The Best Ice Cream

For a true Okie experience, go to Braum’s. It’s a combination fast food joint / ice cream shop / grocery store that has the best ice cream in our fair state. Braum’s will open stores only within a 300 mile radius of its HQ in Tuttle, OK.