If you’re looking for the best restaurants in OKC, check out my list of eateries you must visit! Make sure to check back often for updates of the best restaurants in OKC.
The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen ($$): Hall’s is in the cutest little building and the decor reminds me of a cute New York café. It’s a modern, yet industrial black and white theme with pops of color. My absolute favorite thing on the menu is the burrata appetizer. It is delicious beyond WORDS. The pizza is absolutely amazing. You can’t go wrong with the Matt, the Saturday Night, the Lasagna pizza or the Blanco, in my opinion. The slices are pretty big, so you could easily order a slice plus a salad or save room for dessert. I like to split a pizza when I’m there, which they let you customize half and half. As for dessert, the strawberry shortcake is really good, but it’s also hard to beat the caramel chocolate chip cookie. If you love caramel, you must try it. Their brunch is also really good and gives the option of pizza or sweet. The cinnamon rolls are excellent! Only complaint is that the wine and beer selection isn’t great and they don’t serve cocktails.
Barrios ($$): Barrios mixes a Latin flair with modern Midtown perfectly. The restaurant is gorgeous and is a place where you can drink colorful drinks with colorful people. My favorite thing on the menu is the Cactus Fruit Slushie. It is the best cocktail in the city, in my opinion. Not only is it a cute pink color, but you get two sour gummy worms as garnish!! The chips are fantastic and thick, which makes them appear homemade. They pair perfectly with the thick queso that I could eat for hours. The best appetizer is the nachos, which are easily sharable between a few people. I actually prefer to get the nachos as my main course and maybe share them with one other person. I don’t love any of the main dishes, but I could probably like the fajitas if I ordered them.
Iguana Grill ($$): Iguana Grill is a more traditional Tex-Mex than Barrios, so if you’re not looking to experiment you will like Iguana. They do excellent food and drinks all around. You can’t really go wrong at Iguana Grill! I love their swirls and margaritas because they aren’t too strong. The fajita chicken dishes are delicious and the green rice is yummy for being green! There’s always a good vibe at Iguana, which is why it’s a Midtown staple.
Broadway 10 ($$$): Broadway 10 is one of OKC’s best steakhouses, in my opinion. It is very expensive, so it’s definitely a special occasion restaurant. The steaks, service and drinks are all excellent. Like many nice steakhouses, the sides come a la carte so you can try several different things. I always order a filet, and I don’t think you can go wrong with theirs! Next time you go, give me a call if you are in the mood to buy my dinner!
Packard’s ($$): Packard’s is one of the best restaurants in OKC that I don’t visit enough. I absolutely love the look of it. The restaurant is beautiful, and the rooftop is fun and gives a great view of OKC. Packard’s offers two of my favorite things–cheese boards and wine–better than any other restaurant in the city (other than the Jones Assembly … they’re both fabulous). The cheese board at Packard’s is TO DIE FOR and pairs nicely with the wine flights. I love that they have wine flights on the cocktail menu, and you can also get Pimm’s! The food is delicious, and the atmosphere is polished and casual at the same time. I always recommend Packard’s to everyone who needs a restaurant to try in OKC.
Tamashii Ramen ($): I’ve never had ramen outside of Tamashii, so I have nothing for comparison. However, a lot of my friends love love love Tamashii. I’m not always in the mood for ramen, but when I am craving it I order the tonkatsu ramen. One trick is to order the garlic fried rice (OMG) and put it IN the ramen. That should be a sin. I highly recommend the fried rice on its own as well. It’s all so warm, and it makes for a nice change from a normal sandwich or chicken meal.
Cultivar ($): Cultivar is a lot like Chipotle, except nicer. You can make your own bowl, salad or burrito, or order a prefixed item from the menu. I like to make a chicken bowl with different toppings. Their chips and queso is sooooo good, and you can get a discount on the queso during a happy hour deal! I’ve never had their cocktails, but they have a large bar if you want to grab a drink with your meal. When it’s nice, they open the garage doors for a patio vibe and you can watch people walk through Automobile Alley while you eat. It’s a quick and casual spot, which OKC needs more of!
Irma’s Burger Shack ($): I love a good burger, and Irma’s does a classic burger really well. With a ton of add-ons and fun, homestyle sides (fried okra!!!), Irma’s is the place I go when I just want something familiar and easy. I’m the person that thinks burgers should only be served with chocolate milk shakes. Irma’s chocolate milk shakes are amazing. They aren’t good because they’re super special or gourmet. They’re just a classic chocolate milk shake guaranteed to hit the spot when paired with a burger. It’s both good and bad that Irma’s is so close to my apartment … You just can’t beat a classic!
Gogi Go ($): I LOVE Gogi Go. It’s so unique and flat-out delicious. It’s a fast casual Korean barbecue restaurant. You can make your own bowl, like at Cultivar, or you can eat a prefixed bowl from the menu. The ingredients on the line are a little out there for me–I just don’t know how to pair corn, cabbage and pickled onion. The chef at Gogi Go is the chef at Vast, so I trust that he knows what he’s doing with the prefixed pairings. The chicken bowl is so good and full of surprising, unique flavor. I can’t recommend this new spot enough!
The Jones Assembly ($$): The Jones Assembly was the talk of the town when it opened. It’s a huge, modern, fabulous space that can serve many different purposes. For aesthetic and experience, it’s a 12/10. In my opinion, the best things on the menu are the appetizers and pizzas. I’ve heard the steak frites are good, but I’ve never had them. I love the charcuterie, fried okra, dips & spreads and the biscuits for appetizers and the G.O.A.T pizza. I don’t think you can go wrong with any pizzas, though. Cocktails are pretty good, but exxxxpensive. My favorite is the P.Y.T., but the Moscow Mule is also delicious. The Frosé is fun and super popular, so if you just go once that’s the cocktail I recommend because you can’t get it anywhere else. Best way to do the Jones, I think, is order a few appetizers for your meal and get a cocktail.
Kitchen 324 ($$): Kitchen 324 (often just called “Kitchen”) is a beautiful dining experience. It’s a gorgeous modern space with a menu that mixes unique with staples. You can get everything from a latte to a burger to a kale salad. Their cocktail selection is rather large and varied–I love the rosé mojito. I’ve found that I like the lunch better than the dinner, but many of my friends have only been for dinner and always come back! You definitely get a big city vibe in the restaurant with the tables being close together like in NYC, but the service is everything you would expect from Southern hospitality. For lunch, the burger is amazing, as well as the potato lentil soup, chicken salad, BLT and the grilled cheese.
Thai Kitchen ($): I got to know about Thai Kitchen at my first job in downtown. We would often walk there with a bunch of people from the office for the lunch buffet. Thai Kitchen has really, really good Thai food for all you can eat. The space itself is probably breaking some city codes, and it’s not the cleanest-looking place. However, the food is soooo good and the people are very nice. Rarely do a bunch of people agree on a restaurant, but everyone I know who has been to Thai Kitchen loves it. It’s definitely one of OKC’s best kept lunch secrets!
The Mule ($): If you like grilled cheese, you’ll like The Mule. My absolute favorite thing on the menu, and the only thing I’ve ever ordered, is the Macaroni Pony. It’s pulled pork and mac and cheese on toasted bread … OMG. That’s what I get every time because it is THAT good. It’s nice and warm, too.
The Pritchard ($$): The Pritchard is really interesting because they do small plates. You can go and order a bunch of little plates and snack on a variety of food. The restaurant itself feels like something out of Europe (but with air conditioning and ice water), so I love going there if I want to feel posh. The bar is absolutely beautiful with a huge drink selection, and the drinks are fantastic.
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