Guidebook for Oklahoma City

Mark
Guidebook for Oklahoma City

Food Scene

Best coffee in town. Local roasters. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Also sell to many of the local restaurants. Veg and vegan-friendly food has recently been added to the menu.
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Elemental Coffee
815 N Hudson Ave
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Best coffee in town. Local roasters. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Also sell to many of the local restaurants. Veg and vegan-friendly food has recently been added to the menu.
Artsy "California" Mexican food. Excellent, fresh salsa; the best in town. Fun and festive. Nicer than Tex-Mex. Locally-owned.
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Iguana Mexican Grill
9 NW 9th St
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Artsy "California" Mexican food. Excellent, fresh salsa; the best in town. Fun and festive. Nicer than Tex-Mex. Locally-owned.
One of my favorite local restaurants. Buffet all day so you it's easy to decide what you want to eat (a little of everything!) Also see Gopuram.
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Taj Cuisine of India
1500 NW 23rd St
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One of my favorite local restaurants. Buffet all day so you it's easy to decide what you want to eat (a little of everything!) Also see Gopuram.
My strong vote for best Mediterranean food in town. Small, family-owned. Only about 8 or 10 tables. Very friendly. Tell Ashley that "brother" Mark sent you. Also see Zorba's, Couscous Cafe, and Jerusalem Cafe in Edmond.
Camilya's Cafe
10942 N May Ave
My strong vote for best Mediterranean food in town. Small, family-owned. Only about 8 or 10 tables. Very friendly. Tell Ashley that "brother" Mark sent you. Also see Zorba's, Couscous Cafe, and Jerusalem Cafe in Edmond.
My favorite Thai food in town! Beautiful plating. Everything I've had here has been good. I'm partial to the curries, the pad thai, or the chicken cashew (AC3), all made with tofu instead of meat.
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Sala Thai
1614 NW 23rd St
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My favorite Thai food in town! Beautiful plating. Everything I've had here has been good. I'm partial to the curries, the pad thai, or the chicken cashew (AC3), all made with tofu instead of meat.
Excellent food, open late! Very friendly. Similar to Mediterranean. Best falafel in town. I recommend either the veggie tagine with couscous or else the hummus, grape leaves, and zaalook combination.
Cous Cous Cafe
6165 North May Avenue
Excellent food, open late! Very friendly. Similar to Mediterranean. Best falafel in town. I recommend either the veggie tagine with couscous or else the hummus, grape leaves, and zaalook combination.
Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and local beers! Very popular. Small and almost always packed. Open late.
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The Mule
1800 N Blackwelder Ave
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Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and local beers! Very popular. Small and almost always packed. Open late.
I eat here more often than any other restaurant in town. Inexpensive, healthy, and filling. Can't beat it.
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Chipotle Mexican Grill
3315 Northwest Expy
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I eat here more often than any other restaurant in town. Inexpensive, healthy, and filling. Can't beat it.
If you've tried Chipotle and Qdoba and want to branch out, give Freebird's a try. A plethora of options housed in a colorful and rowdy hippy/punk rock environment.
Freebirds World Burrito
1841 Belle Isle Blvd
If you've tried Chipotle and Qdoba and want to branch out, give Freebird's a try. A plethora of options housed in a colorful and rowdy hippy/punk rock environment.
Excellent, fresh, gourmet salads, wraps, pizzas, and frozen yogurt. Locally-owned. Very, very good!
Coolgreens - Nichols Hills Plaza
6475 Avondale Dr
Excellent, fresh, gourmet salads, wraps, pizzas, and frozen yogurt. Locally-owned. Very, very good!
Ethiopian food is very tasty. And unique: you eat with your hands and crepe-like spongy bread (injera) from a communal plate. Be warned, in my experience service here can be slow.
Queen of Sheba Restaurant
2308 North Macarthur Boulevard
Ethiopian food is very tasty. And unique: you eat with your hands and crepe-like spongy bread (injera) from a communal plate. Be warned, in my experience service here can be slow.
In my opinion, the best gourmet pizza in town. Veg and vegan friendly, just ask. A little tricky to find. Use your smartphone or gps if you've got one.
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The Wedge Pizzeria
4709 N Western Ave
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In my opinion, the best gourmet pizza in town. Veg and vegan friendly, just ask. A little tricky to find. Use your smartphone or gps if you've got one.
Hippy comfort food. Entirely vegetarian and very vegan-friendly; just ask. Odd hours. Call first and make sure the kitchen is still open, if you want food.
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The Red Cup
3122 N Classen Blvd
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Hippy comfort food. Entirely vegetarian and very vegan-friendly; just ask. Odd hours. Call first and make sure the kitchen is still open, if you want food.
Very popular locally-owned taco truck and restaurant.
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Big Truck Tacos
530 NW 23rd St
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Very popular locally-owned taco truck and restaurant.
Local bread baker. I buy the Three Seed Bread weekly. Excellent!
Big Sky Bread Co Inc.
6606 N Western Ave
Local bread baker. I buy the Three Seed Bread weekly. Excellent!
Closest coffee to my house. Drive-through only at this location. I recommend Elemental Coffee in Midtown if you're not pressed for time.
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Starbucks
3616 N May Ave
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Closest coffee to my house. Drive-through only at this location. I recommend Elemental Coffee in Midtown if you're not pressed for time.
All day buffet. Colorful decor. Private, curtained seating available. Excellent food. Also see Taj.
Gopuram Taste of India
412 S Meridian Ave
All day buffet. Colorful decor. Private, curtained seating available. Excellent food. Also see Taj.
My other favorite for quick, healthy, veg-friendly Mission-style burritos.
QDOBA Mexican Eats
7002 Northwest Expy
My other favorite for quick, healthy, veg-friendly Mission-style burritos.
Popular pizza joint in the Plaza District. Very large, thin-crust New York style pizzas in a punk rock setting. Open very late.
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Empire Slice House
1804 NW 16th St
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Popular pizza joint in the Plaza District. Very large, thin-crust New York style pizzas in a punk rock setting. Open very late.
Creative and colorful pizzas in a tie-dye hippy setting.
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Hideaway Pizza
3832 116 E 5th St
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Creative and colorful pizzas in a tie-dye hippy setting.
Creative waffles. Very popular. Breakfast and lunch only. Show up early on the weekends to beat the long line.
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Waffle Champion
1212 N Walker Ave
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Creative waffles. Very popular. Breakfast and lunch only. Show up early on the weekends to beat the long line.
Very popular breakfast. Heavy on things like eggs, beans, and tortillas. Not vegan-friendly.
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Cafe Kacao
3325 N Classen Blvd
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Very popular breakfast. Heavy on things like eggs, beans, and tortillas. Not vegan-friendly.
Veg-friendly, artsy restaurant set amidst the local Santa-Fe-styled art studios of the Paseo District.
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Picasso Cafe
3009 Paseo
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Veg-friendly, artsy restaurant set amidst the local Santa-Fe-styled art studios of the Paseo District.
Highbrow, locally-sourced "foodie/locavore" menu that can change day to day based on available ingredients and the chef's prerogative.
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Ludivine
320 NW 10th St
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Highbrow, locally-sourced "foodie/locavore" menu that can change day to day based on available ingredients and the chef's prerogative.
Smoothie and fresh juice bar.
Organic Squeeze
6434 Avondale Dr
Smoothie and fresh juice bar.
Closest non-corporate coffee to my house. Across the street from Starbucks. A drive-through hut located in the parking lot just behind Wendy's.
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Leaf + Bean
321 N Oklahoma Ave
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Closest non-corporate coffee to my house. Across the street from Starbucks. A drive-through hut located in the parking lot just behind Wendy's.
Cute little pie shop in the very popular, artsy Plaza District.
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Pie Junkie
1711 NW 16th St
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Cute little pie shop in the very popular, artsy Plaza District.
A very cute local cupcake and crepe bakery located in trendy Automobile Alley.
Sara Sara Cupcakes
2701 N Western Ave
A very cute local cupcake and crepe bakery located in trendy Automobile Alley.
A plethora of loose-leaf tea options and local art in trendy, up-and-coming Uptown 23rd District. My favorite is the Rooibos Chai or Rooibos Zanzibar, both with soy milk.
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Urban Teahouse
519 NW 23rd St
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A plethora of loose-leaf tea options and local art in trendy, up-and-coming Uptown 23rd District. My favorite is the Rooibos Chai or Rooibos Zanzibar, both with soy milk.
One of the newest additions to the Plaza District and very popular.
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Aurora Breakfast, Bar & Backyard
1704 NW 16th St
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One of the newest additions to the Plaza District and very popular.
Popular new restaurant in the Plaza serving modern southern comfort food. Their biscuits are amazing!
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The Press
1610 N Gatewood Ave
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Popular new restaurant in the Plaza serving modern southern comfort food. Their biscuits are amazing!
Excellent ramen in the Plaza District. Usually busy and open fairly late. They have a wonderful vegan ramen. My only frustration is that they won't let you order for carry-out, but fresh is better anyway.
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Gorō Ramen
3000 Paseo
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Excellent ramen in the Plaza District. Usually busy and open fairly late. They have a wonderful vegan ramen. My only frustration is that they won't let you order for carry-out, but fresh is better anyway.
Great modern tacos. Interestingly, popcorn is served at each table. It's quite good!
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Revolución
916 NW 6th St
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Great modern tacos. Interestingly, popcorn is served at each table. It's quite good!
Hole-in-the-wall Indian/Pakistani food that is generally quite popular and quite busy.
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Sheesh Mahal
4621 N May Ave
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Hole-in-the-wall Indian/Pakistani food that is generally quite popular and quite busy.
Conscious comfort food. OKC's only all-vegan restaurant. A tad tricky to find because the district it is located in is currently mostly industrial so you wouldn't guess the restaurant is tucked away there, but it's a very hip place and almost always busy.
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The Loaded Bowl
1211 SW 2nd St
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Conscious comfort food. OKC's only all-vegan restaurant. A tad tricky to find because the district it is located in is currently mostly industrial so you wouldn't guess the restaurant is tucked away there, but it's a very hip place and almost always busy.
Modern Mexican food in trendy Midtown district.
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Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes
1000 N Hudson Ave
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Modern Mexican food in trendy Midtown district.

Parks & Nature

Best city park. Centrally-located in downtown with many other sight-seeing options in the surrounding blocks. Highly recommended.
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Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W Reno Ave
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Best city park. Centrally-located in downtown with many other sight-seeing options in the surrounding blocks. Highly recommended.
Depending on the weather, good place to walk, bike, eat, kitesurf, boat, or people watch.
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Lake Hefner
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Depending on the weather, good place to walk, bike, eat, kitesurf, boat, or people watch.
This is a nature reserve on the west side of town. It is basically acres of scrubby cedars and tall grasses surrounding a lake bed that is alternately dry or full of water depending on the time of year and how much rain we've had. One can hike or bike the dirt road that circumvents the perimeter of the property.
Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge
This is a nature reserve on the west side of town. It is basically acres of scrubby cedars and tall grasses surrounding a lake bed that is alternately dry or full of water depending on the time of year and how much rain we've had. One can hike or bike the dirt road that circumvents the perimeter of the property.
The east side of the lake is a good place to walk, run, bike, and even fish. There is a park at the southeast end and the dedicated bike path to the south connects directly to the Oklahoma River and eventually takes you all the way around to the Boathouse District and Bricktown.
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Lake Overholser
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The east side of the lake is a good place to walk, run, bike, and even fish. There is a park at the southeast end and the dedicated bike path to the south connects directly to the Oklahoma River and eventually takes you all the way around to the Boathouse District and Bricktown.

Sightseeing

Site of the 1995 terrorist bombing. Very beautiful and serene. I like to go here late at night when in a pensive mood and walk around the reflecting pool. Very peaceful.
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Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
620 N Harvey Ave
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Site of the 1995 terrorist bombing. Very beautiful and serene. I like to go here late at night when in a pensive mood and walk around the reflecting pool. Very peaceful.
Lots to do and see in this area of town. The most touristy area of town. My recommendation for most-bang-for-your-buck if your time in OKC is limited.
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Bricktown
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Lots to do and see in this area of town. The most touristy area of town. My recommendation for most-bang-for-your-buck if your time in OKC is limited.
The initial offering of the still-to-come Wheeler District, located right along the river just south of downtown. As I understand it, the ferris wheel was imported from the Santa Barbara pier in 2014. It's nice.
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Wheeler Ferris Wheel at Wheeler District
1701 S Western Ave
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The initial offering of the still-to-come Wheeler District, located right along the river just south of downtown. As I understand it, the ferris wheel was imported from the Santa Barbara pier in 2014. It's nice.
This is a large grouping of larger-than-life sculptures that represent how the state of Oklahoma was founded. I like it because while the statues look real to life, they are about four times bigger than life, so it sort of feels like walking around in a cartoon or a fantasy. I'm fond of this spot. It hugs the line between Bricktown and the Boathouse District.
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Oklahoma Land Run Monument
200 Centennial Ave
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This is a large grouping of larger-than-life sculptures that represent how the state of Oklahoma was founded. I like it because while the statues look real to life, they are about four times bigger than life, so it sort of feels like walking around in a cartoon or a fantasy. I'm fond of this spot. It hugs the line between Bricktown and the Boathouse District.

Arts & Culture

Even if you don't pay to go inside, check out the HUGE tower of Dave Chihuly art glass in the front window!
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Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr
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Even if you don't pay to go inside, check out the HUGE tower of Dave Chihuly art glass in the front window!
I never get tired of revisiting this unique museum. Nothing but skeletons! Everything from mice to humans to giraffes to a humpback whale. Inexpensive, educational, fascinating! This is the option I'd recommend if you want quirky and off-the-beaten-path more than touristy destinations.
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SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology
10301 S Sunnylane Rd
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I never get tired of revisiting this unique museum. Nothing but skeletons! Everything from mice to humans to giraffes to a humpback whale. Inexpensive, educational, fascinating! This is the option I'd recommend if you want quirky and off-the-beaten-path more than touristy destinations.

Essentials

Largest selection of fancy, natural, health foods in the city at a premium price.
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Whole Foods Market
6001 N Western Ave
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Largest selection of fancy, natural, health foods in the city at a premium price.
Good produce and a decent selection of raw foodie items. Open 24 hours. I don't recommend the other Buy For Less locations.
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Buy For Less
3501 Northwest Expy
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Good produce and a decent selection of raw foodie items. Open 24 hours. I don't recommend the other Buy For Less locations.
Ginormous selection of Asian foods and oddities. The hub of OKC's Asian District.
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Super Cao Nguyen
2668 N Military Ave
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Ginormous selection of Asian foods and oddities. The hub of OKC's Asian District.
Large coin-operated laundry with newish washers and dryers.
Swiss Coin-Op Laundry-Cleaners
2903 NW 36th St
Large coin-operated laundry with newish washers and dryers.
Medium coin-operated laundry with new washers and dryers.
Quick Clean Laundry
Medium coin-operated laundry with new washers and dryers.
Natural foods grocery store. Sort of like a less expensive Whole Foods. This is the primary place I shop for groceries.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
6410 N May Ave
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Natural foods grocery store. Sort of like a less expensive Whole Foods. This is the primary place I shop for groceries.
Natural foods grocer. Less expensive alternative to Whole Foods.
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Natural Grocers
7013 N May Ave
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Natural foods grocer. Less expensive alternative to Whole Foods.
If you know Trader Joes, you need no description.
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Trader Joe's
6409 Avondale Dr
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If you know Trader Joes, you need no description.
Open 24/7; lots of self-serve bulk foods and ingredients available.
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WinCo Foods
3535 NW 39th St
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Open 24/7; lots of self-serve bulk foods and ingredients available.

Drinks & Nightlife

A Midtown favorite.
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James E. McNellie's Pub
1100 Classen Dr
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A Midtown favorite.
An impressive, upscale pub with perhaps the largest television screen I have ever seen.
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Republic Gastropub
5830 N Classen Blvd
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An impressive, upscale pub with perhaps the largest television screen I have ever seen.
I hear good things about this Irish pub and eatery.
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Saint's Bar & Lounge
1715 NW 16th St
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I hear good things about this Irish pub and eatery.
Popular dive bar. Other popular dives across the street.
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Edna's Lunchboxes
5137 Classen Cir
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Popular dive bar. Other popular dives across the street.
Upscale wine bar and restaurant in the Plaza District.
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The Pritchard
1749 NW 16th St
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Upscale wine bar and restaurant in the Plaza District.

Entertainment & Activities

Here I am referring to the Boathouse District in general. You can rent kayaks, row crew boats, climb through the ropes course, ride the zipline across the river, and paddle your way through the man-made white water rapids course that was installed in 2016. Looks like fun!
CHK | Central Boathouse
732 Riversport Dr
Here I am referring to the Boathouse District in general. You can rent kayaks, row crew boats, climb through the ropes course, ride the zipline across the river, and paddle your way through the man-made white water rapids course that was installed in 2016. Looks like fun!
Local climbing gym housed in a grouping of old grain silos. Lots of fun and kid-friendly. Unique and worth a walk-through even if you don't want to climb.
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Summit Gyms (OKC)
200 SE 4th St
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Local climbing gym housed in a grouping of old grain silos. Lots of fun and kid-friendly. Unique and worth a walk-through even if you don't want to climb.