For our third anniversary, B took me to a place I’d been pining for for months: Cheever’s Cafe in the Uptown 23rd district.
That’s my excited face. See Cheever’s in the background?
Cheever’s is located in basically the most adorable building ever. In it’s previous life, it was a flower shop. The cold storage for the flowers is now the most excellent wine room. But we did not order any wine…
…we got cocktails instead! For the life of me, I can’t remember what this one was called, but it had so many different fruit tastes. It also wasn’t sickly sweet like most “fruity” drinks are. It was on point.
Now, on to the good stuff: food!
When we arrived to the restaurant, it took the staff a hot minute to get to our table and bring us water to drink and such. To make up for their delay, they kindly comped us this delicious plate of calamari. I loved the addition of the peppers!
This was my meal: pork tenderloin with an onion jam, butternut squash risotto, and a kale salad. It was all very rich and delicious. The risotto was some of the best I’ve ever had; it was more like mac and cheese than risotto and I ate it up. The kale salad had a great dressing as well, and the pork was flavorful and tender.
But even after all of that goodness, I did wish I got what B got…
…the CHICKEN FRIED STEAK. Good lord, Cheever’s. This should be illegal, it was so rich. Yes, readers, that is TWO FRIED STEAKS leaning on one another to make a little mountain over the piles of mashed potatoes. B could hardly finish it. It was FAB.
Obviously, I am drinking the Cheever’s Cafe kool-aid. I really want to go back for brunch like ASAP. Well, as soon as I save some money up…because good dining like this is not easy on the wallet. Worth it, though!
Located in the Uptown 23rd neighborhood of OKC, Back Door Barbecue is another soon-to-be staple of my diet. I can’t express how delicious this food was. Bye bye, Norman Rudy’s. This is true love because I am abandoning a TEXAS restaurant for you, Back Door BBQ. Understand this Texas native’s sacrifice.
Pictured above is my order, the one meat plate (pulled pork) with two sides, the slaw, which wasn’t overly creamy and had cilantro and bell pepper (exciting!), and the fried pickled okra, which I can’t stop talking about. I am getting really good at working fried pickled okra into my everyday conversations.
Here’s B with his Q-ban, which he added the house mustard sauce to, claiming it took the sandwich “to the next level”. It was pretty fantastic. He also got the fries, which were obviously homemade and tasty, especially with all of the sauces that we tried liberal amounts of. Can you have too much BBQ sauce? I think not.
Even though I was so full, I couldn’t leave without trying a pie-in-a-jar. I mean, check out that adorable deliciousness! This was their coconut + banana cream pie, which was pretty amazing. I would have liked more crust, but we all know I’m a carb addict that likes crust better than filling in every pie. Warning to not-coconut-lovers: this puppy has a ton of coconut, do NOT order. Also, why are you so weird, coconut hater?!
Final verdict: I plan on eating here so often they memorize my order.
B surprised me on Saturday morning and took me to one of my favorite restaurants, Flint! It’s in the bottom of the Colcord Hotel in Oklahoma City, and their food is to die for. When I finished my half marathon, I ordered one of their huge cheeseburgers and ate in in my fluffy bed at the Colcord. Basically heaven on earth.
We started off with some $2 mimosas, which rocked my world. That’s a cherry in the bottom of the glass!
I got the egg white omelet with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and butternut squash with a side of potato hash and toast (not pictured). I ate every bit of it!
B got what I ordered the first time I went to Flint, the lemon ricotta pancakes! They were so light and fluffy, and they came with some cutely packaged syrup.
We loved our experience with the food, but unfortunately, as we were leaving, the credit card machine broke and we had to wait around for about 15 minutes for someone to find a way to charge our card. We offered to go get cash from an ATM, but there wasn’t one near the hotel. It would have been cool if the manager had come over and at least told us they were working on it, but everyone seemed too busy to tell us what was going on even though we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time.
Hopefully, this was just a one-time hiccup because I love the ambiance food, and prices of Flint! We paid around $25 for two brunches and two mimosas, so that’s a great deal for feeling so fancy. I totally recommend this place to anyone (though you might want to bring cash).
Last Friday, I completed something on my OKC bucket list— going to H & 8th! H & 8th is a night market held in midtown OKC at the intersections of (you guessed it) Hudson and 8th Street. About 15 food trucks crowded the streets with lines for food and beer zigzagging all over the place. Pretty much every demographic of OKC residents were there, including OU HSC students still in their scrubs, young professionals tweeting up a storm, parents with kids, and single people with adorable puppies.
But enough describing the boring stuff. Let’s get to the important part: food.
I had smoked sausage gumbo from La Gumbo YaYa and a POG (passion fruit, orange, and guava) shave ice from Huey’s. Loved both. I had never had gumbo before, and it rocked my world! The ice was also really soft and yummy.
B had pizza from Hall’s Pizza Kitchen (pictured at the top of the post) and an onion burger from El Reno’s Onion Burgers.
The scenery was beautiful (hello, new federal building!) and the atmosphere was rockin’. If you like what you hear, hit up the last H & 8th of the summer on the last Friday in September! (I’ll be there. That should be motivation enough.)
Photo of the Day: Gumbo! This sneak peek pic is a preview of my post about H and 8th, a night market in downtown Oklahoma City that totally rocked my world. So many food trucks. So many cute puppies. So much fun!