Growing up, the only thing we knew about Oklahoma City was Bricktown – we’d visited before for cheer competitions and marathons, and seemed to think that was the only part of the city. Fast forward a few years when I attended grad school and lived in OKC for a couple of years – there is SO much more to the city. It’s vibrant and full of fun things to do (like whitewater rafting!) and seems to steadily grow. We were so excited to head back up north a couple of weekends ago for a few days of football.. and food!
We checked into the Skirvin Hilton in downtown OKC for the weekend – a majestic hotel with early-20th century charm. Rumors are it’s haunted, with a former maid, Effie, roaming around halls and messing with guests in bathrooms. Let’s just say we returned late one night after the OU football game to our tub running and full of water, about to flood the bathroom. And for all you doubters, we did not leave the water on, and neither did the maids (well maybe Effie did). Despite the rumors, it is a stunning hotel and in the perfect location for a weekend in OKC!
That Friday night, we walked around downtown some, grabbing a drink at Kitchen no. 324. Kitchen no. 324 is one of our favorite spots in OKC for breakfast, brunch (we went again on Sunday for brunch!), lunch and dinner/drinks. The white walls, granite counter tops and natural lighting make for a gorgeous space, and the food is always delicious. After a pre-dinner drink, we popped over to Barrio’s for fajitas and margs (another gorgeous restaurant) and then to the newly opened Jones Assembly for post-dinner drinks [and then maybe we also stopped at Whataburger for post-dinner snacks].
Saturday morning called for carbs, so we brunched at Hall’s Pizza Kitchen. Hall’s started as a food truck, but has a new brick-and-mortar restaurant near Midtown, not far from Downtown. Y’all know we are self-proclaimed pizza connoisseurs and this ‘za was seriously amazing. The dough was thin, but still chewy and a little crisp. We chowed down on the two breakfast pizzas – one that had a honey-sriracha drizzle that I’m still dreaming about. We also tried a few of the housemade pastries, and truly, everything was delicious. There’s also a rooftop with stunning views of the city!
We spent the rest of the day in Norman for the OU vs. Tech football game, walking around OU’s campus and hopping from one place to the next in Campus Corner, pretending we were still in college. Norman also makes for a perfect day trip from OKC – whether there’s a football game or not – it’s just about a 20 minute drive south from the city!
After brunching on Sunday at Kitchen no. 324 (the pastrami and eggs are the way to go), we headed to the Myriad Botanical Gardens to explore and soak up ideal fall weather before heading back to Dallas. It was such a fun weekend, and we loved being back in OKC and seeing how much it’s grown since I moved away after grad school. The food scene is stellar, there are so many unique areas to explore (the Paseo Arts District is one of my favorites) and it’s an easy getaway for anyone in Dallas. We’re thinking about returning ASAP just to grab an onion burger at Tucker’s.
Head to Visit OKC to learn more about fun things to do and to plan your trip!
Thank you to Visit OKC for hosting us, but as always, opinions are our own!