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July 13, 2016


by DePaolo Equine Concepts

So many equestrian competitors spend a lot of time showing in Oklahoma City.  Every once in a while it is nice to depart from the fairgrounds and explore a bit of the city.  For years I’ve ventured up to the restaurants on Meridian Ave. or over to the stockyards but I’ve decided to dig a little deeper into the “new and improved” OKC and this is what I found….


21C Museum Hotel

Located in the historic Ford Motor Company Assembly Plan in the West End of downtown, this boutique hotel has a chic contemporary art museum and cultural center.  The modern rooms look right out of a West Elm catalog.  Light and bright, you will think you’ve stepped out of OKC and into a Manhattan loft.


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Kitchen 324

This place reminds me of my favorite Los Angeles cafe and bakery, Bottega Louis, minus the macaroons.  The first line on the Kitechn 324 website states that it is an “American Rustic cafe, craft bakery and coffee curator.”  I think it’s even more!  They have a wide selection of fresh made pastries but if you prefer a heartier breakfast, the Fried Green Tomato Benedict is southern comfort meets snooty French.  Although I didn’t try the fried chicken pot pie, I saw several orders swirling around the tables and it looked out of this world.  I opted for the really fancy grilled cheese because I’m so fancy.  It lived up to its name. PS – I didn’t take a picture of the grilled cheese before I inhaled the whole thing so the below is a lunch special Pastrami panini – Sourdough, fresh mozzarella, bacon, spinach, tomato and green chili pesto cream.  MMMMMMMM.

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O Bar

Enjoy a beautiful view of downtown OKC from atop the Ambassador Hotel while sipping on a glass from their extensive wine list or one of their signature cocktails.  The house made “Frehz” is equal parts refreshing and bold with a mixture of Tequila Cabeza, Crème de Fraises, Lime Juice, Basil and Strawberries.  Although the menu is a bit on the pricey side, it is not your regular bar food.  Lots of artisanal cheeses and chef selected meats.




Urban Farm House

Hands down my favorite find in OKC!  Someone told me it was better than Magnolia Market (of HGTV’s Fixer Upper fame) and they were right!  Several showrooms display upscale farmhouse style furniture, accessories and lighting….OMG! The lighting!  Most of the tables are made from reclaimed railcar flooring and come in a variety of price ranges.  You can have them custom build just about anything from a table to a hip sliding barn door to a fireplace mantle.  The peppy and knowlegeable staff makes the whole experience just that much better!

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Make sure to enjoy all that OKC has to offer.  I can’t wait to go back and explore the city more.


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