Although this may not be news to everyone, I was in fact born in England. My parents were expats living in Wimbledon just outside of London for my dad’s job at the time. I only technically lived there about six months, but it’s always been a fun little story and interesting fact I like to share about myself. Recently, we were invited to preview brunch at a new spot in Norman dubbed the Winston. I was excited as it is named after the famous former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
The restaurant, from the folks behind Pub W, pays homage to the man with a few portraits and plenty of stiff drinks and good eats.
We started off with some coffees and were delighted that they carried Oklahoma City’s own Eote coffee, which is roasted right in OKC. The shooter of creamer on the side was a nice little touch too. They take their drink program seriously and were eager to let us know they also offer nitro cold brew and kombucha on tap.
When it was time to move onto adult cocktails Kacy tried the frozen watermelon fresca (pictured below) and I had a Rockford Files. The watermelon fresca included ginger liqueur, aperol, fresh lemon, and champagne. It was bright and refreshing, the perfect spring and summer cocktail. The Rockford consisted of Old Forester 100 whiskey, St. Elizabeth dram, fresh lemon, simple syrup, egg white, and aromatic bitters. It was a well-balanced cocktail and provided some nice fruit and sweetness to counteract the whiskey.
For our meal we started with the drunken tuna ceviche, a perfect example of elevated bar food that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The tuna is marinated in Dos XX lager and combined with lime juice, avocado, tomato, cilantro, and Cholula. The dish was fresh and flavorful and we scooped up every last bit with the accompanying tostado chips.
For my entree I went with the avocado toast which was served on top of fresh greens, cucumber, grape tomatoes, crumbled feta, and a lemon vinaigrette. I love a nice runny yolk on top of my avocado toast and this dish definitely delivered that. The garlic-jalapeño toast was a tad soggy, but everything tasted great.
Kacy had the migas tacos that came with a sweet potato hash on the side. The tacos included scrambled eggs, peppers, onions, cheddar cheese, tortilla strips, sour cream, and chopped cilantro. We’re both big fans of breakfast tacos and these definitely hit the mark. The sour cream and cilantro brought everything together with the salsa verde adding a nice kick as well.
Overall, we enjoyed the entire meal at the Winston in Norman and would certainly recommend for brunch when in the area. My British roots also tell me it would be a great place to have a few pints or some whiskey, just as Mr. Churchill would have preferred.
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