It had been longer than usual since I’d been home for a visit, so I was super excited for lots of quality time with family and friends. We got to see so many loved ones, some I hadn’t seen in over a year. And of course, we ate very well. My sister-in-law is as much of a foodie as Tom and I are and always makes sure we hit up all the best new spots around town.
I’ve written about Oklahoma City pretty extensively in the past, but thought I’d share a few highlights from this latest trip. As usual, I got too caught up catching up with everyone that I forgot to take as many photos as usual, so this will be quick and dirty.
All You Need is Love and Waffles
People often ask Tom how he feels about spending so much time in Oklahoma City. As a boy raised in the North, I suppose it could seem rather slow-paced to him. But on the contrary, Tom and Oklahoma City really understand each other. Waffle Champion and Tom happen to share the same motto.
Cheering on the Home Team
Our trips home almost always involve a sporting event or two. On this visit, we got to watch Iowa State upset my beloved Sooners and the Thunder squeak out a preseason win. Not exactly the most glorious of outcomes, but we still had a great time.
Food and Friends
I was lucky enough to see my one of my oldest and best friends Candy twice in one week. We met up once in Bricktown to celebrate her birthday and again at Eischen’s for some of the world’s best friend chicken.
We also met up with my friend Taylor at Oklahoma City’s newest hot spot – The Jones Assembly. This place is so cool and the food is amazing. It might have been one of the best meals I’ve had this year. The company was even better. My sister-in-law and brother joined us, and after dinner the ladies retired to the amazing outdoor patio for much-needed girl time.
Sushi in OKC? Yes!
It’s kind of weird, but we end up getting sushi fairly often when we visit Oklahoma City. Even though it’s a landlocked state, there are some really high quality places in the area that don’t overcharge. We’ve yet to find a go-to sushi spot in DC that doesn’t break the bank, so our dinner Yuzo Sushi & Tapas with my parents was a real treat.
We had another family meal at Stella before heading to the Thunder game. They have an awesome brunch menu and daily specials. Both Tom and my stepmom ordered the pork belly waffle special with sriracha maple syrup. Game changer.
We usually don’t spend much time in Bricktown when we’re home, but ended up there twice this trip. This area has changed a lot since I lived there back in 2009, definitely for the better. What was once largely abandoned factories has been transformed into a bustling entertainment area. There’s a river walk, several music venus and several great restaurants. Bricktown Brewery was one of the first restaurants to open in the area back in 1992. They recently revamped their menu so we swung in for a quick lunch one afternoon. Tom’s hatch green chili chicken sandwich was excellent.
We also had excellent food at Sunnyside Diner (omelets to die for), Revolución Taqueria (eclectic tacos) and The Pritchard (killer small plates). Oklahoma City is truly establishing itself as a real player in the food scene. I can’t wait to see how it continues to progress as time goes on. (And we may soon have the opportunity to do even more in-depth research in the area – more on that later!)
Up next, we head to Eureka Springs, Arkansas – such a surprisingly hip and funky town. Stay tuned!