When we heard there was a wine bar in OKC’s Plaza District, we had to check it out. But while The Pritchard lured us in with its excellent wine selection, the consistently great food has kept us coming back time after time. We love the bright open space, welcoming neighborhood vibe, groovy decor — not to mention pretty much everything on the menu.
The Pritchard has a little bit of everything. You can go in for a snack and a glass of wine, a big family dinner or anything in between. The restaurant sources its ingredients as locally as possible, so the menu is tweaked frequently meaning you’ll never get bored. As the name suggests, the wine selection is great (we’ll be discussing that in greater detail in a future post).
You’re going to want to start with some snacks for the table. We’re huge fans of the Pritchard pickles and the bacon wrapped dates. The pickles are perfectly tart and manage to taste just-out-of-the-garden fresh. Bacon wrapped dates are on the verge of getting played out, but when they’re done this well I’m all for it. The Pritchard spiffs up their dates with a decadent goat cheese crema and a drizzle of pomegranate molasses. For something a little more filling, the “everything” white bean dip fits the bill.
Greens and Things
I’ve started to base my opinion of a restaurant based on how well they pull off vegetable dishes. If a chef can make basic greens exciting, you know you’re in good hands. The Pritchard passes this test with flying colors. Seasonal salads are fresh and vibrant, and an admittedly not-so-sexy charred cauliflower dish wowed my entire family on a recent visit. We’ve had the Chinese kale on two separate occasions. While it may not be the most exciting thing on the menu, we appreciate the tenderness of the greens and a kick of heat from adorning Fresno chiles.
As much as we enjoy small plates for sharing and trying multiple dishes, sometimes you just gotta have something more substantial. A selection of “big plates” are available for heartier appetites – although they’re not always all that big. The chicken breast, served with Spanish chorizo and cacio e pepe is on the smaller side, but I can appreciate automatic portion control. The cacio e pepe is also served as a small plate, and it’s excellent. My dining companions opted for the beet risotto on a recent visit, which was also on the daintier side.
If you’re really hungry, I suggest the brioche burger. The half pound beauty is topped with English cheddar, bacon tomato jam and those glorious Pritchard pickles. On the side, you’ll find The Pritchard’s most addicting menu item – the truffle fries (also offered as a small plate). If there are more perfectly crispy fries to be had in OKC… well they’re probably not covered with truffle oil and fresh herbs so they still lose. I may have considered stabbing Tom in the thigh with my fork to keep him from eating his half (next time, I won’t share).
Room for Dessert?
We’ve only managed to save room for dessert once (it’s those fries, guys!) but after sharing the doughnuts with my dad and stepmom on a recent visit I realize this may have been in error. Piping hot, covered in cinnamon sugar and served with chocolate sauce these are the perfect way to cap off a meal.
In summary, we really like food at The Pritchard. I suggest the pickles and a burger, with extra pickles. And don’t ask me to share my fries.
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