It’s late, you are hungry, and you do not want to eat at Denny’s or IHOP. You would like to try something different for a change. I have been there and done that. It does get kind of old going to the same places all the time. I have been in numerous cities across the United States and I like to find a restaurant that is not a chain restaurant. I want something unique and different.
Oklahoma City is not any different than most other cities. You will find the same chain restaurants here. There are a few places in our great city which are different and as far as I know, this is the only place you will find them.
Let’s start with a restaurant which is part of Oklahoma’s history, Cattlemen’s Restaurant. Cattlemen’s is located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Stockyards District at 1309 S. Agnew. According to Cattlemen’s website, they are Oklahoma’s oldest continually operated restaurant. I know they have been in operation at least 60 years because my Daddy would tell me stories about Cattlemen’s when he worked at the Stockyards, before I was born (I will be 60 this year). Most customer reviews I read were in the 4 star range. One of the most unique items on their menu is Lamb Fries. Cattlemen’s is known mostly for their steaks. They did start out serving cattlemen you know, so that stands to reason. They are open Sunday-Thursday from 6 am – 10 pm. There is no outdoor seating here and most of the parking is on the street. I do believe they have parking in the back as well. If you want to go back in time, visit Cattlemen’s because the décor hasn’t changed since I was a little girl. Their phone number is 405-236-0416.
Next on the list is one of Oklahoma City’s newest restaurants, KD’s. If you are familiar with the NBA you may already be aware of who KD is. That would be Kevin Durant, one of Oklahoma City Thunder’s star players. His restaurant opened this past January and has so far been a huge success. It is located at 224 Johnny Bench Drive in Bricktown OKC. The hours are Monday – Thursday from 4 pm – 10 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 11 pm. Sundays they are open from 11 am – 10 pm. Reservations are recommended for this restaurant unless you do not mind waiting for a table. In good weather you can enjoy the outdoors as they have outdoor seating. Unlike most places in Bricktown KD’s has private parking. Most customers have given KD’s a 4 star and above rating. KD’s is a more upscale restaurant, however the attire is still casual. One of the unusual items I noticed on the menu was Fried Green Tomatoes. I do not remember finding that on the menus of any other restaurant I have visited in the area. Check out the menu and read customer reviews at this website. The phone number is 405-701-3535.
The Deep Deuce Grill in the heart of the Deep Deuce in downtown Oklahoma City is located at 307 N.E. 2nd Street. Most days they are open from 11 am – Midnight. On Fridays and Saturdays they are open until 2 am. The Deep Deuce is a very casual place with no dress code. If you just want to go hang out and have a drink and something to eat, this is the place. They have a large outdoor area which is an awesome place during good weather. The parking is free and the prices for food are reasonable. I wouldn’t say they are known for anything particular except for the fact they are located in one of Oklahoma City’s historic districts. They do not have live bands, but there is music and a small area for dancing. If you want more information check out Deep Deuce Grill on Facebook. Their phone number is 405-235-9100.
Last but not least is The Blue Note Lounge. In 1951 The Blue Note lit up its neon sign with hopes of drawing in travelers passing by on Route 66. They are located at 2401 N. Robinson. The Blue Note is also in an historic area of Oklahoma City. They are known for being more of a bar/lounge than a restaurant. They do however have a limited menu of food. So you can still have a bite to eat while enjoying the music there. The Blue Note features live music from local musicians, and there have been many good ones. Probably one of the more famous acts to perform there was The Flaming Lips. The Blue Note is open from 4 pm – 2 am daily. For a fun, laid back time The Blue Note is your best choice. Parking is free, although some parking will be on the street. You do need to be aware they do charge a cover charge is there is going to be live music. Their phone number is 405-600-1166.
If you go to any of these late night eateries I hope you have an enjoyable and memorable time.