America is full of vibrant, yet underrated gems and Oklahoma City is absolutely one of them. With the help of food blogger and city native Whitney Bond, we explored all of the fun and unique places that OKC has to offer.
Wine and Dine at Cattleman’s Steakhouse
Enjoy a beautiful evening at Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Stockyard City, where guests can choose from an incredible selection of award-winning, perfectly aged steaks. While you’re there, take a look around the dining room to view the many drawings of celebrity guests who have dined at Cattleman’s, including John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Reba McEntire and George H.W. Bush. If you’re feeling brave after a cocktail or two, ask your server to bring out an order of lamb fries for the table.
Reflect and Remember at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
On April 19, 1995, 168 Americans lost their lives at the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Take time to visit the beautiful memorial site that commemorates the victims and includes a “survivor tree,” rows upon rows of bronze and stone chairs representing the empty chairs at the dinner tables of the victims’ families, and a reflection pool flanked by two large gates.
Learn About the “Oklahoma Standard”
The ‘Oklahoma Standard,’ established in lieu of the 1995 bombing, refers to Oklahomans’ willingness to take the shoes off their feet and the shirts off their back to help others in need. This is a standard that the whole community abides by, so don’t be surprised when you receive a kind smile and helping hand from more than one passerby!
Cool off at Roxy’s
Take a break and cool down from the OKC heat with homemade ice-cream from Roxy’s Ice-Cream Social. Named after Shane and Raena Mutz’s dog Roxy, this adorable husband and wife owned shop located in the heart of Oklahoma City offers incredible flavors made from the best local ingredients. Whitney Bond’s favorite is the salted caramel ice cream!
Explore Local Burgers and Brew
Pop into Tucker’s Onion Burgers for a true Oklahoma-style fried onion burger you won’t find anywhere else. If you are a bona fide burger lover, this is the restaurant for you. Make sure you also order a cold one of your choice made by Coop Ale, a beloved local brewery.
Get Outdoorsy at the Boathouse District
For those of you who love a good outdoor adventure, OKC’s Boathouse District is the place to be. From whitewater rafting and kayaking to zip lining to adventure courses, there is truly something for everyone. Named a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site, it serves as one of only a few training sites across the country. There are also festivals throughout the year, such as the Stars & Stripes River Festival in June and the Oklahoma Regatta Festival in the fall.
Shop like an Oklahoman at Langston’s Western Wear
Can you even consider yourself in Oklahoma City if you don’t shop around for the perfect western wear? The answer to that question is no, so head on over to Langston’s Western Wear for cowboy boots, cowboy hats and more at reasonable prices.
Bring Back Your Childhood at The Mule
Let the nostalgia take hold at The Mule with their expansive menu of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Specializing in unique hot melts and cold beers, The Mule is truly the perfect adult lunch spot!
Shop at Plastic Galaxy for the Star Wars fanatics
May the force be with you as you explore OKC’s Plastic Galaxy, an exclusive Star Wars store that sells toys, collectibles and memorabilia. Trust us when we say that the finds here R2 awesome (see what I did there?).