Joseph grew up right out side Oklahoma City and a lot of his family still lives there. I remember when I first started liking Joseph and I told my family where he was from, some of the first couple questions they asked about him were, "Does he have an accent? Is he a cowboy?". The answer to both of those questions was no, and then I proceeded to educate them on what Oklahoma City was actually like. Us Californians, so ignorant sometimes haha. Over the years of visiting OKC, I've seen a lot of transformation as far as the food and drink culture. While there are new spots opening up all the time, Joseph and I are faithful to our favorite "go-to's" since we don't get to enjoy them very often. Here's a short and simple list of places we went but I also added some places to check out if you are ever in the area.
Known for the cupcakes and coffee, this is where we would come when we were dating for a little sweet treat paired with a game of bananagrams. Its a charming, cozy, and busy coffee shop in an old craftsman style home. Each room and corner has old, comfy couches to sit on and mix matched tables/chairs from local thrift stores. Every day they offer different flavors of cupcakes so once you find one you like, you'll keep going back that same day of the week for your favorite. While I wouldn't say it is my favorite spot for coffee, it is still a fun place to check out.
We came here for the first time years ago with some of our friends on a double date after an afternoon kayaking on the river. Originally a food truck, it grew so popular and is now a fun restaurant. I love "food trucks turned restaurant stories". Being from California, I have very high standards for what Mexican food is supposed to taste like and this one satisfies my palate. I ALWAYS get the floutas with hibiscus aqua fresca. Joseph always gets the quesadilla and a beer. We always share a chips and queso (yes, not Mexican but how can you NOT eat queso when in OK?) as a starter. Also, it's cheap!
A plant and coffee shop that offers yoga classes as well. I have been wanting to check it out for a long time now being that I love all things succulents, plants, and yoga. It is unique and has the hodge podge, OKC grungy (sorry) style - similar to the style of Cuppies & Joe. Honestly, the almond milk cappuccino was nothing to go back for and while it was cool to check out, I found myself longing for a more airy, modern coffee shop. It was a little dark and stuffy, but hey, the airstream and plants were cool!
The loaded bowl
Joseph surprised me and brought me here for lunch. It was a new spot for us recommended to us by a family member. It's a vegan restaurant that I urge you to take your non-vegan friends to because I always say, "If my non-vegan husband likes it, it's good!". And it was more than good. I am a sucker for delicious dairy alternative, comfort food and DANG - the loaded bowl has it. I got the half order of the butternut squash enchilada casserole with a side of black bean puree and roasted broccoli. Guys, it was heaven in my mouth. Joseph got the nachos that were vegetarian and cheese free but some how had sour cream on top? This place is just what OKC needs. They have recycle and compost bins for guests and compostable utensils and plate wear. While they aren't entirely sustainable (they have plastic cups and straws for their water as well as plastic to go lids) but regardless, this place is DEFINITELY one I recommend and will be going back to.
More must tries
Where should we try next when we are in OKC? It was a short trip so we couldn't hit up every spot we like or wanted to try but if you're ever in the area, you can't go wrong with these ones!