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Dine where celebrities have

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:00:00 am
Nick Offerman, right, and his wife, Oklahoma City native Megan Mullally, speak at deadCENTER Film Festival in 2012 about their film “Somebody Up There Likes Me.” PHOTO PROVIDED BY deadCENTER.

Nick Offerman, right, and his wife, Oklahoma City native Megan Mullally, speak at deadCENTER Film Festival in 2012 about their film “Somebody Up There Likes Me.” PHOTO PROVIDED BY deadCENTER.

Oklahoma City has its fair share of celebrities who lived here or call this place home. Think actress Megan Mullally, the music group the Flaming Lips, actor Lou Antonio and country music star Vince Gill, to name a few.

But celebrities who visit from elsewhere also explore Oklahoma City, so today we’ll give you a list of how you can follow in their steps when it comes to dining. Whether you’re into actors or singers or basketball players or some other form of celebrity, you, too, can eat where members of the glitterati eat when they’re in town. And by the time you’ve checked these places out, you’ve gotten a good sampling of many of the fine restaurants that Oklahoma City has to offer.

Mullally often visits her hometown with her husband, actor Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” In various interviews, they’ve mentioned favorite places like The Metro Wine Bar, 6418 N Western; Johnnie’s, 2562 W Britton Road; and Braum’s (various locations). And they’ve even been spotted at Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs, 1400 NW 23rd St.

“I’ve become such a big fan of Oklahoma City,” Offerman told The Oklahoman in 2012.

To see the variety of people who have come here through the years, look no farther than Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. The restaurant’s Wall of Fame tells the story, as does a recent photo on the website’s main page of NBA analyst Charles Barkley eating there. Through the years Cattlemen’s has hosted other notable names: country music stars Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire; President George H.W. Bush (while he was president); President Ronald Reagan; actress Holly Hunter and more.

Others have picked the upscale The Coach House Restaurant, 6437 Avondale Dr., during their visits here, including Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses fame; actors Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Bernadette Peters, Morgan Freeman and Shirley Jones; late-night host David Letterman; golfer Arnold Palmer; television newswoman Diane Sawyer; and John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Here are a few more:

  • We’ve seen Paul McCartney at Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante and Bar, 1 Mickey Mantle Dr., in Bricktown. He stopped by a few years back during a road trip through the middle of America.
  • Steven Spielberg has eaten at the Bricktown Brewery, 1 N Oklahoma.
  • Celebrity chef Rick Bayless, an Oklahoma native who now lives in Chicago, threw his mom a birthday party at The Metro; he also is a fan of Johnnie’s and Guernsey Park, 2418 N Guernsey Ave.
  • NBA 2014 MVP winner Kevin Durant with the OKC Thunder has his own restaurant, Kd’s Southern Cuisine, 224 Johnny Bench Dr., in Bricktown, as does Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Wes Welker’s Sports Bar and Grill, 3121 W Memorial Road, so you might look for them there. We’ve heard that Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse, 7 S Mickey Mantle Dr. in Bricktown, as well as Kd’s, are NBA team hotspots.

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