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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dine Downtown for Charity

clientuploads/blog/restaurant-pic.jpgWe’ve mentioned before that OKC is filled to the brim with great places to eat. Starting this coming Sunday (Jan. 20), we can help you narrow down the options with Downtown OKC Restaurant Week 2013. Presented by Downtown OKC, Inc. and the Oklahoma Gazette, this food-filled week is a great opportunity for you to check out local eateries and dine on delicious prix-fixe menus filled with special items the restaurants don’t normally feature. And with dining options at both lunch and dinner, you’re sure to be able to have plenty of opportunities to hit up several of the great options. Prices are $35 per person for dinner and $12 per person for lunch.

To make the deal even sweeter, after you enjoy your splendid meal, you will have the opportunity to complete a comment card and be entered to win cool prizes. But it gets even better! Filling out the comment card also means that Downtown OKC, Inc. will donate $1 to the City Rescue Mission Impact Hunger Food Resource Center. So do some good this week – both for your belly and the people of Oklahoma City – and don’t miss the Downtown OKC Restaurant Week 2013!

downtown, food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Plaza Pizzazz

Located a whopping three miles northwest of downtown, the historic Plaza District, located on Northwest 16th Street between Classen and Pennsylvania, is one of Oklahoma City’s super hip urban neighborhoods where you’ll find cool stores, artful galleries, yummy restaurants and other local businesses. In fact, the Plaza District is one of the districts throughout OKC where “local” lives and thrives. And the locals love it.

We know you’re looking for an excuse to go check it out and we’ve got a great one. This Friday, marks the first LIVE on the Plaza of 2013. Live on the what? LIVE on the Plaza, an art walk featuring live music, featured artists, special events and local shopping, is held the second Friday of each month from 7 to 11 p.m. So grab some friends and head over to experience this great district on the rise.

Plaza District, restaurants, shopping, arts and culture, business, festivals, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Dine in Style

New Year’s Eve is known for its glitz and glamour. Why not throw on some of your best duds, grab that special someone and enjoy a lovely night out on the town. Oklahoma City has an extensive selection of unique restaurants and fine dining establishments that are sure to start your night right. Here are a few suggestions for a perfect night out on the town.

Upscale Comfort Food
Does the chilly weather have you in the mood for some of your favorite comfort food, but with a twist? Look no further than Cheever’s Café. They’ve got traditional American fare with a Southwest twist.

Euro-American and So Much More
A Bricktown staple for nearly 10 years, Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante & Bar has the best of everything – great drinks, fabulous entrees, delectable desserts and more – all set in a renovated warehouse just steps from all of Bricktown’s premier entertainment options.

Hip and Delicious
Another great Bricktown option for New Year’s Eve is the Melting Pot. Their fondue is fabulous and the prix fixe menu they’ve set up for NYE is prix-ty awesome.

Great Steaks, Contemporary Atmosphere
Along Broadway Avenue in Automobile Alley, you’ll find RED PrimeSteak where you can have your choice of, well, steak. But it’s more than that. At Red Prime you will have steak worthy of being called your last meal of 2012. Trust us.

Dine In the Sky
As one of Oklahoma City’s newest dining experiences, guests at VAST will dine on a whole new level. More than 720 feet above downtown Oklahoma City, VAST occupies the 49th floor of the Devon Energy Tower. Here you will experience fine cuisine and the best view of the entire city.

Timeless Elegance
Looking for a classic dining experience? Look no further than The Coach House. The Coach House offers seasonal cuisine highlighting the best local produce and regional specialties prepared with classical perfection.

Maybe you’ve got something else in mind for your New Year’s Eve meal. Not to worry! Check out these other great restaurants! We’re certain you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Date Night Dandies

The holidays are a time to be with loved ones. So why not show that special someone a great date filled with holiday magic?

Your lovely lady dropped hints for weeks and unfortunately, you were a little slow picking up on them. Sadly, the Oklahoma City Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker” has completed its run for this year, but we’ve got some ideas to get you out of the dog house.

Head over to the Plaza District, for Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” presented by Devon Energy. Shows will run through Dec. 31 so there’s plenty of time to work this into your holiday happenings. If a play is not really your thing, we know what is. You don’t want to miss the last Continental Resources Free Movie Monday of the year. Start your New Year’s Eve date right with a showing of “Home Alone” at Harkins Theatres in Bricktown. These showings have been a hit all season so get your registration in early!

What’s a date night without getting all dolled up? The Skirvin Holiday Celebrations are a great way to enjoy a lovely holiday meal in a beautifully decorated setting. With various options including a Christmas Eve dinner and several choices for Christmas Day, you’ll have time to enjoy a meal with the one you love amid the holiday rush.

family-friendly, movies, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Night Out with the Thunder

So, you’re headed to downtown Oklahoma City to watch the No. 1 sports franchise in the world (according to ESPN The Magazine). Where do you eat? When do you arrive? We’ve got you covered with a few suggestions to give you the full Thunder NBA experience.

Start in Bricktown to grab a bite to eat. Bricktown offers tastes (and sips) for all palates, from casual bars to more upscale dining. After you get your fill, head down to Love’s Thunder Alley on Reno Ave., just north of Chesapeake Energy Arena for some pre-game entertainment. And don’t leave the kids at home – Thunder Alley includes games, music, face painting and much more. By 6:30 p.m., you’ll want to think about finding your seat. You definitely don’t want to miss all the pre-game entertainment and excitement before the Thunder players take to the court.

After a rousing Thunder victory, you may not be quite ready to go home. No problem! Head back to Bricktown for a nightcap and appetizer at one of the many restaurants or bars, all within walking distance. If the weather is nice, there are several rooftop patios to choose from. Most importantly, don’t forget to wear your orange and blue so you can be properly attired to THUNDER UP!

restaurants, Thunder, downtown, family-friendly, live sporting events, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Grab a Cold One

Many of us enjoy the old fall tradition of popping open a brewsky while watching the big game. In recent years, craft beer brewing has grown in popularity across the U.S., and Oklahoma is no different. Each year it seems that another craft brewery pops up with its own tasty beverages. So when it comes time to choose which cerveza to crack open, we invite you to check out some of the great local brews.

Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewing Company offers these great options: Belle’s Blonde, Wild Mary’s Hefeweisen, Flanagan’s Amber Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Power House Porter, IPA (India Pale Ale), and some season brewer’s specials.

If you’re in Bricktown, head over to the Bricktown Brewery to try these: Old King Kölsch, Wiley One-Eyed Wheat, Remington Red, 46 Star Oklahoma Amber Ale and Bricktown Brown.

If none of those strike your fancy, have no fear – there’s lots more Oklahoma beer. No matter where you are around town, you’re likely to come across at least one of the brews from these local craft beer artisans: Anthem Brewing Company, Battered Boar Brewing, Black Mesa Brewing, Choc Beer, Coop Ale Works, Dead Armadillo Brewery, Huebert Brewing, Marshall Brewing Company, Mustang Brewing Company and Redbud Brewing Company.

nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Donít Miss a Single Touchdown

Fans cheering. Whistles blowing. Cleats sprinting down the turf. Crimson. Orange. Aw, the sweet sights and sounds of October. Oklahoma is filled to the brim with football fanatics, and the same can be said for the folks here in OKC. Whether you have a favorite team you love to root for or just enjoy watching some classic pigskin match-ups, there are plenty of spots throughout Greater OKC that are top-notch when it comes to watching the big game.

Here are just a few suggestions if youíre looking for a place to catch the game.

809 Sports Grill
(located at the Hilton Garden Inn)
2809 NW Expressway

Buffalo Wild Wings
(multiple locations across the metro)
4130 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City
2601 I-35 Frontage Rd., Moore
5500 Tinker Diagonal St., Del City
6910 SW 3rd St., Oklahoma City
1333 N Santa Fe Ave., Edmond

Coachís Bricktown Restaurant
20 S. Mickey Mantle Drive

Dave & Busters
5501 N May Ave.

Louieís on the Lake
9401 Lake Hefner Parkway

Republic Gastropub
5830 N. Classen Blvd.

TapWerks
121 E Sheridan Ave

Obviously there are more than seven (11 if you count the five different Buffalo Wild Wings locations weíve got on the list) places in Greater OKC where you can go to watch a game. But we here at The Better Life arenít here to give an extensive listing of any and every place you might find a TV for your game-watching pleasure. Our goal is to give you a sampling of your options and hope that you enjoy these while also discovering many others. And then we hope that youíll tell us about the great places you find so we can pass that info along to our faithful readers (aka, folks just like you)! So go out, explore and report back! And if you check out our list and donít find exactly what youíre looking for, we suggest you check out the Greater Oklahoma City Chamberís Membership Directory for other great options.

food, football, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lights, Camera, Action!

If you’ve been hanging around The Better Life for long, you might have heard us talk about a lovely, up and coming district known as the Film Exchange District – sometimes the locals just call it Film Row. This gem is located along Sheridan Avenue between Classen Boulevard and Walker Avenue, and is home to a number of businesses, including a yummy pizza joint, Joey’s Pizzeria. These days, Joey’s has a lovely, mostly new, across-the-street neighbor – The Paramount, OKC. Enter its doors and you’ll find coffee, wine, pie, and, of course, movies. Sounds splendid, right?

Located in the 700 block of West Sheridan, The Paramount sits in a building that was once a distribution facility for Paramount Pictures. Today, patrons can stop by and enjoy tasty treats from their menu – grilled cheese, soup, cookies, pie, coffee, and more. After gobbling up something delicious, we suggest you head over to their 70-seat theater where they screen a wide variety of movies.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill place to catch the latest blockbuster. Click here to find out more info about their hours, showings, prices, facility rentals, etc.

Photo Credit: By Patrick W. Moore (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

arts and culture, downtown, movies, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Eat, Drink and Enjoy Fall

Labor Day has come and gone, and with it came some cooler temps here in OKC. And we must say, it's pretty fantastic. If you've been with us long, you might remember a little post we did back in June called "Dining Alfresco." It included a few of OKC's outstanding outdoor dining options. And while the internet offers us endless space to go on and on, we didn't want to leave you with restaurant overload. So we're back for another post on the same topic. With upcoming temperatures set to top out in the low 80s, we think it's prime time for some outdoor dining magic.

Bolero Tapas Bar & Spanish Grill – Lunch/Dinner; 200 Oklahoma Ave, Suite 140
Louie's Grill & Bar – Lunch/Dinner; various locations across the metro
Flip's Wine Bar and Trattoria – Lunch/Dinner; 5801 N. Western Ave.
Bellini's Ristorante & Grill – Lunch/Dinner/Sunday Brunch; 6305 Waterford Blvd, Suite 100
Will's Café & The Lobby Bar – Breakfast (Weekdays only)/Lunch/Dinner; 4322 N. Western Ave.
West – Lunch/Dinner/Brunch on Weekends; 6714 N. Western Ave
Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewing Co. – Lunch/Dinner; 1900 NW Expressway
Cool Greens – Lunch/Dinner; 6475 Avondale
Pearl's Oyster Bar – Lunch/Dinner/Brunch on Weekends; 5641 N Classen Blvd
Chelino's Mexican Restaurant Bricktown – Lunch/Dinner; 15 E. California Ave.

food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bustling Bricktown

Adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City is the fastest-growing entertainment district in the Southwest – Bricktown. With its large concentration of high-energy night clubs, casual lounges and list of restaurants covering a multitude of culinary cultures, Bricktown has something for every taste. And, when you factor in its picturesque setting, which embraces a mile-long canal lined with eateries, clubs, a movie theater, a bowling lounge, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and beautifully landscaped gardens and public art, you'll discover something the whole family can enjoy! Vibrant melodies can be heard coming from the American Banjo Museum and the Academy of Contemporary Music. Take a Bricktown Water Taxi cruise along the canal and discover the history of this energetic district. And while the weather is warm, be sure to hail a pedicab or one of several horse-drawn carriages that can be seen ferrying customers all over Bricktown. It's the perfect place for you to choose your own adventure.

museums, music, nightlife, parks, restaurants, arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, movies
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

OKC's Best

With so many great options in Oklahoma City, choosing a favorite anything can be difficult. Sometimes it's hard just to know where to start. So let the Oklahoma Gazette's "Best of OKC" help you out! Their extensive list covers food and drink, people, and places so you're sure to find some great recommendations by other OKC'ers. Head over to their website and check out the list.

business, food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Dining Alfresco

Dining aficionados can get more than just delicious local fare this summer – they can also take in some stunning views of the city when choosing one of the many local restaurants with outdoor seating. There are hundreds of options across the metro, but to help you out, we've narrowed it down to a few of our favorites in a variety of locations. No matter what you're craving – Mexican, sushi, steak, burgers, dessert or an ice cold beverage – Oklahoma City's outdoor dining options include everything under the sun.

Big Truck Tacos – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Thurs. 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 7:30 a.m. - midnight; 530 NW 23rd Street
RePUBlic Gastropub – Lunch/Dinner; Sun. - Wed. 11 a.m. - midnight, Thurs. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.; 5830 N. Classen
Sushi Neko – Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - midnight; 4318 N. Western
The Wedge Pizzeria in Deep Deuce – Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 - 10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 - 11 p.m., Sat. noon - 11 p.m., Sun. 5 - 10 p.m.; 230 NE 1 Street
Paseo Grill – Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat. 5:30 - 10 p.m.; 2909 Paseo
Café do Brasil – Brunch/Lunch/Dinner; Tue. - Thurs. 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 - 9 p.m., Fri. 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 - 10 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 - 10 p.m., Sun. 9:30 - 2:30 p.m.; 440 NW 11 Street
Cuppies & Joe – Dessert/Coffee; Tue. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; 727 NW 23 Street
Kaiser's American Bistro – Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m., 1039 N. Walker Ave.
Bolero Spanish Grill & Tapas – Brunch/Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Thurs. 3 - 10 p.m., Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; 200 Oklahoma Ave., Suite 140
Bravo! Cucina Italiana – Brunch/Lunch/Dinner; Sun. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; 13810 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Nonna's Euro-American – Lunch/Dinner; Tue. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; 1 Mickey Mantle Drive
Buffalo Wild Wings – Lunch/Dinner; Daily 11 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.; 5500 Tinker Diagonal, Del City

Got a favorite? Let us know! With so many great options, this is a subject we can't cover just once. So let us know your favorite places and you can help us share the OKC eatery love.

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Request for Proposals

Heads up, you unsuspecting but head-over-heels guys and gals! If your valentine has you headed to one of the following locations, make sure to do your hair in your finest tears-of-joy fashion and put on your best threads. Why? You may be in for the type of surprise that includes a bended knee. These spots have been identified by our love doctors as a few of the most intriguing places to pop the question in town. So go ahead, say yes to the request and make St. Valentine proud.

The Myriad Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory includes 17 acres of natural loveliness as well as a 224-foot long circular jungle with palm trees, exotic plantings, crashing waterfalls and nightly LED shows just perfect for a ring and prayer. Located at 301 West Reno, the Crystal Bridge is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the outside gardens are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Bricktown Canal is full of nooks, crannies and romantic rendezvous points, as well as all manner of enchanting ways to get around: a quiet walk, a charming water taxi ride, a picturesque Brickshaw or Segway tour, and even horse-drawn carriages. Once she's said yes, you can head over to one of the many fine establishments in Bricktown, perfect for a celebratory toast – Nonna's Purple Bar, The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro, Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse, or a number of others.

The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden is the perfect place to ask your animal-adoring significant other the big question. Malee, the new baby elephant, can help make the moment even more special, especially if you can train her to hand your future fiancée the ring (we don't recommend trying this). Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Castle Falls will transport your valentine to something akin to a fairy tale. The design? Like a German castle. The cuisine? European. The ambiance? Sure to sweep your date off his or her feet.

Lake Hefner isn't just for exercise, boating and taking photos of the lighthouse. Stop in for a romantic dinner at Redrock Canyon Grill or the Hefner Grill. A bottle of red, a bottle of white and delicious dessert mixes with fabulous cuisine and nightly stunning sunsets to create quite the atmosphere of amore.

Adventure District, downtown, food, nightlife, parks, restaurants, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bake Me a Cake

Whether you're craving a straight-from-the-oven pastry or a cupcake blanketed in sweet frosting, Oklahoma City has a number of fine bakeries certain to hit that sweet spot. Cupcake lovers are especially fortunate with the mouth-watering assortments of Sara Sara Cupcakes, Cuppies & Joe and GiGi's Cupcakes of Oklahoma City, A wide range of freshly baked goodies can be found at Big Sky Bread Company, Brown's Bakery and Mexico Bakery, while the name of Nothing Bundt Cakes tells you all you need to know about the specialty of that wonderful establishment. Happy eating!

food, restaurants, business, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Exploring the Paseo

From its 1960s and ‘70s heyday as a counterculture haven to its current renaissance as the center of Oklahoma City’s arts community, the historic Paseo District is a place of singular charm and style. The Spanish stucco buildings house a wonderfully eclectic array of art studios, galleries and boutiques, as well as restaurants such as the elegant Paseo Grill and its sister pizzeria, Sauced on Paseo. It all adds up to what the American Planning Association in 2010 called one of the nation’s 10 Great Neighborhoods.

On the first Friday of each month, the Paseo cranks up the hospitality with the First Friday Gallery Walk, in which more than 60 neighborhood artists show off their wares amid a blocks-long party of music, food and fun. Be sure to check out the next one on Aug. 5.

arts and culture, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TV Diners

The Food Network, the TV viewing choice for rapt foodies the nation over, has spotlighted a number of top-notch Oklahoma City restaurants over the past few years. Why not check them out for yourselves? Those who have received the Food Network close-up include Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Ingrid’s Kitchen, Big Truck Tacos, Leo’s BBQ (3631 N. Kelley Ave.), Nic’s Grill (1201 N. Pennsylvania Ave.) and Mama E’s Wings & Waffles (3838 Springlake Dr.), as well as such nearby spots as Eischen’s in Okarche and The Diner in Norman. What are you waiting for? Deliciousness awaits.

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thursday evenings just got awesome

Oklahoma City’s skyline is changing, and you have the chance to see it up close – all while enjoying a tasty beverage and good company. Each Thursday, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosts Cocktails on the Skyline. This weekly event gives you access to the museum’s fantastic Roof Terrace and a terrific view of downtown Oklahoma City, all while offering a full bar, complimentary chips and salsa, a fun environment and great live music. The Roof Terrace opens at 5 p.m. and rocks until 10 p.m. And don’t worry – there are back up plans in place in case of rain or extreme heat or wind.

restaurants, downtown, museums, music, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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