OKC by the Districts: The Paseo

Blogger Amanda Martin shares her favorite places in the Paseo Arts District of OKC
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Hey what's up hello! It's time for my monthly OKC by the Districts post and this time we're heading to the Paseo Arts District! Paseo is only a few minutes away from my 'hood so I spend quite a lot of time here......mostly drinking, sometimes eating, and always taking pictures (soooo many of my blog and IG photos are taken here). C and I love to ride our bikes to Paseo for patio drinks when the weather is nice! The little two-block district is home to over 20 art galleries and has a funky, eclectic vibe to it. The colorful, Spanish revival architecture with stucco buildings and clay roof tiles reminds me of Santa Fe....or somewhere...definitely not Okla.! Paseo was actually the first shopping district north of downtown and it was home to the first art studio and gallery in the city; it's so cool to me that the arts have always been the center of the district.

A few years ago, Paseo was pretty worn down (or trashy for lack of a better word) but new businesses have been moving in to the district and have really helped the neighborhood up its game. It is now a hip and popular area that I love to visit!

Below are my personal favorite places in the Paseo from sunup to sundown. There are more stores and restaurants opening up regularly; I am super pumped for the new Japanese restaurant to open by the owners of Goro Ramen and a New Mexican / Southwest restaurant coming soon.

Amanda's OK eats at Holey Roller's Donuts in the Paseo Arts District of Oklahoma City
Holey Rollers | Don't mind my post-shoulder surgery arm sling! 

biscuit sandwich breakfast at Buttermilk in the Paseo
Buttermilk Biscuit - check the size of that Mimosa! 

Breakfast & Brunch
Holey Rollers Donuts - coffee and donuts, need I say more? The donuts are handcrafted with natural ingredients and creative flavors...think: chocolate cardamom or espresso and cream. All of the donuts are egg and dairy free and some are gluten free! They also serve house made english muffins, breakfast tacos and all local coffees.

Buttermilk Biscuit - breakfast has my heart and biscuits are always a win in my book! Buttermilk offers all kinds of biscuit breakfast sandwiches, gigantic mimosas and sweets. They also serve potato rolls if you aren't a biscuit lover (however, I will judge you for choosing a potato roll lol). The Chicken Honey is my sandwich of choice, I love the pickle and honey and crisp fried chicken all together!

Picasso Cafe - disclaimer: I've only ever had dinner here but I'm DYING to try their brunch menu sometime! They have a ton of vegetarian options, boozy brunch cocktails and fancy coffee (hello white chocolate raspberry latte). Their indoor space is super cute with tiled floors, big windows and fun furniture but if you're lucky, their outdoor seating is adorable, as well, right next to their purple stucco walls.

OSO is a great spot for cocktails, lunch or dinner in the Paseo district of OKC
OSO

Lunch & Dinner
Paseo Grill - a favorite for date night! I live for their fried green beans and southwest meatloaf. YUM. The chicken pot pie is fabulous, too! The atmosphere is dark but intimate and kind of upscale; the food is said to be American with an international flare.

OSO - OSO (pronounced Oh-So) is the a new kid on the block! They have the CUTEST interior with blue tiled floors, windows all around and light streaming in. If you think the indoor is cute, the outdoor patio is TO DIE FOR. OSO's cocktails are amazing (lots of beach / tiki drinks - I love the painkiller) and their tacos are good, too! The craft tortillas are really thick and unique.

Picasso Cafe - (continued from above) I love Picasso because they have options for everyone...there are vegetarian dishes, healthy options, eat-your-heart-out homestyle dishes and yes, even a doggie dining menu! The blackened shrimp risotto is really yummy and the tacos are great, too.


Drinks
Scratch Kitchen - I LOVE their cocktails! They have a great classic cocktail list as well as seasonal custom cocktails and daily happy hours. All of their drinks have really unique liqueurs in them and are fun to sample! Scratch serves food, as well, but I've yet to try it. Their space is really upscale but still Instagrammable with wood counters, tin ceilings, dark floors and fun tiger wall paper around the bar! The white walls and big rounded windows make it bright and airy.

Sauced on Paseo - forever a favorite patio for a quick beer and a slice of [very tasty] pizza. Sometimes it can get a bit ghetto and crazy (i.e. last time I saw a legit dog fight that turned into a dog-owner fight) but when the clientele is calm, it's a fun and eclectic place to hang out.

Red Rooster - I have yet to visit the newly reopened Red Rooster but I hear the complete remodel and revamp is amazing. I'm dying to check it out! They have food, wine, craft beer and cocktails....yes, please. Their new food menu looks REAL tasty and the space looks so cute!


Services & Activities
Lady Stardust Salon - Sam's salon is SO CUTE, the decor is colorful and fun and so warm and welcoming. They do everything from lash and brow work to massages, cupping and all kinds of facials. Plus Sam is so sweet and cute! You will be in good hands.

First Friday Gallery Walk - the first Friday of every month, rain or shine from 6-9 (ha, that rhymed) over 80 artists and 25 businesses in Paseo stay open late, offer refreshments, showcase themed exhibits and put on a variety of entertainment options for their monthly art walk. There are food trucks, musicians/bands, and pets are always welcome.

Paseo Arts Festival - once a year, usually over Memorial Day Weekend, the Paseo Arts Festival takes place! It is actually a fundraiser for the Paseo Arts Association and helps to support the district. It's a fun event with tons of tents, lots of food, music, sales, shopping, kid's activities and more. It is PACKED, though, so plan to park and walk quite a ways!

Amanda Martin of Amanda's OK blog shares her favorite spots in the Paseo Arts District of Oklahoma City

Shopping
Library - Library is a really cool concept! It's basically like Netflix for clothes? Lol! You pay a monthly membership and you get access to the entire store. You can reserve items, pick them up, wear them, and return them for something else. They offer really great brands like ASOS, Free People, Zara, Michael Kors etc. It's perfect for people like me who only wear outfits once or twice!

Betsy King Shoes - if you have a shoe fetish like I do, this is such a great little find! Betsy King offers well-made shoes of all styles to reflect each person's personal taste. There are funky and colorful shoes and chic and sophisticated shoes. Each pair is chosen by Betsy herself to "reflect the modern women of OKC".....LOVE that.

Galleries - OK, don't kill me for saying this, but I am not much of an art person and have never been in a single Paseo gallery. I know, I know. But if you're into that sort of thing, be sure to check them out! There are so many to choose from.

OSO Outdoor Patio

There you have it, friends. Paseo in a nut shell! Sorry for all the outfit photos.....turns out I didn't have as many food / drink pics from Paseo as I thought....probs because everything is so good I dig right in! I did give you fair warning that I always shoot photos here :)

Locals, are there any spots I missed that you love or would recommend? I noticed "Mayan Taqueria and Cantina" and "The Root" when I was browsing the Paseo website's restaurant page.... I have no clue where/what those are but I like the sound of them! Also, Red Rooster, I'm coming for ya STAT!

Thank you so much for reading! It really means to world to me that you would stop by.


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