OKC by the Districts: Western Avenue

Oklahoma City blogger Amanda's OK shares her favorite spots in the Western Avenue District
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Hey there, fellow Oklahomies! And a special hello to anyone else looking to visit my home-sweet-homa. It's time for my monthly OKC by the Districts post.....I've shared my favorite local establishments in Midtown, The Plaza, Uptown 23rd, Automobile Alley and the Paseo but today we're heading to the Western Avenue District! I actually live in the district just a few blocks off Western so it is near and dear to my heart.

When I first started working on this post, I thought the Western Avenue district was only Western Avenue itself from I-44 to NW 36th street but I was so wrong! The district as a whole encompasses all of Classen Curve and Nichols Hills Plaza and stretches from Wilshire to NW 36th and from Penn to Broadway Extension.

The Western Avenue district is filled with places to eat, shop, browse, and explore from high-end boutiques to local antique stores to major retailers like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. It really has a little bit of everything! I'm here to let you know about my personal favorite spots and help you plan a day on Western from start to finish.

the giant cinnamon from osteria's brunch menu in oklahoma city

Breakfast & Brunch
Stella Nova - a fantastic coffee shop (I live for their almond milk lattes) that also offers breakfast, bakery bites and sandwiches! They have a variety of sugar free syrups, too, if you're counting calories/macros. Stella Nova has a handfull of OKC locations but the Crown Heights one is my go-to!

Whiskey Cake - weekend brunch heaven! Whiskey Cake is actually a small chain with several locations in Texas but you wouldn't know it. Their food is farm to table fresh and so yummy. I love the B.E.L.T. sandwich (BLT w/an egg) and the fried green tomatoes. Their craft cocktails are always top notch, too!

Osteria - one of the newer kids on the block, Osteria has a great brunch menu and the biggest cinnamon roll I've ever seen! It is covered in caramel creme and praline (insert drool emoji). I haven't gotten to try it yet, but their breakfast pizza looks amazing, too!

OKC's restaurant, en croute, has the most chic interior
En Croute

the cheese and charcuterie board at en croute in okc
En Croute
Saint Mark's Chop Room
Truffle Honey Fried Chicken Wings at Saint Mark's Chop Room

Lunch & Dinner
En Croute - one of our favorite places for a date night! They have an amazing cheese & charcuterie board, great cocktails ad the juiciest burger. The best part, though, is the mushrooms and truffle on toast appetizer. It will make your mouth water like nothing else I've ever tasted!
P.S. They're open for brunch, too! 

Saint Mark's Chop Room - a great place for a special occasion or fancy night out! They have a fantastic steak house type menu and a nice, intimate setting. Their dinner dishes are great but what really steals the show is the truffle honey fried chicken wings appetizer that comes with a garlic aioli! My taste buds will never be the same.

The Sandwich Club - I think this restaurant is OKC's best kept secret! It has very limited hours but if you can make it there when they're open you won't regret it! Their sandwiches are very unique and creative....not to mention they're ginormous! My favorite is The Mix Tape with sprouts, gouda, chicken and pesto but honestly, you can't go wrong with anything on their menu.

The Drumroom - if you like fried chicken and waffles this is the place for you! It's a bit dark and dingy but sooooo worth it. Come hungry!

Republic Gastropub - Republic is one of the first restaurants in OKC that turned me into a foodie and (I believe) the first Gastropub in the city! They've been around for years and have recently opened a new location in Chisolm Creek. Their macaroni and cheese with bacon and andouille is absolutely fantastic and their knife and fork BLT is what dreams are made of. All of their food is pub style (but I'd call it high-end craft pub style) and is meant to compliment their extensive beer menu.

Iron Star - one of my favorite BBQ spots in town! If you're trying to be healthy / low fat, their smoked turkey is a fantastic option. If you're not watching your calories, the jalapeño cheddar sausage and macaroni has my stamp of approval!

Cafe 501 - a great place for a light lunch with a friend! They have delicious sandwiches, wraps and salads. I love the Coyote Crunch wrap!

Upper Crust - a local wood fired pizza joint that is perfect for date night. It has a a bit of an upscale vibe to it in comparison to other pizza places. They also have the yummiest cookie pie for dessert! I'm usually not a thin crust kinda girl, but the toppings at Upper Crust make the pizzas extra yummy and unique. The Numbers is my go to - it is topped with jalapeños, pepperoni, spicy sausage and prosciutto.

Sushi Neko - my favorite sushi place in OKC! Most sushi places taste the same to me haha, but Sushi Neko has forever been a favorite and it feels like a "nice" place for a date night or special occasion!

Hopdoddy and Slapfish are two of my Nichols Hills Plaza favorites, too, but since they are larger chains I didn't include them. 

The Merrett
Brandy Ice at Saint Mark's Chop Room

Flip's Wine Bar - to be honest, I've only ever had beer and wine on their patio. BUT, it's a really cute patio with brick and ivy everywhere and is super enjoyable to sit on in the evenings when the weather is nice!

Republic Gastropub - I mentioned them above, but I wanted to note that they have over 100 beers on tap and 250+ bottles from around the world. They also have a big wine list and lots of cocktails! It's a great place for happy hour, especially if you're lucky enough to get their outdoor patio seats.

The Merrett - pop, fizz, clink! The Merrett is OKC's first and only champagne bar! They serve more than just champagne, though, I'm a huge fan of their craft cocktails. They can get preeeetty packed on weekend nights when there is a DJ, but I love to stop in for a pre-dinner drink when they aren't as busy. The interior is very fancy with marble, glass and gold everywhere!

Osteria - I mentioned them above, and although their cinnamon roll is fantastic, the cocktails are what really sets Osteria apart! The espresso salted caramel martini is like drinking a dessert and everything else I've tried has been fabulous, as well.

Saint Mark's Chop Room - though they have a great cocktail and wine menu, the Brandy Ice is what I want to talk about! I'm not sure why Brandy Ice in general isn't more popular because its AMAZING. It's like a liquor milkshake dessert haha. I had to include it here because Saint Mark's is one of the few places I've found it at!

Green Goodies has the best cupcakes in OKC
Green Goodies

Roxy's Ice Cream is the best ice cream in Oklahoma!
Roxy's Ice Cream

Green Goodies - quite possibly my favorite cupcakes in all of Oklahoma City! Their icing is thick and yummy but the actual cake part stands up to the icing perfectly with it's own flavor and perfect (not too dry, not too mushy) texture. They even have coffee and gluten free, sugar free or vegan options! I will forever be a fan of their salted caramel cupcake but I've never met a Green Goodies cupcake I didn't like haha. Their seasonal flavors (like spiced pumpkin maple or carrot cake) always fulfill my cravings! Green Goodies was even featured on the TV show Cupcake Wars!

Roxy's Ice Cream - I've mentioned Roxy's no less than 50 times on this blog. They were a part of my Plaza District post (that's where their original brick and mortar location is) but I had to include them here, too, since they opened a store in Classen Curve! The Salted Caramel flavor will always have my heart (it seems like I'm recommending salted caramel things from every place I mention haha) but lately I've been loving the Graham Cracker flavor.

Tucker's - if you want a classic diner style milkshake, this is the best place to go!

OKC blogger Amanda Martin works out at Koda Crossfit
Koda Crossfit

Boardroom Salon for Men in Oklahoma City
Boardroom Salon for Men

Services & Activities
Koda Crossfit - my favorite place to workout! I can't recommend Koda enough. Their coaches take the time to ensure people are comfortable, have good form, and avoid injury. I've been working out at Koda for five+ years and genuinely love it.

Gloss Nail Salon - the only place I go for dip nails! Their dip lasts for 3 weeks and always looks amazing. The salon itself is clean and well decorated with pink and navy walls, chandeliers and pretty white counters. It feels very fancy. I love it there!

Drybar - for when you aren't in the mood to wash and dry your own hair!

Boardroom Salon for Men - now I can't attest to this myself, but C has been multiple times and says they give great scalp massages! The space is very manly with wood walls, a dark aesthetic and a pool table in the middle of it all. The also offer shaves and spa services for men.

There is also an Orange Theory Fitness, Cycle Bar, Pure Barre, barre3 and Pilates on Western....they just aren't my personal fitness preference so I can't very well comment on their studio or classes! 

OKC bloggers Amanda Martin and Ashley Williams shop at Classen Curve
Shopping at Classen Curve

Classen Curve - adding a sublist here because there is too much to mention!
  • There are a ton of high-end chains here like Lululemon, Kendra Scott, Anthro, West Elm, Francesca's, Athleta, Evereve, Rustic Cuff, Sur la Table, Warby Parker, Scout and Molly's and more! 
  • The Impeccable Pig - a great southern clothing boutique that I frequent! Code AMANDA20 gets you 20% off their website.
  • On A Whim - a fantastic home, clothing and gift store with high end products like MacKenzie Childs, Rebecca Minkoff, Gorjana, Lafco and more.
  • Red Coyote - the best running store in town! They offer great running clothes, fantastic shoes, a free gait analysis to help you choose the right running shoe, weekly group runs and marathons training programs. 

Mockingbird Manor Antiques - I'm not normally much of an antique store kinda girl but I love wandering through Mockingbird Manor! It is the CUTEST old house/building with twists and turns and stairways. They always have really unique finds.

Vada Boutique - a great place for clothes, jewelry and accessories! I bought a pair of orange earrings here several years ago and wear them to almost every OSU football game.

Savory Spice Shop - OK ya'll know I'm not much of a cook but I had to include this because C frequents it! They have almost any spice you can think of and they often let you customize or sample them before buying. They also have an awesome loyalty club.

I don't know anything about this garage but they are located on Western so I'm including this photo :) 

WHEW! SO many good places! Now you can see why I spend so much time here (in addition to living and sleeping here haha). 

If you're local, what Western Avenue District place is your favorite? Are there any I left out that you love? If you're not local.....what place would you like to visit if you're ever in town? I'd love to get your input! What district would you like to see next?? 

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