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For a little South American flavor, head to Cafe do Brasil! Inside the restaurant, the decor greets visitors with high ceilings, tropical plants, and yellow walls that are accented by the dark wood furnishings. The menu features a wide variety of traditional and not-so traditional South American dishes including Jacaré ao Pantanal which is fried alligator served with a honey-mustard dipping sauce, Casquinha da Siri, a crab sauce served in the shell and the classic Picanha Brasileira, a perfect flank-steak served with Feijão Tropeiro (mixture of Pinto beans, cassava, bacon, eggs and much more). Cafe do Brasil is also a popular brunch place - be sure to try a slice of their 'Brasilian Pie', a pocket stuffed with ham, mozzarella and spinach. Live music is a frequent feature, and the rooftop "Bossa Nova" bar is an excellent place to grab a Caipirinha and relax.
Cafe Antigua serves up authentic Guatemalan cuisine, not something you find on every Oklahoma City corner. Don't let the small, casual restaurant fool you though, big flavors abound. Favorite menu items include the Motulenos and the Mosh. Cafe Antigua is especially popular for the fact that it serves its exotic breakfasts all day long. Although the food is simple, the flavors are huge.
Someplace Else is a deli and bakery serving up huge hoagies, subs and other deli dishes. In addition to the sandwiches, Someplace Else is popular for its soups, salads, baked goods and breakfasts. The portions are large and the quality is high, so its very difficult for anyone to leave Someplace Else unsatisfied.
Ask a handful of Oklahoma City residents where to get the best burger in town and chances are at least one of them will tell you Nic's. If you don't believe them, just take a look at the line snaking around the block. It may look daunting, but don't worry, the wait will be worth it. The burgers are huge and made-to order with a variety of your own topping combinations. To eat like a local, get the OKC favorite onion burger, a mass of beef mixed with onion. However, burgers aren't all Nic's has to offer, the menu also features a host of classic American dishes like meatloaf (Friday's only) and hearty breakfasts. Don't forget to bring cash as Nic's does not accept credit cards, just another truly old-school fashion.
Looking for great food and live music? Go no further. This hot spot has been offering both since 1976. It does not have music every night, so call ahead, but it gets some great acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers. Enjoy a sandwich or salad, or just munch of some of the appetizers. This trendy Nichols Hills restaurant and bar is perfect for dinner or a fun night out. Expect a cover charge if there is entertainment. Enjoy Happy Hour from 4p-7p Monday through Friday with domestic longnecks on special and a free buffet.
Ingrid's is beloved amongst the residents of OKC. Home to hearty and authentic German fare, you will never leave this place hungry! On the menu you'll find a variety of bratwurst sausages and German sandwiches (think Liverwurst or Blood & Tongue - this is the real deal!). The Schnitzel platter is highly recommended. In addition to lunch and dinner, Ingrid's is also a popular spot for breakfast, order the Smoked Pork Chop, which comes with two eggs, oven roasted potatoes or hash browns. Don't forget to swing by the pastry counter on your way out for a sweet treat!
For a great breakfast or lunch, try this cafe/restaurant in the northwest part of town. If you go for breakfast, try a taquita, which is a grilled combo of potato, sausage, onion, tomato and eggs in a cheddar-jalapeno tortilla shell. There is also an old-fashioned citrus juicer in the middle of the restaurant so you can watch them freshly squeeze your orange juice. The breakfast menu has all the basics including pancakes, eggs, omelets and more. The lunch menu carries sandwiches, burgers and specialty salads.
There is a very New Orleans feel to this Nichols Hills restaurant, with blues music and the Cajun and Creole dishes. The outdoor patio is popular in the warm months. There is a full bar in this trendy, lighthearted restaurant, which is often frequented by regulars. You will find a wide variety of seafood dishes, including the very popular fresh oysters on the half shell, as well as various salmon, trout, tuna, snapper, catfish and shrimp dishes. You will also find chicken, burgers, steaks and salads on the menu.
Cafe 501 is one place that has it all. The ambiance is cool, loungey and a great place to hang out at. The dishes you may want to try are the sandwiches, salads, vegetarian pizzas, the coyote chicken and much more. Even though the food is delicious, the desserts are something that you cannot escape here. They also offer a great variety of wines to choose from. A definite must visit! Their catering services provides a menu best to suit your events and special occasions. For more information and reservations, call ahead.