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After a busy day of pitching, problem-solving and working hard for the money — so hard for it, honey — nothing sounds sweeter than a meal prepared to perfection by a local chef while downing a drink crafted with equal care.
Whether for a business meeting or time out with friends or that special someone, the Oklahoma City metro has plenty of dinner-and-drink options to satiate the beast.
Heath Clinton, president at Phase 2 Interactive in Oklahoma City, names Deep Fork Grill as a top go-to spot for client meetings and a great meal after work.
“They always makes you feel welcome,” says Clinton. “You’ve gotta love Republic for after work and before a Thunder game. I love their burgers. Last, and certainly not least, I have to frequent Iguana Mexican Grill for lunch, happy hour or dinner. It never disappoints.”
Deep Fork is also an after-work favorite for Barbara Butner, executive director of the OKC-based nonprofit organization Calm Waters.
“You can find me at Deep Fork with my good friend, Kay Goebel, enjoying a bottle — yes, a bottle — of very affordable Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc with their lovely fruit and cheese platter,” Butner says. “Artisan cheeses with seasonal fruit and Parmesan toast points — it’s priceless.”
Mark Maxted, vice president of sales at Salerno Health in Oklahoma City, recommends the carne guisada plate at his nearby Chelino’s on North May Avenue.
“For a quick bite that doesn’t vary, the quality is always good and very affordable,” he says. “Great food, great service and a great price. They have killer margaritas, too, I’m told.”
Cyndy Hoenig, publicist and owner of the Pure PR firm in Edmond, favors unwinding at The Martini Lounge, connected to Boulevard Steakhouse, with its popular cosmo martini, beef tournedos, artichoke dip and crab cakes.
A little comfort food in order? Samara Terrill, associate financial adviser at Synergy Advisors Group, indulges at Red PrimeSteak for its “amazing green mac and cheese, and the black cherry mojito I love.”
Terrill also recommends 1492 for the MidTown eatery’s happy hour.
For liquid libations, writer Brandie Koskie says you can’t go wrong with a Dos Equis Amber in a giant frozen Schooner glass with lime at Ted’s Cafe Escondido or a Wiley One-Eyed Wheat at Bricktown Brewery.