Ask a Local: An Insider’s Guide to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown.

“Stay off the interstate—there’s nothing good there,” says Elena Hughes, Oklahoma City native and general manager of Elemental Coffee. But there’s a lot of good happening in OKC. At Elemental, one of the city’s first specialty roasters, Hughes incorporates what she learns from frequent trips to LA for coffee. She also makes sure the kitchen serves dishes like the beloved Sweet Jesus sandwich (local rye bread, sweet potato mash, thyme-roasted cauliflower, gruyere, tomatoes, runny egg). Hughes has planted roots in OKC and isn’t planning on leaving anytime soon. Let her be your guide.

The Ambassador Hotel. Photo: Courtesy of the Ambassador Hotel

Where should we stay?
Stay in Midtown at The Ambassador hotel. It has a great craft cocktail bar on top and it’s walking distance from cool restaurants and bars.

The Florentine (marinated tomatoes, garlicky spinach and mushrooms, egg, and goat cheese béchamel at Waffle Champion. Photo: Courtesy of Waffle Champion

What’s the best place to grab breakfast in town?
If you’re not coming to Elemental, the place we love most is called Waffle Champion. When I’m there, I beeline for the brie and Brussels sprouts waffle. For brunch, I’d go to Packard’s in Midtown, because it has a great wine and cocktail list that everyone can agree on. But if I was looking for pastries for a weekday breakfast, it’s Prairie Thunder Bakery—no question. I love that almond croissant.

Best cups of coffee in town?
Elemental Coffee. Really. Otherwise, I’d go outside of OKC to Tulsa, …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit