Eating Your Way Through Oklahoma City
Part 1 of 2 | A Dining Guide For the Curious Eater
photos by Dawn Garcia[dropcap letter=”O”]klahoma City is abundant in food fit for the most discerning diner. With chefs that not only have bountiful vision, they have the artistry and depth of curiosity that lends to some of the most delectable food I’ve had. Honestly, this was a city I didn’t expect much from in the culinary department … until I got there! Admittedly I was surprised at how beautiful some of the dishes were, which goes to show you that there is an abundance of culinary gems that exist in this world. A little willingness and a healthy curiosity can go a long way and prove to be something rather amazing.
Driving from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, I chose restaurants that peaked my interest and were all too unique to deny myself the tasting. I am grateful to each Chef and Restaurant who not only offered immense hospitality, they presented food that rivaled some of the best culinary cities there are and that is something to celebrate.
Oklahoma City surprised me in every way – and I loved it! From dining to sightseeing to art and of course, the people, I found a special place in my travel heart for OKC. While researching new restaurants to the area and a hopeful sense of adventure, I visited quite a few places but it’s 4 restaurants that truly left me hungry for more – and they embraced dining much like we do here in Los Angeles: be bold, take risks, don’t underestimate flavor, and be true to your ingredients.
Below is Part 1 featuring two sister restaurants: Covell Park + Guernsey Park[separator type=”thin”]
Stop 1 | Covell Park
1200 W. Covell Road | Edmond, Oklahoma 73025
I made a reservation for 17! Yes, I had 17 people in my party and when I say that the service was impeccable and the food was superb, I mean it. We ordered an onslaught of dishes to try and while all were truly delicious, there are some I think everyone MUST try:
Mussels (like I’ve never had them before): Served with mussels, Chinese aged sausage, lemongrass buerre blanc with grilled baguette
These mussels were swimming in flavor and while the ingredients seemed different, they added so much more to the mussels themselves without ever competing with the natural elegance of the mollusks. This was rich and undeniably a signature dish Covell Park has mastered.
Beet Salad: Golden beet noodles, garlic crème, beet puree, friend garlic and watercress salad
Oh yes, this was exquisite and bursting with notes of citrus. I could eat this salad every day.
We had a salmon special (not the curry salmon now on the menu) but this salmon was prepared to perfection. It had a crisp outer shell and the most beautiful pink inside. It was elegant and understated and the toppings of red pepper and the purée base was wonderful on the palate.
Pork Chop: Bone-in pork, manchego mashers, bacon brussel sprouts, apple slaw topped with demi-glaze
Bacon and bone-in pork? You kind of can’t go wrong here and the apple slaw and cheesy manchego mashers brought this dish to a comforting MUST EAT!
Their selection of freshly prepared sushi and sashimi was refreshing, well composed and rivaled any sushi house in LA. My favorite was the Albacore Sashimi, Tuna Tataki and Salmon.
For families, their kids menu is fantastic!! Even the littlest of ones will find something yummy.
Covell Park is tucked away just off of Covell Road and the ambiance is wonderful, design modern and chic and the staff is fantastic.[separator type=”thin”]
Stop 2 | Guernsey Park
2418 N Guernsey Ave. | Oklahoma City, OK 73103