Our Oklahoma Vacation 2014

Tuesday - Day 1

Stopping in Hugo

Our first stop after crossing over into Oklahoma was in the city of Hugo, which bills itself as "Circus City, USA." This is because it has a history of traveling circuses having their headquarters in Hugo and wintering there. A fascinating part of this history is Mount Olivet Cemetery, which has a section known as "Showman's Rest." Some very unique tombstones have been erected to honor circus performers who have gone to that big top in the sky.

Angie's Circus City Diner

If you're looking for anything from a snack to a meal, probably the most interesting restaurant in Hugo is the Circus City Diner. It pays homage to all the circus' that have called Hugo home over the years - there is memorabilia on every wall, shelf and corner. You know the food is good because it's always packed with locals. We couldn't resist a quick stop to check it out.

Taking the Indian Nation Turnpike

As we headed for Guthrie, we picked up the Indian Nation Turnpike - what a beautiful drive! There are no billboards, very few exits, and no frontage roads or businesses. Because of that, we made sure that we had gas for the duration. There's a service station at the first of the turnpike and at the last, and pretty much nothing in between for 105 miles. It was a nice drive, though, and I think that the cost for the whole way was $5.50.

Do Not Drive Into Smoke?!?

One thing that we found curious were the periodical signs along the way that you see in the picture. Traveling the country, I've never seen one of those before... yet they appeared every so often on the turnpike. Is smoke really that much of a problem? What was the cause of this mysterious smoke? And why not simply go through it? Thankfully, we didn't see any smoke at all... but if we did, the signs had freaked us out enough that we decided that we definitely weren't going to drive into it!

Grabbing a bite at Pepino's

We were getting a little hungry after all the driving, having left the turnpike and transitioning onto I-40. We saw a sign for a Subway in Okemah, OK. It is the birthplace of folk music legend Woody Guthrie, best known for his song "This Land is Your Land." Pulling into the restaurant we looked next door and saw a Mexican restaurant named Pepino's... and so we called an audible and steered over there. The food was INCREDIBLE, especially the salsa!

Beyond the Hill House, Guthrie, OK

We found a Guthrie B&B online that was actually a small, two-bedroom cabin with a kitchen, living area and deck. It's out in the country, but only a few minutes from downtown Guthrie. I timed it on one trip and found it to be only about 6 minutes. We felt very secure out there, though, because the owner's house wasn't that far away. We had privacy, but security as well... plus all the amenities of a little house. Our hosts were delightful and accommodating, and the breakfasts that they brought over every morning were delicious. You can see some of the snapshots of the "Beyond the Hill House" below.

Dinner at the Blue Bell Bar

The Blue Bell was one of the most popular of the numerous saloons in Guthrie during the Territorial times. Tom Mix was a bartender here before he went off to find a career in silent films. Besides the saloon, the building in 1903 had an upper floor that consisted of 17 small rooms surrounding a lobby and was probably a bordello. Prohibition was repealed in Oklahoma in 1959, and the Blue Bell continued its operation... much has it had for all those years. Today it is a bar and grill, with delicious food like you see in the photo below!

Exploring Downtown Guthrie

The city of Guthrie began its life as a prairie stop along the AT&SF Railroad. On April 22, 1889, the day of the Land Run, Guthrie became a city of 10,000 people by nightfall. With the passing of the Organic Act in 1890, Oklahoma became a US Territory and Guthrie was selected as The Territorial Capital. Seventeen years later, on November 16, 1907, Oklahoma was declared a state by then President Theodore Roosevelt with Guthrie as the First State Capital. On June 11, 1910 by a majority vote, Oklahoma City was selected as the capital. The state government moved south and Guthrie was
left behind. Built as a testament to Victorian elegance befitting the capital of a new state, the city still retained its style and architectural integrity. It stands today as a National Historic Landmark with dozens of beautifully restored buildings, perfect examples of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture. There are over 2,000 buildings within the Guthrie Historic District covering 1,400 acres.

The Sun Sets over the Beyond the Hill House

After a wonderful day in Guthrie, we retired back to the Beyond the Hill House. Both my wife and I had some work to do, and thankfully the cabin had a strong wi-fi connection that allowed us to get online. After I finished up with what I was doing, I walked outside to see a beautiful sunset just outside of our door. It was wonderful being out in the country - even though we were only six minutes from downtown.

A Blood Moon

As we were enjoying the docile evening at the cabin, something strange happened... the moon turned blood red. We continued to watch it, and I remember that that night was one of four religious holidays that would be signaled by a "blood moon." Some say that it is an indicator of the end of the world. In the Bible, Acts 2 says: "And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord." While I don't know about all that, it was a beautiful, blood-red moon.

Wednesday - Day 2

We had a wonderful breakfast at our B&B cottage; it was a delicious egg casserole with homemade biscuits. I could kick myself for not taking a photo of it for the web page. It was one of those breakfasts where you ask yourself, "how in the world will I ever eat lunch after this???" After that, we hit the road and headed for Ponca City, which was about an hour-and-a-half away.

Marland's Grand Home

E.W. Marland came to Oklahoma in 1908 and started drilling for oil at the 101 Ranch. After striking it, he started construction on his grand home in Ponca City in 1914. E.W. and his wife Virginia moved into the new home along with their adopted children, George and Lydie, who were Virginia's blood niece and nephew. At the time the Marlands lived in the Grand Home, E.W.'s net worth, not including his oil company, was 30 million dollars (which would be equivalent to about three-quarters of a billion today). In 1925 E.W. started building what came to be known as the Marland Mansion. Virginia passed away at the Grand Home in June, 1926, never seeing the new mansion finished. Today you can tour them both.

Marland Mansion and Estate

E.W. Marland traveled extensively, and on one of his many trips he discovered the Davanzati Palace in Florence, Italy. He was quite taken with it and dreamed of having his own "Palace on the Prairie." Architect John Duncan Forsyth helped him realize his dream by 1928, but in the process Marland's wife died. He fell in love with his adopted niece, Lydie, so in 1928 they traveled to Pennsylvania where he had the adoption annulled, and then he married her and moved her into the mansion. There are both guided and self-paced tours of the mansion.

Lunch at the Rusty Barrell Supper Club

Just driving by, the Rusty Barrell Supper Club of Ponca City might not be a place that you would think about stopping for a meal. It's located in a strip shopping center, but worse than that, the entry is in the alley behind the place. It came highly recommended to us, though, so we parked the car and walked down the alleyway. Like a speakeasy of the olden days, you have to push a buzzer to gain entry, and when you do, the intimate restaurant is on two levels. The bottom one has a grill where steaks are prepared under the watchful eyes of the patrons who ordered them. It's a high-end place, but incredibly delicious... this was one of the best meals that we had on the entire trip!

The Poncan Theater

The Ponca City Chamber of Commerce told us that the Poncan Theater had a collection of lobby card art that we should see, so after lunch we stopped in to take a look. The theater manager, Larry King, gave us an impromptu tour that was fascinating. The theater does have a great art collection, but the architecture and decor are just as interesting. The beautifully-painted fire curtain is also wonderfully preserved. We'd stopped in just to look around, but were treated to a great experience.

Shopping Guthrie

After touring the theater, we drove back down to Guthrie and decided to take in a little more of the downtown area. There were all sorts of unique shops that had antiques, collectibles, memorabilia, and just plain ol' weird and interesting stuff. Even the architecture of the old buildings themselves was interesting to look at.

Stables Cafe

After reading some incredible online reviews of this place, we decided to eat at Stables Cafe in Guthrie. The building got its start as Tallman Livery Stable in 1889. As time went by and the auto became popular, it became an automobile dealership for Ford and Oldsmobile cars. In 1987, it was opened as a cafe and it's been in the same family since then. They have great bar-b-q, burgers, you name it... but the star of the show are the homemade Fried Onion Rings. This place is well worth a stop.

Thursday - Day 3

Off to Oklahoma City

We got up on Thursday and headed south for Oklahoma City. We had a room at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Bricktown, which is an old warehouse district that the city refurbished and turned into a restaurant, shopping, and nightclub area. There is a ballpark there, several hotels, and a river that winds through it all.

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial

At 9:02 AM on April 19, 1995, a madman and terrorist named Timothy McVeigh exploded a 4,800-pound bomb in a Ryder truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The bombing killed 168 people and injured more than 680 others. The memorial to those killed is both touching and beautiful, and visiting the museum is a very emotional experience. It's hard not to have tears come into your eyes as you view the story of that tragic day and those who lost their lives.

Lunch at the Bricktown Brewery

If you're in the Bricktown district of Oklahoma City, then you might as well stop in at the Bricktown Brewery. Not only do they have a full slate of commercial beers, but they also brew their own: Bricktown Brown, 46 Star Oklahoma Amber Ale, Remington Red, Single String Stout, and Wiley's One-Eyed Wheat. Along with the delicious Uber Cheeseburger that I had, I enjoyed the Stout and the Brown. It was a memorable meal, with two great, craft beers.

Oklahoma Land Run Monument

At high noon on April 22, 1889, an estimated 50,000 people were lined up for a race to claim a 160-acre plot of land each. A cannon was fired, and the race was on. These statues commemorate that event, and they have incredible detail. Another piece is added about every year, so it is a continually-growing monument. By the way, some people cheated and went out and staked out their claim in advance, sooner than the people in the official race. They were therefore called "sooners."

The Skirvin Hotel

Although we were staying down in Bricktown, we had to make the drive over to the historic, old Skirvin Hotel. First opened in 1911, the Skirvin Hotel contained 224 rooms in a ten story two winged tower. A third 12 story wing was added in 1925, and then in 1929Ė30 all three wings were leveled off to 14 floors with a total of 525 rooms. The hotel is named for its founder, William Balser "Bill" Skirvin. There are stories of ghosts there, and as the story goes, the hotel's original owner, W. B. Skirvin, had an affair with a maid named "Effie", which led to a pregnancy. To protect his reputation
and avoid a scandal, Skirvin locked the maid on the 10th floor. The maid became depressed and even after the birth of her child, she was still not let out of her room. She eventually jumped out a window killing herself and the baby, without notice in newspapers. In some versions of the legend, this maid is described as "a woman of loose morals," and men who have stayed in the hotel have reported being propositioned by a female voice while alone in their rooms. Others claim to have seen the figure of a naked woman with them while taking a shower. One man even claimed he was sexually assaulted by an invisible entity during his stay. Over the years, hotel staff say they have seen objects moving by themselves and have heard strange noises at night. According to Oklahoman reporters Steve Lackmeyer (who also co-wrote a book about the hotel) and Jason Kersey, Skirvin was "a notorious womanizer and drinker" and the 10th floor was known for various incidents of gambling and other vices, but there is no real-life evidence corresponding to the "Effie" story: Skirvin's family did believe that he had an employee (his assistant and bookkeeper, Mabel Luty) who was also his mistress, but she outlived him. While we didn't encounter any spirits there, we did enjoy refreshments in the lounge, and had a great time exploring the hotel.

Dinner at Native Roots Market

After such a big breakfast and lunch, we were looking for something light like a deli sandwich that we could take back to the room and enjoy. A local recommended Native Roots Market, just a couple of blocks away from the hotel, so we went there and visited their deli. Tami had a turkey sandwich, I had a roast beef, and both were incredibly delicious, made with fresh ingredients on bread that tasted as if it had just been baked. It was a gourmet delight.

Friday - Day 4

Breakfast at the Hampton Inn

The Hampton Inn had an incredible breakfast, featuring everything from bagels and pastries to eggs, bacon, sausage, cereal, biscuits, and even a waffle station. Along with fresh coffee, juices, and milk, this was a substantial meal that couldn't be beat. It was a delight, and a breakfast that we genuinely enjoyed.

The Oklahoma Capitol

Our first stop of the day was going to be at the Harn Homestead, but we were half an hour early. Looking up, we saw the Oklahoma State Capitol just a couple of blocks away, and decided to check it out. The most interesting thing was that it had oil wells... and we couldn't decide whether they were decorative or not. As it turns out, they're fully functional. The state capitol complex is the only state capitol grounds in the entire United States that has active oil rigs! We also enjoyed driving around the surrounding neighborhood and looking at the architecture of all the beautiful houses.

Harn Homestead Museum

Mr. Harn and his wife, Alice, moved to Oklahoma Territory and bought 160 acres on which the Harn Homestead exists today. Through his experience as a claims adjuster, Mr. Harn knew the value of land and became one of the early developers of Oklahoma City. Mr. Harn purchased land near downtown Oklahoma City and developed several neighborhoods. Mr. Harn was a generous man. He donated 40 acres of his property for the State of Oklahoma to relocate the state capitol building from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. His neighbor, Mr. Culbertson, also donated 40 acres of land. The State Capitol now sits on both Mr. Harn and Mr. Culbertsonís land. The Harn Homestead features a schoolhouse, two barns, several other outbuildings, and of course, the Harn house.

The Overholser Mansion

Henry Overholser had already made a fortune when he arrived in Oklahoma Territory in 1889. He quickly began buying lots, developing business buildings, and making capital improvements using his own money to what would become Oklahoma City. He married Anna Ione Murphy on October 23, 1889. Their home, a prominent mansion, stands as testament to the Overholser family. The 20-room, brick-and-stone Victorian mansion lies in Heritage Hills and was built in 1903. It passed through the family until it was transferred to David Perry, the husband of Overholser's daughter, after her death. In
the 1970s, the mansion was donated to the state and is currently maintained by Preservation Oklahoma through an agreement with the Oklahoma Historical Society. Regular tours are conducted through the house, and we had a great time there.

Tap Werks Ale House & Cafe

We'd heard about Tap Werks Ale House, with its great food and huge selection of beer; it was right in Bricktown, just across the street from our hotel. Actually, they had 105 different taps - and that's not counting their bottled selections. Since we were hungry, we ordered lunch - Tami had the Avocado Club, and I had the Jalapeno Jack Burger. Both were delicious! I'm a big fan of fries, but the waitress strongly recommended the kettle chips... and we were both glad that she did. They're made right there at the restaurant, and were incredible. As far as beer, I had the Left Hand Chainsaw ESB, Left Hand Smoke Jumper Porter, and JPs Casper White Stout. As a fan of stouts, the white stout was especially interesting.

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark opened in 1998 in the Bricktown District, and is the home of the Oklahoma City RedHawks... the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros Baseball team. The park has seating for up to 13,066 fans. A 7-foot-6 bronze statue of Mickey Mantle stands on a 3-foot granite base at the third base pavilion. Mantle, the New York Yankees' switch-hitting star, was born in
Spavinaw and raised in Commerce, Oklahoma. The Baseball Hall of Fame centerfielder's statue was dedicated on the ballpark's opening day April 16, 1998.

Bricktown Water Taxi

The Bricktown Water Taxi opened in 1999 on the Bricktown Canal, and by 2007 had carried over one million passengers. The main dock is just below Mickey Mantle Drive, across from the 3rd base entrance of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. We bought our wristbands for $9.50 each that allowed us all-day passage on the boats. The canal trip itself takes about forty minutes round-trip, and is a narrated tour of Bricktown. You can also get on and off at various locations, using the boats like a taxi.

Exploring Bricktown

Four railroad companies had operations east of the Santa Fe tracks in what is now Bricktown in the late 19th and early 20th century. The first brick structures appeared between 1898 and 1903, larger brick buildings were constructed by 1911, and the tallest brick buildings came in between 1911 and 1930. The decline of the area began with the onset of the Great Depression, which diminished businesses in the area. In the 1990s, Oklahoma City approved a series of tax incentives to refurbish the warehouse area and lure new businesses. The ballpark opened in 1998 and the canal opened in July 1999. It's now one of OKC's premiere entertainment districts with shopping & restaurants.

Back to Native Roots Market

We'd had another big breakfast at the hotel, and then a huge lunch at Tap Werks, so for dinner we wanted something light. It didn't take a lot of thought to steer us back to Native Roots Market for a couple of deli sandwiches. We basically repeated our meal from the day before, along with a couple of bags of gourmet chips, and we had a dinner that was light, but very memorable.

The Dollhouse Burlesque

We'd heard about Bricktown's Dollhouse Lounge & Burlesque, so we'd made advance plans to go there. That just meant taking clothes that are considered "trendy casual" (their dress code) and emailing for advance reservations. When we arrived, we found a first class nightclub with an incredible sound system and extravagant decor. There's a stage in the club where the dolls perform every half-hour to burlesque routines.
When we were telling our friend what we were going to do in OKC and mentioned the Dollhouse, several thought that we were going to a strip club - but nothing could be further from the truth! It's a place to hang with friends, listen to some fast-paced music, have some cocktails, and enjoy the evening. The dolls dance about 10-15 out of every 30 minutes, so there's plenty of time to visit with the other folks in your party. But don't be afraid of the place... while the girls are dressed provocatively, you'll actually see more skin from girls in bikinis at the hotel pool, and in the words from Dollie Parton's song, "There's nothing dirty goin' on!" We had a wonderful time, and will be back to OKC's Dollhouse.

Saturday - Day 5

A Disappointing Breakfast

The Hampton Inn breakfast ended at 10AM, so we went down at 9:30 just to be safe, and clearly the kitchen was overwhelmed. We stood in line for ten minutes, and grabbed whatever happened to be available when we went by. We couldn't get near the waffle stations, but at least grabbed a few things for breakfast. Quite a disappointment compared to the day before.

The Milk Bottle Building

On the way to The Escape OKC we stopped by a pharmacy to get some sinus meds (there was some pollen in the air or something in the air that was driving both of us crazy). Right beside it we spotted a giant milk bottle on top of a little building, which looked very Route 66-ish. Turns out there was a reason - the location of this one-time store is an old streetcar stop along a line that once served as a segment of Route 66ís original Oklahoma City alignment. It was a very interesting find!

The Escape OKC

One of the most entertaining things that we did on the entire vacation was something called "The Escape OKC" - it was amazing. You choose a themed room, where you are locked in and have one hour to escape based on a series of clues inside. We were in "The Forgotten Outpost," which was a room staged like a Russian, cold war bunker. We won't reveal anything about the clues, since the game is the enjoyable part of the experience, but you have to solve clues in the room to escape... and you only have one hour. We didn't escape, but we had a wonderful time. And we didn't feel all that bad,
because one of the guys there told us that the escape rate is only about 25% for that room. Hopefully he wasn't just trying to make us feel good. Doing one of the other rooms is definitely worth a trip back to OKC!

The Rocktown Climbing Experience

We didn't do this... and by that I mean that we didn't even CONSIDER doing this... but Oklahoma City is famous for repurposing old buildings. In the southern part of Bricktown, there are some old grain elevators that aren't used anymore. What did they do? Turn them into a climbing park! If you look at the side of the grain elevator on the far left, you may see climbing holds. That's right - for all of you climbers out there, you can scale the side of a grain elevator. We simply looked at it from a distance.

I Love this Bar and Grill

For lunch we went to Toby Keith's Bricktown restaurant, I Love this Bar and Grill (named for his C&W song). It's just off the river, so if you don't want to drive, the water taxi can take you right there. My wife had the Chicken House Salad, but I couldn't resist their signature Fried Bologna Sandwich. The last time that I had a fried bologna sandwich was at the State Fair of Texas several years ago, but this one far surpassed it. This was a great meal!

The Museum of Osteology

One of the top-rated attractions in the Oklahoma City area is the Museum of Osteology, so we couldn't help but visit. Osteology is the scientific study of bones, and this museum is full of skeletons from every type of mammal, reptile, fish, etc., that you can possibly imagine. It was a fascinating place to visit, and certainly had some things that you don't see on your average day.

By the way, you may have noticed some intricate little skeletons in the photos. Did you wonder how the museum cleans them? Well, as it turns out they have a little assistance. They turn these little beetles loose that clean everything off the bones - very efficiently, in fact. When we were there there was a sign by this tray that said, "The beetles are currently cleaning an iguana skeleton."

Off to El Reno

Leaving Oklahoma City, we headed west thirty minutes to the city of El Reno. We had reservations on the ghost walk at historic Fort Reno that evening, and since it was three hours long we wouldn't have to drive all the way back to Oklahoma City after it was over.

Hensley's Best Western

We had reservations at Hensley's Best Western just off of I-40, and it turned out to be a great place to stay. Trip Advisor had given it high marks, and even though it was a 1960s-70s motel, it was very clean and modern. Believe me, when we go back to El Reno, this is where we're going to stay. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was out of this world.

Having Dinner at Sid's Diner

The online buzz about this place was incredible, so we had to give it a try. In the 1920s onions were cheap and meat was expensive, so a local El Reno businessman blended grilled onions with hamburger to save money. Through the years, Sid's Diner became famous for their onion burgers, and it has been featured on television shows such as Man vs. Food. The diner is just as famous for its milk shakes, so be sure to order one of those as well. This was one of the best meals of the trip!

Street Party in El Reno

While we were eating at Sid's - sitting at the counter, of course - the waitress told us about a street party that was being held downtown. Since we had a little time to kill, we immediately headed over to it. It was fun, featuring a magician, a band, and more... it was a slice of local hospitality. The stores were open for shopping and people were milling about in the street. We had a great time there!

Historic Fort Reno

Fort Reno was established as a permanent post in July 1875, and it supported the U.S. Army following the Cheyenne uprising in 1874. Following the American Indian Wars the fort remained to protect the more peaceful Five Civilized Tribes from the Plains Indians farther west. Soldiers from Fort Reno also attempted to control Boomer and Sooner activity during the rush to open the Unassigned Lands for settlement. Among the units stationed here were the famed Ninth Cavalry of Buffalo Soldiers. Today it is a place of historic reflection, looking back over the years that still stand time here.

Fort Reno Ghost Tour

During its operating days, Fort Reno was one of only two Army Quartermaster Remount Stations for specialized horse breeding and training, and during World War II it served as a prisoner of war camp for German and Italian soldiers. A cemetery containing 62 German prisoners and 8 Italian prisoners rests nearby adjacent to the post cemetery. One of the stranger tales of the cemetery concerns the funeral procession of a minister many years ago. His casket was being carried by a horse-drawn hearse one stormy day when the hearse was twice struck by lightning. Two of the four horses were killed and
those presiding quickly buried the minister before anything else odd happened. The Fort Reno Visitor's Center was once the Commandantís Quarters and is haunted by the spirit of Major Konat who committed suicide there in the 1930s after his wife left him. He's prone to changing the television channels and stomping about with his heavy combat boots. Occasionally, he will tap people on the shoulder, knock pictures off the walls, and turns water faucets on and off. There's also the spirit of Bill Stockwell who carries on eternally in the old guardhouse. He was being held prisoner in one of the basement cells in 1885 for a crime he adamantly said he didn't commit, and he was feeling very ill at the time. Stockewell kept demanding medicine, but the bottle he was mistakenly given actually contained strychnine poison. His final words were to curse his accusers and insist that they had not heard the last of Bill Stockwell. To this day the sounds of someone sick and groaning emanate throughout the guardhouse, chains rattle, and chilly cold spots are felt. These and other ghost stories from the fort are covered in the Fort Reno Ghost Tour - a 3-hour excursion around the fort by moonlight. It was a wonderful way to wrap up our Oklahoma vacation!

Back for Another Day in OKC

During our vacation, we heard about the annual Heritage Hills Historic Home & Garden Tour and made a dash back up to OKC for it. It was a wonderful day, and we'll be coming back for it again. Here's everything that we did...

Back to The Escape OKC

To start out the day, we booked another room at The Escape OKC. This time we chose "The Uptown Murder," which is their hardest room and has the lowest escape rate. You go inside, and see a headless body laying on a pentagram on the floor. That's all that we're going to tell you, other than the fact that we didn't escape. It was GREAT fun, though, and we were very close to solving it.

Heritage Hills Historic Home Tour

Six homes were featured on the 48th annual home tour, and you can see them all here. Each one was beautiful, and had its own distinct personality. There was also a huge tent where choral groups, singers, and ballet was featured throughout the day. Food trucks were there for meals, along with "pop-up shops" with the wares of local craftspeople. To move from house to house, a free shuttle was provided. We had a delightful time on the tour and WILL be back!

Dinner at Jazzmo'z Bourbon St. Cafe

We walked around Bricktown, taking in the sights, sounds, and shopping, and finally decided to have dinner at Jazzmo'z Bourbon St. Cafe. It was a huge place, and many people were already there, so we wondered if we'd be able to get a table. We were seated immediately, though, outside by the canal where we wanted to be. The service was attentive and timely, and the food was incredible. Tami had the grilled
chicken fettuccine alfredo and I had the blackened catfish, and both were delicious. While we were sitting there, a duck from the canal came by looking for edibles that had fallen on the ground, and it seemed perfectly comfortable among all the humans. When we were done with dinner, we walked along the canal, enjoying Bricktown, before making it back to our hotel. We have fallen in love with Oklahoma City, and will be looking for any occasion to return.