The wait is finally over. The Jones Assembly, located at 901 W Sheridan, is Oklahoma City’s newest entertainment destination and its opening its doors this Thursday, July 13, at 5 PM.
I had the great pleasure of attending a soft opening party to sample the French-American fare and take in the ambience. Let me tell you, the “long-time coming” was totally worth it.
The main dining area is a perfect marriage of vintage and modern design – Edison bulbs and exposed brick paired with planters filled with succulents and an art piece comprised of red, white and blue 8-track tapes. The west wall is made of glass garage doors that lead out to an enormous patio full of picnic tables with party lights and mist machines (hello summer!) to keep you cool if dining al fresco.
The menu, created by Chef Brittany Sanger who studied at Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu, is primarily American fare with a French influence, giving it a certain “je ne sais quoi.”
Every item ordered was not only glorious in taste, but presentation was equally as impressive. For an appetizer, I would suggest the burrata, crafted with blood orange, lavender oil and micro basil. The deviled eggs, served in bright blue Le Creuset dish, were delicious as well.
The scallop entrée might be the best I’ve ever had. I recommend getting a fork-full of the cauliflower puree and almond brown butter crumble with every bite. It’s as decadent as it sounds. The addition of roasted brussel sprouts perfectly complimented the richness of the dish.
I also sampled bites of the steak frites and G.O.A.T wood fired pizza, both of which were divine, and I heard a rumor that “The J Burger” is the running favorite on the menu!
My favorite part of the entire experience was wandering upstairs to the “T-Room.” A gentle nod to the building’s former days as a Ford Model-T plant, but also to the probation era. Speakeasies disguised themselves as Tea Rooms, with patrons sipping boozy concoctions out of tea cups so as not to alert authorities.
Pick out a record to play (yes, the upstairs is stocked with a wall of records) while you peruse a cocktail menu full of classics, like the Manhattan and the Mai Tai with their updated counterparts with names like the Bridgeport and the Pollywog.
The Sacre Bleu, a new model version of the Sazerac, was a real crowd pleaser as it was prepared in a cloche filled with Applewood smoke. I also loved the Jones 75, a spicy version of the French 75 with chili bitters and a habanero shrub. If you get stumped, there are plenty of mixology experts behind the bar to point you in the right direction.
I also took a turn on the upstairs patio, which is not to be missed. Macramé plant holders and Navajo printed pillows make this the perfect place to take your sips outside and relax after a delicious meal. I know I did!
Not only will you find delicious food and incredible cocktails, but The Jones Assembly prides itself on providing OKC with an excellent selection of concerts – an endeavor spearheaded by Oklahoma singer-songwriter, Graham Colton.
The seating in the main dining area will be rolled underneath the stage to provide standing room and booths along the wall can be rented for a more VIP experience. The stage takes up an entire wall and extends to the outdoor patio. The garage doors can then be lifted to provide an indoor/outdoor concert setting as well.
The options are endless as is the talent that will be featured in the coming months. Better than Ezra and The Wallflowers will be the inaugural headliners on July 29th and tickets for the upcoming Willie Nelson & Family concert go on sale this Friday, July 14th!