The Automobile Alley district just north of downtown is such a perfect microcosm of Oklahoma City's recent urban renaissance. Long-empty brick buildings, once home to the earliest automobile dealerships in town, are being transformed at a hard-to-keep-up-with pace into chic shops and fabulous restaurants. One good example of the latter is the new Broadway 10 Bar and Chophouse, which opened earlier this month in the Buick building on the northwest corner of 10th and Broadway.

The restaurant is in what used to be the dealership showroom and still retains some period details, like the large floor-to-ceiling windows wrapping around the building. The space is cavernous, but somehow still feels intimate. The décor is sleek and modern, with nods here and there to the building's automotive past. It's a cool space, and the restaurant is upscale but approachable.

We stopped in recently for lunch and weren't disappointed. The 8oz U.S.D.A. Butcher Burger was the kind of burger you'd expect from a steakhouse: Big, thick and flavorful without being fussy. It's one of the few options only found on the lunch version of the menu. Beyond the expected steaks (grilled over hard woods), the menu actually features just as many sushi options as well, for those who are so inclined. And the Wild Isle Organic Salmon was fresh and delicious, as were the Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes.

Coming soon to the space around the corner from Broadway 10 is Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar, which is billing itself as the future neighborhood bar of Automobile Alley. It's yet another reason why Automobile Alley needs to be on your list to visit. For more information on all there is to see and do in this hip district, check out the Automobile Alley page on