The Oklahoma City Streetcar is more than a convenient and affordable means of transportation. It’s also a casual guide to the much of the urban core. The casual circuit around the downtown districts gives you time to focus on the places that are hidden away or overlooked. One of the best uses of the streetcar is as a chauffeur for a movable feast.
Start with cocktails at Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse or beer at Tapwerks in Bricktown. Mickey Mantle’s also has a huge wine list if you prefer a glass to get the evening started. With 300 beers to choose from, including more than one hundred on draught, Tapwerks has something for everyone—local brew, cider, imports, and domestics.
For stop two, take the Bricktown loop around Myriad Gardens and exit the car at Century Center stop. That drops you in front of Mahogany Prime Steakhouse. (Yes, we have a lot of steakhouses in this city, and they’re all excellent.) At Mahogany, grab a seat in the beautiful bar, and order the appetizer course. For a couple, we recommend the lobster cargot or bacon-wrapped scallops. If you’re part of a large party, get the platter! It’s shrimp, crabcakes and mounds of calamari with Mahogany’s sweet-spicy mango chile mojo sauce. The wine list is excellent, and the bar staff are some of the best in the city.
At this point, there’s a choice to make. You can walk across the street to the Colcord Hotel. Once inside, walk through the concourse to the elevator to Vast. It’s on the 49th floor of the Devon Tower, so enjoy the view and the exceptional wine list. (The shrimp appetizer is excellent if you want another snack.) If you’re afraid of heights, just grab the Downtown loop at Mahogany, head back into Bricktown, and get comfortable for the longest part of the ride. The Downtown loop will take you back around Myriad Gardens, past the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and up to Automobile Alley.
Jump out at the Broadway stop and head to Yuzo Sushi Tapas. Appetizer number two is a Pink Caddy roll, or get a little Okie with the Smokehouse roll—salmon skin, blue cheese and bacon bits. If you’re in one of those “we don’t eat sushi” parties, then walk the other direction to Red PrimeSteak. Easy choice here: tenderloin tamales. Trust us.
Ready for dinner? If not, Vanessa House Beer Company’s tasting room is a half block off Broadway on NW 8th. They have plenty of seating, great beer—get the Berliner—and console video games for you children of the ‘80s. If beer is definitely on the agenda, the next stop after you get back on the streetcar should be Elk Valley Brewing Company (North Hudson stop). They also have a rooftop patio with a lovely view of downtown. If you’re not the beer type, stay on the car for one more stop.
Once you exit the streetcar at the Dewey Avenue stop, there’s another choice to make. Don’t worry. They’re both good choices. You can do Italian for dinner at Stella Modern Italian or French at Café Cuvée in the Ambassador Hotel. If it’s Italian, go with one of the pasta dishes, unless there is bison on the menu, and then bison. If French, Beef Bourguignon or Dover Sole. Here’s the best part. Whichever one you chose for dinner, choose the other for dessert: tiramisu at Stella or soufflé at Café Cuvee.
Either way, finish the night on the top floor of the Ambassador Hotel with a cocktail at O Bar. The rooftop patio provides a stunning view of downtown, and the bar staff is top notch. If you’re staying in the Midtown area, just reverse the order, and you’ll end the night at Mickey Mantle’s.