Dining in the Arts District
The 21C Museum Hotel brand is well known around the country, both for its quality accommodations and its large collection of modern art. Each hotel also has its own restaurant, and each concept is different. When the hoteliers chose Chef Jason Campbell from the Cincinnati location to helm the Oklahoma City restaurant, Oklahoma City got a wonderful introduction to Gulf States cuisine at Mary Eddy’s. The restaurant has a beautiful bar and lounge, as well as outside seating (The Train Shed) open seasonally.
Mary Eddy’s has five menus: bar, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and the food is stellar across the menus. Campbell changes the menu regularly, so recommending particular dishes is difficult because he’s been known to change items weekly depending on available ingredients—he likes to source as locally as possible. Consistently, though, choosing his seafood options is a fantastic choice: crab fingers, striped bass, trout, cobia or snapper, all are excellent. Lunch also has seafood features like octopus and shrimp po’ boys.
In addition to the seafood, Campbell cures his own meats in-house, so his charcuterie is one of the best in the state. The Tin Lizzy burger makes it onto a few menus—including the bar menu—and tends to show up every season. While it seems too basic to recommend a burger, the Tin Lizzy is spectacular; only the toppings change according to the season.
The bar makes excellent cocktails, and there are even some non-alcoholic sodas made in-house that are fun and delicious. The wine list is excellent, and by-the-glass pours come in two sizes. A nice selection of local beers is also available. Because they are a hotel restaurant, they are open daily for all meals, and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. The bar menu is available until 1 am on weekends.
The Jones Assembly
The Jones Assembly is a restaurant, a bar—two really—and a music venue. It is also one of the metro’s newest hot spots, featuring brunch and dinner menus. We highly recommend you start any of the meals with the scratch biscuits, and while you’re at it, get the deviled eggs, too. The kitchen at Jones is massive, so they have plenty of space to make everything from scratch, which means they have a pastry chef in house to make those biscuits. Oklahomans are serious about biscuits, and so that locals love them should be all the reassurance you need.
For dinner, the Steak Frites or Nashville Hot Chicken are a must, but the wood fire pizzas are also delicious. For a little bit of simple pasta goodness, the Cacio e Pepe is made just like your Italian grandmother made it, or someone’s grandma. The Jones has plenty of dietary friendly options too!
Brunch features creative options like a savory ricotta cake with creamed corn and honey butter spilling over a savory breakfast cake, topped with a piece of Nashville Hot Chicken. The Brioche French Toast or Smoothie Bowl will suit your sweet tastebuds, but may we always recommend the Flat Tire Pizza. It has all of your breakfast needs, like sunny side up eggs, bacon, and potatoes, on The Jones house-made pizza crust.
The bar makes excellent craft cocktails, and the by-the-glass wine list is one of the best in Oklahoma City. Local beers are available on tap, and you can even enjoy one on the outdoor patio. The Jones opens at 4 pm Tuesday through Friday, and 10 am on Saturday and Sunday for brunch.