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3 Hacks for Tackling Food Halls with Kids

by Kirsten Holder

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With so many new dining options in Oklahoma City, it’s hard to find something that will please everyone. Enter food halls. Think cafeteria, but with home-style and exotic options alike that are sure to fit the culinary agenda of everyone in your party, even the littlest ones.

If you’re looking for somewhere to dine with your family this weekend, swing by Parlor OKC: the metro’s newest food hall located on 6th Street in Automobile Alley. With seven food vendors, inviting outdoor areas and specialty drinks for the adults, it is perfect for a family date. Make the most of your food hall experience at Parlor OKC with these three hacks:

  1. Grab a booth. All seating at Parlor OKC is open, but there is plenty to choose from. When you first enter, walk past the stairs and to the right for the best selection of family booths. There are several tucked away near the windows, a great option for families. Kids can roam without being in the main line of traffic and adults can relax – a win-win!
  2. Divide and conquer. Providence Pizza from Kansas City seemed to be the hands-down family favorite among guests at Parlor OKC. Happy kids, and more than a few happy adults, gobbled deep-dish, crispy-yet-soft “Detroit style” pizza squares. Other family favorites are located up the stairs: try Mother Clucker’s original plain fried chicken and crinkle fries, and then indulge in “Crazy Cluckin’ Shakes,” with combinations rotating every month. While upstairs, grab melt-in-your-mouth churros to share from Grafitti. El Guate offers a healthier dessert: fresh fruit popsicles, or “paletas,”that are definitely mom-approved.
  3. Run out the energy. Parlor OKC has multiple family-friendly outdoor areas, including a floor-level patio connected to a game area with a boche ball court and a rooftop patio. As fall temps (hopefully!) move in, let the kids roam around the game area while the grown ups enjoy rotating fall cocktails. Try “Tastes Like Fall,” an apple spiced margarita featuring premium tequila, lime juice and apple spiced honey. Don’t forget to stop by the large auto mural by local artist Dusty Gilpin.

Have more family-friendly food hall hacks we should know about? Email your tips to editor@metrofamilymagazine.com.

Parlor OKC is located at 11 NE 6th St. in Oklahoma City. Drinks rotate seasonally and food vendors will rotate every few years. Kitchens are open at 11:00 a.m. every day. Learn more at ParlorOKC.com. Photo credit: Erin Hassett Photography.

Kirsten Holder arrived in Oklahoma City shortly before the OKC Thunder! She graduated with a B.A. in advertising and graphic design from Oklahoma City University and is passionate about the arts, community development and small business. She lives in a historic pocket in OKC with her husband and new baby boy. 

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