Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance. The whole month of February is a perfect time to make plans with all those you love, your family, your sweetheart and your friends. We’ve rounded up locally-owned restaurants great for families, grown-up date options and fun girls’ night out experiences.
Perfect for family, friends or date night, check out OKC Black Restaurant Weeks, running all month long. This city-wide celebration of black-owned restaurants, chefs, food trucks and caterers is a foodie adventure to explore new restaurants and old favorites. With more than 30 restaurants participating throughout the metro, there are plenty of options to tempt all taste buds, including breakfast, brunch and lunch creations like smoked salmon avocado toast at The Hive Eatery (1149 E 2nd St, Edmond); Tuesday date nights with live music, entertainment and food and drink specials at Ice Event Center & Grill (1148 NE 36th St); and cold treats with cool toppings at Freezing Cow Rolling Ice Cream (6401 Northwest Expy, #126B).
In honor of Black History Month, community members can make a concerted effort to support minority-owned businesses.
“Supporting a locally-owned small restaurant or business means those dollars stay in the community and have a direct impact,” said Apollo Woods, founder and CEO of OKC Black Eats. “We’re a resource for people to find new places [to eat].”
While OKC Black Eats has hosted similar smaller-scale events, like monthly brunches to encourage community members to try new-to-them black-owned restaurants, this inaugural year of OKC Black Restaurant Weeks is a much larger undertaking. The goal is to get 2,200 people to spend $100 at participating restaurants, and then the economic impact will be analyzed.
“Food is the tool to get people having conversations,” said Woods. “We’re excited to see where this goes as we’re having conversations about housing, residential and commercial development and policies that better impact minority-owned business in the state.”
Find out more at www.okcblackeats.com.
Fresh & Flavorful
For casual fast food, Saturn Grill (6432 Avondale Dr) creates fresh, scratch-made favorites for lunch and dinner. From the spicy turkey sandwich on homemade flatbread to sweet and spicy house-made chicken salad, there’s something for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan options. Save room for their homemade desserts! For a tasty spin on comfort food, check out Iron Starr Urban Barbeque (3700 N Shartel). Smoked meats, fancy mac & cheese and out-of-this-world double chocolate bread pudding make for a flavorful family meal. In the Paseo District, Picasso Cafe (3009 Paseo Dr) creates delicious, vegetarian-inspired fare for brunch, lunch and dinner, from vegan tacos and burgers to fish, steak and chicken.
Dinner & a Park
Downtown Oklahoma City’s new Scissortail Park is the perfect place to work up an appetite. Walk the beautiful trails, rent a paddleboat at the boathouse and let imaginations run wild on the unique, creative play structures, sand pits and climbing walls. Then, head across Hudson Street to Social Capital (517 S Hudson) for street tacos, salads and house-made ice cream. You can’t beat the view of the sun setting on the OKC skyline from the expansive outdoor decks.
Breakfast & Brunch
If early morning fare is your fave, check out Hatch (Chisholm Creek & Automobile Alley) for pancakes, French toast or waffles (don’t miss the Oklahoma-shaped pancake!) and Neighborhood JAM (OKC & Norman) for scratch-made creative eggs benedict, pancakes and seasonal granola (plus, JAM donates 15 percent of proceeds to local schools and organizations on the first Friday of each month!). Enjoy indoor and outdoor play spaces plus breakfast, lunch and snacks and a coffee and cocktails bar at Play Cafe (610 NW 23rd St).
Favorite Family Fare
You can’t go wrong with burgers or pizza! S&B Burger Joint (multiple locations) has something for everyone, from smothered fries (try the PB Fry with sweet potato fries, peanut butter and bacon) to unique sliders. On Tuesdays, get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. The Garage (multiple locations) has arcade games perfect for entertaining kids while they wait for tasty burgers, and kids’ menu items come with free bomb pops. For pizza pie, enjoy table games for the whole family at Norman’s Notorious P.I.E. (305 E Main St, Norman), check out Empire Slice House (1804 NW 16th) in the Plaza District or visit Hideaway Pizza (multiple locations).
Food Hall Fun
Food halls have become all the rage, and they are perfect for families as the variety of options means everyone can get exactly what they want. The Collective (308 NW 10th St) features 11 kitchens and an outdoor dog-friendly patio with views of downtown OKC. Try a poke bowl from Okie Pokie or locally-sourced meats and produce from Local-Homa. Parlor (11 NE 6th St) combines a collection of chefs with three levels of seating, including outdoor patios. Try Korean comfort food from Sura Eats or Nashville-style hot (or not) chicken from Mother Clucker (don’t miss their rotating milkshake flavors with crazy combos).
Owned by parents wanting to create a family-friendly atmosphere, Nhinja Sushi & Wok (OKC, Edmond, Yukon) provides fast, fun and fresh fare. For Guatemalan food and Latin favorites, check out Cafe Kacao (3325 N Classen Blvd), offering breakfast, brunch and lunch fare.
For an after-dinner or anytime treat, grab a whole pie or just a slice at Pie Junkie (1711 NW 16th St) with flavors ranging from bird dog buttermilk and peanut butter chocolate to key lime and apple crumble. Enjoy cupcakes, pies, coffee and other goodies at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St), which also offers twice-monthly Saturday story times. Indulge in an ice cream cookie sandwich, sundae or fountain favorite at Roxy’s Ice Cream Social (OKC, Plaza District, Classen Curve, Edmond).
Discounts & Deals
When kids can eat free, everyone rejoices! Cafe 501’s Edmond location (501 S Blvd, Edmond) offers free kids meals and milkshakes every Monday. Pie Five’s Moore location (750 SW 19th St Ste C, Moore) offers kids pizza for $1 with the purchase of an adult entree on select Mondays. Ted’s Cafe Escondido (OKC, Norman, Del City, Edmond) has free kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult entree on Mondays. At Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen (123 W Main St, Norman) kids eat free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Wednesdays at Yukon’s Green Chili Kitchen Route 66 (12 E Main St, Yukon), get a free kids meal with each adult entree purchased.
Editor’s note: Find our list of metro restaurants offering kids-eat-free and family discounts at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/
Do: Learn something new at a forensic date night
Dine: Olivetto’s Italian Bistro
If you are looking for something outside the box, SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd) is hosting a Valentine’s Forensic Date Night on Feb. 14. Spend the evening learning about the scientific methods law enforcement, doctors and anthropologists use to discover information. Work as a CSI team to read the features of a replica human skull cast from a real trauma case. Tickets are $30 and the hands-on class starts at 7:30 p.m., which gives you time to cozy up for a meal beforehand at Oliveto’s Italian Bistro (1301 S I-35 Service Rd) in Moore. Enjoy Italian classics like pastas and pizza as well as house specialties like the seared New York strip steak served with gorgonzola butter and a jalapeño risotto.
Editor’s Note: Several of the sessions are sold out. Tickets are still available for the 8 p.m. session on Feb. 15.
Do: Fall in love with a classic ballet
Dine: Midtown eats
An annual tradition since 2015, the OKC Ballet brings the stunning production of Robert Mills’ Romeo & Juliet to the Civic Center Music Hall Feb. 14 through 16. Get swept away with this timeless tale of star-crossed lovers told through beautiful scenery, romantic scores performed by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the eloquent dancing of OKC Ballet. A quick trip up Walker Ave offers a host of Midtown dining options including Packard’s New American Kitchen and Ludivine Dining Room.
Other stage productions this February include:
- The Choir of Man at OCCC Visual & Performing Arts Center, Feb. 10
- Fiesta of Color by Ballet Folclórico Nacional at Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond, Feb. 13
- Death At Rehab: A Murderous Mystery Tour at Sooner Theatre in Norman, Feb. 13-15
- Love Letters at Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Feb. 14-29
Do: A night out for a good cause
Organizations around the metro host a variety of galas that make for perfect date night entertainment, plus you can feel good about paying it forward to support a worthy cause. The Warriors of Freedom Foundation hosts the annual Beads & the Brave Gala on Feb. 22 at The Criterion. Attendees can enjoy dinner prepared by veteran chefs and live entertainment, emceed by Mayor David Holt. Tickets start at $150. The Oklahoma City Zoo invites couples to enjoy Wine in the Wild on Feb. 14. Attendees get a plush tram ride to Sanctuary Asia where they can enjoy unlimited wine samples, live music, light hors d’oeuvres, zookeeper talks and a unique art gala with pieces painted by zoo animals. Tickets start at $65.
Galentine’s Night Out
#Imomsohard’s Mom’s Night Out Round 2 Tour
The funny mom duo Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley took social media by storm with their frank and relatable commentary on motherhood. Stopping in Oklahoma City on Feb. 21 at The Criterion, their Round 2 tour is sure to incite plenty of laughs about the struggles of raising a family. Tickets start at $49.75 and doors open at 6 p.m.
Having Our Say at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre
There is something so real about a conversation between friends and Lyric’s production of Having Our Say takes that experience to the stage. While making dinner, 103-year-old Sadie and 101-year-old Bessie, famously known as the Delany sisters, recount monumental events in their lives from the old Jim Crow South to renaissance Harlem, weaving a rich tapestry of the last century as they lived it. The show opens Feb. 19, runs through March 8 and tickets start at $25.
OKC at the Oscars
Celebrate all the glitz and glamour of the Oscars with your mom team. Enjoy food, red carpet photo opps, Oscars BINGO, a silent auction and multiple viewing screens at the Paramount Room (701 W Sheridan Ave). The event benefits Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children. Tickets are $40.
Express your creative side
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is celebrating their Warhol exhibition with a creative painting event on Feb. 28. Wine & Palette will provide instruction to help attendees create their own Warhol-inspired canvas painting. Tickets are $45; all supplies are provided, including light hors d’oeuvres.
Other painting venues in the metro include:
- Pinot’s Palette with locations in Bricktown & Norman
- Color Me Mine in Norman
- Painting with a Twist in The Village
- Paint N’ Cheers in the Plaza District
For even more Valentine’s family fun, visit our Valentine’s Fun Guides to find family-friendly events, date night inspirations, staycation ideas and romantic escapes.