Kitchen 324 - Oklahoma City OKC
Went to Kitchen 324 yesterday, a Saturday, for brunch. Arrived around 1 pm to a long line, which moved slowly but steadily. Some people turned away and left because they saw the line was so long. LOVED the interior. Inside the Braniff building (hotel?) at 324 N. Robinson. Lots of marble and cozy, tufted green banquettes which had a really cozy and stylish feel to them. The staff was super attentive, with the chef and many servers constantly checking on the food prep and delivery.
I noticed later that there is a separate counter for coffee and pastries, and so we could have avoided the main brunch line and just had a nice coffee and something small to eat.
I ordered a small nonfat latte from this smaller coffee bar with a chocolate cupcake and a raspberry danish. The chocolate icing on the cupcake was very tasty - just the right balance of chocolate and sugar. The cupcake itself, however, was a bit dry and less dense than I would prefer. My favorite cupcakes are from the Magnolia Bakery in NYC, which are more dense and moist than this one. The pastry was well flavored and had a good consistency. I'm not a huge danish fan so this rated OK in my book. I should note that the raspberries were super fresh and delicious. Just perfect. I usually encounter mushy over-ripe raspberries, so this was a good factor in my opinion.
The latte was HEAVENLY, and was crafted with love, with a pretty flower design in the foam on top. It did take a while for them to deliver my latte, but I was able to watch them make it and in the end it did not bother me that it took a little extra time. I am always on the search for a delicious, well-crafted cup of coffee whenever I come home to Oklahoma, and this is simply the best cup that I have encountered. It was delicious. I will return for a latte every time I'm downtown.
For entrees, we ordered the BLT, which was fine, and the soft eggs. The eggs were well seasoned and well cooked, served in a little turrine with white beans (navy beans?) very well seasoned with sage and oregano? maybe thyme? It was yummy. We also had the egg & shaved black forest ham on toast, which came with roasted potatoes. The poached egg on top was perhaps just slighly over-done, but in this case I prefer my poached egg a bit firm, so this was a good thing for me. It was really delicious!
(Side note -- We ordered the fried green tomato eggs benedict but it was sold out by the time we got there around 1 pm)
The staff was very attentive and helpful, refilling our water glasses very often and clearing away plates quickly and efficiently.
We waited a bit longer than I would have prefered for our food, but overall, the experience was good. The food was very tasty and it was so fun to try a new brunch spot in OKC that's inventive and uses locally-sourced ingredients. We will definitely be back again for brunch and are looking forward to trying lunch too!
NOTE - CLOSES AT 2 PM which is annoying, but hopefully as they grow they will expand their hours
You didn't mention the lighting fixtures in the ceiling, which are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen, and must have cost a fortune.
A very stylish room, and beautiful young people at lunch during the workweek.
I had an arugula salad, with manchego cheese, big caper berries and dressed with anchovy vinaigrette, with homemade baguette on the side.
The building is beautiful, and next door, the 31 floor Italian-designed skyscraper has a super-high-tech, expensive re-do of the lobby. World class architect did this, you can rest assured.
Sandridge Energy has completely reinvented this important block of downtown OKC.
This doesn't even MENTION the monumental Devon Tower, with utterly fabulous homemade food on the ground level, and at the 750-foot level. Astonishing to behold the quality of it all. Architecture buffs from around the globe are heaping multiple kudos on this exquisite skyscraper, one of the most beautiful ever built in the USA in ANY century!
The whole downtown has been completely reinvented from scratch. All new streets; not repaving, but brand new, like we never had any streets. Computer parking. New traffick signals. Billions of $ have been spent in just the last 5 years, and it shows. The restaurant in question here is just another part of a HUGE beginning, a complete re-imagining of the whole town with a brand new$100M Central Park, south of the gigantic skyscraper.
OKC is worth a visit now, and you can take that to the bank!