Streetcars + screwdrivers: All aboard the OKC Streetcar brunch train
Hey, you wanna have a Sunday Funday (or a Saturday “Blasturday” or some other weekend sobriquet)? We’re not judging. Let’s get that sucker kicked off with a great brunch, eh? And a fantastic way to facilitate that would be to use the OKC Streetcar. You can park, ride, enjoy (and maybe hit up some breweries and bars or coffee shops after your impromptu holiday). There are plenty of Chamber members along the route (and some a few blocks off of it, but just think of the extra calories you’ll burn walking to/from the streetcar stop as more avocado toast, bellinis, bloody marys and bennies you can throw down your neck) just waiting to help you take care of your not-quite-breakfast-but-not-quite-lunch needs. Hop on the OKC Streetcar and make the mimosa of it.
- Bourbon St Café – Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Streetcar stop: Bricktown, Ballpark, Mickey Mantle or Santa Fe Hub
Cajun Bloody Marys and Mimosa Pitchers (with St. Germain!) highlight the drink menu, but don’t overlook the Bananas Foster French Toast. Laissez les brunch temps rouler.
- Café Cuvée – Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Streetcar stop: Dewey Avenue or Midtown
You’ll feel gratefulée for your Onion Soup Gratinée and Osler’s Everything Omelet. Why do the French only have one egg for breakfast? No, not because one egg is un ouef, it’s because they’re saving room for Crêpes Suzette, ouais!
- Fassler Hall - Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Streetcar stop: Midtown
Nothing says brunch at a German beer hall like breakfast tacos. Add a couple of those bad boys to a schnitzel-style Chicken & Waffles and a Wurzig Bloody Mary (topped off with habanero chicken sausage and a couple onion rings[!]) or two and you got yourself a multicultural melange of magnificence.
- Flint – Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Streetcar stop: Century Center or Myriad Gardens
The Westbound and Down Omelet? We’re down for that, as well as the Bourbon and Cinnamon French Toast (perhaps with a little bourbon sidecar? As Russ would say, why not? It’s brunch).
- The Jones Assembly - Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Streetcar stop: Myriad Gardens
Let's get some steps in! Brunch isn't going to assemble itself, even at the Jones! Step 1: Disembark streetcar. Step 2: Take a walk down scenic Film Row. Step 3: Futilely resist urge to IG story the fact that you're going to brunch at the Jones Assembly for a few seconds. Step 4: IG story the fact that you're going to the Jones. Step 5: Arrive at the Jones and assemble yourself around some of the fantastic fare and environs, like Dutch Baby Cakes, a Smoothie Bowl and a Moscow Mule whilst you IG story yourself enjoying... yourself? Well, and the food and drinks and ambiance and hopefully the company as well. Step 6: IG story everyone else that's IG storying the fact that they're at brunch at The Jones. Step 7: Have another Moscow Mule. Step 8: Frankly, it's up to you at this point, but for the love of Zuckerberg, consider putting down the phone. It's getting a little ridiculous.
- Kamp’s 1910 Café – Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., with Happy Hour from 4 - 7 p.m. Closed Sunday. Streetcar Stop: Art Park or Northwest 10th Street
They got a full bar, I repeat, full bar, so don’t worry about the “Oh, Bellinis, Mimosas or Screwdrivers only, please—it’s morning” pretense here. Just get whatcha want to drink--but you can brunch it up appropriately with some Avocado Bruschetta.
- Kitchen 324 – Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Streetcar stop: Memorial Museum, Business District or Federal Courthouse
The Breakfast Bowl has a heckuvalot going for it, but if you don’t also get a Maple French Cruller, Cinnamon Roll or an Apple Fritter while you’re here, well, we just can’t be friends.
- Louie’s Midtown – Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Streetcar stop: Dewey Avenue or North Hudson
The Louie’s patio is a great place to have a little “hair of the dog,” a Papa’s Waffle, a Steak and Egg Bowl, and to see the hair of actual Midtown neighborhood dogs amble by.
- Mary Eddy’s Kitchen & Lounge – Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Streetcar stop: Myriad Gardens
Like the Jones, a bit off the beaten, er, streetcar track, Mary Eddy’s got the Migas, Croque Madames and brunchalicious cocktails you need to get you there without worry of the walk. Feed your face and your Fitbit as you get those steps in.
- The Manhattan – Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Streetcar stop: Business District or Library
Chef Bruce boasts Belgian Waffles, Manhattan City Breakfasts and special Brunch Features in addition to rotating drink specials at this casual, warm spot in the heart of the central business district. And unlike the real Manhattan, you won’t show up Saturday morning to find piles of garbage bags on the sidewalk.
- McNellie’s – Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Streetcar stop: Dewey Avenue or Midtown
McNellie’s Bloody Mary Bar is indeed “infamous,” as they suggest, but for good reason – because it’s awesome. Therefore, we’re going with the “¡Three Amigos!” version of the term. Top off those badass bloodys with Biscuits & Gravy and some Bread Pudding French Toast.
- Museum Café – Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Streetcar stop: Library, Transit Center or Business District
Careful, man, there’s a brunch-only beverage here! The veritable Museum Café’s brunch menu features a few special drinks you can only get during brunch service, like a White Russian with crème de cacao rather than Kahlua, and brunch favorites like a Croque Madame, Avocado Toast and Downtown Quiche along with Steak and Eggs, B.L.T.s and Burgers (and those are good burgers, Walter). Like the Museum itself, they have something for everyone, which really ties the menu together.
- Packard’s New American Kitchen – Saturday 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Streetcar stop: Northwest 10th Street
If you’re like me, you’re a guy with a beard named Nate, but you also probably zeroed in on the Coffee Cocktails featuring OKC-area coffee, spirits and tonics and the Donut Bread Pudding. However, I’ll channel my inner your mother here and point out that the extensive variety of excellent foodstuffs at Packard’s means you shouldn’t just stick to booze, coffee and sweets.
- Park Avenue Grill – Saturday 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Streetcar stop: Business District or Federal Courthouse
Two drinks and unlimited favorite foods for $30? Park us at Park Avenue Grill and keep the greyhounds running our direction.
- Stella – Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Streetcar stop: Dewey Avenue
Stella also features a Bloody Mary Bar as well as a “make your own” Mimosa with three different juices, and the brunch pizzas and pastas make a fine counterpoint to the more traditional eggy dishes that also grace their mid-morning menu.
- The Wedge – Saturday at 11 a.m., Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Streetcar stop: Mickey Mantle or East Bricktown
Pitchers of Mimosas prepare you for a variety of Bruschetta and brunch-inspired pizza choices, in addition to the standard menu. You would like the Green Eggs & Ham pizza anywhere, including their Deep Deuce patio, and you could even eat them in a box, with a fox, in a house, in a tree or in a car (but you really wouldn’t be able to do that with the Mimosas so you should probably just stick to the patio).
PRO TIP: Because of the system’s “loop layout,” your closest stop may not always be the one you want to ride to your destination, and if you’re simply making a quick round trip to one location and back, you may not want to get back on at the same stop at which you disembarked. Take note of direction of travel—you may want to walk a block or two to catch a car going in a more time-friendly direction.
Stay tuned to VeloCity for more streetcar how-tos:
- Brewery taproom crawl
- Caffeination on the (street)car
- Family-friendly streetcaring
- Shop like a streetcar boss
- Just have a fun streetcar Saturday
Editor's note: If you're a Chamber member near the streetcar route and we missed you in this piece, it wasn't on purpose! Please drop us a line and let us know so we can fix it.