One of the most welcome shifts toward normalcy since COVID-19 vaccines rolled out has been the return of dining out. One of the things I missed most was brunch. Sure, I can make it at home, but there’s something so enjoyable about a lazy Sunday morning letting someone else do the cooking and clean-up. 

Kitchen No. 324, from A Good Egg Dining Group, is a longtime downtown favorite, and chef de cuisine Jason Chandler’s current menu does not disappoint. Seasonal ingredients regularly make their way onto the rotating menu. 

For me, brunch always begins with a Prairie Mary, 324’s house-made yellow tomato Mary mix and Oklahoma-made Prairie Wolf vodka. 

My favorites on the current menu include the poached pear salad with dried figs, cranberries, blue cheese, pecans, prosciutto and a white balsamic vinaigrette, as well as the joint’s takes on classics like a Monte Cristo and their “really fancy” grilled cheese sandwich. Roasted sweet potatoes with bacon, goat cheese and burnt honey are a perfect sharable side. As always, a beautiful selection of house-made pastries and coffees are available to enjoy while you dine in or take to-go. 

At the time of my most recent visit, plexiglass dividers still separate each booth space, and patio dining is available. Reservations are not required but recommended, particularly on weekends. For those not yet ready to dine in, pick-up and curbside options are available.

Kitchen No. 324 is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with breakfast served all day. 324 N. Robinson Ave., OKC; kitchen324.com.