Serving food that “loves you back,” Plant is an all-day cafe with a variety of plant-based, gluten-, soy- and dairy-free, locally sourced goodies. The menu begins with the beverages, from freshly squeezed orange juice and chai lattes to boozy offerings like wine, champagne and sangria.

Smoothies and smoothie bowls are another popular get, with a variety of add-ins to tempt, ranging from almond butter and kale to chia seeds, ashwagandha and cacao powder. 

For those looking for something heartier, check out the breakfast menu, served all day. Options include a breakfast hash, burrito, waffles and oatmeal. Toast variations range from the classic avocado to the hummus and pesto, banana and almond, or caramel and apple. Lunch bites include chickpea salad, plus black bean and sweet potato tacos and a veggie burger. Stick around for lunch bowls, alongside specialty brunch items only available on weekends.

Sidecar Barley and Wine Bar

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A distinct and welcoming institution with locations in OKC, Tulsa and Jenks – with more venues opening soon – Sidecar Barley and Wine Bar is the perfect stop for afternoon snacking, a swanky late night drink or something in between. 

Many may not know Sidecar has plenty of food options alongside the extensive drink menu. Starters have a variety of highlights –most popularly the mighty butcher board, complete with cured meats, cheeses, roasted tomatoes, artichoke, olives, figs and pita. Other goodies include salmon, smoked trout dip, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta and chips and dip. Flatbreads and sandwiches will also entice; try the BBQ chicken flatbread or the grilled cheese panini. 

But Sidecar has the word ‘bar’ in its name for a reason. Specialty and signature cocktails run the gamut, from the Maker’s Manhatty – with Maker’s Mark, vermouth and angostura bitters in a smoked highball – to the Rendition, with whiskey, spiced rum, blended Amaro’s, espresso, vanilla syrup and chocolate bitters. As its name suggests, there are plenty of wines by the glass and bottle, as well as varied spirits and beer.

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The Tavern

A beloved Tulsa institution, The Tavern is the go-to for after-concert late-night bites, a major celebration,
cocktails with friends or a family meal. 

Although the menu changes seasonally, some staples remain all year-round. To start, try the deviled egg trifecta or the angry mac and cheese, with smoked gouda, garlic, fontina and bread crumbs (a note from a wimpy diner – this one’s spicy). Popular dinner orders include the strip steak for two, the Tavern burger and the fish and chips. For lunch, try the French dip, the pastrami sandwich or the chicken fried steak.

Alongside hearty meals to suit any palate, the joint has signature cocktails, plus ample wine, beers and spirits. Try the Summer Babe, with your choice of vodka or gin, plus aperol, elderflower or lime, or the Bengali Gimlet, with gin, curried nectar, lime and lemon.

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The Mug 

For a laid-back atmosphere and a sports pub vibe, visit OKC’s The Mug. 

For starts, try the nachos, fried pickles, housemade Southwestern egg rolls, wings or a sample platter of everything. For those hankering for a steak, try the ribeye or sirloin, served with a Caesar salad and your choice of side, like mash potatoes, shrimp skewers, coleslaw or okra. 

Other can’t-miss entrees include chicken fried chicken, catfish, beef tips, plus an assortment of pizza, burgers and sandwiches. Leave room for dessert: cheese cake, s’mores skillets, carrot cake or bread pudding await you. 

If you’re on the hunt for a great deal, The Mug also offers Happy Hour everyday from 3-6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight, with the deal extending all day on Saturday. During these times, you can enjoy $2.50 pints and $3.50 domestic draft beers.

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