Sweet chili wings at Wes Welker's Sports Bar and Grill. Photo by J. Christopher Little.
Just because it’s categorized as a sports bar doesn’t mean you settle for a few plain hot dogs and a basket of limp French fries at sleek Wes Welker’s Sports Bar and Grill. Yet, the Oklahoma City establishment may refrain from classifying its comfort pub food as “upscale.” Simply put, you’ll find a menu laden with familiar and regional favorites dressed in unexpectedly decadent ways. While watching namesake Welker catch a 50-yard pass for the Denver Broncos on the artfully arranged (and plentiful) TV screens, you could be munching on appetizers like Leland’s Tailgate Dip – cream cheese, salsa and cheeses in an iron skillet – and the Butcher Block (an assortment of meats, cheese, greens, mustard and bread) or go for entrees stacked with ribs, steaks, rotisserie chicken or dry-aged pork chops. Sides are pretty special, too. How do green chili macaroni & cheese or smoked gouda mashed potatoes grab you? We thought so. Bar options are impressive, and Wes Welker’s is especially abundant in beer, with more than 80 varieties, including such artisan potions as Sawtooth Ale, 400 Pound Monkey and the ginger-infused Good Juju. All this combined with a great atmosphere for hanging with friends and reasonable pricing makes 3121 W. Memorial Road, Oklahoma City. www.weswelkers.com