A Learning Lunch at Commonplace Books in Oklahoma City

Front window at Commonplace Books and Kitchen Midtown Oklahoma City (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Front window at Commonplace Books and Kitchen in Midtown, Oklahoma City (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

The good news, AND the bad news, is that I needed to pick a place to meet a friend for lunch in Oklahoma City, and there were so many choices that I went into brain lock until she was already 45 minutes from arriving in town.

One of my favorites is The Mule for amazing grilled cheese and craft beer, but it is right across from the divine offerings at Pie Junkie and I knew that I had no business tempting myself that way.

Some searching turned up the lighter fare at The Kitchen at Commonplace Books, in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district.

Even though I’ve been busy reading a lot on my Kindle lately, there is nothing like wandering a bookstore for inspiration and ideas.

They even have sections arranged by personality and general outlook on life …

Books sorted by personality and outlook at Commonplace Books and Kitchen Midtown Oklahoma City (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Where would you start browsing? Books sorted by personality and outlook at Commonplace Books and Kitchen, Midtown, Oklahoma City (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

The front display table was a tempting mix, including a tiny Gulliver’s Travels and local love with Boom Town (about Oklahoma City’s urban revitalization) front and center.

You’ll get a nice little Commonplace Bookstore ink stamp in the flyleaf of each purchase, too.

Front table books at Commonplace Books in Oklahoma City (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Front table books at Commonplace Books in Oklahoma City (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Even though I was hungry, it was hard to drag myself into the adjoining eatery for lunch.

The Kitchen part of the bookstore encourages communal, family-style seating. It also has a big curving bar with tapestry chairs, so you’ll fit right in as a single, a couple, or even more. The lunch menu has items served on greens, toast, and polenta, with lots of variety and an emphasis on fresh and seasonal. I dithered between ricotta, squash, and pancetta on toast, or berries and cream on polenta, but finally went with the polenta. They also serve brunch on Sundays, and dinner till 9 p.m. Mon – Sat.

There are a few tables and chairs outside on the sidewalk, which is where my friend and I chose to drop our bags of new books, settle into the sunshine, and enjoy our lunch.

Polenta with berries plus coffee for lunch at Commonplace Books and Kitchen Midtown Oklahoma City (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Polenta with berries plus coffee for lunch at Commonplace Books and Kitchen Midtown Oklahoma City (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

There is a LOT going on in OKC’s Midtown – as I drove to lunch up Walker Avenue from downtown, I had my head on a constant swivel looking at all the shops and restaurants. Waffle Champion is nearby, too; it’s one of my favorite places to eat breakfast like a local.

Where do you like to grab lunch in Oklahoma City? Let us know in the comments!

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