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.
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 …
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.
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.
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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