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Eat like a horse


Kick off racing season at Remington’s latest restaurant addition.

Christina Nihira February 29th, 2012

A day at the races has become more delicious. Bricktown Brewery, known for its craft beers, last month opened a second location on the casino level at Remington Park.

Overlooking the racetrack’s finish line, the restaurant features the expected: a bar and a multitude of televisions. It also offers the unexpected: multilevel seating, a sight line to the outdoor four-story video screen and an amazing view of the entire track.

Remington Park kicks off quarter-horse racing season on Friday.

“Anticipation is always great for the start of a new racing year,” said Scott Wells, Remington Park president and general manager. “Guests can also enjoy great food and a perfect view of the finish line, all while just steps away from jackpot action.”

The excitement of horse racing usually cultivates some serious appetites. Luckily, the brewery has an impressive menu that, in gambler’s parlance, is a sure bet.

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Wager on the beginnings that can be eaten as an appetizer or light meal. Typical fare includes nachos, chicken tenders and Buffalo wings. Eclectic tastes might like the fat Elvis fries (sweet potato fries covered in peanut butter sauce, chopped peppered bacon and dried bacon chips) or pimiento cheese served with veggies.

“We try and take bar food, then surprise you with how good it is,” said Buck Warfield, Enduring Brandings president, whose parent company owns the brewery. “Our basic food group is bourbon, bacon and beer, which are worked into most items.”

Variety is found throughout the burgers, sandwiches and classic entrée selections. A daily blue-plate special is served on a first-come, first-serve basis and includes pulled-pork tacos, chicken pot pie, as well as chicken and waffles.

Nice touches of Oklahoma pride are worked into the menu, too.

“The vibrancy of [Made in Oklahoma] has become a very big trend in restaurants. From peanuts to hot links, anything grown, packaged or produced [in Oklahoma] that we could find, we use,” said Warfield, adding that all the beer is made at the Bricktown Brewery. “No one is more local than we are.”

Handcrafted beers are the restaurant’s trademark. Five brews ranging from light to dark are regularly on tap. If specialty brews aren’t your thing, wine and a full bar are available, not to mention a host of domestic and imported beers.

Saddle up to the tap table and enjoy pouring your own beer. Hooked to kegs below the restaurant, four selections are available at $4.50 a pint. By providing a credit card, the machine is automated to provide two draws per drinker for each hour. The staff happily teaches how to appropriately fill a beer glass from a keg. That is mighty important when you consider the amount of foam that can form at the glass’ rim.

The table seats 12 to 15 patrons and reservations are accepted. Call 419-4449 or visit bricktownbrewery.com.

 
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