Oklahoma City offers many brunch options; a few even feature entertainment. The historic Skirvin Hilton’s Park Avenue Grill, 1 Park Ave., has introduced a new menu along with a weekly music program.
Well-known metro acoustic guitarist Edgar Cruz performs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays for the remainder of the year. His songs resonate pleasantly through the Skirvin’s vintage interiors.
“I believe the live entertainment adds an interesting twist,” said Martin Van Der Laan, the hotel’s general manager. “It’s a great atmosphere for churchgoers, families and friends.”
With executive chef Christopher Pope, Van Der Laan recently revamped the brunch options. They eliminated the buffet; in its place is a trendier menu concept. A $20 option pairs one light starter and one entree. For $25, you get unlimited entrees and a drink.
Diners select from an à la carte menu that features seven light starters — including spring fruit, wedge and citrus jicama salads — and the soup of the day.
If you want your greens, try the shaved Brussels sprouts cooked in a brown butter that has been infused with red onion, dill and Parmesan.
The robust entrees were designed for egg lovers, with a fried egg burger, egg quesadilla, eggs Benedict and a molasses-marinated Kobe flat-iron steak accompanied by eggs. Pope’s take on chicken and waffles features fried thighs and sugar-bacon gravy.
If you want to imbibe, mimosas, Kir Royales and Bellinis complete the meal.
“We wanted a value package that’s accessible to everyone,” Van Der Laan said. “Anyone can get eggs Benedict. Ours is made with crab and garlic spinach.”
A no-drag drag brunch
For a bit of a nightlife-in-the-morning feel, head to the club The Boom at 2218 N.W. 39th for gospel brunch. It’s a unique dining experience that is also smoke-free. Drag queens Kitty Bob Aimes and Norma Jean Goldstein lead “spiritual enlightenment sessions” at noon and 1:30 p.m. every Sunday. Keep in mind that the material is adult, satirical and often pokes fun at life in the Bible Belt.
The popular fast-talking, toe stepping ladies perform an acerbic church service. It’s interactive — Aimes and Goldstein often goad diners to join them onstage.
“This is a Sunday guilty pleasure,” said frequent patron Jenny Kallenberger. “Oklahoma City is lucky to have this venue. The kitchen does a great job turning out an impressive brunch.”
The Boom offers a better meal than most bars and clubs. All meals are prepared on site.
“Everything is made fresh,” said John Gibbons, general manager. “We have kind of an old-fashioned menu.”
Mimosas are only $2 each. You can also make your own cocktail at the Bloody Mary bar. The menu has eggs Benedict, fish and chips, pasta and bagels with lox and cream cheese; all come with fresh fruit and are priced under $15.
Just a few miles away, inside the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Museum Cafe, 415 Couch Drive, serves upscale, contemporary fare from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Duck hash ($11) combines duck confit, potato hash, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. The shrimp grits plate ($13) includes bell peppers, ham, andouille sausage plus two fried eggs. Get these beloved dishes while you can; executive chef Henry Boudreaux will introduce the fall menu soon.
The menu’s au pain section offers quiches, wraps, croissant sandwiches and orange French toast. The museum presents its own specialty Tuscan tomato soup with a nice focaccia toast.
Stroll off your meal by touring the museum’s latest exhibition or catch a matinee movie.