15 N. Robinson Ave.
Housed on the ground floor of the historic Colcord Hotel, this eatery offers views of the Myriad Botanical Gardens and patio seating. The whimsical menu includes images demonstrating ways to start a fire because, hey, the place is called Flint. For lunch, start with jalapeño hush puppies or white bean hummus. When it’s time for the main course, the menu bursts with comfort foods: homemade meatloaf, chicken fried steak, beer-battered fish and chips or panseared salmon.
Park Harvey Sushi & Sports Lounge
200 N. Harvey Ave.
There was a time when sushi was scarce in OKC and unheard of downtown. Park Harvey offers a can’t-miss lunch deal with two rolls for $10.95. There are about 10 rolls, but the most popular are the Crunchy, a fried roll with salmon, jalapeño, cream cheese, eel sauce, spicy mayo, masago, green onion and sesame seeds; the Lady Love, with salmon, lemon and other goodies; the Veggie Monster, which speaks for itself; and spicy tuna, with, you guessed it, Spicy Tuna and cucumber.
Park Avenue Grill
One Park Ave.
Dine with class on Park Avenue at the Park Avenue Grill inside the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. (And with a throng of celebrities that stay there, who knows, you might find yourself dining next to Harrison Ford or Sir Paul McCartney.) For lunch, start out with the fire-grilled romaine spears or the grilled ahi salad. Wax nostalgic and try the Perle Mesta roasted chicken salad with pistachios, grapes and tarragon on ciabatta. (Mesta was, after all, the hostess with the mostest and daughter of W.B. Skirvin.)
415 Couch Dr.
Any museum worthy of cred has a good restaurant, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is no exception. The dining room features abundant windows and people-watch as you get started with treats like goat cheese kisses. The diverse menu has something for everyone, from build-your-own hamburger to peppered tilapia or beef tenderloin. (We won’t tell if you call in “sick” after lunch and head into the galleries to spend the afternoon with the museum’s impressive collections.)
120 N. Robinson Ave., Ste. 175W
The downtown branch of the popular eatery in First National Center offers entrees all in the neighborhood of $7. Order from the menu or do-it-yourself and build the pizza, pasta, sandwich or salad of your dreams. Order the traditional Margherita pizza, or liven things up with a pie topped with Alfredo or pesto, chicken, Italian sausage, fresh basil, mandarin oranges or artichoke hearts. The build-your-own comes with one sauce, one meat, one cheese, and your choice of four veggies.
130 N. Robinson Ave., 120E
The Golden Dragon is a favorite of those who love Chinese food and the budgetminded. It truly is one of the best values downtown when you have less than $10 in your pocket and you’re really hungry. The lunch buffet will only set you back about $6 and includes all the favorites one expects on a Chinese buffet from egg rolls to dishes with shrimp, chicken and pork. The buffet also includes salad and a dessert when you’re done grazing.
1889 Land Run Cafe
One N. Broadway Ave. 235-2780
You don’t have to wait for the gunshot to take off running and stake your claim at the 1889 Land Run Cafe. Check out the great selection of sandwiches at lunch, or hit the buffet. Indulge in the Philly cheese steak sandwich or the N.Y. Reuben. The Color Your Plate entrees are well balanced with nutrient-rich, healthy options like fresh berries with Greek yogurt or a turkey BLT. Finish it off with a dark chocolate brownie, and then stop slacking and get back to work.
— by Kelley Chambers, photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock