Food Briefs: OKCMOA's Roof Terrace, Whiskey Cake beer garden, OKSeafood Slimdown and more

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Things cooled off when the sun went down during the OKCMOA opening night rooftop party for the DeadCENTER Film Festival, 6-11-2015. Mark Hancock

Raised roof

One of the best patios in Oklahoma City reopens next week. Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Roof Terrace begins the season Thursday as part of Art After 5, a weekly Thursday night event.

Each Thursday through late October, the terrace opens for live music, a full bar, access to museum galleries and gorgeous views of the city for $5 after 5 p.m.

Starting Thursday, the terrace opens from 5 to 10:30 p.m., though high temperatures or wind and storm warnings can affect the availability of the space. Visitors can sign up for Roof Terrace email alert at to receive updates on weather-related delays and closings.

Food Briefs: OKCMOA's Roof Terrace, Whiskey Cake beer garden, OKSeafood Slimdown and more
Mark Hancock
Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, in the Penn Square Mall parking lot, in OKC, FILE, 5-8-2013.

Beer garden

Perhaps best known for whiskey (or maybe its eponymous dessert), Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, 1845 Northwest Expressway, hosts a day-after-Earth Day beer garden in front of the restaurant 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Local breweries will offer complimentary samples of their beers, and a home-brewing expert will be there to give sustainable beer-brewing tips.

Local nurseries join in the farmers market-style event with sales of herbs and saplings for guests to plant at home.

Food Briefs: OKCMOA's Roof Terrace, Whiskey Cake beer garden, OKSeafood Slimdown and more
Shannon Cornman
The Egg-O-Nater with bacon and a side of garlic and parmesan french fries at The Garage.Photo/Shannon Cornman

Cow town

Conde Nast Traveler published the results of a readers poll for the best cities for hamburgers in America and we’re No. 1!

Nobody else had a chance with Oklahoma City in the running. Our mecca for grilled beef patties beat out Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Orlando, Florida; and Las Vegas, Nevada, with notable love for the quickly expanding local shops Tucker’s Onion Burgers, 324 NW 23rd St., and The Garage, 307 E. Main St., in Norman.

Conde Nast also name-dropped the lamb burger at Ludivine, though that particular delicacy is actually a permanent feature at sister restaurant The R&J Lounge and Supper Club, 320 NW 10th St.

Seafood diet

Swimming is great exercise, but even eating foods that swim can do wonders for the waistline, according to Seafood Nutrition Partnership. That group is working with Moore resident Rob Morris for OKSeafood Slimdown.

Morris is eating seafood as his primary source of protein for his day-to-day dietary needs for six months. He started April 1.

Norman Regional Health System will act as his medical support team for monthly check-ups to make sure he stays healthy.

“We’re confident that this new positive change in Rob’s lifestyle habits will lead to healthier choices and overall good health,” said Dr. Michael Klepper, Morris’ official primary care doctor, in a press release. “As with any lifestyle change, we recommend consulting with a medical professional beforehand and are proud to support Rob throughout his journey.”

The American Heart Association estimates a quarter of all Oklahoma deaths are related to heart disease, which is why Seafood Nutrition Partnership is challenging Morris and other Oklahomans to eat seafood twice a week. Following the weekly plan for seafood can lower the risk of heart disease by 36 percent.

To bring awareness to his commitment, Morris is documenting his experience with his smartphone for his public figure Facebook page and a collaboration with Moore Monthly and