OKG Eat: Cool off 

It’s getting hot in here. But hold on! No matter what a song tells you, it’s “illegal” to “take off all your clothes” in public. So much for hiring Nelly & Nelly: Attorneys at Law. Before you are hauled off for indecent exposure, here are some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants for

eating and drinking when the heat is on.

— by Greg Elwell,

photos by Mark Hancock, Garett Fisbeck and Keaton Draper

Strawberry and Pistachio on a waffle cone at Roxy's in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Strawberry and Pistachio on a waffle cone at Roxy's in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

1732 NW 16th St., Suite B

roxysicecream.com

521-1300

Now a food truck and a brick-and-mortar ice cream shoppe, Roxy’s is a local phenomenon with its tasty custom ice cream concoctions. Hurry in and try its new graham cracker flavor (so popular it might become permanent). Even better, get a double dip with German chocolate and make your own sweet s’more on a cone.

 
Mai Tai at R&J Supper Club in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Mai Tai at R&J Supper Club in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

The R&J Lounge and Supper Club

320 NW 10th St.

rjsupperclub.com

602-5066

Stick a straw in a carafe of sparkling prosecco and you’re in for a good night. But if it’s still daytime and the sun is trying to kill you, ask your friendly R&J bartender to pour you a Painkiller, Blue Hawaiian or Brown Derby in a gorgeous vintage tiki mug and say aloha to your troubles.

 
A nice side dish of Hummus at Hummus Mediterranean Cafe in Moore.  mh
  • A nice side dish of Hummus at Hummus Mediterranean Cafe in Moore. mh

Hummus Mediterranean Cafe

811 SW 19th St., Moore

hummusmediterraneancafe.com

759-7024

At the time of Oklahoma’s founding, hummus was considered a punishment. Oh, how far we’ve come since then. Now, we love cold beans — as long as they’re chickpeas mashed with spices and olive oil and served with pita. And there’s no better place to chow down than aptly named Hummus Mediterranean Cafe.

 
Avocado Cucumber Soup at The Metro. Photo/Shannon Cornman - SHANNON CORNMAN
  • Shannon Cornman
  • Avocado Cucumber Soup at The Metro. Photo/Shannon Cornman

The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro

6418 N. Western Ave.

metrowinebar.com

840-9463

Even in the summer, waiters at The Metro are allowed to yell, “Hot soup coming through!” But they’re lying. During summer, the only soup people really want is The Metro’s signature chilled cucumber avocado soup or its decadent vichyssoise (cold potato soup). If you haven’t tried them yet, chill out and go already.

 
Peach Blossum iced tea at Leaf + Bean in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Peach Blossum iced tea at Leaf + Bean in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

Leaf + Bean

2901 NW 36th St.

leafandbeanokc.com

Leaf + Bean must be wondering how the coffee gets all the press. Leaf is right there, with top billing, just shouting to the world that there is spectacular tea for the pouring. Sure, the coffee is tasty Topeca Coffee Roasters, but have you tried the iced tea with the house-made syrups? You’ll never look at Lipton again.

 
Cold soba noodles at Tokyo Japanes Restaurant.  mh
  • Cold soba noodles at Tokyo Japanes Restaurant. mh

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant

7516 N. Western Ave.

tokyookc.com

848-6733

Ragu and Prego paid millions in the great People v. Hot Spaghetti lawsuits of the 1980s. (Editor’s note: No, they didn’t. We’re being sarcastic.) That’s when Tokyo stepped in with its delightful cold soba noodles. No more scalding sauce in your eyes when a slurp goes wrong. Plus, if you have a hankering for sushi, it has some of the best.

 
Strawberry Ice Cream Soda, on the floor at Kaiser's.   mh
  • Strawberry Ice Cream Soda, on the floor at Kaiser's. mh

Kaisers Diner

1039 N. Walker Ave.

kaisersdiner.com

232-7632

Finally, the bitter rivalry between ice cream and soda is at an end. Kaisers Diner — the Jimmy Carter of Oklahoma City restaurants — brokered a ceasefire that turned into a partnership we can all enjoy: soda and ice cream coexisting in a glass, like a cheesy bumper sticker. Tip one back and celebrate peace in our time.

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