Guess where we just got back from? You becha! Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. My cousin was getting hitched on Friday so we were up at 3:15 AM to make it to our 5:00 AM flight. We arrived in the Minneapolis airport and waited for T.G.I. Friday’s to open up at 6:30 for breakfast. I can safely say that was the last “healthy” meal I had this weekend (it was a vegetable omelet with fresh fruit and 2 strips of bacon).
As soon as we landed in Oklahoma we picked up our rental car and drove to our hotel which just happened to be across the street from a Sonic! Garrett and I were pretty excited since we always see Sonic commercials here in Bismarck and we are hundreds of miles (maybe thousands) from the nearest Sonic. I had a cheeseburger, fries, and a sample of the sweet potato tots that I see so many commercials about.
Then it was off to the hotel for a nap and a shower before the wedding.
The wedding was located at this amazing plantation looking mansion. I learned a little more about it from the bride’s grandma. The Dominion House was built in 1923 as a masonic children’s home. The home was occupied until 1978 when it was closed due to changes in the Oklahoma foster care law. After that it remained vacant until 2000, when it was purchased and renovated by a family who lives in a part of the house, rents one wing out for weddings, and the other wing is a business headquartered.
This wedding was smaller so we fit perfectly in the garden area located next to a koi pond. This is my Grandpa Harold in the above photo. It was about 80+ degrees in OKC that evening but we were in the shade making it a perfect evening for a wedding.
There is the wedding party! Congrats to the bride and groom.
Saturday was our free day in OKC. And I had a full list of restaurants I wanted to go to, based off of Man vs. Food and Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. Does anyone else base their trips off of these two shows?
OK I have to tell a funny story. On our way to the hotel (40 minutes from the airport) we passed this ridiculously run down shack that looked condemned with a sign on it saying “Steak & Catfish Barn.” We all pointed it out proclaiming it looked like a dump and joking that anyone who eats there probably gets salmonella. Fast forward almost 12 hours and I pulled out my list of places I wanted to eat at in OKC and as I am reading them off to my aunt and uncle along with my parents and Garrett I read the only place from Man vs. Food, the “Steak and Catfish Barn!” And I thought to myself, “Hey, that’s that crappy place we passed,” and my aunt said “Oh!!! I’ve ate there!!” and she went on to say how fantastic the food was but how dumpy the places was. So naturally, that was the first place we hit up on Saturday for lunch.
The catfish was unreal. Crunchy outside (cornmeal) and soft, flaky fish on the inside. Huge fillets! And the hush puppies were unreal! I think they had chopped onions and herbs inside. Yum! And my chicken fillets came with gravy. Is that weird? And the coleslaw was dynamite.
The Man vs. Food Challenge was to eat the most fillets. Adam didn’t have the most filets but he was in 4th places with I think 49 something fillets.
To put that in to perspective I ate two, dad ate 3, and Garrett ate 3 — and we were full. The above photo is Garrett’s catfish sandwich with approximately 3 bites remaining.
After lunch we went to the Oklahoma City National Memorial downtown. It was amazing to see this place again since I was there just a year or two after the bombing and now today.
There are 168 empty chairs in this photo across the reflecting pool. 19 of those are smaller chairs representing the children killed. They are all arranged in 9 rows, one for each of the nine floors of the building, placed according to the floor on which those killed were working or visiting. Each chair has a name engraved on it. By day, the chairs seem to float above their translucent bases. By night, the glass bases illuminate as beacons of hope.
The reflection pool is only about 3/4 inch deep. The shallow depth of flowing water helps soothe wounds, with calming sounds providing a peaceful setting for quiet thoughts.
The Survivor Tree, a 90+ year old American Elm survived the bombing. The tree once stood in the middle of the parking lot. You can still see burn marks on its trunk from the explosion. The architects of this memorial did a wonderful job and every single detail was not overlooked to the amount of trees, types of stone used, and types of trees used. Everything was picked for a reason.
After the memorial we were headed to Bricktown. Upon doing my research this part of town looked like the coolest, hippest place to be. So of course I had to be a part of it.
They have a mile long water taxi that you can take a little tour of Bricktown, formerly a U.S. Army Detachment, what ever that is. Now it’s home to tons of little shops, unique restaurants candy shops, and wineries.
We sampled the wine, of course. I tried some chocolate Mexican Chipotle Gilato (which I forgot to take a picture of). Bricktown is also home to the Redhawks and The Thunder. Some of the other cool looking places to eat: Coyote Ugly, In The Raw Sushi, The Melting Pot (fondue), Dueling Pianos Bar, Pearl’s Crabtown and Toby Keith’s Bar. Fun Fact: Toby Keith is from Oklahoma.
Of course being with my father we had to hit up the only brewery: Bricktown Brewery. I had a beer similar to Boulevard and we tried a homemade pimento cheese appetizer.
After Bricktown Brewery we were headed to another bar on the roof of Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse but it didn’t open until 9 PM. So we headed back to hang out with the family.
For supper on Saturday night we went to Johnny’s Bar-B-Que “Oklahoma’s Most Famous BBQ.” I ordered the ribs with a loaded baked potato and coleslaw.
My ribs were fantastic. Can you see the big smear of butter on my toast? Like I said, we didn’t eat so healthy this weekend. But back on track tomorrow we will be!! This girl has a wedding in 4 weeks. Oh and I forgot to take a picture of my chocolate creme pie for dessert.
This morning we were up early and at the airport by 9:45 AM. Back to Bismarck at around 4:15 and we were happy to be home and see Buster. It was a fun (and quick) trip but it was fun to be there for Ali’s wedding and fun to go to a new city. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend as well!