After 13 years of treating the taste buds of Harrah, Checkerboard Café and Bakery made its move to Midwest City where it was subsequently kinged. The neighborhood nosh spot serves up a tasty array of lunch and dinner bites, complemented with fresh-baked goodies and homey charm. Start your table with an order of southwest spinach queso dip ($5.99) to share, or grab a baked snorkel and dive into a bowl of baked potato soup ($4.49). The midday menu tempts carnivores and carny voyeurs alike with juicy burgers, toasty pressed sandwiches, and blue plate specials such as chicken fried steak ($8.99), and dinner options add to said delights with an extended list of entrees. Enjoy a personalized portion of hickory smoked prime rib, served by the ounce and cooked to temperature ($1.49 per ounce), or entrust the custom-sized cranny in your belly to a plate of potato-encrusted salmon with rice pilaf ($13.99). All entrees are served with two side orders and customer-acclaimed yeast rolls.
Gene Leiterman spends his days at a culinary college teaching the art of pastry making and his evenings at CocoFlow Chocolate Cafe molding his favorite medium. His chocolate handiwork ranges from truffles infused with rose syrup to edible sculptures--he once carved a 20-pound chocolate Easter bunny, which proceeded to lay several Cadbury eggs. He's also filled the café's menu with slices of cake, fresh crepes, and hand-painted bon-bons, such as the pistachio crème with swirls of colorful cocoa butter. During CocoFlow's hands-on weekend classes, students learn to craft their own chocolates using machinery-free European techniques that they can replicate at home.
Fill your mug, and then your mug, with the dark-liquid magic of Blue Bean Coffee Company's 100% arabica beans, chosen from the top one percent of the world's coffee crops. Patrons exhausted from a night of dream-clogging can kick-start their morning with traditional gourmet coffee ($1.45 for 12 oz.), a café latte ($2.40 for 12 oz.), a cup of hot tea ($1.55 for 12 oz.), or the fan-favorite raspberry mocha ($2.95 for 12 oz.). Ask Blue Bean's friendly baristas about the monthly featured drinks or some of the other hot beverages and cold concoctions, such as frappes and smoothies, on tap for tongues and taste buds. Beyond superior sips, Blue Bean Coffee also offers up vegan cookies and signature scones, as well as bags of take-home coffee.
This European-American bistro serves up a miscellaneous menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner delights, including many vegetarian options. Let a dashing Italian panini served on grilled ciabatta bread with provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, and a side of pasta salad ($7.48–$8.49) sweep your mouth off its chin-feet. If you prefer pre-flattened sandwiches, try a grilled croissant sandwich served with pasta salad ($7.49–$7.99), a wrap with avocado ($8.99), or a spicy New Orleans–style po' boy served with red-potato salad or cubed fries ($8.99). The menu also includes a variety of gourmet salads ($4.49–$8.99) and soup ($3.49) that can be enjoyed separately or as part of a half-and-half combo meal ($7.49–$8.49).
Beatnix Café’s reality-forcefield device keeps it locked in this world, so you don’t have to listen to Susan B. Anthony while perusing the menu. For morning sustenance, Beatnix features the Daddy O French Toast with your choice of bread base ($2.98 for two slices). During lunch, the Groovy Grilled Chicken Sandwich stands tall with toasted wheat bread, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion with mayo or your choice of dressing ($5.89). All salads start with a base of fresh organic spring mix, baby spinach, and red-leaf lettuce combined with freshly grated carrots and red cabbage (starting at $5.49), and soups are made from scratch ($3.49 for an 8-ounce cup).