Boulevard Steakhouse doesn't think that beef should be too fancy. The kitchen decorates its custom-aged, hand-cut USDA Prime steaks in nothing but salt, pepper, and butter, preferring to let the fillets take the flavor spotlight. Some arrive completely free of accoutrements, such as the blackened bone-in rib eye. Others have a few costars on the plate: fillet tips come with mushrooms and garlic mashed potatoes, whereas beef medallions pair with blue crab.
Regardless of the presentation, each of the entrees is sophisticated in its simplicity—an ethos that applies to the entire restaurant. The dining area gives off a rustic vibe with wood ceilings and deep red wooden accents, which match several of the wines on a sprawling list. Set against exposed brick, the martini lounge is just as warm and antiquated. Here, bartenders craft classic cocktails from gimlets to Manhattans, as well as seasonal offerings such as The Great Pumpkin, a much better autumnal brew than eggnog or The Okay Pumpkin. Visitors on some weekend nights can sip their drinks as live music fills the space.
An unassuming brick storefront with bamboo-shaded windows barely contains the thrum of voices and simmering broth that roils within Tokyo Pot. Shabu shabu is by necessity an active method of dining and The Oklahoman’s Food Dude Dave Cathey says “It’s impossible to sit through a meal at Tokyo Pot in silence.” This vibrancy arises from the broth-filled pots that sit in the middle of each table and remind diners of the genuinely social nature of cooking and sharing food as they dunk thin slices of meat into the hot liquid. Gentle pendant lighting brings to life the colors of bright cut blossoms and illuminates jets of rising steam that resemble famous clouds.
The chefs at Jamil's Steakhouse grill up hearty steaks and seafood dishes that fuse flavors from the Middle East. One of Oklahoma City's oldest steak houses at its core, the eatery hands visitors a menu of tabbouleh salad, hummus, and main-course selections such as hickory-smoked brisket, chicken fried steak, and hickory-smoked ribs, as well as beef kebabs imbued with flavors more robust than a chocolate statue of Teddy Roosevelt. Not to be outdone, the seafood menu proffers selections such as fried catfish, Norwegian grilled salmon, and Australian coldwater lobster tail. All entrees include tabouli salad, hummus dip, a cabbage roll, and baked potato.
Beyond Opus Prime Steakhouse's arched brick entrance lies an alternate reality where surf 'n' turf have settled their differences and appear in concord on plates. Red-hot grills sear Chicago Stockyards prime beef steaks and cold water lobster tails that appear together and separate, a feat Abbott and Costello could never quite achieve. The menu that gives the red-hot grills their instructions also presents cocktails and beer, while cataloging nearly 1,000 wines from across the world. A sleek marble bar illuminated by blue lights and high-backed seating capped by elegant semitranslucent glass panes help conjure the steak house's upscale atmosphere.
The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro has something in common with San Francisco's Ritz Carlton, New Orleans's Emeril's, and New York's Tavern on the Green: its chefs were invited by Cornell University's Cross Country Gourmet series to recreate their restaurant experience in Ithaca, New York. There, thousands of people sampled their signature dishes and Oklahoma hospitality during the Cross Country Gourmet Extravaganza.
Oklahoma City residents, of course, get this European-inspired dining experience year round. At the Bricktown district location, guests partake of everything from wild-caught seafood that's flown in fresh daily to prime-grade steaks in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. There's lunch service as well, with both traditional entrees and an upscale grilled cheese with smoked salmon, caramelized shallots, and fresh heirloom tomatoes, great for nostalgic grown ups and top-hat-wearing children. The friendly staff at flagship restaurant of the Deep Fork Group also offers knowledgeable advice on a selection of wines.