If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Celebrate your own playful palate with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sophisticated savories and drinks at the Whispering Pines Inn restaurant in Norman. Restaurant hours are 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday with business casual dress.
Whispering Pines' elegant, rustic restaurant—located inside a romantic bed and breakfast—surrounds diners with warmly lit tables, an ornate décor, and a dinner menu of sophisticated palate-pleasers. Ignite your food-fire with a spark from an appetizer of three-cheese tortellini with toasted pine nuts ($8), a ragout of escargot with shiitake-mushroom and veal sweetbreads ($12), or warm smoked-duck salad ($12). Main courses juxtapose land and sea with a pan-seared chicken breast among wild mushrooms ($18), an herb-potato-crusted salmon fillet ($21), and a selection of certified Black Angus steaks ($32–$33), served grilled or seared. One of Whispering Pines' attentive wait staff will happily cap off your meal by describing the evening's à la carte desserts in almost obscene detail. As your taste buds loudly sing the praises of Whispering Pines' carefully crafted cuisine in German, quiet them with an intoxicating cocktail or glass of wine brought to your table from the full-service bar.
Whispering Pines is nestled among an extensive grounds dotted with vineyards and gazebos—exuding an irresistible air of romance for celebrating a special occasion or creating a special occasion to subsequently celebrate. Inspired by Whispering Pines Inn’s magnificent backdrop and today’s Groupon, give a date the surprise of her life by getting down on one knee and slipping a Lord of the Rings DVD on her finger.
- The professionalism, the ambiance, the overall sexy, sophisticated setting made for a delightful evening. – Lyndsay, Urbanspoon
Whispering Pines Restaurant
Sunlight filters through the thick leaves of whispering pine tress, illuminating a 20-acre clearing of vineyards, lily ponds, and lush gardens. This is the site of Whispering Pines Restaurant, whose fairytale backdrop and upscale French fare has won the veneration of Discover Oklahoma. Guests who find their way onto its grounds are greeted by a towering 1900s-style mansion adorned in ivy and surrounded by a wrap-around porch. Inside, white-clothed tables scatter across deep-red carpets amid hanging artwork and a roaring fireplace.
Owners and head chefs Chinda and Rany Kchao await to serve guests, drawing on years of fine-dining and French-continental culinary experience. The Kchaos and their family bring forth plates of upscale French fare and decadent steaks, punctuating each course with a house-made, palate-cleansing sorbet instead of a palate-cleansing spray from the garden hose. After dinner, guests of the inn climb the grand staircase to the main-house suites or meander across the grounds to independent cottages, where whirlpools and baskets of treats await them. In the morning, servers deliver freshly prepared breakfasts to each room.