Second Friday in Oklahoma City means one thing: LIVE on the Plaza, Okies! In search of food, art, and repurposed, hipster-y things, I and several of my friends trekked down to the 16th Street Plaza District for the evening. Dinner, thrifting, and an art show, all in the up-and-coming Plaza District.
DINNER // Hot melts and cold beers at The Mule on Blackwelder
The Mule is a delicious addition to the quirky Mom and Pops of 16th Street. We’ve all had a love affair with a grilled cheese sandwich at some point in our lives and The Mule takes that love to a whole new level. Three words: gourmet grilled cheese. More specifically, THE FANCY PANTS. This “sandie” consists of roasted chicken, brie, gruyere, caramelized onion, and pear on toasted nine grain wheat, slathered with the freshest basil pesto my tastebuds have ever met.
BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL.
Also on their typographically-delicious menu you’ll find The Macaroni Pony, the H.A.M, the Big Ass Grilled Cheese, and a BCLT that’s rumored to convert even the staunchest vegetarian. Pair any one of these with the soup of the day, salad on the side, or sensationally seasoned fries and you have a blue-ribbon combination.
The Mule’s culinary success is only emphasized by the lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper rushes. Its popularity makes finding a table in a rush an impossibility. So, if you’re needing a life-changing culinary experience, be prepared to jot your name down on a long list and go putter through the District until a table opens up.
Fortunately, the District has a lot to offer.
SHOPPING // Dig It & Bad Granny's Bazaar
With $20 in my pocket, I went riffling through the racks at Dig It and flipping through books and baubles at Bad Granny’s. Whether you’re in the District for LIVE on the Plaza or just passing through on a Wednesday afternoon, pay them a visit and pop some tags, find some flannel, or get a friend to try on a really ugly sweater. Dimly lit to hide the pretentious smirks of other customers, both shops offer a wide variety of quirky and/or useful clothes and accessories, all for the low, low price of $5-$10. You never know what treasures you may find lurking between a Pink Floyd t-shirt and a handmade argyle sweater.
Retrokc is the place to be if you’re in need of true vintage accessories to establish your kitsch coolness. Nestled next to No Regrets Tattoo, Retrokc offers a variety of mid-century, retro, atomic and kitsch furniture, décor and accessories. Unfortunately for the run-of-the-mill college student, mid-century décor is a bit pricey, which is why the avocado chip bowl is still sitting sadly on the Charles and Ray side table, instead of gracing my kitchen. If you see it, be a doll and give it a home for me.
ART // Gallery 1612
Before calling it a night, my photographer friend and I popped into Gallery 1612 to see OPUBCO Director of Photography Doug Hoke’s photographs. Luckily, we also got to catch the photographer himself and discuss everything from the marketability of iphonography to the concept of photography as a lifestyle. We left feeling affirmed in our love for the art.
All this being said, LIVE on the Plaza was a rousing success. I ate too much food and got home smelling like an entire pack of American Spirits, but rubbing shoulders with OKC natives was just what I needed after a week in the college bubble. It’s good to know there’s life outside the collegiate worries of Oklahoma Christian University. I will be heading back downtown VERY soon, and you can be assured you’ll hear about it.