Park House - Oklahoma City, OK
Who knew this trip would become the wintery adventure it turned into. I innocently enough made plans to drive up to Oklahoma City (OKC) from Dallas and enjoy the sights and dine at Park House, which opened at the end of 2013. It’s relatively fine dining for the OKC scene, but seems pretty casual to me (so come one come all). The restaurants sits in Myriad Park in Downtown OKC and overlooks the botanical gardens. In summer, I imagine it’s quite the lush setting. The space itself is open, with expansive floor to ceiling windows that allow you to take in the surrounding grounds.
The food is American, which is fitting its OKC location. I started with a sampler of deviled eggs, which is a well executed foray into a relatively storied dish. Next came the Parker House rolls. They were different from the divine Parker House rolls I remember from Cityzen in Washington, DC, but good in their own right. The highlight of the pork entree was really the mushroom bread pudding. On a wet and cold day, it hit the spot like no other, like a big warm blanket. Although I was stuffed to the gills, I decided to try the donuts and “coffee”. These are cake doughnut, which isn’t a style I like. I prefer a lighter, chewier donut like Krispy Kreme. It was a great way to while away the hours as the sleet came pelting down outside. And best of all, I watched my alma mater beat Syracuse!
And I still think this is one of the most brilliant things I’ve seen on a menu.