Dining at Home

Avoid a menu rut while helping your favorite local restaurants survive these unexpected circumstances

I love food. I love cooking (and travel) more than most things in life. Some readers may not know that in my other life, I am a chef. I have been a food journalist in various media for many years, but long before that, I am a chef, culinary instructor, and cheesemonger. On days when I am not wearing my "Historic District Lifestyle hat" (and some that I am), I am usually in a kitchen. A lot of my friends are chefs, instructors, servers, bartenders, and restaurant owners. 

One positive thing that I have noticed about the recent "shelter at home" situation is that people are finding comfort, entertainment, and even family time in their kitchens. They are cooking with their kids, and trying out recipes they clipped out of a magazine a year ago and never made time to prepare. I love this. I also know that there comes the point when all we (myself included) want to do is let someone else cook for us. To relax and enjoy the amazing talent we have in Oklahoma.

I look forward to the day I can sit happily (and worry-free) in my favorite restaurants and enjoy my favorite dishes from so many of my chef friends.  

One concern many of us in the hospitality industry (and many others) have right now is whether or not our favorite establishments will see the other side of this still in business. Employers had to make the heartbreaking decision to lay off staff, many whom they considered like family to ensure the employees' ability to get unemployment, and to increase the odds that there would be a job waiting for them when restaurants reopen. 

The restaurants that are still operating under the delivery/take-out rules are on skeleton crews in the kitchen, and many have reassigned staff to delivery drivers and carry-out attendants. They need our support right now, just as we need them to stay in business. 

Fortunately, we can help the situation. We can help one another. Our talented restaurants and chefs can help us find comfort in eating well. We can help them make it through these trying financial times. 

I have compiled a list of restaurants in the urban core that are offering delivery and take-out services to give you a break from cooking, and to bring back just a little bit of the "normal" that we've all been missing.  

For more options, Lifestyle Publications offers local listings at CityLifestyle.com, and the Oklahoma Restaurant Association has put together a list of restaurants statewide at CarryOutOK.com

***Please note that all information is current as of press time. Please verify with the restaurant that their status remains the same***

The Manhattan - Downtown OKC

210 Park Avenue, Suite 150


Hours: Monday - Friday 11 am - 6 pm

To-go, curbside, and delivery through Postmates and GrubHub


Picasso Cafe - Paseo Arts District

3009 Paseo


​Hours: 11 am - 9 pm, seven days a week 

Curbside & free delivery available


Gorō Ramen - The Plaza

1634 N Blackwelder Ave # 102


​Hours: 11 am - 10 pm, seven days a week

Curbside & delivery available, also offering a limited menu from Gun Izakaya. 


Social Deck & Dining - Uptown 23rd

1933 NW 23rd ST


​Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 6 pm. Saturday and Sunday are 11 am to 2 pm

Curbside, DoorDash, & large catering deliveries available, as well as to-go food in select Homeland stores throughout the OKC Metro area. 


New State Burgers - The Plaza

1705 NW 16th St. Suite A


​Hours: 8 am - 7 pm, seven days a week

Curbside & delivery available


Empire Slice House - The Plaza

1804 NW 16th 


​Hours: 11 am - 10 pm, seven days a week

Carry-out, to-go, and delivery through Postmates


Stella Modern Italian - Heritage Hills

1201 N Walker Ave


​Hours: 4 pm - 8 pm

Limited menu available for curbside & delivery by Postmates. Free delivery to Heritage Hills, The Edge, and The Ambassador by availability.


OSO Paseo - Paseo Arts District

603 NW 28th St

405.309.TACO (8226)

​Hours: 11 am - 9 pm, seven days a week 

Curbside & free delivery available


Rococo - Shepherd Historic District

2824 N Pennsylvania Ave


Penn- Tuesday-Friday lunch 11 am-2 pm Tuesday- Thursday 4 pm-8 pm Fri/Sat 4 pm-9 pm dinner 

Curbside & delivery available.

Rococo Northpark is open for delivery & carry-out as well.


i2U Culinary Solutions at Homeland

1108 NW 18th St

i2U: 405.242.6448

​Homeland Hours: 7 am - 9 pm

Packaged meals and fresh bread available at Homeland 


Osteria - Nichols Hills Plaza

6430 Avondale Dr.


​Hours: 11 am - 9 pm, seven days a week

Curbside & free delivery through Toast Takeout App


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