The Place Where Great Food Is An Art
Picasso Café, Oklahoma City
THE PLACE WHERE GREAT FOOD IS AN ART by Lisa Wheeler
For restaurant goers seeking something different from soulless overpriced chain establishments, Picasso Café located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s historic Arts district provides a welcome flavor for local connoisseurs seeking premium American cuisine and wines and spirits, at extremely attractive pricing, in a contemporary yet artistically rich environment.
Known as the place where “great food is an art,” Picasso Café sits along the colorful, curved part of the Paseo Arts District home to a rich and vibrant artist haven dating back to the 1920’s. Guests can enjoy the Spanish revival architecture seen in a variety of brightly pastel colored buildings containing specialty clothing and arts and craft places before stepping foot inside the restaurant.
Once inside, patrons can experience the shabby-chic, casual elegance of the artistic and alternative culture that runs throughout the full-service eatery and lounge. The eclectic lighting and original artwork, from local featured artists of the month, provide great conversation pieces while enjoying a quick bite or tasty beverage. It’s a great place for lunch, Sunday brunch, late owl dining and listening to live performances from local up-and-comers. Guests can dine at a table, the bar or the more relaxed room adjacent to the entrance with big comfy couches, which is perfect for lounging or having a drink with a friend or loved one. My husband and I love to sit outside with our beagle on Sundays for their awesome mimosas and fresh frittatas and people watch. The best time to go there is during the annual Paseo Arts Festival where a bunch of local artists get together and close down Paseo Drive to showcase their works.
Then there’s the food! Picasso Café has incredible great food that has won it a loyal following amongst locals. The variety in big tastes and rare fixings make up for the small menu. Plus, most of the menu items are organic and locally grown. I highly suggest enjoying some of their handmade items like the pretzel appetizer and various pizzas meant to share amongst two. Picasso’s menu lists several vegetarian items too, which is a unique find in the Oklahoma City area. Guests can also wet their whistle in the full bar, with an excellent selection of wines, specialty house drinks and check out “The Other Room” it’s sister place right next door for a nightcap in a dark, cozy atmosphere.
Open for lunch or dinner 7 days a week, the quirky and intriguing environment of Picasso Café keeps it in high demand of local restaurant goers citywide.