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Late Night Eats (Part 2)

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Do you want to avoid me altogether? Good news! I am a founding member of The OKC Sleepy Boys and I do not enjoy being awake past...ever. My fondness for sleeping cannot be overstated.

So consider this pure fan service, because a restaurant being open late matters almost 0 percent to me. I am fine with operating during banking hours, thank you very much.

But there are people like my favorite sentient slab of wood, The Door, who exist in that nightmarish nether-realm of post-9 p.m. Oklahoma City, and that door has to eat, folks.

If you’re interested in the first part of this feature, you can find it here.

Cheesy crab toast at The R&J

The R&J Lounge and Supper Club

320 NW 10th St., OKC

Open ‘til 2 a.m.

Serves food ‘til 12:45 a.m.

Closed on never

(full review)

I don’t know how you feel about old-timey foods, but The R&J’s menu is straight out of the 1950s...and I mean that in a good way. You’re in for delicious beef stroganoff, super juicy burgers and some tasty classic cocktails. It can be a little small inside, but the patio is great when the weather is nice and the soundtrack is usually on point.

The Hutch on Avondale

6437 Avondale Drive, Nichols Hills

Open ‘til midnight

Serves food ‘til

Closed on Sunday nights and all-day Monday

The menu changes seasonally, but with chef David Henry at the helm, you can be sure it’s delicious all year round. You’re generally assured of a few different steaks on the menu, but I tend to look for the more unusual dishes, because that really shows off Henry’s mastery of the kitchen. I mean, smoky cauliflower? You know that’s going to be amazing.

Power House

1228 SW 2nd St., OKC

Open ‘til 2 a.m.

Serves food ‘til weekdays 11 p.m., weekends midnight

Closed on never

Get the beer companion regardless of what you’re drinking. It’s a charcuterie plate and you love charcuterie, right? It’s fancy snacks! Everyone loves fancy snacks. The spicy chile pork verde is a great stew, if you’re into eating stew at bars. Personally, I think it’s what Ernest Hemingway would do before fistfighting a fish. For something a little less messy, the Hawaiian pig biscuits are great.

Octopus at The Jones Assembly

The Jones Assembly

901 W. Sheridan Ave., OKC

Open ‘til 2 a.m.

Serves food ‘til 10 p.m.

Closed on Mondays, show days

This place is as fancy as you want it to be. You can get pizza and burgers or you can dig into an appetizer of octopus (highly recommended) and an entree of scallops. The bar is top notch, as well. This is a music venue some nights, in which case the restaurant is closed. Do yourself a favor and check their schedule online at thejonesassembly.com before you head over.

The Garage Burgers and Beer

multiple locations

Open ‘til Sun-Wed midnight, Thu-Sat 1 a.m.

Serves food ‘til midnight

Closed on never

Burgers! Beer! French fries covered in stuff! The Garage is one of the Hal Smith Restaurant Group’s rapidly expanding properties for a reason. They’ve got some wild burger toppings and a beer menu that spans from the affordable to the audacious, as well as a full bar. It’s definitely a come-as-you-are kind of place, especially in so many places.

Hopscotch

10909 N. May Ave., OKC

Open ‘til 2 a.m.

Serves food ‘til midnight

Closed on never

They serve burgers and sandwiches and wings and salads and appetizers and lots and lots of beer. It’s not a chain, but it’s got that kind of polish. Hopscotch is actually a cousin or brother or sister-wife of the Paseo Grill, so the food pedigree is there. I mean, a really good burger at 11:30 p.m. beats the pants off rolling through the drive thru yet again.

Anchor Down

30 NE 2nd St., OKC

Open ‘til Sun-Thu midnight, Fri-Sat 2 a.m.

Serves food ‘til Sun-Thu 10 p.m., Fri-Sat midnight

Closed on never

Corn dogs, Jackie. Corn dogs for all of these people. No? “Semi-Pro”? Just me, then. Fine.

When Anchor Down opened, it was all about the corn dogs. Now the menu has expanded a bit to other bar-friendly fare, like burgers and salads and such. It’s in a shipping container, so it’s a long, thin bar, but there’s a nice patio to watch that Deep Deuce nightlife while you enjoy your pizza tots.

Sean Cummings Irish Restaurant & Pub

7628 N. May Ave., OKC

Open ‘til 10 p.m. Sunday, Mon-Thu midnight, Fri-Sat 2 a.m.

Serves food ‘til 10 p.m. (full menu), midnight (late-night menu)

Closed on never

I love places with a late-night menu because you know they’re used to feeding you vampires. Sean Cummings is worth going to early for the full menu, which things like beer-steamed mussels and clams and the salmon boxty, but if you’re up late, you can do a lot worse than corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew or fish and chips. Get the Guinness wings. And some Guinness.

Saints Bar & Lounge

1715 NW 16th St., OKC

Open ‘til 2 a.m.

Serves food ‘til Sunday 10 p.m., Mon-Sat midnight

Closed on never

You know, I didn’t mean to put two Irish spots on this list, but I guess people who like beer also like staying up late. Saints is a Plaza District mainstay — one of the first new businesses that helped transform it into the vibrant, skinny-jeans-centric neighborhood it is today. Maybe I’m just an old man, but the $5 baked potatoes there really hit the spot when you’re trying to soak up a lot of alcohol. Or maybe you just like carbs. I just like carbs.

Fassler Hall

421 NW 10th St., OKC

304 S. Elgin, Ave., Tulsa

Open ‘til 2 a.m.

Serves food ‘til Sun-Wed 12:30 a.m., Thu-Sat 1 a.m.

Closed on never

Part of the McNellie’s Restaurant Group, Fassler is a solid spot for a late-night sausage party. No, seriously, they serve a lot of house-made sausage. The number of giant steins of beer grows as the night wears on, but be sure to balance it out with a few orders of hunter sausage (made with venison, buffalo and pork) or the always excellent jalapeno cheddar. Or, if you invite me along, let’s order the Table Board ($58) which is loaded with pretzels, duck fat fries, a rotisserie chicken and six sausages.

Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria

5801 N. Western Ave., OKC

Open ‘til 2 a.m.

Serves food ‘til 1 a.m.

Closed on never

Flip’s was the first place I ever knew that did a late-night menu and it charmed me from day one. It was kind of freeing to know that a restaurant was actively encouraging us to stay up too late and over indulge. Just because it’s late doesn’t mean you aren’t getting the good stuff — manicotti, pesto dumplings and a selection of specialty pizzas all await you after 10:30 p.m.

James E. McNellie’s Public House

122 E. Main St., Norman

1100 Classen Drive., OKC

409 E. 1st St., Tulsa

7031 S. Zurich Ave., Tulsa

Open ‘til 2 a.m. (1 a.m. downtown Tulsa location)

Serves food ‘til Sun-Thu 11 p.m., Fri-Sat 1 a.m.

Closed on never

Another McNellie’s Restaurant Group restaurant, of course, is James E. McNellie’s Public House. After a recent menu refresh, you can find things like Peking duck wings and deviled eggs in the restaurant alongside old favorites like potato leek soup (my favorite) and cottage pie (also my favorite) and fish and chips (OK, MAYBE THEY’RE ALL MY FAVORITES). Plus, if you like beer, they have a lot of it. It’s a very good bar that also happens to be a good restaurant.

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Founder and Eater-in-Chief of I Ate Oklahoma, Greg Elwell has been reviewing restaurants and writing about Oklahoma’s food culture for more than a decade. Where a normal person orders one meal, this guy gets three. He is almost certainly going to die young and those who love him most are fairly ambivalent about it. You can email Greg at greg@iateoklahoma.com.

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