In the 1920s, the Plaza District was a bustling neighborhood. After flourishing for decades, the area succumbed to a period of urban decay in the 1980s. Now, the small but mighty historic area has emerged as a hub of creative energy. These days, it’s a place where you can grab a slice of pizza before catching a live theater production, or pick up a locally made Okie-themed gift. Here are some of our favorite spots.
From leather feather earrings ($19) to a locket enhanced with an Oklahoma state charm ($24.95), everything in this shop is handmade or hand altered. 1705 NW 16th Street; 405/557-1141
Empire Slice House
With walls plastered in concert posters, vinyl booths, and a gleaming bar, this new joint is a favorite for its meatballs (a 1-pound monster made with pork and lamb) and pizzas like the Notorious P.I.G. ($22) with bacon, pepperoni, and capicola. 1734 NW 16th Street; 405/557-1760
Three best friends run the show at this spirited grilled-cheeserie. Ask for the Fancy Pants ($8.50) with chicken, Brie, Gruyère, and basil pesto; and the Kentucky Mule ($7) with Jim Beam bourbon and Maine Root ginger beer. Don’t forget to look for your name on the community-minded “drink wall,” where generous patrons can gift a friend a drink by paying ahead of time and leaving his or her name on a chalkboard. 1630 N Blackwelder Avenue; 405/601-1400
Dating to 1935, the 279-seat Plaza Theatre is home to OKC’s Lyric Theatre, the state’s leading professional company that puts on plays and musicals year-round. 1727 NW 16th Street; 405/524-9310
Did we skip a stop? Let us know your favorite joint in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District.