We can't believe how cool Oklahoma City is being right now

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

by David Landsel

Food & Wine

The signs were all there, really, looking back—let's start with the city's outsized love of public art, best represented by the sweeping Skydance Bridge, completed in 2012 to connect two pieces of a massive, highly-programmed urban park (now under construction) designed to connect Oklahoma City's quickly regenerating downtown down toward the Oklahoma River. Going back even further, there's Bricktown, the old warehouse district just east of the city center, years ago now thoughtfully-converted to a sort of miniature version of San Antonio's famous Riverwalk. And don't forget the heartbreaking, but also beautiful Oklahoma City National Memorial, a strikingly-designed, contemplative spot on the site of the Murrah Federal Building, the most famous building that doesn't exist anymore in a city known best to many Americans for one particularly tragic April day in 1995.

So there's stuff to see. Great. But cool? Oklahoma City? You kind of need to see it for yourself to quite believe it, but yes—and not only a little bit, either. From a slew of appealing new architecture to the occasional sensitive restoration of the old, it's also, increasingly, a really good-looking town, too. This may be one of those American cities you're probably not likely to visit on purpose, but if you get here, you'll find, well, quite the scene—from food trucks to ramen to thoughtful new restaurants, not to mention great coffee, Oklahoma City is, like so many other places that typically flew under the radar, busily working on becoming a really fun place to spend time. If you're fortunate enough to find yourself passing through, here are just a few essential stops in one of the most happening cities on the Great Plains right now.  

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