Let’s talk about Kitchen No. 324 in Oklahoma City

So, for the last 6 to 8 weeks I’ve been totally owned by a new restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City called Kitchen No. 324. I mean, OWNED.

I work for A Good Egg Dining Group, the company that designed and operates the restaurant. Not only do I work for them, I orchestrate their public relations (and marketing, advertising, social media, etc…). I do other stuff as needed and during restaurant openings, I tend to help get all the folks there for the soft opening. Then as they are enjoying their experience, I take photos and tweet the bejeezus out of the event. And Facebook, of course. It’s a gift. Here are some of my favorite pics from the last month.

When you walk in the door you see this, our glorious visual menu.
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Then you walk to the right and order.
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Once you’ve paid and got your table number you turn, walk past the open kitchen and find a table somewhere in here.
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Seating is nearly community seating style. That’s on purpose. We’re a community, y’all! What better way to get acquainted then to share a meal! But, it is still separate…in case you need your space. Oh, look! Here’s a table…
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From here I can sip my tea…
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Or we have kick-ass Coffee Curators if you are into that sort of thing…
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And wait for your food. If it’s breakfast time, these might land on your table…
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This is how I do the yogurt.

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I have eaten them all. I have died a thousand tiny deaths as I ate them all. Sometimes daily, which is why I’m eating like this right now.
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That meal is also something I cobbled together from Kitchen No. 324. It was my breakfast yesterday: avocado, roasted brussels sprouts with hazelnuts, shaved asparagus and arugula with preserved lemon vinaigrette and green tea. And the book behind the detoxing madness, Clean by Alejandro Junger, M.D. All sold at Kitchen No. 324.

And if you happen to be having lunch, this could be headed to your table…
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FRESH salads!

Braised short ribs from @kitchen324. #potroaststyle

Which is to say there are lots of salads, braises and sandwiches on the lunch menu. So many. But maybe you are in a super hurry and just want “a little something”? Skip the main ordering line and pop over to the coffee counter. You can get any kind of nerdy coffee you want and one of these…
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My favorite thing by far about Kitchen No. 324 is the people I’ve encountered. It’s rare for me to spend a ton of time at the actual restaurants. I’m mostly at the home office on my computer. But when a restaurant opens I get to be alongside our stellar staff and management team, who are a real treat to see in action.
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And then there’s the public. Lots of beautiful faces of friends, employees at different restaurants in the company and brand-new regulars.
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And hooligans.
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Kitchen No. 324 is located at 324 N. Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City. A Good Egg Dining Group didn’t sponsor this post but they do sponsor my paycheck every two weeks and give me lots of food. I think that’s deserving of a post. :-)

Morning Meetings

I’m hanging out waiting for a colleague in my favorite coffee shop: Elemental Coffee.

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That was a quick, shy photo from where I’m sitting. The space is open, the tables and benches are communal, the coffee is rockin’ and the owners are special.

I met Laura several years ago through a mutual friend. It seemed for a long time the only small talk I ever made with her was in regards to her French husband who by his sheer Frenchness was fascinating. (Like making jokes about French fries and French toast. Don’t ask me what jokes. I’ve blocked that particular facet of dorkness.) Sheri is dippy like that. In the subsequent years, though, I’m far more enamored with Laura who is a business owner, community activist and sweet person. I like to think we’re at least casual friends and are far beyond small talk these days. One day I’ll talk a little more about her many positive influences on OKC. She’s an excellent human.

Tonight Elemental and others are participating in a new thing called Hudson & 8th. A gathering of food trucks (Austin-style) on the last Friday of the month from dusk to 2am. Exciting!

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