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Food Briefs: Oak & Ore, The Coach House and more!

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Crowd at Oak & Oar, 2-26-2015, in The Plaza District of OKC. - MARK HANCOCK
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  • Crowd at Oak & Oar, 2-26-2015, in The Plaza District of OKC.

Brunch branch

Give the people what they want! (They want brunch.)

“As we’ve been revamping the menu, we decided to revisit brunch,” said Oak & Ore co-owner Micah Andrews. “We’ve had a lot of customers asking for it.”

The craft beer bar and restaurant, 1732 NW 16th St., started brunch service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 22 and will continue each Sunday. Oak & Ore is known for a rotating 36-tap brew selection, and Andrews said it’s bringing some of that spirit into the kitchen.

“The cool thing is this revolving beer menu has translated to how we work in the kitchen,” he said. “A lot of stuff goes into creating a new menu. We obviously can’t rotate the food as much as the beer, but it keeps us engaged and working.”

The new brunch menu will include entrees including taquitos de gran altura, Boston Fosters fried pie, savory fried pie, Cajun shrimp and grits, smothered clucker and The Continental alongside specialty cocktails Fancy Pants Grapefruit Mimosa, Craft Bloody Beer, Craft Beermosa and Housemade Bloody Mary.

The Calling Cabernet Sauvignon by the fire at The Coach House, 6347 Avondale Drive, 11-24-2014. - MARK HANCOCK
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  • The Calling Cabernet Sauvignon by the fire at The Coach House, 6347 Avondale Drive, 11-24-2014.

 Changing horses

“It’s something that’s been going through our minds for a while,” said chef and partner Kurt Fleischfresser of changes to The Coach House, 6437 Avondale Drive. “The fine dining institutions across the country, people appreciate them, but they don’t go to them as often.”

After Valentine’s Day weekend next year, the restaurant will shut its doors to undergo a remodel, opening with a new concept and new name. But Fleischfresser said not to mourn the end of The Coach House — they’re keeping the heart and soul of the restaurant as well as current chef de cuisine David Henry and mixologist Kyle Fleischfresser.

The idea is simple, he said: Keep the same cutting-edge cuisine, but make the restaurant more accessible to Oklahoma City.

“I don’t want The Coach House to be your parents’ restaurant or your grandparents’ restaurant,” he said. “I want it to go out on a positive note. I’ve spent more than half my life in that restaurant. My family has spent half their life in that restaurant. This will just be a fresh start.”

Restaurateur Chris Lower, who originally founded the restaurant in 1985, will help with the redesign.

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©THE CHICKASAW NATION - 2020 LONNIE ABBOTT BLVD - ADA, OKLAHOMA 74820
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Shipped sweets

The Chickasaw Nation has found a new way to get Bedré Fine Chocolate into customers’ hands: the Bedré Box.

Based in Davis, the Oklahoma-made chocolatier introduced a bimonthly subscription box that will deliver a variety of sweet treats for $39.95 per Bedré Box, shipping included.

The deadline for the first box is Dec. 7 and includes three chocolate bars, a can of Twists and two handmade confections: milk and dark chocolate salted caramel discs. The boxes will be delivered six times a year in February, April, June, August, October and December.

Those interested in subscribing can call Bedré at (800) 367-5390. More information is available at bedrechocolates.com/bedre-box.

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