Here in Oklahoma, we sped straight into good, old chilled-to-the-bones winter. It just feels a lot to ask for us to handle when we had such a pleasant spring and summer. Thankfully, weve rounded up some area restaurants with fires to keep you cozy while you dine. By Devon Green Photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck
Rococo Penn2824 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Rococo Penn has almost everything your heart desires: delightful eats, handcrafted cocktails and a roaring fire day and night. Fireplace Friday became a social media-validated rite of dining several years ago and continues today. In this sometimes-cold world, Rococo on Penn is one of the best places to unwind and enjoy lifes finer things.
Redrock Canyon Grill9221 Lake Hefner Parkway
Thaw your hands, heart and tummys with a blaze that warrants the term fire pit. With the stone walls and intimate lighting, you can imagine youre dining in a castle with all the modern conveniences. It also has plenty of delicious menu items, including the Cluck-n-Oink, St. Louis-style ribs and mouthwatering rotisserie chicken. It comes with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. Pair it with a hot drink and feel snuggly inside and out.
West Restaurant6714 N. Western Ave.
The menu is enough to keep you comfy through winter with hearty fare like meatloaf and West airline chicken. Theres a crackling fire in the main dining room that will make you want to park it there and stay until the spring thaw. While at West, try one of its excellent cocktails that change with the seasons and order a delectable tenderloin steak. We recommend the blue cheese and red wine, served with rosemary potatoes.
TapWerks Ale House121 E. Sheridan Ave.
This place has a list of beers longer than your Christmas wish list. Lush, high- backed booths and a vivid blaze make it perfect for an intimate evening. TapWerks makes it a point of pride to offer the very best of what local brewers have in store. Working through those beers is bound to make you hungry. This pub serves a full menu of items as varied as its beer list. Having a Keep it Local OK card makes it at even sweeter deal. See its website for daily specials.
- The Calling Cabernet Sauvignon by the fire at The Coach House, 6347 Avondale Drive.
The Coach House6437 Avondale Drive
At The Coach House, diners look forward to some of the finest food that Oklahoma City has to offer. Nestled within the small restaurant is a two-sided fireplace. Whether you are seated in the main dining room or the smaller area within, you can feel comfortable while you enjoy fine seasonal fare. With its prestigious chef apprentice program, you are assured a unique dining experience in one of the citys most well-loved restaurants.
Musashis4315 N. Western Ave.
At first glance, the atmosphere at this Japanese steakhouse and hibachi grill is tranquility itself, but the heart of the concept, both literally and figuratively, is fire. Shed your mittens while chefs work magic with flames and knives. Patio heaters and torches allow a view of Western Avenue unlike any other. The sublime food and proximity to the wildest element will kindle your appetite.
1715 NW 16th St.
The people of the Plaza District spoke and Saints listened with a spanking new addition just the nick of time. The front of the building, with its outside tables and chairs, could be called a patio and was great for lounging in the Plaza on warm days. Thanks to modern engineering, you now can enjoy the patio year-round. It features a roll-top shelter, heaters and festive lights so you can still sit outside and enjoy a cocktail.