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Twenty years after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the area around The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has come back stronger than ever before. These restaurants are part of our urban renaissance and proof that we don’t wither before a challenge and we fight fiercely to retain our character. — by Greg Elwell, photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck

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Red Primesteak

504 N. Broadway Ave.

redprimesteak.com

232-2626

Housed in the historic 1911 Buick Building, Red is an old-school steakhouse with a flair for modern technique and design. The vision of architect Rand Elliot, its best features include crimson neon, top-quality service and, of course, delicious prime steaks. Make this gorgeous spot a stop on your tour of downtown.

Chili Dog at Chili Dog Express in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 3, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Chili Dog at Chili Dog Express in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 3, 2015.

Chili Dog Express

329 NW Fourth St.

601-7516

A relative newcomer to the downtown landscape, Chili Dog Express is all about the dogs. Great for those on the go or just people who enjoy a well-cooked wiener, its affordable fare includes all the classics — sauerkraut and chili — and some new twists — Fritos, nacho cheese and brisket.

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Nourished Food Bar

131 Dean A. McGee Ave.

nourishedfood.com

740-7299

Proof that eating healthy doesn’t mean boring food, Nourished Food Bar plies fresh soups and salads alongside delectable cookies, muffins and ready- to-eat granolas. If you’re looking for a satisfying snack as you wend your way across downtown, crunch your way through a bag of savory kale chips.

Roasted Vegetable Ciabatta Sandwich at Peloton Wine Bar & Cafe in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 3, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Roasted Vegetable Ciabatta Sandwich at Peloton Wine Bar & Cafe in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 3, 2015.

Pelotón Wine Bar & Cafe

900 N. broadway Ave.

pelotonwinebar.com

605-0513

Hidden behind Schlegel Bicycles is the utterly charming Pelotón Wine Bar, where patrons can belly up to a selection of more than 50 wines and a bevy of beers or relax with a bite to eat on the spacious patio. As the summer months descend, the fans and misters keep customers cool while the herbaceous tuna melt keeps bellies full.

Steak Supreme Sandwich at Hobby's Hoagies in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 3, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Steak Supreme Sandwich at Hobby's Hoagies in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 3, 2015.

Hobby’s Hoagies

325 N. Walker Ave.

hobbyshoagies.com

605-3131

Chow down with the locals at Hobby’s Hoagies, which has been serving this arts district for over six years. With freshly baked Italian rolls and Hobby’s special hoagie peppers, these sandwiches pack quite a punch, which is why they pack in the crowds on a daily basis.

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Park Avenue Grill

1 Park Ave.

parkavegrill.com

702-8444

For a true city experience, visitors love a stay at the historic Skirvin hotel, which is within walking distance of plenty of downtown eateries. Or they can just walk downstairs to Park Avenue Grill for great modern, Southern-style meals. Say yes to braised bison short rib or the Skirvin burger with house-made pastrami.

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Hot Tamale Grill

100 N. broadway Ave.

232-1184

Add a little spice to your tour experience with Hot Tamale Grill’s selection of street tacos and self-proclaimed “best hamburgers in town.” With a spot in the beautiful Chase Tower, it’s a great place for authentic tamales or a fully loaded Southwest Burrito to fuel your legs for a jaunt around the city.

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