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Eyeballs — if you’re reading this, you probably have at least one. And what a burden they’ve become, right? Yeah yeah yeah, sight is great if you’re crossing the street or admiring art, but most of the time, it’s just a drag. Stop assaulting your vision with run-of-the-mill restaurants and go somewhere that’s a feast for the eyes and the stomach.

— by Greg Elwell,

photos by Garett Fisbeck and Mark Hancock

Dining with a view at the Redrock Canyon Grill, on Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, 7-4-2009. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Dining with a view at the Redrock Canyon Grill, on Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, 7-4-2009.

Redrock Canyon Grill

9221 Lake Hefner Parkway

redrockcanyongrill.com

749-1995

When the sun hits the water just right on Lake Hefner, people literally become blind for a minute and everybody tries to echolocate until their sight returns. But after that minute, it’s just gorgeous. And there’s no place better to enjoy the setting sunlight glinting off the ripples than Redrock Canyon Grill. Order the tenderloin, seared and sliced, and enjoy a glass of wine as night falls and the werewolves come out.

Fassler Hall in Oklahoma City Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Fassler Hall in Oklahoma City Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

Fassler Hall

421 NW 10th St.

fasslerhall.com

609-3300

Hoist a stein full of hefeweizen and look around at the sea of humanity that washes over Fassler Hall on a nightly basis. The key to people-watching is volume, and there is no lack of subject matter in this massive beer hall. Best of all, you can gnaw on some housemade sausages and down some comically large mugs of beer while getting your fill of questionable fashion choices and hairstyles.

UCO Ensamble during the OKC Jazz Fest, on the patio at the Museum Cafe, 9-24-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • UCO Ensamble during the OKC Jazz Fest, on the patio at the Museum Cafe, 9-24-15.

Museum Cafe

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com/cafe

235-6262

The management at Museum Cafe, inside Oklahoma City Museum of Art, asked us to pass along an important message: Please stop eating the art. It might be difficult to tell the difference between the artfully plated food and the artfully arty art, but one is way more expensive than the other and much more difficult to prepare. Remember the old saying, “If it’s in a frame, leave it the same. If it’s on a plate, it probably tastes great.”

Specialty coctails including the popular Caipirinha, at right, with a view at the Bossa Nova Caipirinha Lounge in MidTown Oklahoma City, 1-22-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Specialty coctails including the popular Caipirinha, at right, with a view at the Bossa Nova Caipirinha Lounge in MidTown Oklahoma City, 1-22-16.

Bossa Nova Bar

440 NW 11th St.

cafedobrazilokc.com/bossa-nova

525-9779

The view from the Bossa Nova Bar patio is gorgeous sober, but it gets even better after you enjoy a couple caipirinhas, the official cocktail of Brazil. The menu is full of drinks you won’t find anywhere else, including a few with roasted cashew fruit and a variety of crushed grapes. And if it’s too cold to go outside, there’s a giant television on one wall and bar brimming with more beautiful drinks to try.

Stuffed Catfish with a KD's Breeze cocktail, left, next to Baby Back Ribs with a Loud City Lemonaid, next to the window overlooking the Bricktown Canal at KD's in Lower Bricktown, Oklahoma City, 1-25-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Stuffed Catfish with a KD's Breeze cocktail, left, next to Baby Back Ribs with a Loud City Lemonaid, next to the window overlooking the Bricktown Canal at KD's in Lower Bricktown, Oklahoma City, 1-25-16.

Kd’s

224 Johnny Bench Drive

kdsbricktown.com

701-3535

There’s no guarantee you’ll see Kevin Durant at the restaurant that bears his initials, but it’s not unheard of, either. After walking the bustling sidewalks of Bricktown, it’s nice to settle in at this opulent eatery and look for celebs. The Baller Menu has gone away, but there are still a lot of KD’s favorites waiting for you to try. Honey-fried chicken? Check. Blackened stuffed catfish? Double check.

Drinks from left, Spicy Sexton Margarita, Friendly Punch, and a Power Pilsner, in the Southwest environment at Powerhouse, in the Farmer's Public Market area, Oklahoma City, 1-25-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Drinks from left, Spicy Sexton Margarita, Friendly Punch, and a Power Pilsner, in the Southwest environment at Powerhouse, in the Farmer's Public Market area, Oklahoma City, 1-25-16.

Power House

1228 SW Second St.

powerhouseokc.com

702-0699

You can’t have great people-watching without great drinks. Down in the Farmers Market District, Power House packs them in with a killer list of cocktails. If you like a Bloody Mary, you’ll love the Little Fat Cowboy. Those looking to light up their taste buds in the perpetually dim bar should order a Spicy Sexton Rita. But if all you get is a beer and a basket of Hawaiian pig biscuits, grab a seat on the patio and enjoy watching all of OKC drop by.

Zedek Shaughnessy and Alano McClain at Sauced on the Paseo, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Zedek Shaughnessy and Alano McClain at Sauced on the Paseo, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

Sauced on Paseo

2912 Paseo St.

saucedonpaseo.com

521-9800

The phrase “You will not believe what I just saw at Sauced” gets thrown around a lot. Nestled in the art-acular Paseo Arts District, Sauced’s wide-open patio gets used all year and draws in as diverse a crowd as the toppings on the Suicide Pie. Whether it’s an impromptu jam session by local musicians, an open-mic comedian or someone eating an entire Rice Krispies treat in three bites, you won’t believe what you saw, either.

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