Kitchen 324 is another fantastic creation from the Good Egg Dining Group, who also lay claim to local favorites Cheever’s Cafe, Tucker’s Onion Burgers, Iron Starr, RedPrime Steak and RePUBlic Gastropub. Every aspect of Kitchen 324 has been carefully thought out, which makes for a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else.
The restaurant space is – in one word – stunning. It’s located in the old Braniff building at the corner of Dean A. McGee and Robinson Avenue on the first floor. The large floor to ceiling windows bring in tons of light which compliment the clean crisp interior shades of white and stainless steel.
Upon entering, you have two options for ordering. Visit the barista bar if you are just popping in for a cup of freshly brewed joe and a handmade pastry on your way to work, or order at the counter and you can choose a seat in the dining area where your food will be brought to your table.
The food at Kitchen 324 is a mix of gourmet favorites with a twist and unique dishes found no where else in town. Serving breakfast, lunch and brunch, the cafe uses locally sourced ingredients as well as sustainable and organic products when available. But don’t let the foodie lingo fool you- the food is outstanding.
The breakfast menu is not your traditional diner fare. You won’t find plain bacon & eggs on the menu, but instead try the bacon & Monterrey jack strata or fried green tomato Benedict which is a poached egg and fried green tomato with hollandaise sauce atop a homemade English muffin and served with crispy potatoes. Now THAT’S breakfast.
If you’re eating lighter (you know, New Years resolution and all), go for the steel cut oats or greek yogurt topped with fresh seasonal preserves. If you’ve already blown your New Years resolutions, order a cinnamon roll or muffin – which my kids think are the best in town. And don’t forget to order a cup of fresh brewed coffee, or for you tea lovers the curated hot tea selection is the perfect way to go.
Lunch items consists of 8 different salad options, cold and warm sandwiches as well as navy bean or butternut squash soups on those chilly Oklahoma days. But for me, it’s the Bakes & Braises section of the menu that hits it out of the park. I don’t eat it often, but I love comfort food and there is nothing better than a good chicken pot pie. Not the crappy kind your mom used to pull out of a box and heat in the oven, I mean REAL made from scratch chicken pot pie. The pie at Kitchen 324 is an experience. Titled “Fried Chicken Pot Pie”, this dish is topped with a thick, flaky crust – and a fried chicken leg poking out of the top:Here’s a tip: If you want to try this dish – get to lunch early because it sells out. It’s THAT good.
Now, in addition to the wonderful dishes, they offer a unique assortment of sides that I found wonderful. I had only tried Brussels sprouts raw in a salad, but the side of sprouts with hazelnuts and sage sounded like something I should at least try – so I did. They were FANTASTIC. The sprouts were halved, roasted with red onions and mixed with a handful of hazelnuts. They were so good, I tried to replicate the dish at home – unsuccessfully.Prices for breakfast dishes range from $5.99 for the soft baked eggs to $8.99 for the smoked salmon. Pastries are reasonable at $2.99 for a large hand-crafted doughnut, muffin or cinnamon roll or $2.50 for a croissant or eclair. Lunch runs $6.99 for hand carved BLT to $12.99 for the fantastic beef tenderloin French dip.
The only downside of Kitchen 324 (for those who don’t live or work Downtown) can be parking – as they don’t have a dedicated parking lot, so you will need to find parking along the street or in one of the nearby garages. But don’t let parking dissuade you from checking it out. The food is worth it.
Kitchen 324 is open Monday – 6:30am – 3:30pm Monday thru Friday and 7am – 2pm Saturday & Sunday.
If you’ve already been to this great new cafe, I’d love to hear what your favorite dish was.