Gazedibles: Eat to the beat!

Do you really have anything new to say? Digital communication makes conversing with your significant other and friends so easy that when you see each other, there’s almost nothing left to talk about. Rather than clam up all day or sit in awkward silence at night, why not let live performers fill in those quiet moments with music? Metro restaurants are always bringing in local and regional acts to entertain guests while dining.

By Greg Elwell
Photos Garett Fisbeck and Gazette / file

Modinha at Bossa Nova Bar at Café do Brasil (Garett Fisbeck)

Modinha at Bossa Nova Bar at Café do Brasil (Garett Fisbeck)

Bossa Nova Bar at Café do Brasil

440 NW 11th St., Suite 100

cafedobrazilokc.com

405-525-9779

Upstairs at Café do Brasil, Bossa Nova Bar serves up some of the best caipirinhas around. The national cocktail of Brazil, caipirinhas are a blend of sugar, lime and cachaça — a liquor made from sugarcane. It’s a light, refreshing drink that only gets better when the mad scientists at Bossa Nova start mixing up variations. Live music Friday and Saturday nights makes the rooftop patio perfect.

Devil Dog at Ingrid's Kitchen (Garett Fisbeck)

Devil Dog at Ingrid’s Kitchen (Garett Fisbeck)

Ingrid’s Kitchen

3701 N. Youngs Blvd.

ingridsok.com

405-946-8444

German beer and European pastries are enough of a draw to keep Ingrid’s Kitchen regularly packed, but the restaurant and attached lounge love providing guests with entertainment, too. On Friday nights, Ingrid’s Lounge features light jazz from Denise Smith to go along with steins of Oktoberfest beer. And almost every Saturday for the last 25 years (minus a couple of weeks in the early 2000s) the restaurant welcomes The Silvertops and its repertoire of big band classics.

Live music at District House in the Plaza District (Gazette / file)

Live music at District House in the Plaza District (Gazette / file)

District House

1755 NW 16th St.

districthouseokc.com

405-633-1775

Coffee houses are wonderful places for acoustic acts to perform, and District House is no exception. Next door’s The Venue OKC hosts larger acts, but if you’re looking for a bite to eat, a nice cold brew to sip on and melodic tunes, District House is the place to be. It serves breakfast all day, including a dynamite sausage, egg and smoked Gouda sandwich and healthy and wholesome fruit and yogurt. Keep an eye on its Facebook page for upcoming events.

Noir Bistro & Bar (Garett Fisbeck)

Noir Bistro & Bar (Garett Fisbeck)

Noir Bistro & Bar

701 W. Sheridan Ave.

theparamountokc.com/eat-together

405-208-4233

She was a dame with a secret. Her wide-brimmed hat covered a smile on her face that let me know she’d been hanging out at Noir Bistro & Bar again. Was it the late-night brunch Noir serves from midnight to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays? She needed help. That was for sure. But it didn’t take a cynical detective to figure out she was asking for a ride to see live acoustic guitar and jazz every weekend in Noir’s moodily lit dining room.

Oklahoma City Limits (Gazette / file)

Oklahoma City Limits (Gazette / file)

Oklahoma City Limits

4801 S. Eastern Ave.

oclimits.com

405-619-3939

It seems like there’s live music at Oklahoma City Limits almost every night. Whatever your taste in tunes, there’s sure to be something pleasing to your ears. One night, it’s alternative rock and funk; the next, it’s hip-hop and rap. Tuesday is karaoke, and Wednesday is an acoustic open jam. Limits also features some rockin’ food, including the Increasingly Famous Burger made with fresh ground beef, grilled onions and all the fixings.

Fried cheese at Bricktown Brewery (Garett Fisbeck)

Fried cheese at Bricktown Brewery (Garett Fisbeck)

Bricktown Brewery at Remington Park

1 Remington Place

remingtonpark.com

405-419-4449

Before taprooms started popping up across Oklahoma City like dandelions, Bricktown Brewery was combining freshly brewed local beer with freshly cooked local food. Now the restaurant has locations as far off as El Paso, Texas, and Wichita, Kansas, but it’s still going strong here at home. The Remington Park location is great for getting a bite before enjoying live music, horse races and the nearby casino.

Zorba's Mediterranean Cuisine (Garett Fisbeck)

Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine (Garett Fisbeck)

Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine

6014 N. May Ave.

zorbasokc.com

405-947-7788

Some might remember the original home of Zorba’s before the restaurant built a temple to Mediterranean food that is as beautiful as the food is tasty. With a larger space came more opportunities to entertain the guests, which the restaurant does on Saturday nights with the help of Aalim Bellydance Academy. Diners can enjoy a glass of wine, tuck into a plate of ossobuco and watch the talented dancers move to the music.

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Greg is the Gazette's full-time food writer and reviewer. He goes to restaurants a lot. He orders three entrees and gets funny looks and then takes out his camera and people are like, "Ugh. This guy." Greg is writing this right now and it feels weird to keep referring to myself in the third person. On Twitter and Instagram: @Elwelleats

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