Oklahoma City residents have plenty to look forward to each year. The Thunder bringing their A game to the Peake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra bringing down the house every December, and that warm summertime air mixed with food trucks and tasty cold beer. Of course I am talking about the monthly event we all know and love as "H&8th". I myself have a liking for cold beer, tasty food, summer time, and meeting new people, so H&8th is absolutely the spot for me. My friends, if you are looking for something to do at least once a month this year while the weather allows for it, you absolutely need to do yourself a favor and head out to H&8th, just make sure you invite me along with.
When H&8th was founded back in 2011 it was just a small setup with just a few trucks and just a few more people. In 2014 it grew to become the nations largest food truck festival drawing in crowds upwards of 40,000 during the month. The name H&8th is actually cleverly drawn from the events location, which is centered around Hudson Avenue (H) and NW 8th street (8th). Of course, there is far more to this event other than just one little intersection. Other than incredible food and cold drinks this is actually a nice place for singles to go out and mingle. Just think about it. Summertime means everyone is on their A game, good food, cold drinks, music, the atmosphere is ripe for starting something new and exciting with maybe your future boo thang! Just make sure they don't become your future EX because then I will feel as though I have contributed to the wreckage and I can't live with that on my conscious.
Anybody that knows midtown should know that you cannot have a massive food truck festival without tasty craft beers, and thankfully Anthem Brewing Co. delivers the goods at H&8th. If you have never heard of Anthem its probably because you don't venture off the rails very much when it comes to your beer of choice, or maybe you aren't a local. I personally do not know much about Anthems history but I do know that they have a loyal following, a couple really attractive sales associates, and a tremendously adorable dog named Tank. In any case, if an event like H&8th decides to mark you down as the premier go to vendor for brewskis, then you must be doing something right.
Do you want to know the best thing about this event? It is completely not for profit and volunteer organized event. Awesome right? This whole ordeal was started by a woman named Laura Massenat and the entire goal was to bring people together for a good time, but also so they could see the up and coming midtown area and all that it had to offer. For you hipsters and green thinking individuals, they also offer bicycle valet. So pedal your way down to H&8th and have your bike valet parked. I think its safe to say that whether you are single and ready to mingle, or whether you and your special someone just want a place to go have a drink and wind down, H&8th should absolutely be on your list of things to do and places to go. Just tell em The Review sent you, and as always OKC, Stay Classy!
If there is one thing that I can confidently tell strangers and friends alike, it is that I know my food. I am no acclaimed food critic, I don't plan on being Ree Drummond's right hand man anytime soon, but gosh darn it I know good food when I taste it. Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, American, Greek, you name it and I will more than likely try anything once....or twenty times. But folks, we all need to sit down and talk about a restaurant that I recently discovered and I wish I had known about it my whole life. I'm talking about a place in the Paseo District (surprised?) called Oso, and it is Oh, So Good! See what I did there? Anyway, lets chat.
Oso is considered a taqueria but boy oh boy, you have never been to a taqueria like this one before. We are talking about a place that serves burnt end tacos... Are you kidding me?!? Burnt ends have been my favorite BBQ treat for years, but now you are telling me I can have them in a taco? Count me all the way in! But this place is much more than Tacos, and this is where we insert their wonderful street corn. Described as "roasted off the cob", this stuff is INCREDIBLE!! Absolutely the best street corn I have ever tasted in my life. I haven't traveled the world and sampled all the street corns, but rest assured I have had my fair share and this stuff is to die for!
The atmosphere of Oso is another feather in the hat of success. This wonderful taqueria has what I would call a chic atmosphere, while keeping it very modern and practical for a dining establishment. An open ceiling concept has wooden rafters overhead making the room feel much bigger than expected. High back chairs, booths with pillows in place, a bar that not only looks awesome but serves incredible cocktails, and a surprisingly friendly blue bear looking in on guests. But don't worry this particular bear is oddly shaped and doesn't have an appetite for humans, or anything for that matter.
The Paseo district in Oklahoma City has roots back to the 1920's whenever the area was developed. The arts have always been the centerpiece to The Paseo, whether it be visual, performing, or the culinary variety, which is how our friends at Oso fit in. Every year usually in May the Paseo Arts Festival is held for 3 days showcasing the areas top artists, performers, food vendors and more. With establishments much like Oso Paseo coming to the district and offering up such tasty items, guests are sure to have an amazing time during the Festival, as well as other times throughout the year. Just be sure you tell them Dan from the OKC Review sent you.
So in closing lets recap on a few things that are definitely worth remembering. If you like BBQ and you enjoy burnt ends, you'll love these tacos about as much as Russ loves wearing high water pants and a multi-colored sport coat. The street corn at Oso does not have anything clever that I can compare it to. It is just that good folks. The atmosphere here will have you staying and chatting long after your meal is over. Just be sure you tip your wait staff a little extra if you do decide to stay, because you know, that how they make a living and such. Stay tuned for much more from us at The Review. In the meantime stay classy!