A colourful and cosy cafe with a quirky little gift shop joined on, Oklahoma is a grotto of goodies that is not to be missed.
Situated on High Street in the Northern Quarter, Oklahoma is just along from Walrus Bar. As you step through the massive wooden doors you find yourself in a vibrant and exciting place split into one half shop, one half cafe. In the shop you can buy all sorts of weird and wonderful things from quirky cards to finger puppets, it’s a great place to find alternative presents. The cafe is focused around an open kitchen which has a bright recycled plastic counter running around it. More recycled furniture is dotted around the place, with wacky chairs accompanying even wackier table cloths. Everything is quite quirky, from the cute neon tulip serviette holders, to the bright parasols on the counter.
It’s always pretty busy in here, with people popping in for a quick bite to eat or to enjoy a brew while reading the paper or browsing the shop for the perfect present. The crowd is young and creative, and the place has a relaxed atmosphere. The funky laid back music adds to this. The staff, however, don’t appear so relaxed and always seem slightly disorganised.
From all day breakfasts, to salads and toasted sandwiches, Oklahoma has a good range of vegetarian and vegan food on offer at reasonable prices. In fact the only meat dish on the menu is a salami toastie. The baked sweet potatoes are particularly good and mounted high with two fillings of your choice for £4.90. You can choose from a selection of pasties and wraps, with the veggie burrito being a real favourite packed with loads of beans and fresh coriander. Heavier options include veggie lasagna or moussaka, and for £5.90 you can enjoy either with a fresh green salad. For those with a sweet tooth, why not grab a brownie, a muffin, vegan ginger cake or a big fat slice of home-made coffee and walnut cake for £2.50.
You can sip on a fair-trade coffee or organic tea. If you want something simple yet refreshing, there’s fresh mint tea and hot apple juice, cinnamon and cloves (£1.80). They do a great range of smoothies from the fruit based tropical coconut (£2.70) to the milky banoffee coffee (£3.10). Or, if you really want to treat yourself order an ice cream floater (£2.50). It’s your choice of cola, dandelion and burdock, ginger beer etc poured over a cup of floating fizzing ice cream - proper old school.
The Last Word
Oklahoma is a lovely alternative to chain coffee houses and has a real character about it. Not only can you enjoy a nice bit of grub and a cuppa, but you can also pick up some cool gifts at the same time.