Summer is slowly settling in on us here in central Oklahoma. School is out, summer activities are filling up the calendar, and local outdoor festivities are underway. Peppered around Oklahoma City are tiny pockets of trendy and hip neighborhoods with their own unique edge. The Mule is located in one of those up and coming areas, the Plaza District. The Mule has been on my list of places to try for a while now, but every time I go in, it is on a long wait. They are known for their decadent and delicious sandwiches, hip night life, and delicious adult beverages. Today, however, we sampled brunch.
Memorial Day weekend is always tricky when trying to plan anything with friends, but when I organized this brunch outing, I was expecting a lower turn out. We always have at least 4 or 5 that cancel at the last minute or just no-show. I like to try and choose places that take reservations, but this place doesn’t. Originally, there were supposed to be 11 of us, so the hostess told me that I would need to be there by 10 a.m. to put my name on the list. By 10 a.m. we had 5 people cancel. Good news, was that when I came back at 10:30, they were able to go ahead and seat me as I had 2 more ladies about to join me.
Instantly, our friendly server greeted me and got my drink order. I got a double Mimosa. The singles are $3. I figured a double would save her trips to the table. Not that I wanted to lush it up, but I can put away some refreshing mimosas on a Sunday morning. To balance out the booze, I also got a coffee and water. The menu looked so delicious that I had a hard time deciding what to get. Did i want to do sweet? Savory? Spicy? What I loved about their brunch menu was that it wasn’t huge. A short list of their best brunch entrees and no skimping on the ingredients. I just had to dig deep and ask my palette what it was craving the most.
The Croque Madame won. Crisp and tender sour dough toast topped with Dijon mustard, Gouda, black forest ham, over-easy egg, and house gravy, served with a side of fresh seasonal fruit. Let me tell you…every bite made my mouth salivate with delight. The richness of the cheese, egg, and gravy married with the sweet saltiness of the ham, finished with the light crispy crunch of the sour dough toast was a perfect blend of sweet, savory, and spicy. Just what my taste buds needed. The seasonal fruit of strawberry, pineapple, and watermelon helped balance the decadence of the dish.
Some of the other ladies ordered the daily special, which were Tostadas and a side, and another friend ordered the Cortez Burrito with a Side of black bean soup. The Cortez Burrito is HUGE. So if you are starved, get that. Also, if you are not a mimosa fan, check out their Bloody Mary!!
The Mule has inside and outside seating. When going for brunch, either get there early to get seated fast, or prepare to wait a bit. There are plenty of things to do within walking distance while you are waiting on your table. This restaurant does NOT take reservations, but will seat you when half of your party arrives. Also, parking is VERY limited in that area, so you will need to prepare to drive around and find parking on the side streets if none is available in the the lot behind the restaurant or at the restaurant.
No matter if you are dining alone or going with friends, you are sure to have an epic time. Your taste buds will thank you for it later.
The Mule is located at 1630 N Blackwelder Ave, Ste 1, Oklahoma City, OK 73106.