Food Tour: Follow The Curve

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A day of shopping at Classen Curve takes lots of time and effort. It also takes a lot of delicious food to fuel the day. Be sure to plan accordingly in order to keep up energy for perusing all the shoes, handbags and home goods in this upscale outdoor shopping center. Café 501 (www.cafe501.com) is a great place to kick off a Saturday shopping excursion with a breakfast of black bean quesadilla, fresh fruit and coffee. The quesadilla, stuffed with black beans, sausage and scrambled eggs grilled in a tortilla, provides a protein boost that will see one through several departments at Balliets. For lunch, consider one of Republic Gastropub’s (www.republicgastropub.com) fresh salads, with options like grilled shrimp, beef Cobb or rotisserie chicken. A light lunch is a great way to stave off hunger for the second leg of shopping at the smaller boutiques of Classen Curve, but it still allows for a sweet treat at Green Goodies (www.greengoodiesokc.com) after perusing the frames at Black Optical, trying on running shoes at Red Coyote or scoping out accent chairs at BD Home. This bakery brings freshly baked cupcakes, cookies and other treats in a variety of flavors, offering both gluten-free, egg-free, vegan and diabetic-friendly options. If you still have time – and an appetite – after a day at the Curve, stop by Upper Crust (www.uppercrust.ehsrg.com) for delicious wood-fired brick oven pizza. Classic toppings as well as the more unusual – like eggplant, goat cheese and truffle oil – make Upper Crust a crowd-pleaser.

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