For decades Automobile Alley, once a destination for purchasing vehicles, languished. Abandoned buildings that were originally built to house car showrooms served as a reminder of the fallen status of the strip of Broadway Avenue just north of downtown Oklahoma City.
But in the past decade, Automobile Alley has undergone a renaissance, along with many downtown districts, and is now bustling with small businesses, coffeehouses and restaurants that serve both regulars and visitors. Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse, which opened in late 2014, is the newest addition to this scene.
The restaurant’s structure was built in the 1920s as a Buick dealership; the panoramic windows that once attracted passers-by to cup their hands to their eyes and stare through the window to view the gleaming, steel behemoths now give patrons a view of those outside.
Intimate tables and leather banquettes occupy the first floor of the restaurant. Neutral colors and dark, rich wood run throughout the space. The second floor dining area is circled by glass. White linens offer a sophisticated touch.
The bar, impressive and imposing, takes up much of the first floor. Nearby, a glass-encased wine cellar shows off the restaurant’s many vintages. Private dining areas are available throughout the restaurant, as is a Chef’s Table.
But most don’t visit Broadway 10 for the linens or the views; they come for the food and drinks.
Classic steakhouse favorites make up the bulk of Broadway 10’s menu. Steak tartare, roasted beet salad and French onion soup are three great ways to begin the dining experience. A surprising addition to the menu, Broadway 10 also offers many sushi rolls, perfect as an appetizer or great to enjoy alongside a cocktail.
Steaks, pork and veal chops and New Zealand lamb are aged for 28 days to create a rich, meaty flavor. Enjoy steaks, prime rib or chops with one of five specialty sauces offered by Broadway 10. All are served with a choice of potato or Gorgonzola mac and cheese.
Those searching for seafood options are also in luck. Lobster, king crab, salmon and fresh fish are also served. Dry-roasted mushrooms, green beans and asparagus are a few side dishes that are available to complement meat or fish dishes. Leave room for Kelley’s Chocolate Cake and pressed coffee for dessert.
Broadway 10 is also a lunch destination for those working in the downtown area. Televisions broadcasting sporting events are located in the bar area, and the crowd can cause a raucous during Thunder games. 1101 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City. www.broadwayokc10.com