Nestled in the trees, The Park House, under the ownership of local restaurateurs Peter and Sherree Holloway, is a little hard to find but definitely worth the effort. The restaurant is located mid-block on Robinson between Reno and Sheridan (directly between the Cox Convention Center and Myriad Botanical Gardens).
The restaurant features expansive outdoor dining areas that take full advantage of the lush gardens grounds. Park Houses dining room is encased in glass and provides a 180-degree view of the gardens. The night-time view of the tubular botanical gardens and its revolving lights is breathtaking.
Local Chefs Jonathan Krell and Jeffrey Holloway have tantalized the taste buds of locals, as well as many visitors to the City. This family-friendly concept is in a setting that is second to none. The menu begins with a host of appetizers including a whimsical-yet-divine flight of deviled eggs. Each egg is filled with different delights, including a house-cured bacon with Danish blue cheese and a special-recipe pesto and mascarpone. Additional appetizers include the tempting chicken and waffle fry nachos, Park House lump crab cakes, house-made ham and cheese tots with charred green onion and grilled artichoke and spinach dip served with pita chips.
For entrees, the Park House menu is designed to tempt the taste buds, whether you try their mustard seed crusted pork tenderloin, filet mignon, halibut fish and chips, pasta carbonara, chicken and waffle fries or the pan-seared Scottish salmon. Side dishes dont take second place here - options include wild mushroom bread pudding, roasted vegetables including cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and more.
The desserts are more fun than spectacular, which families will appreciate. The crowd-pleasing warm cookies and milk hearken to the unadulterated joy of cookies fresh from moms oven with cold milk served like a milkshake. The hot fudge sundae to Share is a trip back to old-fashioned ice cream parlors.
The Holloway Restaurant Group also owns the nearby Ice House - burgers, fries and shakes stand. The Ice House serves Nic's Grills famous burgers which has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives! It is proclaimed by many to be the best burger in OKC.
The Park House is open for lunch and dinner daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Valet parking is offered in the evenings for $10 per car. Reservations are suggested but not required. Call 232.7275 for information on both The Park House and Ice House.
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