As the nation’s largest stockyard and only one in the world working within a historic district, Oklahoma City’s Stockyards City has long been a draw for tourists and locals. Since opening in late October 2017, McClintock Saloon & Chop House, 2227 Exchange Avenue provides guests with a taste of what they expect to see in OKC. It’s the real deal; there are cowboys down here because they’re making a living here.
One of the most well-known and renowned French restauranteurs in the state is Michel Buthion, half of the brother team that owns La Baguette Bistro on north May Avenue. There is something a little amusing about a cowboy that speaks French, but it was Buthion’s dream to open a saloon in the Stockyards district. McClintock Saloon & Chop House is Michel’s latest endeavor. Buthion’s co-owner, Lindsey Ocker, opened McClintock Boots in the same location, 2227 Exchange Avenue, in 2002.
You won’t find a hitching post outside and there are no swinging doors, but you’ll discover McClintock’s Saloon to be an extremely appealing place to enjoy a great dining experience and maybe three fingers of whiskey like the Cowboys of the Wild West did.
What you’ll notice right off the bat is the 50-foot-long, solid oak bar and back bar complete with a large painting of a nude woman hanging over it, adding that brothel touch, just like in the old west. The main columns of the back bar feature ornate sculptures of Helen of Troy and Hercules, commissioned by an artist in St. Petersburg, Russia, that stand tall amongst the saloon’s impressive selection of alcohol that includes over 200 styles of whiskey and healthy selections of tequilas and mescal in addition to vodka and gin. The back bar also includes two stained-glass windows that are at least 100 years old; one, from Boston, is of Samuel Adams and the other, from Ireland, includes verse from Hamlet.
You won’t find Wyatt Earp or Marshall Dillon but you will find the quality of their cuisine - the product of careful planning by some of the finest restaurateurs and chefs in this part of the country - to be exceptional. The steaks are big, and the flavors are bold, and dinner diners in jeans and cowboy boots are as common as those in coat and tie.
McClintock’s features a chophouse menu with all the steaks, chops and seafood you expect: two sizes of filet, 14-ounce strip and rib-eye, a monster rib-eye for two, chicken-fried steak and quail, pork chops, rack of lamb and fried chicken. Fresh oysters from the East and West markets are available daily, too, as are fish features and shrimp cocktail.
For lunch, McClintock is an attrative option for downtowners, featuring luncheon steak, a tasty set of sandwiches including a Monte Cristo, Club, Grandma's Meatloaf, and Grilled Salmon. The menu also features four burger selections.
Steakhouses are not always adept at non-steak items. And far too many would-be restauranteurs assume serving brunch is as easy as throwing a couple of eggs on top of existing menu items. Not at McClintock. The brunch menu here isn’t enormous, but it’s well thought out and well executed. McClintock’s weekend brunch 10 a.m.- to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday usually includes live music by a local folk, bluegrass or country band.
McClintock’s is located at 2227 Exchange Avenue – Stockyards City (just south of I-40 and on Agnew) and opens for brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and at 11 a.m. the rest of the week. It closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday with a late menu running 10 p.m. to midnight on the weekend. Reservations are not required but suggested by calling 405-232-0151 or visiting www.McClintocksaloon.com.
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