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Metro Wine Bar and Bistro will serve Mother's Day brunch in Oklahoma City

The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro in Oklahoma City is only open for Sunday brunch twice a year: Easter and Mother's Day. And space is limited. But it's worth going to any time it's open, The Oklahoman's Food Dude says.
by Dave Cathey Modified: May 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm •  Published: May 8, 2012


photo - Red Snapper at The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman  CHRIS LANDSBERGER - CHRIS LANDSBERGER
Red Snapper at The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman CHRIS LANDSBERGER - CHRIS LANDSBERGER

The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro is only open for Sunday brunch twice a year: Easter and Mother's Day.

Since Peter Cottontail has hippity hopped back into his hole for 2012, it's up to Mom to experience the Metro for brunch.

Of course, the Metro only holds about 88 people at a time, so it might be that you'll have to wait until next Easter for your chance at the special eggs Benedict-based menu.

But that certainly doesn't stop you from visiting this comfort-driven American bistro, which has been around almost a quarter-century, for dinner any night of the week — including Sunday — or lunch Monday through Saturday.

Two years after opening The Coach House, Chris Lower had another big decision to make. Cappuccino's had just ended a decade-long run and left space available to create competition for his hot new fine dining spot. With help from new chef Kurt Fleischfresser, Lower opted to lease the space and open a French-style bistro.

“We thought rather than face competition, we could open a place that would complement The Coach House,” Lower said. “In the beginning we were a true French bistro.”

That means dishes like frog leg salad and mussels in vinaigrette on a menu that kept up with the seasons as best as could be done in the late 1980s.

From the beginning, Lower will tell you the driving force behind the Metro is his wife, LaVeryl, who has managed and done primary wine purchasing since it opened 24 years ago this December.

And a place doesn't survive that long without drive and learning to adapt.

“The chefs started feeling a little hemmed in by the French menu,” LaVeryl said.

“That's when we switched to an American bistro,” Chris added.

That means an infusion of Southwest, Mediterranean and Asian influences so you'll find lamb pot-stickers, pepper-seared ahi tuna, and chicken pasta that includes peanuts and sesame-ginger vinaigrette on the same menu as vichyssoise, sautéed veal liver and onions, and steak frites

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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