Cheever's a neighborhood gem

The historic Cheever's Flowers building is now home to one of Oklahoma City's finest restaurants.
BY DAVE CATHEY Modified: January 20, 2011 at 10:50 am •  Published: January 17, 2011

My wife also had to have the Chopped Salad. She was introduced to the Cheever's Chopped Salad at last year's Chef's Feast, and she's longed for it ever since. Her yen is easy to understand when a bowl of mixed greens and lettuce with sun-dried tomatoes, black beans, red onions, roasted corn and spicy pepitas arrives — it's creamy lemon vinaigrette with blue cheese crumbles. Simple and inspired.

While I was fighting the good fight to finish half my entree, Lori was lamenting what was rapidly becoming clear about her Lobster Mac and Cheese: She had as much chance at finishing it as I have finishing one of her Lifetime movies awake. I sampled a bit of the cheesy dish with chunks of grilled lobster and immediately felt guilty for taking away a bite of something that so perfectly matched my wife's protein-limited flavor profile.

I only had a few regrets about my recent visit. First, why couldn't the citrusy C-Squared cocktail, balanced with cilantro simple syrup, be served by the pitcher?

Second, why couldn't it have been a summer afternoon so that I could've made the request without sounding like a complete lush? The C-Squared is part of Cheever's new signature cocktail menu and is destined to be a personal favorite.

Third, why did the special have to be so inviting that it lured me away from my favorite Mixed Seafood Tamales? Guess the good news is I have an excuse to go back soon.

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