Basketball has brought throngs of people downtown this month, and Bricktown is the first place that comes to mind when considering possible dining destinations. Why not, with such standouts as The Mantel, Nonna’s and Mickey Mantle’s within a few steps of each other and just a short walk from the Ford Center and Cox Convention Center? Not to mention Chelino’s, The Melting Pot, Zio’s, Jazmo’z, Coach’s, Pearl’s Crabtown and Bolero, to name a few. With an NCAA Women’s Regional in town this week, potential parking snarls and wait times could be daunting. Never fear, there’s much more to downtown dining than Bricktown. Drive a little north up Broadway and you’ll run into Red Prime Steak, the crown jewel of A Good Egg Dining Group’s cadre of upscale eateries. Just around the corner from there is the reborn Iguana — this time a Mexican grill rather than a lounge. Chef Ryan Parrott and his partners have resuscitated one of the city’s most eclectic spots to much acclaim. Go northeast from Bricktown and you’re bound to stumble upon The Deep Deuce Grill and The Wedge Pizzeria. Deep Deuce has been spinning out burgers and steaks since the rebirth of the area. The Wedge downtown is the second incarnation of the hip pizzeria, the other located in the Western District. Go west toward the Civic Center and you’ll find Trattoria il Centro, Soleil, The Museum Cafe and La Luna. Maggie Howell and chef Christine Dowd operate the space in The Montgomery Building, offering simple, elegant Italian cuisine and an expanded wine list at Trattoria il Centro. Soleil is the brainchild of the brothers Buthion, Michel and Alain. Owners of La Baguette Bistro, this upscale restaurant manned by executive chef Geoff van Glabbeek is in the Colcord Hotel. If you’re looking for something quicker, look no further than Coney Island and The Lunch Box — two downtown institutions. You’ll have no problem finding a place to eat before the games, you might just have to bounce around a little.
→The Mantel Wine Bar and Bistro, 201 E Sheridan. →Nonna’s Euro-American Restaurant, 124 E Sheridan. →Mickey Mantle’s, 7 S Mickey Drive. →Chelino’s, 15 E California. →The Melting Pot, 4 E Sheridan. →Zio’s, 12 E California. →Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Cafe, 100 E California. →Coach’s, 20 S Mickey Mantle Drive. →Pearl’s Crabtown, 303 E Sheridan. North of Bricktown
→Red Prime Steak, 504 Broadway. →Iguana Mexican Grill, 9 NW 9. →The Deep Deuce Grill, 307 NE 2. →The Wedge Pizzeria 2, 230 NE 1. →Trattoria il Centro, 500 W Main. →Soleil, 15 N Robinson. →The Museum Cafe, 415 Couch Drive. →La Luna, 409 W Reno. →The Lunch Box, 413 W Sheridan. →Coney Island, 428 W Main.