With its pressed-tin ceiling, brick floors, local artwork and inventive fare, Picasso Cafe fits in perfectly with the arty Paseo vibe. Seating is spread across several rooms; in one area, comfy sofas invite guests to relax with a drink in the evenings. The cafe also features live music on occasion.
Many menu items sound tempting: a housemade pretzel with bacon blue cheese cream and spicy mustard ($5); quinoa tacos with an avocado puree ($8); blackened shrimp risotto ($12); and the Wion pizza with chipotle pesto, candied pecans, pulled pork, bacon, onions and basil ($12), to name a few. We finally settled on the Frito chili pie ($9), a great mix of crunchy, salty, zesty and sweet with vegan chili, red bell pepper, jalapenos, sour cream, onions and provolone. The lobster po'boy was likewise excellent with fried lobster, lettuce, tomato, a tasty creole aioli and fries ($12).
Wander the Arts District after your meal. Showcasing distinctive Spanish Revival architecture and pastel stucco buildings, the area dates back to 1929, when it was the first shopping district north of downtown Oklahoma City. Today, you’ll see working artists and galleries representing different regions from around the United States.