At Rock & Brews you will find a large beer selection, delicious food, and great decor that pays tribute to rock bands of the past and present
My parents were in town for the Christmas holidays and our trip to the Alamo Bowl. My dad and I went to OKC to run errands, and those trips almost always include lunch so I can do a blog post. Yes, it’s always about the blog! I always start with my list of restaurants to revisit for better pictures, but nothing jumped out at me. Next I checked Restaurant.com. It’s a great program, where you purchase certificates for participating restaurants and get a discount on your meal. They always have certificates on sale, and my mom has found bulk certificates several times as well. I’ve found some fabulous restaurants through the program, restaurants I probably wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.
Rock & Brews is a member of the Restaurant.com program, and was close to where we were. I saw Rock & Brews on my last visit to OKC, and realized that it had taken over another restaurant location. Most restaurants in the program offer 50% off; Rock & Brews is the first restaurant I have seen that only offers 30% off. I decided to give it a shot anyway, because it received good reviews. The parking lot was nearly empty, but it was also January 2nd, and technically a holiday. Plus, it was well after the lunch rush.
Rock & Brews was born in 2010, backstage after a KISS concert. The ownership group is KISS frontmen Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley, concert promoters Dave & Dell Furano, and restaurateur Michael Zislis. There are 19 Rock & Brews locations, including 2 in Mexico, 2 in LAX Airport, and even 2 inside arena venues. It’s no secret that I often bemoan the restaurant scene in Oklahoma, and Stillwater in particular, so I am very excited that Rock & Brews has a location in OKC. I mentioned to our server that a Stillwater location would be a hit, and he said that Rock & Brews is opening a casino resort in Braman OK. I have no idea where Braman is, but I will certainly find out!
The Rock & Brews decor pays homage to many of the great bands of the past and present, with concert posters, flags, and drums as light fixtures.
The restaurant is quite spacious. The front patio has picnic tables, and a play area for kids at the far end. Just inside the main door is an enclosed patio with a bar that extends into the restaurant. There is another bar on the left side of the restaurant, and the dining room is a combination of tables and half booths. There is also an upstairs space, but I didn’t make it up there.
The Rock & Brews OKC location is open daily for lunch and dinner, and the outdoor patio is dog friendly. There are several menus to choose from, including the full menu, Sunday brunch, weekday lunch specials, and happy hour. The Rock & Brews happy hour is generous, with half priced select apps & taps from 3-6pm and 9pm-close Sunday-Thursday, and 3-6pm Friday.
The Rock & Brews beer menu features a variety of local beers in each location. The beer selections rotate weekly, and they have a selection of both bottled and draft beers. They also offer wine and specialty cocktails. The food menu is large as well, and the menu sections also pay homage to the restaurant’s rock & roll theme (classic hits, headliner sandwiches, front row pizzas, etc).
Rock & Brews is a restaurant, bar and concert venue. Along the back wall are 16 TV’s, and on this visit there were 4 different football games on. I’m sure they create one huge screen when OSU, OU or the Thunder play. Above the interior bar are 4 more TV’s that show the music videos that play throughout the sound system. They do concerts Thursday-Sunday, and feature both local and cover bands. Our server said they get great crowds, and showcase a wide variety of bands.
I’m not a big beer drinker, but to use the Restaurant.com coupon our bill had to be $30. I used the opportunity to try a local brew. After some back and forth, I went with a Payne County IPA by Iron Monk, a local brewery in Stillwater. The beer was good, but too heavy for my tastes.
I almost never do appetizers when I dine solo, because it’s always too much food. But my dad was with me, we were starving, and it was for research purposes! My eyes immediately went to the brussel sprouts. I’ve always had a hate/hate relationship with them, but our server raved about them so I decided to be adventurous.
The brussel sprouts are fabulous…crispy, salty, and full of flavor. I would eat them all the time if they tasted like that. I love that they were scorching hot and came directly from the fryer, but they were quite oily. Sometimes that’s a sacrifice you just have to make. The cojita cheese adds a nice contrast in flavor and texture.
My dad is vegetarian, so I immediately scan the menus to find options for him to choose from. When a restaurant has a vegetarian section it’s easy; Rock & Brews does not, but I did find several options for him. He decided on the portobello sandwich with fries
I didn’t try any of his sandwich, but he said it was very good. His fries were hot and crisp, and really delicious.
I got the Gastropub burger. I love both onion rings and fries, so it was very tough to make a choice. But since my dad got fries I got onion rings so I could try both.
Breaded onion rings are my favorite, so I was very happy. They are scorching hot and crispy, and delicious. The burger was fabulous. The meat is very flavorful and juicy, and cooked to a perfect medium. I never ate egg on a burger until a couple of years ago, but I love how the egg adds such a beautiful silky texture. The burger is huge and messy, but I’m not complaining. I ate half with my hands, and just the insides of the other with a fork and knife.
While waiting for our bill, the manager came over and thanked us for visiting. He asked if we came in because of Restaurant.com. I told him that it was partially the decision, but that I had also seen the good reviews. Of course I also took the opportunity to mention a Stillwater location.
Will I go back to Rock & Brews? No question. The food is delicious, I would love to come for a concert, and I want to try some other menu items.
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