Last Sunday Mr. Wonderful and I meandered over to the ever growing and popular Plaza District to have brunch at one of their newly opened eateries The Pritchard Wine Bar, whose name gives a nod to the renowned Pritchard Hill region of Napa, California. Partners Aiimee Ahpeatone, Steve Mason and Jolyn Bauer colaborated on this effort in the previous space owned by Urban Wine Works to bring a bright airy place to hang out with friends for a drink and some plates in an elegant yet causal atmosphere that is sure to be a hit.
I was excited about trying them out because the week before, my girlfriends and I had been talking about having a ladies night, because as ladies, we like to go out together and order appetizers to share.
The Pritchard makes this an easy feat as their menu features a huge selection of small plates like bar snacks, charcuterie and cheeses along with a small selection of main courses. Of note is that The Pritchard is supporting Oklahoma by sourcing some of their produce and proteins locally, which is always a joy to hear for us local Oklahoma farm lovers.
You don’t name oneself after a Napa area without offering up a nice selection of wine, and The Pritchard’s wine list boasts over 140 bottled wines, 20 plus wines-by-the-glass, along with wine-on-tap. Oh yes, and beer lovers never fear, for there are offerings for you as well as some pretty amazing craft cocktails. All this is masterfully overlooked by General Manager and Somalier Mindy Magers (formerly of The George and Flint) while the cuisine is created by Chef Shelby Sieg (also formerly of The George), who, incidentally is also a pastry chef, so be assured – the desserts are going to rival the savory fare.
We were there for brunch so Mr. Wonderful ordered the Tropical Mimosa while I had the Angry Carrot.
That Angry Carrot is a trickster. You sit sipping happily away at it and then it creeps right up on the back of your throat with a nice jalapeno burn.
Luckily around that time, our first small plate arrived. These small plates are all that are offered for brunch but most generously serve two so don’t think you won’t be full.
This was delicious – a plate of whole milk yogurt was topped with blood orange segments, local honey and rosemary walnuts.
Oh yes, and while you wait…did I mention you can doodle and dream? And if you’re at the bar, there are quiz cards to take a shot at (pun intended). Another fun happening -if you hang around until 11 pm you’ll hear the cookie bell, and get a fresh baked cookie as the kitchen transitions into just the small plate menu (there are entrees at dinner hours).
Showing up next might have been one of my favorite dishes…The Popcorn Grits. The BEST grits ever!
These are different in texture than regular grits, due to the corn grits being popped first in a pan and then boiled as normal giving them a larger meatier grit feel. They are mixed and topped with grano padano cheese, (a more subtle and less salty version of Parmesan) and a few bites of yummy pancetta.
If you talk to anyone who’s been to The Pritchard, you’re going to hear about the Brussels.
Brussels that are nicely roasted are always delicious, but The Pritchard’s version is nicely enhanced with some crispy Spanish chorizo…the spicy hard chorizo, not the mushy roll you can buy at the grocery store. They also were fantastic.
Next up were the Fried Chicken Biscuits.
While I thought the batter was a tad overdone, these were delicious as well. Nestled into homemade fluffy biscuits and topped with in house pickles, I would only suggest asking for a side of their ground mustard to complete these, and they were quite filling!
Mr. Wonderful was really excited about the Savory Housemade Kolaches which really looked like a gourmet pigs-n-a-blanket to us.
From the homemade dough to the locally sourced sausage these made the Wonderful guy super happy.
Rounding out the meal was another of my favorites…the Spanish Baked Egg.
The Spanish tomato ragout, (similar to a tomato onion jam) has one beautifully poached egg nestled on top of it.
And it comes with crostini to spread it all on. I loved this so much.
Other things to note about The Pritchard – They have a really nice patio out where you can people-watch the bustling Plaza District, complete with patio heaters.
Follow them on Facebook for some fun events they do like wine dinners, Wednesdays they host a Cards Against Humanity tournament and Twenty Twosdays, where they offer one featured specialty bottle of wine each week for $22.
Need help finding The Pritchard? Below is a map to help you!