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DID YOU SAY GUYUTES? New OKC eatery takes street food to the next level

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The "Gimme the Beat" beet hummus and sweet potato chips was a big hit with the RDR crew.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Located just down Shartel Avenue from the Mesta Park offices of Red Dirt Report, the recently-opened “Elevated Street Food” restaurant Guyutes struck the RDR crew of Sarah, Tim – and yours truly – as the place to check out.

Upon arrival, a few minutes later (we got there about 11:15 a.m. – lunch begins at 11 a.m.), we entered from the street level and into a dimly-lit bar and grill type environment. When we were offered the opportunity to eat on the roof, we jumped at the chance. Once up there, the view is great, of up-and-coming Uptown 23rd. 

The view from the front of Guyutes at 23rd and Shartel in Oklahoma City. (Sarah Hussain / Red Dirt Report)

As we looked over the menu, the restaurant's stereo system blasted Phish's cover of the Rolling Stones song "Emotional Rescue." In fact, noticing some Phish posters and other things with a jamband theme, particularly Phish, Widespread Panic and the Grateful Dead (menu items like The "Wedge," "St. Stephen," "Traffic Light" and "Catphish Wontons." Well, it was clear that this was going to be a laidback experience not unlike one, say, in a hipster/hippie eatery in Vermont or Colorado. And I should note that "Guyute" is a Phish song, featured on their 1998 album The Story of the Ghost. Go figure, man!

For starters, our table shared the “Gimme the Beat” ($7) which was roasted beet hummus, green onion with sweet potato chips.

“It’s good,” Tim said between bites.

“I like that it’s pink and I like sweet potato chips,” Sarah said. “It’s different and fun.”

When it came to take drink orders, Sarah and I checked out the cocktail list, with a “Bloody” Bloody Mary (vodka, tomato juice, lime, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce - $8) for me and a Margarita for Sarah (jalapeno tequila, Cointreau, lime, and a "kiss” of agave nectar - $8).

On the left is the "Bloody" Bloody Mary and on the right is the classic Margarita. (Sarah Hussain / Red Dirt Report)

“The jalapeno tequila is so good,” Sarah said of her margarita. While my Bloody Mary wasn’t as spicy as I prefer, it was hearty and good.

Tim and Sarah both decided on “The Return of the Mac.” This beefy monster (at $11) is green chili mac n’ cheese placed between two beef patties and topped with arugula, tomato concasse, with crispy shallot, and spicy mayo on a locally-made bun. Delicious is the word I kept hearing from Sarah and Tim.This came with two fried onion rings, both of which were soon gone off of both Tim and Sarah’s plates.

The "Return of the Mac" was a hit with Sarah and Tim. (Sarah Hussain / Red Dirt Report)

As for me, I settled on on of the “Wrapped Up Tight” wraps, the one called “The Pip,” which is Cheeto-encrusted chicken, black bean puree, seasoned rice, avocado cream, tomato and cilantro. It also comes with red pepper ranch and twisted in a chipotle tortilla ($8). 

For me, if it's not really spicy or zesty, it's somewhat bland. The Cheeto-encrusted chicken was a nice touch, although the seasoned rice simply didn't seem seasoned enough to me. Still, it struck me as a healthy and filling lunch option.

By the time we were finishing our entrees, it was closer to noon and the rooftop area was filling up with hungry and smiling patrons. A "good sign," as a the Guyutes crew might say.

Ultimately, all three of us came away from our pleasant experience at Guyutes feeling full - but not stuffed - and satisfied with our lunch menu choices.

730 NW 23RD
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 702-6960

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