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Cafe 501 Part Deux

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An interior view of Cafe 501 in the Classen Curve in Oklahoma City, Monday, October 4, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
An interior view of Cafe 501 in the Classen Curve in Oklahoma City, Monday, October 4, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Chapter two of the Cafe 501 story began Sept. 27 with the opening of a new location. The longtime pillar of the Edmond restaurant community branched beyond its suburban borders to land in the chic, new Classen Curve development, joining Hal Smith’s Upper Crust, A Good Egg Dining Group’s Republic and 105degrees Cafe.

Cafe 501 is owned by longtime restaurant operators Peter and Sheree Holloway. The upscale soup, sandwich and salad standards are joined by wood-fired pizza in the new location.

An interior view of Cafe 501 in the Classen Curve in Oklahoma City, Monday, October 4, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
An interior view of Cafe 501 in the Classen Curve in Oklahoma City, Monday, October 4, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The decor is chic and artful enough to meet the haute demands of its Classen Curve predecessors. The eye is immediately drawn to a multitude of iron dowel rods that hang from ceiling to booth tops, creating a maze of iron curtains that elicits more feelings of fashion than fascism. The dowels bask in the night lighting to create an ambience that wouldn’t be alien in the world Ridley Scott created for “Blade Runner.”

Classen Curve has become the place where cool meets comfort food.

On a recent trip to the new 501 with co-worker and would-be film star Nick Tankersley (see the item on Page 2 of Mood about “S&M Lawncare”) and Good Egg Dining Group corporate chef and partner Robert Black, we tried the Fish Tacos, Coyote Crunch wrap and Southwestern Chicken Wrap.

Each was well-appointed and delicious, but Cafe 501 was built upon the broad and brawny shoulders of the Coyote Chicken brand. If the Coyote Chicken Sandwich is Cafe 501′s foundation, the Coyote Crunch wrap is the unexpected room addition. Taking all that makes the Coyote Chicken good and holy — grilled chicken, avocado, bacon, caramelized red onion and jalapenos, and chipotle mayo — add to the mix crunchy tortilla ribbons and bundle it up tight in a flour tortilla. As a rule, I don’t go for wraps. But on a previous trip to the original Cafe 501, Margaret Holloway — Peter’s sister and marketing director — talked me into trying the Coyote Crunch.

Bingo.

This is the standard by which all wraps should be judged.

The Southwestern Chicken was also good but lacked those crunchy tortilla ribbons, which I daresay could, at the very least, lend a hand toward world peace. The Fish Tacos were spicy but not to distraction. The grilled fish was moist with a nice outer sear.

For dessert, we split a 501 Cupcake and a Chocolate Covered Pecan Bar. The cupcake was rich, decadent and spot-on, but the pecan bar speaks to a spot in me that I need to listen to a lot less if I’m going to make it to 50. Put simply: More, please.

I need to try the pizza next time, as Peter told me the new ovens heat from the bottom as well as the top to ensure a crisp-bottomed pizza.

A Margherita pizza is removed from the oven at Cafe 501 in the Classen Curve in Oklahoma City, Monday, October 4, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
A Margherita pizza is removed from the oven at Cafe 501 in the Classen Curve in Oklahoma City, Monday, October 4, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The new store is managed by Melissa Yohn, Joseph Knauf and Rachel Ferren. Executive chef is Nordeen Bennai.

Lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner service is 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, extending to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Cafe 501 is closed Sundays.

For more information, call 844-1501 or go to www.cafe501.com.

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 An interior view of Cafe 501 in the Classen Curve in Oklahoma City, Monday, October 4, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

An interior view of Cafe 501 in the Classen Curve in Oklahoma City, Monday, October 4, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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