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Oklahoma Steak Out: Boulevard Steakhouse

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Boulevard Steakhouse is the first of our Steak Out series hosted by Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman’s food editor. You can read Cathey’s article here for more on the history of Boulevard Steakhouse.

Truth be told, I’ve spent a lot of time at Boulevard Steakhouse. Especially in the adjoining Martini Lounge. My wife Melinda worked at Boulevard and at the Lounge a few years ago before we were married. And my band has played at the Lounge a few times.

It goes without saying I’ve eaten at Boulevard: the chopped salad, the steaks and the toast points. Those toast points are addictive. They keep them (or used to) in a handy bucket in the back for building salads. They are awesome. And buttery.

I had never met Chef Jimmy Stepney despite my time served at 5th and Boulevard in Edmond. Chef Stepney fired up two steaks and a couple sides for us during this shoot. The great ones make it look so easy but the resulting taste is top shelf. Great guy, great chef.

Boulevard has a dark interior. I shot this around 4pm on a Tuesday earlier this month. For some reason the lighting kept changing during the kitchen shot. I don’t know if curtains were being open and shut behind me but I was riding my settings constantly. The Canon 7D does a nice job in low light, but the dark dining room was a challenge. Another test during this shoot was shooting hand held with the 7D. It’s not advised without a proper rig, but you can get along with the neck strap as a third point of contact. I wasn’t happy with the results, to me it still looked too sloppy. A proper rig, slider and dolly make a huge difference.

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David Morris

Dave Morris serves as Director of Video at OPUBCO, where he's worked since 1996. Morris spent two years as a sports reporter for The Oklahoman before transitioning to online efforts. He has 15 years of digital management with Oklahoman.com and... Read more ›

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