*To my knowledge, the restaurant staff was not aware of my intentions to review their restaurant*
I don’t usually dine out unless I’m out of town or celebrating a special occasion because I love to stay home, chop vegetables, create delicious meals for my family, and enjoy them in the comfort of my home — Not to mention my cooking is usually better than a restaurant’s. Is that too boastful to tell people? #sorrynotsorry
Unfortunately, home is looking a little chaotic lately because we are in the middle of a move, so meals have been uninspiring and served on paper plates and solo cups. This is my life at the moment and I am savoring these days with NO DISH WASHING.
At first, I had my heart set on going to my favorite restaurant for lunch, but after finding out that it was only open for dinner, I decided it was time to venture out of my comfort zone and try something new.
Hefner Grill is an upscale restaurant right off of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. During the summer, they offer outdoor seating and during the winter they offer indoor seating with a gorgeous view of the lake. I asked the server for his appetizer recommendation and he suggested the Baltimore crab dip ($14).
This dip was made with lump crab, cream cheese, and topped with green onions, but lacked the depth of flavor I was looking for. The crab and cream cheese flavors were boring and tasted like just that: crab and cream cheese. It was an “okay” dish, but I wouldn’t order it again as I don’t feel it was worth the price.
Any sins that the appetizer committed were completely forgiven when I feasted on this pecan-crusted trout ($12). The vegetables were well-cooked and lightly buttered. The rice was fluffy and seasoned perfectly. I was pleased with how simple, yet well-executed, these sides were and that they didn’t take away from the star of the plate which was the pecan-crusted trout.
This dish is to die for. The crust on the trout by itself was warm, nutty, and spicy with a great crunch factor. The fish was fried beautifully and was tender beneath its crisp exterior. I didn’t think I would want or need jalapeno relish or plum mustard sauce, but oh, I so did need these toppings in my life.
The jalapeno relish was hot enough to give a good kick but was balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. The plum mustard sauce was tangy, sweet, and gave a nice punch to the entire dish.
To end our meal, we indulged in a personal family favorite: Crème Brulee ($8). I was immediately excited when this dessert was brought out because I enjoyed the colorful presentation — But in fairness, it doesn’t even need fruit to make it sensational.
One thing about this dish that others might have found an issue with was that the sugar was torched a little too long. Although I personally found it appealing, it did have a slightly charred flavor. Like all good ones, the sugar was thoroughly caramelized and offered that fulfilling “breakthrough” to the custard. The custard had the ideal texture of thickness, richness, and creaminess. It truly was a great way to end the meal!
All-in-all, I would recommend this restaurant. The service was good, the selection of wine and beer was extensive, the view was gorgeous, and, aside from the appetizer, the food was delicious!