Sage: fine dining in the Deep Deuce [closed]
Sage is located at 228 NE 2nd St in the Deep Deuce area of Bricktown (map). They are open Monday-Thursday from 7am-10pm, Friday-Saturday from 7am-12am and Sunday from 10am-8pm. You can reach them by phone (405.232.7243), or by e-mail. All major credit cards are accepted.
Isn’t it weird how sometimes you overlook places to visit that are the closest to you? Having lived in the Deep Deuce for a few years, I’ve only visited the Deep Deuce Bar and Grill just twice, which seems odd. Not only that, but Sage has been open for a few months now and I haven’t been able to push myself to eat there until just recently. I don’t know if it’s the fact that dining in Bricktown typically costs an arm and a leg or if the view of the wall full of alcohol through the windows made Sage seem more like a bar than a restaurant, but something has kept me away … until now.
The fact that Sage is also a ”market” did peek my interest since OKC has a dearth of healthy, organic markets (Whole Foods are you reading this?!). I put market in quotes because the market section at Sage probably isn’t much bigger than my kitchen. In spite of its size, they do offer a selection of goods that can’t be found at your normal supermarket or Wal-Mart. They feature locally grown organic foods, a nice selection of cheeses, gourmet dressings, organic coffee, oils, and even beer. Speaking with the sous chef, I found out that the owner has plans to expand the market in the future once the other tennant in the building ends their lease, but that’s still a few years in the works (unfortunately).
So, how’s the food? Well, Greg visited on a separate occasion and had this to say:
“I had the 3-cheese mac and cheese ($9 for lunch and $11 for dinner) and thought it was wonderful. The gorgonzola gave the whole dish a great tang that really differentiated it from “normal” mac and cheese. The dish was very heavy, though, so I could hardly imagine it as an entree. I really thought it worked best when shared. It might be too rich for me to eat all alone.
I also tried the roasted seasonal vegetables ($7.50), which were pretty good. I was less impressed by the eggplant, but the green tomatoes were a revelation. Sweet and tart, warm and crisp. I would get this dish again in a heartbeat. Also great was that it came with a small side of hummus, which was thicker and tastier than some I’ve found locally.
Wrapping up my appetizer meal were the Greek turkey meatballs with tzatziki sauce ($7.50). They were dense, but flavorful, and the sauce really added a nice, fresh burst. The best part was, by sharing with friends, my bill was only $9 — pretty good for a fancy lunch.
Looking around, I saw some giant sandwiches that I am eager to go back and try. The roast beef was piled high and the portobello sandwich was really calling to me as well. Almost any sandwich topping is also available on a salad and the Ahi tuna salad looked pretty appetizing, but I’ll have to go back for a taste before I can pass judgment.”
I have to agree with Greg about the mac and cheese dishes, they’re pretty good. I had the Grilled Shrimp Pesto version ($10.50 for lunch and $13 for dinner) and was definitely satisfied with the taste. The accompanying waldorf salad (celery, apples, walnuts, grapes in a light mayo sauce) matched well with the mac and cheese and kind of helped to break up the heavy creamy flavor. I just wish it came with a bit more salad. If you’ve ever read the menu and wondered why their mac and cheese is called “The Original” it’s apparently because (they believe) Sage is one of the original and only restaurants in OKC to offer gourmet mac and cheese. I’m interested to see if there are any other readers or restaurants out there who might debunk this claim.
Talking about original offerings, Sage also has a salt bar where you choose from three of their eleven premium salts from around the world for $2. I honestly don’t know what these different salts will do to change the flavor of my food, but it’s definitely something I’d like to try out another time.
On a subsequent visit during happy hour (everyday from 2-6pm) I was happy to find the $3.50 margaritas and mojitos. I think everyone needs to try out the mojitos because they come in an awesome mason jar! Honestly, it’s a nice touch. I also made a meal of the $3.50 appetizer selections. The grilled chili lime chicken wings and greek turkey meatballs are definitely enough to share with several people. If you want to enjoy this happy hour deal, make sure you place all your food orders before the cutoff because the computer will automatically adjust prices at 6pm sharp.
Now, for the bad news. If you’re looking to visit Sage with a large group, be advised — I had a birthday party with a group of 13 and I must say the service was less than stellar. I reserved our spot a good week ahead of time so I feel the staff had plenty of time to prepare for our party. To start, those ordering mac and cheese dishes were told that they were out of the accompanying waldorf salad (disappointing news), but then one of my friends got some other person’s dinner and it came with the waldorf salad (aggravating news). In addition, I think our server took everyone’s orders about 3 or 4 times and blamed the ticketing system that was acting funny (this is the second visit on which I’ve encountered issues with the computer system). As a result, we all sat around waiting much longer than we really wanted.
I know big groups are always a challenge, but at a higher-end establishment like Sage, you expect them to be a bit more prepared, especially with advanced notice. My friends were pretty disappointed with the service, but I still think the quality of the food might bring some of them back again.
Overall, Sage offers unique dining, a convenient gourmet market and mini-deli, a pretty nice bar and some pretty good desserts choices. Aside from sub-par service with a large group, I can’t offer much complaint. I will continue to anticipate the expansion of their market or just hope for a Trader Joes or a Whole Foods to open up. If you’ve had a good (or bad) experience at Sage, we would like to know your thoughts. Please leave us a comment below.