Aurora Brightens the Breakfast Scene

A chef with real chops offers a daily option we can get behind.

story by Greg Horton | photos by Aaron Slagell
Our favorite biscuits and gravy in OKC, and more.

Henry Boudreaux started working in professional kitchens at 19. Food—in the sense of growing and cooking—has always been part of his life. His grandparents were avid gardeners, so he learned about seasonality young, and it’s a philosophy he’s bringing to Aurora Breakfast Bar & Backyard, the breakfast and brunch concept in Plaza District. Jeff and Aimee Struble, the owners, have long wanted their own restaurant. As principal actors in the district’s renewal, they waited for an opportunity to turn one of the buildings in Plaza District into their own place.

The beautiful storefront on NW 16th, with space out back large enough for a patio and kids’ play area, proved to be the perfect lure. The Strubels approached family friend Henry Boudreaux about consulting. Boudreaux was aware that too many brunch places charge dinner prices for what is essentially fancy breakfast food. They wanted to do differently at Aurora—while still making good use of their veteran chef. Also important from a chef’s perspective: the Strubles trust him, so he has full control of the menu. It includes some of the best biscuits and gravy in Oklahoma City.

For the complete story of what's best at Aurora, and one chef's point of view on breakfast, pick up a copy of the fall issue. Full stockist list here.