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New Restaurants in Tulsa, Oklahoma

A few weeks ago, the Tulsa World published their annual list of best restaurants reviewed in 2006. Here it is:

Dandy dozen for '06
1. Michael V's. An eclectic charmer and sister restaurant to the also-excellent Back Street Bistro.
2. Brasserie Restaurant & Bar. French-styled stunner.
3. Kampai Lounge. Curl up on a bed or sofa with Asian small plates and a sake.
4. Bonefish Grill. First chain ever to make Top 5.
5. Prive. Part restaurant. Part nightclub. All good.
6. Sand Springs Station. Get on down the Line.
7. Joyner's Home Cooked Food. Willie Mae can flat-out cook.
8. Heyka's Heimut (Broken Arrow). Guten appetit to the German chef.
9. Sushi Train. Korean entrees make it special.
10. Chopsticks. Traditional Chinese. Friendly service.
11. Andolini's (Owasso). Spicy mix of pizzas, entrees and premium beers.
12. Islamorado Fish Co. (Broken Arrow). Fine food. Lake view.

I've been to two of those places so far.

Sand Springs Station is lovely, It is in a spacious room with an old pressed tin ceiling, and my mom's neighbor said that she had waited for many a trolley there back 50 years ago. It has been thoroughly and elegantly modernized. Almost every entree is $12 or less. I had the sea bass. A fresh, perfectly cooked filet that looked bland on the plate but was redolent with thyme, capers, and Chardonnay, served with orzo also coated with Chardonnay. The desserts, $5.75, are calorie-busting home-baked pies and cakes. Yes, if you're in New York at a place with $30 entrees you can do far better, but a restaurant as pleasant as this a few minutes from downtown Tulsa (at 28 E Broadway, Sand Springs, next to the police station) is worth a visit. Or many visits.

My feelings about Michael V's is mixed. It's way south, at 103 near Memorial. Charming room, woefully understaffed. My entree, Veal Oscar was somewhat disappointing. A good classic sauce, but too little of it, and the crab, asparagus and veal got jumbled together. Overpriced at $21. The soup was good, the desserts, about $6, were bigger than the entree and delicious. If I went again, I'd get a cheaper, simple entree... or maybe just apps and dessert.

I should note that I visited Islamorado last year, and it was quite good... far better than I expected since it's a chain attached to the enormous Bass Pro Shop.

Have you been to any of these places? If I visit more, I'll post my report here.

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  1. When I was in Tulsa a month ago, I saw this list & was intrigued. I didn't have the time to check out these new restaurants, but I hope to next time I'm in town. Brasserie seemed to be getting a lot of press, so I imagine it'll stick around. As for Islamorado, my family visited it and enjoyed it, but the idea made my nose wrinkle ( the connection to Bass Pro brought out the skeptic in me). Good to hear that you like it, too.

    Sadly, there aren't a lot of Tulsans on Chowhound, so I fear you won't get much of a response to your post, but don't let that hold you back. I, for one, would enjoy any more reports you may have on the Tulsa dining scene.

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    1. re: RoseViolet

      Thanks! I've done a few long posts on Tulsa... you might enjoy them. Most of the info is still valid, except that Family Diner has moved.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/140283

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/139859

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/313245

    2. I hadn't seen this list, and I haven't been to a SINGLE one of these. I will be looking for reports. Are any of these near downtown?

      1. My husband and I went to Chopsticks (61st & Sheridan) and loved it. It was reasonably priced and the food was excellent. As an appetizer, they serve edamame and peanuts. We ordered spring rolls and egg drop soup, as well as our meals and drinks. With tip, we still spent under $30. The service is great and the atmosphere was relaxing. I would highly recommend it!

        1. I just got back from dinner at Heyka's Heimat (misspelled above), 1109 N Elm Pl, near the Elm Pl exit on the Broken Arrow Expressway. The owner came to Tulsa from Germany, married the owner of a Mexican restaurant and now, decades later, decided to open a place showcasing her country's cooking. And it's a good showcase. The mushroom app was lovely, and so was my entree, sauerbraten. The meat itself was slightly disappointing (I think sauerbraten often is) but the delicate yet piquant sauce was wonderful, as were the sides of red cabbage and spaetzle (fried in egg and butter, yum!) And, at $10, the sauerbraten was the most expensive thing on the menu! Entrees start at $7 -- and yes, the portions are big -- and are an array of German classics.

          http://heykasheimat.com/

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