New restaurants opening in Tulsa
Three new places have opened recently.
Lucky's (where Camarelli's used to be) on 15th. Nice place, Mat Kelley and his wife moved here from the Atlas Grill downtown. I think they are still fine tuning the menu.
Lava Noshery (where Table Ten used to be) on S Peoria. I had an excellent dinner there the other night as part of Restaurant Week here in T-town. The pate plate was excellent with warmed cherries and cripsy toast. The crusted salmon entree over artichoke and broccoli hash rocks. The homemade cheesecake was decent. I am not a cheesecake fan all that much. I will definitely go back.
KEO on S Peoria across from the Crow Creek Tavern. Finally, Tulsa has an upscale Asian restaurant that is not a copy of PF Changs. I had the KEO Sampler small plate, beef and chicken satays, a curried beef wonton, and a crispy spring roll with 2 dipping sauces. Then I ordered another side of the crispy curried beef wontons, those things could be addictive for me. And I ordered the shrimp and sprouts crepe. Excellent. It came with a pile of lettuce leaves so I wrapped the crepe with the lettuce leaves and they had a delicious dipping sauce for this. I want to go back for lunch.
I've lived in Tulsa since the late seventies, like so many others. I've also lived out of Tulsa during that time frame and have traveled the world. I take the time to reply for two reasons: 1) if we are chowhounds, why mention the chains? 2) I feel compelled to comment on the Stonehorse every chance I get. The worst 2 meals I've eaten in the last 2-3 years were there. The first time (soon after they moved to Utica Sq) the hostess was ruder than the waitress, who failed to even offer us dessert or mention that they had any. The hostess slammed a business card on our table and said, "Perhaps next time you'll make a reservation." I hear she was fired long ago. Now this is TULSA OKLA. Most people wear blue jeans which my husband and I don't and we are your perfect baby boomer customer; i.e. money to drop. Okay, a couple years went by, it was my b'day and I said we'd give them another chance. (We've ALWAYS patronized whatever restaurant was at that location as it is walking distance from home and a pleasant atmosphere)
I ordered the filet. I got the BUTT end. When I expressed to the waitress that I was not at all happy, her reply, "The owner isn't here right now and there is really nothing I can do."
So be it Tim Innman. I hear the attitude starts at the top.
All of our married life we've frequented great places where the bartenders meet us with our favorite drink. Sometimes in other countries. We entertain out. I am in retail and tell all my customers the horrible treatment I rec'd as a customer at the illustrious Stonehorse. Some of them agree. I'll keep preaching.
I'm sorry Bud Barnes left town. He had great restaurants and was a superb host. (The Bistro in Brookside and his tapas bar on Boston were awesome)
When grow up somewhere you can become immune to it's gems and it fun. I moved away for college in '89 and haven't lived in Tulsa since but recently I had reason to return. I live in South Florida where we are surrounded by phenomenal eateries so when I heard about Lucky's from some friends and family I really had to come back and try it out. First of all, the restaurant itself is gorgeous... sleek and classy, funky and fun. Even before my Cherry Street fry appetizer got there I had the pleasure of meeting the owners! I was really impressed with how friendly and involved Brooke and Matt are with their clientelle. The fry had calamari okra and onions, with a delicious dipping sauce...OMG off the charts!!! I decided to go with the fire-roasted wild salmon for my entree, to counter balance the fry and I think that I can now die a happy eater! I recommend that you go to Lucky's SOON AND OFTEN... I didn't even scratch the surface of their menu and they have a terrific selection of 20 for $20 wines... guess I will be comin' home for Christmas now!
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