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Tulsa, OK Restaurants

I'll be traveling with 6 others in Tulsa. What do you recommend for restaurants?

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  1. I'll just warn you right now that the culinary landscape in Tulsa is well...........there is no culinary landscape. The town is basically chain central. However, unlike here in the Twin Cities, Tulsa has quite a few independent fast-food places that are worth checking out.

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    1. re: jeff55432

      Thank you! I was afraid of that. You've saved me time trying to find the diamonds in the rough - I'll track down those independents, though.

      1. re: jeff55432

        Jeff you haven't been to Tulsa lately, have you?

        1. re: jeff55432

          Sometimes stereotypes are stereotypes because they're true. So I suppose some folks can be forgiven for thinking that every small town in Oklahoma must be the same. But in the case of Tulsa, that is a stereotype born of ignorance. They are overlooking a very important fact and that is that Tulsa is one of the wealthiest small cities in the Midwest and always has been. And where big money goes, nice amenities follow.

          Tulsa definitely has some pretty terrific restaurants. I have a friend that is a private chef in Tulsa and every time I visit him he takes me to yet one more. The restaurants on Brian S's list are an excellent example.

          And another big thumbs up from me for KEO. No matter which restaurants my friend and I go to during my Tulsa visits, I always stop off at KEO on my last day in town to fill up my cooler with stuff to take back home.

          It's absolutely wonderful.

          1. re: Jaymes

            A big Amen to your sentiments. Keo has a new branch now, Keo South. The head chef in that branch is Sam Pacheco, who was head chef at Wolfgang Puck, and the managing partner in that branch, Corey Chang, also worked at Wolfgang Puck and before that was manager of Crawpappy's.

        2. Brian S. is a NYC transplant to Tulsa and does a food blog that may give you some ideas. http://tulsafood.com/. He recently did a review here on the Great Plains board as well. There are a lot of possibilities there if you get off the interstate.

          1. There's been an explosion of fine dining in Tulsa lately and I could spend the next hour writing about it. But I have to go interview a restaurateur in a few minutes, so I'll take a shortcut. This article is about the ten best dishes served in Tulsa in 2012, but it also is a description of arguably the ten best restaurants, complete with photos of various dishes and links to reviews of each restaurant that provide further info. http://tulsafood.com/extras/best-of-t... It is true that, as Jeff says, there are also quite a few Mom and Pop burger and BBQ joints around, some with surprisingly good food, and these provide a unique experience. One example is provided by Donny Teel. He's a regular competitor in BBQ contests and has won several nationwide ones but to keep in practise when he's not competing he sells his stuff from a trailer parked outside a donut shop in Sperry.

            1. There are so many dining choices in Tulsa - and at all price levels.

              Cheap but good are places like Mi Tierra (Peruvian), Tacos el Rio Verde (Mexican), Brothers Houligan (Country stuff like amazing chicken fried steak or wonderful chicken livers).

              Higher up the cost scale there are also many choices and Brian's judgment on them is pretty reliable.

              1. Thanks for all of the suggestions - I'm looking forward to getting there tomorrow and checking some of them out. I'll let you know it goes.

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                1. re: EBetsyMeyer

                  Good eating! If you are heading for a top restaurant such as Juniper Restaurant... and you should (see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858609 ), you should probably phone for reservations.

                2. Here is a list to start in no particular order but all local places

                  Go West (Mix of Southwestern and Western)
                  Phryme (high end steak house)
                  Tucci's (neighborhood Italian place)
                  The Alley (new neighborhood place in Ranch Acres)
                  Antoinette (bakery in Brookside)
                  KEO (Asian, the owner is from Cambodia, currys)
                  The Tropical (Thai)
                  My Thai Kitchen (obvious)
                  Cosmo (sandwichs on Peoria next to Wolfgang Pucks)
                  Doc's (Louisiana influenced)
                  Mi Tierra (excellent South American foods)
                  Celebrity Club (for a step back in time)
                  Andolini's (Pizza)
                  Smoke (What can I say, chef's rock)
                  Wild Fork (for breakfast the place to go)
                  Sushi Alley (the best in OK that I have found)

                  that is just some ideas to check out. There are lots more.

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                    1. re: EBetsyMeyer

                      and thank YOU for telling us where you finally ate.

                  1. I forgot,

                    +1 on Juniper
                    and if your just looking for a good burger, Fat Guys on Greenwood next to the new Ball Park. Look to see what the specials are otherwise you create your own burger experience. And don't for get the fries and a real hand dipped milk shake. They use Blue Bell for the shakes.

                    Buffalo BBQ (Donnie's place in Sperry on the curve in the parking lot of the Daylight Doughnut shop.) I recommend anything they make.
                    Burn Co across from TU, They have more hastybake smokers out back and don't run out as fast, RIBS!!!! The FATTIE!!!! and check the specials.
                    Oklahoma Joes in Broken Arrow, you will have to stand in line;
                    for seafood, Bodeans, or White RIver up on Sheridan.
                    And another shout out for Rio Verde.
                    If your here on the weekend, look for any number of food trucks taking over the city. Especially in the Blue Dome District or up by Cain's Ballroom.

                    Told ya there was more. We may not have the press coverage of bigger cities but we do have some darn fine food in these here parts. I moved here from Florida and am
                    You can do any level of

                    1. Two stops at Utica Square in Tulsa were very good - Stonehorse Cafe and Queenies Cafe and Bakery. The rest of the stops were very mid stream and if I was traveling with a smaller group, would have tried your fantastic suggestions. Thank you!



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                      1. re: EBetsyMeyer

                        Tim Inman of Stonehorse, so easy to overlook, is one of the best chefs in Tulsa. Here's more about him and his food.
                        http://www.okmag.com/July-2012/No-Hor... As for Queenies, I've passed it a thousand times and never been inspired to go in. If I wanted to prove to a visitor that Tulsa has top-quality chefs, I'd take him to Stonehorse but not Queenies.