Restaurant Guide–Tulsa

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Broken Arrow

Smokie’s BBQ–5251 E. Kenosha (BBQ) Closed Sun.  Reviews say it is a great barbecue joint and ribs are some of the best anywhere. Popular side dishes include okra and potato salad (mustard based). (Dining room is open 6-9-20)

Trang Le–723 N. Aspen Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Maybe the most authentic and least Americanized Vietnamese rest. in the Tulsa area.  Has bun bo hue. (Takeout only 7-22-20)

Claremore

Asean Diner–1103 W. Blue Starr Dr. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Noodle bowls are good. (Apparently is takeout only 7-22-20)

Hammett House–1616 W. Will Rogers Blvd. (American) Closed Sun evening & Mon. Oklahoma style food. Chicken fried steak is good, but has a varied menu and they all get good reviews. (Dining room is open 7-22-20)

Note: Does Eat Place is probably the highest rated restaurant in town, but $$$$ (it is a steak place and open for dinner only)

Coweta

Roy’s Fried Chicken–14121 S. OK 51 (American) Closed Sun. Very popular place for fried chicken. (I believe it is takeout only 7-22-20)

Inola

Old School BBQ–140 N. Broadway (BBQ) Open Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat only (closes at 7 PM).  Reviews indicate this is one of those excellent eastern OK BBQ joints like the ones I remember when I was young. Also has chicken & dumplings. (Has outdoor patio 7-22-20)

Skiatook

Mac’s BBQ–1030 W. Rogers Blvd. (BBQ) Closed Sun-Mon. Meat cooked over hickory wood. Ribs, pulled pork, cole slaw, pie. (I don’t know whether dining room is open 7-22-20)

Tulsa

Albert G’s–2748 S. Harvard Ave. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Ribs and brisket are recommended, but some say the sides are weak. In an old converted gas station. (Dining room is open 6-9-20)

Asian Cuisine–1920 S. Garnett Rd. (Chinese) Closed Tue.  This is authentic–not run of the mill Americanized Chinese food (although they do have Americanized food also–ask them to tell you if you’re not sure which is which). Serves Cantonese style food. Veggie and tofu clay pot is recommended (along with a lot of other dishes). I think this is cheaper than other authentic restaurants, has a good selection of “everyday” food (not just expensive banquet dishes), and accommodates solo diners very well. (Dining room is open 7-22-20)

Burn Co. BBQ–1738 S. Boston Ave. (BBQ) Open 10:30 am to 2:30 pm (or possibly 2pm?) (closed Sun-Mon).  Supposedly the best in Tulsa (mainly known for its ribs). Line starts at 10 AM–they serve until they run out of food (it rarely lasts until 1 PM). (Takeout only 7-22-20)

China Garden–9720 E. 31st St. (Chinese) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Mon).  Authentic Chinese food (not Americanized). The way I understand the reviews is that this is similar in quality to Mandarin Taste, but offers more Sichuanese dishes and fewer Cantonese. Also has more things on the menu for solo diners (MT is more for “family style” dining). (Dining room is open 7-22-20)

Dena’s–2615 E. 11th St. (Lebanese) Closed Sat & Sun.  Good ratings–tawook chicken is recommended. (Takeout only 6-9-20)

El Rio Verde–38 N. Trenton Ave. (Mexican) Open daily 8:30 am to 9 pm.  A favorite of people in Tulsa. More Tex-Mex than authentic Mexican, but dishes are not covered with the brown “chili” sauce typical of Tex-Mex restaurants. Wet burrito is the specialty here (carne asada or veggie). (Takeout only 6-9-20)

Gigi’s Kitchen–7105 S. Yale Ave. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Supposedly serves legit Chinese food (one of several in town which do). Has a cook for the Cantonese food and one for the Sichuan (spicy food). One of the owners is from Malaysia, so I don’t know if they are able to prepare this type of food also. Reviewers say the food either has no MSG or very little (so it will not bother people). Good for solo diners, and serves lunch specials. (Dining room is open 7-22-20)

Jinya Ramen–416 E. 2nd St. (Japanese) Open daily to 9 pm (9:30pm Fri & Sat).  This is a chain restaurant that is different from most chains in that it seems to give customers more authentic food and a wider choice than I think you would get from most local ramen restaurants (at least that has been the case until now). Reviewers also like the fact that you can customize the order. (Dining room is open 6-9-20)

Kai Burmese–6912 S. Lewis Ave. (Burmese) Closed Wed (and closes at 7 pm Thu-Sat and earlier on the other days).  Just as Brigham Young University in Utah has attracted several ethnic restaurants near campus owned by people of the same faith, Kai Burmese Cuisine near Oral Roberts University is an example of the the same phenomenon. It looks as if the food is the real deal, and most of it is in about the $6 price range ($7 if you really want to splurge, and $13 for a whole steamed fish which I assume will feed more than one person). (Takeout only 7-22-20)

Keo’s–3524 S. Peoria Ave. (Cambodian) Closed Sun.  What I find on the Internet is that the owner is Cambodian, the restaurant serves Thai, Malaysian & Vietnamese food, and it is upscale (with slightly higher than normal prices). The Thai food has good ratings (esp. the green curry and tom ka). Also at 8921 S. Yale. (Dining room is open 6-9-20)

Kilkenny’s Irish Pub–1413 E. 15th St. (Irish) Open daily to 2am.  Most say it is loud but has good food and drinks. Does have mixed reviews, mostly based on the service, but my brother really liked it and I have included it on the list. (Dining room is open 6-9-20)

Mandarin Taste–6125 S. Sheridan Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily except Mon & Tue lunch. Authentic Beijing, Cantonese, and Shanghai style. Serves xiao long bao. Food comes on large plates meant to be served family style, so the best experience would be to come with a group (does have lunch specials, though). Will prepare food without MSG on request. (4-2-19)

Manos Peruanas–6703 E. 81st St. (Peruvian) Lunch only (closed Sun & Mon).  Has Peruvian food including Peruvian style Chinese dishes. Reviewers say ceviche is best. (Takeout only 6-9-20)

Palace Cafe–1301 E. 15th St. (American) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  On the “fine dining” side. Mixed reviews, but some say they had one of the best meals of their lives. Look at on line reviews, because it seems to be important what you order (whether it will be good or not). (Dining room is open 6-9-20)

Siegi’s–8104 S. Sheridan Rd. (Austrian) Open 11 am to 8 pm (9 on weekends, and closed Sun. Very good reviews. Bratwurst, Jagerschnitzel, Sauerkraut. Sausage is the specialty. Ingrid’s in OKC sells Siegi’s mustard, so Siegi’s must know what they are doing when it comes to German style food. (Takeout only 6-9-20)

Sisserou’s–107 N. Boulder Ave. (Caribbean) Open daily except Sun evening.  Authentic, flavorful, and somewhat upscale Caribbean food (the latter being quite unusual in Caribbean restaurants). Located downtown, and is open until 10 pm (11 pm on weekends). (Dining room is open 6-9-20)

Zogam Cafe–6930 S. Lewis Ave. (Malaysian) Closed Sun.  Owner is from Myanmar, but traveled extensively in Malaysia and Thailand to get the recipes used in this popular and very positively reviewed restaurant. Has lunch specials until 3pm. (Dining room is open 6-9-20)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Tulsa)

Discover Oklahoma

Tulsa World

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Tulsa)

Zomato (Tulsa)

 

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