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)

Bixby

Ah-Sigh-E–12345 S. Memorial Dr. (Smoothies) Open daily to 6 pm (5 pm on weekends).  Has acai bowl, smoothies, and smoothie bowls. They classify it as healthy snacks (rather than a meal). Has one of the highest ratings in the Tulsa area by reviewers. (Dining room is open 9-7-21)

Johnson’s Stepping Stone Cafe–4 N. Armstrong St. (American) Closed Sun & Mon.  A place to go when you want standard American food that has a higher quality and more taste than most (this is what I gather from the reviews). From the reviews and photos I think the hamburger steak, roast beef, and soup of the day would be good bets. (Dining room is open 9-7-21)

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. (Dining room is open 7-26-21)

Catoosa

Oklahoma Joe’s–19361 Robson Rd. Across the street from Hard Rock Casino (BBQ) Open Daily.  I think the food is not as consistent as other Oklahoma Joe locations (based on reviews) but is usually very good. Ribs, brisket, chicken, and burnt ends are recommended. (Dining room is open 9-7-21)

Claremore

Asean Diner–1103 W. Blue Starr Dr. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Noodle bowls are good. (Dining room is open 7-26-21)

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) (closed Sun)

Collinsville

Karen’s Country Kitchen–415 W. Main St. (American) Open daily 5:30 am to 2 pm.  Reviewers recommend the chicken fried steak, fried chicken, or anything with gravy (such as some breakfast items). They say the food here is top quality. (Dining room is open 9-7-21)

Coweta

Roy’s Fried Chicken–14121 S. OK 51 (American) Closed Sun. Very popular place for fried chicken. (Dining room is open 7-26-21)

Jenks

Burn Co BBQ–500 Riverwalk Terrace (BBQ) Open 10:30 am to 3 pm.  A outpost of the Tulsa restaurant (see listing under Tulsa for more info.). I think, though, that this location does not have as large of a crowd and does not run out of items as early as the Tulsa restaurant. (Dining room is open 9-7-21)

Kitch Cafe–377 E. Main St. (Sandwiches) Open 7 am to 3 pm (closed Sun).  Serves breakfast, salads, sandwiches, and soups, but its popularity is the variety of items it has (such as street tacos, hummus, Asian salad, etc.). Chicken salad is said to be the specialty here. (Dining room is open 9-7-21)

Owasso

El Fogon–11515 N. Garnett Rd. (Mexican) Dinner Mon-Sat; lunch Fri & Sat (closed Sun).  Reviews are good, and if they are correct the menu indicates this could be a much better than average Mexican restaurant. Has Mexico City tacos, chile verde, carnitas, carne asada, and other more upscale dishes. (Dining room is open 9-7-21)

Sand Springs

Southside Coneys–1 W. 41st St. (Hot Dogs) Closes at 6 pm; 4 pm on Sat (closed Sun).  One of the coney places with the best reviews, but I don’t think many people know about it because of its location. It is at the intersection of SH 97 and 41st St. (with a Sand Springs address). (Dining room is open 9-7-21)

Skiatook

Mac’s BBQ–1030 W. Rogers Blvd. (BBQ) Closed Sun-Mon. Meat cooked over hickory wood. Ribs, pulled pork, cole slaw, pie. (Dining room is open 7-26-21)

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). (Dining room is open 9-7-21)

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. (Dining room is open 7-26-21)

El Rio Verde–38 N. Trenton Ave. (Mexican) Open daily 9:00 am to 8 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). (Dining room is open 7-26-21)

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 6 pm).  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). (Dining room is open 7-26-21)

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) Closed Tue. 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. (Dining room is open 7-26-21)

Manos Peruanas–6703 E. 81st St. (Peruvian) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Has Peruvian food including Peruvian style Chinese dishes. Reviewers say ceviche is best. (Dining room is open 7-26-21)

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. (Dining room is open 7-26-21)

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)

Note: Many of my favorite OKC restaurants are in Tulsa as well including Interurban (hamburger with BBQ sauce), Hideaway Pizza (The Boz, margherita pizza), Billy Sims Barbecue (ribs, pulled pork), Braum’s (brownie fudge sundae, molten lava sundae).

 

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)