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.  Great barbecue joint.  Ribs are some of the best anywhere.  Good side dishes including okra and potato salad (mustard based). (11-22-15)

Trang Le–723 N. Aspen Ave. (Vietnamese) Conflicting info, but it’s closed either Sun evening or Mon.  Maybe the most authentic and least Americanized Vietnamese rest. in the Tulsa area.  Has bun bo hue. (3-31-17)

Claremore

Asean Diner–1103 W. Blue Starr Dr. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Noodle bowls are good. (11-22-15)

Hammett House–1616 W. Will Rogers Blvd. (American) Closed Mon.  Oklahoma style food.  Chicken fried steak is good. (11-22-15)

Toofan’s Kitchen–811 E. Will Rogers Blvd. (Middle Eastern) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Combination Lebanese food and American style diner.  Serves breakfast (traditional American style). (11-22-15)

Coweta

Roy’s Fried Chicken–14121 OK 51 (American) Closed Sun.  Excellent fried chicken. (11-22-15)

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. (11-22-15)

Skiatook

Mac’s BBQ–1030 W. Rogers Blvd. (BBQ) Closed Sun-Mon.  Meat cooked over hickory wood.  Ribs, pulled pork, pie. (11-22-15)

Tulsa

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. (3-31-17)

Burn Co. BBQ–1738 S. Boston Ave. (BBQ) Open 10:30 am to 2:30 pm (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). (3-31-17)

China Garden–9720 E. 31st St. (Chinese) Open 11 am to 9:30 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). (3-31-17)

Dena’s–2615 E. 11th St. (Lebanese) Closed Sat evening & Sun.  Good ratings–tawook chicken is recommended. (3-31-17)

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). (3-31-17)

Gigi’s Kitchen–7105 S. Yale Ave. (Chinese) Open daily 10:30 am to 9 pm.  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. (3-31-17)

Kai Burmese–6912 S. Lewis Ave. (Burmese) Closed Wed.  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). (3-31-17)

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 & 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. (3-31-17)

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. (3-31-17)

Mi Tierra–6703 E. 81st St. (Peruvian) Open Daily except Sun. dinner.  Has Peruvian style Chinese dishes.  Reviewers say ceviche is best. (10-17-15)

Palace Cafe–1301 E. 15th St. (American) Lunch Tue-Fri; Dinner Tue-Sat.  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). (3-31-17)

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. (3-31-17)

Sisserou’s–107 N. Boulder Ave. (Caribbean) Closed Sun.  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). (3-31-17)

 

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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