August 15th, 2013 by Jill Meredith – Comments (2)
Nestled in the southwest corner of the Ranch Acres Shopping Center at 31st and Harvard, The Alley is a gastro-pub that serves classic American food with a twist.
Just as St. Michael’s Alley served the Tulsa area for decades, the Alley will surely take area diners far into the 21st century with innovative food and spectacular service.
Opened since mid December, owner Brian Biehl said that he wanted to pay homage to the longtime Tulsa restaurant while distinguishing the Alley as an entirely different entity. His vision was to offer simple, classic dishes with Chef Mitch Neely’s personal twists. From salmon to burgers, there is something to satisfy almost any craving one might have.
On a recent visit at lunch, a friend and I arrived hungry and were anxious to try a varied selection from the menu.
We started with Devil’s on Horseback ($8). Plump figs were stuffed with bleu cheese, wrapped in bacon and drizzled with a honey drizzle. Sweet, salty, slightly crisp and creamy from the bleu cheese, these little treasures were a scrumptious way to start our dining adventure.
My friend ordered one of the specials of the day, a fried pork shoulder sandwich that was topped with a colorful slaw, house-made pickles and cheddar cheese. Expecting that the pork might be heavy, we were both pleasantly surprised. Lightly crisp and greaseless, the meat was tender and delicious. The added flavor and textures from the other components worked in harmony to complement each other quite well. Hand-cut fries were covered with a garlicky topping and were incredibly addictive.
I thoroughly enjoyed my Snapper ($15). Delicately seasoned and pan-seared, it was served atop green onion couscous and garnished with asparagus puree and a refreshing cilantro vinaigrette.
Because the dessert choices were so tempting, we opted to try two.
The first was Chocolate Roulade with a strawberry cream filling and strawberry coulis ($6). Although the cake was a little dry, it had a deep, rich chocolate flavor that paired well with the subtly flavored strawberry cream.
The second dessert was Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel ($6). A type of Italian custard, the budino was creamy, yet still light and airy, it had a luscious butterscotch flavor with and equally luscious salted caramel layer on top. The saltiness of the caramel contrasted well with the silky custard.
Other dessert choices include Peach Cheesecake, Rhubarb and Blueberry Tart and two or three homemade ice creams, made daily.
Our server, Suzanne, was friendly, helpful, extremely knowledgeable and made sure we had everything we needed.
The Alley would be a great place for a quiet, romantic dinner or a family celebration. Keep them in mind for your next special occasion.
Many thanks to owner Brian Biehl for the use of some of his pictures.
3324 East 31st Street Tulsa, OK 74135
Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm
Limited Bar menu: daily from 2pm-5pm
Jill Meredith – Author
Jill is a foodie and freelance writer who lives in Broken Arrow with her husband, their daughter and some furry family members. She loves spending time in the kitchen developing new recipes and reading cookbooks like novels. Besides writing for TulsaFood.com, Jill also writes monthly food related columns for Oklahoma Magazine and several weekly articles for Examiner.com. She loves sharing her knowledge and has even taught cooking classes.