Top-Notch Nosh: MixCo Bar Features New Food Menu by Nico Albert

By on June 28, 2016

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I was directed to a simple address – 3rd and Denver. I was expecting to find my destination among the shiny new buildings that have occupied this area of downtown Tulsa. Instead, I find Mixed Company hidden like a pearl within the pavement. I pass through the ample patio, through the double doors and down one set of stairs. Inside the aesthetic is rugged chic, with huge chunks of the infrastructure thrusting through brick, juxtaposed with sumptuous banquettes and a well-appointed bar.

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The windows are at ground level, so I can see men and women in business suits scurry down the sidewalk above. I almost feel sinful as I relax and sip my cocktail safely below, but I needn’t worry about the hubbub above. Today, I am in the capable hands of certified sommelier and Tulsa restaurant biz staple, Jared Jordan. He opened MixCo in 2012 with the idea that enjoying a great glass of wine or a craft cocktail need not come with pretense. It should help you relax, not stress you out. Otherwise, you miss the point.

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Point well taken, Mr. Jordan. I started with the Stamos Fizz, a take on the Ramos Fizz that scores cool points for honoring hunky actor John Stamos. The name reflects the adjustment in the recipe, where Greek yogurt is substituted for egg whites. Since Stamos is considered Zeus-like in Greece, it’s a worthy nod to the Full House star. The cocktail is outfitted with a sprig of rosemary, which lingers on my palate. Three sips in, a goddess appears before me bearing gifts.

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Nico Albert, who made a name for herself as a talented chef in Tulsa, took the plunge into the world of craft cocktails at MixCo, leaving food behind. Foodies in Tulsa have been waiting with bated breath for her return to the kitchen, and here she is in front of me holding a luxurious cheese plate. MixCo’s bar snack menu lets you choose your own adventure for $5 each or five items for $20. Pick from salty treats, like House Pickle Sampler or Marinated Castelvetrano Olives. Cheeses, like heavy blues and double cream brie, can be paired with various cured meats. And no cheese plate is complete without sweet treats, like white chocolate brittle studded with pistachios.

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It was hard to move on from my self-curated cheese plate, but the Ahi Tuna Nicoise demanded my full attention. Slices of succulent ahi tuna glimmered in the light like decadent candy, the rosy pink texture paled only in comparison to the vibrant green of the pickled haricot vert and bright yellow of the boiled egg. The tuna’s firm texture and delicate flavor played well with the velvety heirloom white beans. The acidity from the marinated olives added zing to the creaminess of the white beans and tuna, with the fresh greens lending depth. They say we eat with our eyes first, but this gorgeous dish tasted every bit as pleasing as it looked.

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It seems a brave jump from tuna nicoise to The Dad Burger, but MixCo’s menu is fearless like that. A fat patty is topped with nutty muenster cheese and “the shrooms,” which I can only imagine spent a healthy amount of time immersed in butter, herbs and wine. Held together with a buttery brioche bun, the burger packs a flavor punch. The steak fries are fantastic, but the house-made Green Goddess dressing will have you licking the bowl.

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The Cochinita Pilbil Tacos is Nico’s form of comfort food. This recipe is her go-to when she cooks for friends and family; and now, she’s making it for us. The achiote pepper has a different flavor profile than most peppers. Bitter yet sweet, caramelized with a good heat, the tender shredded pork soaks it all up. The pickled onion and queso fresca on top were the perfect tools to cut through the rich, smokiness of the taco.

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The only problem I found with MixCo’s menu is choosing just one dish, so bring a friend or three who are willing to share. MixCo is open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and they keep the kitchen open until 1 a.m. So if you find yourself fumbling through downtown, jonesing for a late-night nosh and a killer craft cocktail, look no further than your friends at MixCo.

3rd and Denver
Tulsa, OK 74103
Hours: Mon–Sat: 4pm-2am
*Kitchen Open Until 1am
(918) 932-8571
mixcotulsa.com

Angela Evans

About Angela Evans

Angela Evans has been digging deep into the booming restaurant scene of Tulsa since 2010. Her foray into food journalism began with The Urban Tulsa Weekly, but soon expanded to write for TulsaPeople and The Tulsa Voice. Her quirky but informative take on cuisine earned her a Tulsa Press Club Newsie for “Best Critic” in 2014. Finding those hidden gems around town is her passion, as she searches high and low for the best fried chicken or the newest spot to woo your beloved. She also loves shining the spotlight on the chefs, farmers and restauranteurs who keep Tulsa’s cuisine scene vibrant and diverse. After a brief stint out West, she has returned to Oklahoma and has brought her appetite with her. So join Tulsa's own bon vivant on her epicurean adventures.

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