The Weekly Feed – Out-of-Towners for Holiday Lunch & Dinner

By on December 21, 2016

Welcome to the second part of our “Out-of-Towners Edition” of The Weekly Feed! Last week, we got your day going with some breakfast spots perfect for taking family or friends. This week, we’re getting you through the day, first with a hearty lunch and then to festive places for dinner. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderfully delicious holiday! Until next week – stay hungry, Tulsa….

It may not be too off-base to say that, in Tulsa, lunch is the most important meal of the day. There are so many locally owned places that can elevate a simple sandwich into a life-changing experience. Here are some great places to take family (or yourself!) for a lunch so good, they will want to relocate to Tulsa!

BurnCo Barbecue
1738 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK (918) 574-2777

BurnCo Pulled Pork and Links

If you want to take someone for a truly memorable lunch, forget the white tablecloths and go for some barbecue at BurnCo. The locally-owned barbecue joint has heated up the barbecue scene in Tulsa, becoming a thing of legend. Sure, sometimes there is a line, but the short wait it a small price to pay for some of the best ‘cue in town. Order up a “Happy Plate” and make plans to take a nap.

Trenchers Delicatessen
2602 S Harvard Ave, Tulsa, Oklahoma (918) 949-3788featured image sizing copy

The gang at Trenchers makes everything from scratch – from the breads, to the mustards, to the cured meats and fresh salads. The way they combine ingredients makes for an artful sandwich; but for a downright hedonistic experience, you must try the Reuben. It is the sexiest sandwich in Tulsa, hands down.

Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli
15 W 5th St. Tulsa, Oklahoma 918-582-NOLA


Owned by a husband and wife team who hail from Nawlins, Lassalle’s is THE place for a legit po boy in Tulsa. Along with their po boys, they prepare Cajun favorites like jambalaya and gumbo that are so authentic, you’ll wanna kiss the cooks. (Don’t forget to pick up a praline!)

Andolini’s Pizzeria
1552 E 15th St. Tulsa, Oklahoma (918)-728-6111


Pizza is universally loved, and the slices at Ando’s are the object of much affection from pizza aficionados in Tulsa. The pizza pies at Andolini’s are some of the best in town and after a slice (or three!) your friends and family will agree. The Slice and Salad special at lunch is fantastic, but you can’t go wrong with those garlic knots or their house-made mozzarella. Oh, and there are THREE locations and a food truck, so there’s always an Ando’s nearby.

Lone Wolf Bahn Mi

3136 E 11th St, Tulsa, Oklahoma  (918) 861-4232


One of our favorite places to take out-of-town guests is Lone Wolf. The food truck concept turned brick-and-mortar hot spot has forever changed the taste buds of Tulsa, giving us the insatiable craving for kimchi fries and bahn mi sandwiches. It’s always a treat to introduce a newbie to the flavor explosion that is Lone Wolf. They also cater to special diets, with gluten-free and vegetarian options. The Wolf Pack also serves dinner and has a great selection of local beers.

Fat Guy’s Burger Bar
140 N. Greenwood Tulsa, Oklahoma (918) 794-7782


Want to impress the burger lover in your life? Then take them for a juicy adventure at your local Fat Guy’s Burger Bar. But be warned, if you take a friend here, they will never stop mentioning that amazing burger you ate together in Tulsa. With three locations – downtown, 79th and Memorial and Broken Arrow – you won’t have to break a sweat finding one nearby.

This time of year, we find ourselves feeling more celebratory, eschewing usual go-to restaurants for something a little more festive. Here are some of the restaurants we love taking our guests to give them a taste of what Tulsa has to offer.

324 E 3rd St Tulsa, OK (918) 794-1090


This downtown bistro is always innovating and they are jazzing things up for Christmas Eve this year. Featuring a special holiday menu and the smooth sounds of Branjae Jackson, Juniper could be the perfect place celebrate the season with friends. Juniper has a wonderful selection of cocktails, wine and beers with a special menu that changes weekly.

Tallgrass Prairie Table
313 East 2nd Street Tulsa, Oklahoma (918) 933-4499


The crew over at Tallgrass Prairie Table produces creative cuisine using the finest ingredients from local farmers, dairies and ranches. Taking farm-to-table to the next level in the Blue Dome District, Tallgrass has won acclaim from locals and rock stars. (Seriously, rock stars love it here.) Reservations are always recommended.

Torero Bar & Kitchen
202 S Cheyenne Ave. Tulsa, OK (918) 894-4004


The holidays are the perfect time to languish over beautiful food and drinks while catching up with friends and family we don’t see often enough. Torero Bar and Kitchen in downtown Tulsa brings the Spanish and Latino spirit of the tapas, or nibbling and drinking while talking and laughing. The line-up of wines and cocktails is stellar, but the beer selection is awe-inspiring. The menu is full of unique flavors that are perfect for mixing, matching and sharing. Their happy hour is one of the best in town, running from 3 to 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. to close.

Stonehorse Café
1748 Utica Square, Tulsa, OK (918) 712-7470


Reminiscent of a Parisian bistro, the cozy yet upscale Stonehorse Café in Utica Square is a low-key heavy-hitter with it beautiful menu of classic American cuisine prepared with French inspiration. Utica Square is a magical backdrop in the holidays, so a leisurely stroll around the brightly-lit square before or after dinner would be a treat for everyone.

Celebrity Restaurant
3109 South Yale Tulsa, OK (918) 743-1800


Usually, the crimson-clad interior of Celebrity Restaurant presents itself as a ritzy speakeasy. But add a few Christmas lights, some tinsel and red-ribbon wreaths, The Celebrity becomes downright festive. Think old Hollywood meets holiday kitsch, this restaurant is not just good lookin’. The menu is fantastic, with a table-side Caesar that cannot be missed. Reservations are highly recommended, especially this time of year.

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.