The Weekly Feed – Thanksgiving 2016 Edition!

By on November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving is a favorite around here at TulsaFoood, and not just because the highlight of the holiday is a glorious feast. This holiday also focuses on what we think is the best thing about dining – enjoying time with the important people in your life. For this edition of Weekly Feed, we’ve got activities that are perfect for meeting up with family and friends and enjoying this delicious city of ours. From all of us at TulsaFood, we hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Shake up your Thanksgiving this year and trade in that turkey for Chinese, or skip the stuffing and go for steak. Though most restaurants close up shop for the holiday, here are a few spots that will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Some will be offering a special holiday feast, while others will serve from their regular menus. Hours may vary and reservations are recommended

R-Bar & Grill
3421 S Peoria Ave Tulsa, OK 74105 (918) 392-4811

It just so happens that Chef Trey Winkle has added some autumnal flair to the menu, relying heavily on local farms for ingredients. Plus, the beer selection is downright delightful. R-Bar will be open on Thursday starting at 7 p.m.

Mandarin Taste
6125 S Sheridan Rd Tulsa, Oklahoma (918) 878-7998
Turkey can’t compete with the authentic Chinese and Szechuan flavors created in the kitchens of Mandarin Taste. Or, create your own flavors with their all you can eat hot pot. They offer a variety of familiar Chinese dishes, but you will be rewarded for venturing outside your comfort zone.

The French Hen & Bistro
7143 South Yale Avenue Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136 (918) 492-2596
Add some oohh-la-la to your gobble-gobble and make your reservations at The French Hen. They will be open for Thanksgiving lunch service, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will be serving a special menu with highlights like duck pate, a French take on turkey and beef tenderloin with foie gras and truffle sauce. View the full menu here and make your reservations soon!

2636 E 11th St Tulsa, Oklahoma (918) 748-5550
Located in the historic Campbell Hotel, Maxxwells will be serving a special Thanksgiving menu, with ham and turkey and all those glorious sides, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Maxxwells also has a full bar, with a selection of beers and wines to accompany your early lunch or late dinner.

The Chalkboard
1324 S Main Street Tulsa, OK (918) 582-1964
Probably the best part of the Thanksgiving meal is that it’s usually served buffet style, with oodles of dishes to try and the option to eat as much as you can. Now, imagine a carving station with turkey AND prime rib? Now, you see before you an ice sculpture loaded with shrimp cocktail. The Chalkboard will be throwing down an epic buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, if you are unable to make the buffet, they will be open all day – 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. – serving regular menu items for breakfast and dinner. Reservations are strongly recommended for both the buffet and regular menu hours.

Cleanse that holiday palate at Tulsa’s newest ramen shop, Rappongi. Nestled in the Deco District at 6th and Boston (the old Lasalle’s location), Libby Billings, owner of Elote and The Vault, has launched her most ambitious project to date. After exploring the ramen culture of Japan, she has brought of taste of Tokyo to Tulsa, with bowls of steaming hot pork ramen (or vegan ramen!), crispy gyoza and refreshing boba teas. Regular hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., stop by and warm up for lunch or a late-night slurp. (Closed Thanksgiving Day.)

Sunday, November 27
As Thanksgiving exits, holiday lights take the stage across Tulsa. It’s a great time to fill up a thermos with hot chocolate, bundle up the kiddos and take them to watch Tulsa light up with holiday festivities. Downtown Tulsa will feature kick off its holiday season with its Ready, Set, Glow! Lighting event. Starting at 5:30 p.m. at John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, then to Guthrie Green at 6 p.m. where the GLOW pop-up market will be going strong. Next, to the Blue Dome District at 6:20 p.m. to the S’mores on Boston in the Deco District at 6:40 p.m., then ending at Winterfest at 7:00 p.m. with ice skating, live music and more holiday fun. Stop in to one of the fabulous restaurants and bars along the way and bask in downtown Tulsa’s holiday glow.

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.