The Weekly Feed – The “Brrrrr, It’s Cold” Edition

By on January 5, 2017

Even though Oklahoma celebrated Christmas in 70-degree weather, winter finally decided to show up. Now we’re in full-on winter survival mode, and that means lots of hot bevvies, hopefully laden with caffeine. Whether it’s a creamy cappuccino that warms your soul or the subtleties of tea, there are plenty of places ready to welcome you with a hot cup of whatever you please. We all have our regular spots, but this winter, change it up and explore Tulsa’s world of couture caffeine and hottest of chocolates. Here are just a few hot places to go when it gets oh-so-cold outside. (Editor’s Note: This will likely be continued…there are so many places that’ll help winter be a bit more bearable.)

Gypsy Coffee House
303 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74103
This eclectic coffee house was the pioneer of the Brady District, setting up its bohemian coffee offering and along with this fancy new thing called “WiFi.” Gypsy’s inviting interior is something straight out of Seattle; but it’s not – it’s here, in Tulsa. The coffee is legit but I love their decadent desserts, rich hot chocolates and whatever the barista is in the mood to make that night.

Fair Fellow Coffee
1 N Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74110
The folks at Fair Fellow are some of the finest coffee nerds in the county. They select the the best beans, from sustainable farms around the world. They can prepare it as pour-over, but if you have not experienced a cup of coffee from the siphon – or the vacuum pot – you are missing out. And sure, the Fair Fellow Nitro may not be warm, but it is super powered and will steel your strength the handle the cold outside.

Coffee House on Cherry Street
1502 E 15th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
The Coffee House on Cherry Street, lovingly referred to as CHOC, has curated a following over a decade by providing a variety of hot beverages – from latte to matcha – in a cozy environment. You can’t beat the smell of pinon wood from the chimenea on the patio while indulging in a flavored concoction. The desserts are also fantastic, and they have always had a large selection of vegan, gluten-free and other treats for those with dietary restrictions.

Foolish Things Coffee Company
1001 S Main St, Tulsa, OK 74119
Though it is in close proximity to a college, Foolish Things is more than just a cool coffee shop for students to hang. A stone’s throw from Tulsa Community College, Foolish Things does take education seriously, however, offering cupping classes, pie and coffee pairings and more. There is always something going on here, in addition to the fabulous line-up of coffees (hello, lavender latte!) and other heart-warming drinks. I’m a creamer kind of gal, so I love that they offer LOMAH Dairy products. They serve breakfast and lunch items, and are one of the few places to pick up Middle West Chocolate. (Buy yourself a bar. #treayoself)

All About CHA
202 S Cheyenne Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103
Sure, All About CHA is a chain (there’s one in Broken Arrow), but it is still one of the best, modern spots to enjoy the ritual of tea. And, not by coincidence “Cha” is Chinese for “tea.” This tea house is a deep departure from the antique home surrounded by doilies and tiny sandwiches. All About CHA offers a dynamic offering of warm beverages, like green cappuccino. But the most entertaining may be the flowering tea. Most teas include some type of flower, but this tea is the flower and it blooms inside the glass pot as hot water is added. They also have boba tea – a Japanese drink that has flavored milk with tapioca beads that add a satisfying bit of chew with each sip. There are great snacks, bento boxes and desserts, so don’t overlook this sleek downtown spot when you are looking for a warm-up that isn’t all about coffee.

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.