How our city is exploding with new concepts – A guide to Tulsa’s newest eateries and bars

By on August 3, 2016

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Stillhouse
Imagine a bar and grill tame enough for a business lunch, cozy enough for happy hour, and rowdy enough to let you cheer uninhibited during the big game. This concept has come to life at the Jameson Group’s latest endeavor, Stillhouse Bar & Grill. The former wine bar at 91st and Memorial has become a one-stop location for diners who seek good eats and a cold cocktail, no matter what time of day.

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Mix Co Kitchen
At 3rd and Denver, Mixed Company lies hidden like a pearl within the pavement. As you pass through the ample patio, through the double doors and down one set of stairs you see the the aesthetic rugged chic of the inside, with huge chunks of the infrastructure thrusting through brick, juxtaposed with sumptuous banquettes and a well-appointed bar.

Chef 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.

Those who are deep within Tulsa’s downtown food culture shout loudly for Nico and this move by Mix Co. For example, Joshua Kline, Managing Editor to The Tulsa Voice, has recently written “Fun Fact: Nico can beat your ass and make Tuna Nicoise at the same time.”

Foodies in Tulsa have been waiting with bated breath for her return to the kitchen

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Soul City
A visit to Soul City will dispel the prevailing myth that only a few selectively chosen souls are endowed with the gift of creativity while the rest of us sit by and observe. Instead, Amy and Kevin Smith, believe that creativity, when nurtured, encourages the expression of the human spirit through song, art, food and community and they’ve created a place that invites creativity to come in and find respite. Amy’s distinctive spirit is evident throughout with her signature artsy-funky pieces. Amy’s desire to encourage others’ artistic spirit lives in Soul City’s gift store whose entire presence features local artists and their work.

….From such experiences, inspiration for Soul City’s Jerk Chicken Tacos and Foo-Egg-O-Sliders manifested in tastes that are unique, though familiar, savory though soothing, spicy yet soothing.

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Dos Banditos

Dos Bandidos, owned and operated by brothers Carlos Lopez and Luis Lopez, features a casual, upscale and colorful ambiance that perfectly accents its authentically traditional menu.

In short, don’t look for your everyday Tex-Mex here. The Lopez Brothers, along with their kitchen manager, Aquiles Herriquez, are prepared to dazzle you with their beautiful and flavorful menu.

Carlos worked diligently with family and friends to uncover special recipes such as Tacos Gobernador, three Sinaloa styled grilled corn tortillas, filled with shrimp, onions, cheese and a slice of avocado.  The cuisine of Sinaloa is some of the richest in Mexico and often uses seafood and grilling techniques that are unique to this part of Mexico.

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Prairie Brewpub

Prairie Artisan Ales has partnered with a group of restauranteurs that know the ends and outs of what it means to open and run a gastro pub that specializes in craft beer options. The partners include the successful founders of R Bar on Brookside and the soon to open, Roosevelt’s on Cherry Street. Though it’s been open for about 4 months you still may not have had the opportunity to expereience the Brady District’s first microbrew pub at 223 N. Main St. Prairie Brewpub, featuring a wide assortment of craft beers, including those from Prairie Artisan Ales brewed on site, and a solid pub-style menu.

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Look for the Bull

If you’d been following Trevor Tack, the Exec Chef of the McNellies Restaurant Group, on social media last year, you might have noticed a few odd trips. One was to Chicago, another to New York. At both he evinced a strong preference for steak. In fact, he dined at every top steakhouse in town. An idiosyncratic vacation, you might think. And then strange photos began to be posted of a back alley downtown and a big black door somewhere along it. Those in the know knew to find that alley (just east of the Tavern) and open the door. Behind it was a world of hidden glamour, combining medieval black oak paneling with a art deco bar and tables straight out of a 1920s speakeasy. The expert bartenders, all dressed in bow tie, white shirt and suspenders, knew the lost art of making the perfect martini. There’s a menu of hearty appetizers and a fish special. But, you go for the steak. The star of the show is the porterhouse for two. The aged USDA Prime porterhouse for two is slathered in butter, then cooked to perfection in a 1400 degree oven. Then it’s sliced for service and the tasty mixture of butter and carnal juices poured on each slice. Then it gets a few seconds in the oven to cook the butter, and then it’s served.

D’Vina
In the space formerly occupied by Doe’s Eat Place on Cherry Street enters this new locally conceived and owned restaurant is only a couple weeks old. The menu is an adventurous blend of traditional American dishes and others that introduce flavors and styles found all over the world. For example, they describe their Lamb Tagine as a Moroccan style slow braised lamb combined with dates, almonds, and carrots in a Ras al Hanout sauce. Owner DaVina Howie and chef Kurt Fichtenberg have given Tulsa destination diners yet another reason land on Cherry Street.

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Torero
Located at 2nd and Cheyenne this was one of the most anticipated openings downtown of the year. John Gabberino, owner and founder of Topecca Coffee and Heirloom Baking Co partnered with Noah Bush to deliver the swank bar, Hodges Bend in the East Village and then Saturn Room downtown – Tulsa’s only Tiki Bar. Now, along with uber-talented chef Ian Van Anglen (who runs The Parish and handles the food operation at Hodges Bend) this team is going at it again with this tapas restaurant just a stones throw away from the BOK.

Coming Soon

Roosevelt’s Gastropub
In just a matter of days Tulsans will be packing in the patio of this much anticipated concept on Cherry Street. In a brand new building that fits the landscape of this district perfectly Operating partner, Kyle Johnson, has joined forces with the restauranteurs that gave R Bar to Brookside. The restaurant will feature over 70 different craft beers on tap and a creative menu boasting only the freshest of ingredients. Perhaps the best news is that the experience at Roosevelt’s comes with something that is scarce on Cherry Street – Adequate parking..

 

J Bradley’s

J. Bradley’s is an American Speakeasy style restaurant and patio lounge on Brookside.  They will offer “elevated comfort food” such as Smoked Matzo Ball Soup, Spiced Broth Bowl with Chicken and/or Veggies.  You can also expect a variety of thematic brunches on the weekends.  Once open, they will serve a special breakfast sandwich from 7am – 11am, then offer to-go only lunches from the takeout window from 11am-3pm, and full dinner service starting at 4 PM.

The To-go lunch service began just a couple days ago and the date of their grand opening will be announced soon.

Lassalle’s
In a new location downtown at 15 W 5th St, just a couple blocks away from where owners Chris and Amanda West started this very popular and authentic Louisiana style Po-Boy deli, they are expanding in every way. First, their new space is three times the size of the 6th and Boston location. Second, their menu is expanding from 11 items to over 20 including Shrimp & Fried Green Tomato Poboy, Surf N Turf Poboy (Fried Shrimp & Roast Beef) And “The Deuce” (Shaved ham with Roast Beef and Swiss.) Third, Lassalle’s for dinner will be a downtown option. When they open mid to late August their hours will be  Monday-Thursday 11am-4pm & Friday 11am-9pm. Their goal is to eventually be open Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm

Libby’s Ramen Shop
The official name of this restaurant is still a secret, but . When Libby Billings, the beloved owner of Elote and The Vault downtown, found out that Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli was moving to a larger space down the street she caught a vision to open an original Ramen Noodle restaurant in the space at 6th and Boston. Those who are familiar with Libby’s hard work and creativity in this industry are excited to experience what inspiration she has returned with from her recent trip to Japan.

Libby has told us that she hopes to open in late September or early October. This Ramen restaurant will be open for lunch & dinner Monday-Saturday & late nights on Friday & Saturday nights. The menu is still in development, but imagine house made noodles & broth with fresh veggies, all natural meats and some delicious marinated soft cooked local eggs.

Elgin Park
McNellie’s Group’s latest concept is a sports bar and brew pub across the street from the Driller’s OneOK Field. This local, independent restaurant group continues to develop and build unique, quality concepts that stay packed out and shape the ethos of Tulsa’s downtown restaurant and bar culture.

Paddy’s Irish Restaurant
South Tulsa will soon be able to boast to having this city’s most true and authentic Irish Restaurant.  Chef Kenneth Wagoner, his twin brother and their mother immigrated from Ireland to open Paddy’s Irish Pub several years ago. After closing for a couple years they are re-opening in much larger, newer space at 101st and Mingo. From the family centric hospitality to the Irish cuisine itself Tulsa will be able to enjoy Irish food and culture without catching a flight to Dublin.

 

About Staff

TulsaFood.com was founded 6 years ago by Brian McCullough because he had a love of food. What started as a blog where normal everyday people dined out and posted about their experiences has grown into a legitimate food publication with professional chefs and writers, each with a unique culinary and educational background to pull from.

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