December 21st, 2010 by Whitney Shae – Comments (20)
“I think I have found my new favorite restaurant in Tulsa,” I satisfyingly proclaimed as we finished up our Jalapeno Cheesecake at the new Go West Restaurant & Saloon near New Sapulpa Road in Tulsa. Everything from the extravagant, contemporary western décor to the strong attention to detail in the silverware, I was strikingly impressed from first look.
Well it wasn’t only the interior that instantly made me feel at home. We were immediately greeted by the owner, Johnny Wimpy, which of course is a cowboy himself & dressed the part head to toe. The menu is so unique that it had me salivating at first look. “Contemporary Cowboy Cuisine” with many influences of the American West and the Executive Chef himself – Doug Atkinson. Chef Atkinson, a fifth generation Texan, uses his heritage and Western influences to develop and define his signature culinary style at Go West Restaurant & Saloon.
If you had ever made it out to the late Avalon Steakhouse, that is where this newly remodeled, 6200 square foot restaurant can be found. I was shocked how much renovating had been done to this beautiful building. You will be too. Go West Restaurant & Saloon features an exhibition kitchen where diners can enjoy the Culinary production from their table. With sixty seats in the main dining hall, a forty seat private dining room, an additional forty in the saloon and thirty on the patio there is plenty of room to enjoy lunch or dinner as well as any type of private function.
Carefully selected products are chosen for ingredients to the menu such as all-natural Oklahoma Beef, artisan goat cheese, locally sourced produce, Bodean’s Seafood & Market and natural chicken. I love that the culinary team at Go West produces all the breads, tortillas and pastries in-house. Bacon, salad dressings, soups and sauces are all made by hand to provide diners with the highest quality product available at a fair price. The Chefs at Go West will never cut-corners for profit and have instilled that sense of pride and creativity into their culinary team.
Our first course consisted of Chef Atkinson’s Award Winning BBQ Scallops with Green Chile Broth and Jalapeno Cheese Grits.
There were so many to choose from, so we also tried the Fried Green Tomatoes with Fresh thick Mozzarella and Mixed Greens.
I have found my new favorite salad here at Go West. The Go West Caesar Salad tossed with black bean relish, crisp tortilla strips and homemade Cilantro Ranch. I can’t stop thinking about it. It is the best and most unique Caesar salad I have ever tasted.
For our main course, Brian couldn’t pass up the Beef Tenderloin. Atop 4 mushroom enchiladas and drizzled with Salsa Roja & Goat Cheese Crema, this is a dish worth raving about. The meat was very lean, cooked perfectly and was bursting with flavor.
The Oak Roasted Pork Chop was at the top of my list. The chop was so tender and flavorful with a unique touch of apple butter and red wine sauce. One of my favorite parts was the Green Chile Macaroni and cheese that came as my side – fabulous!
This is what they bring by your table at the end of your meal at Go West. Of course we couldn’t resist, so we ordered the Jalapeno Cheesecake and the Chocolate Diablo ancho chile infused cake with peanut butter mousse -two desserts that I will definitely be having again. Jalapeno Cheesecake may sound intimidating, but it is not what you would expect. The first bite leaves a sublet Jalapeno flavor in you mouth that resonates throughout the experience which is complemented by the fruits and cheesy flavors.
Confession Time. We loved this place so much that we had to come back the next night with our friends. Check out these other wonderful dishes below. It is just the beginning of our restaurant ventures at Go West Restaurant & Saloon. Try it for yourself! Below are some extra pictures from our visits.
Go West Restaurant & Saloon
6205 New Sapulpa Road
Sapulpa, OK 74131