Foolish Things: Coffee for a Common Union

By on October 31, 2012

It’s not often that a new lunch spot opens quietly under the radar in Tulsa. Normally, by the time opening day hits, I’m almost sick already of the hype. But when a friend mentioned that we try Foolish Things café for lunch this week, my response was a quizzical look.

Tucked neatly away at the corner of 10th & Main, it’s just off the well worn path I tread between my midtown stomping grounds and my downtown haunts. The decor is post-industrial, with a touch of well-funded hipster: with clean lines, a mix of conduit and what looks to be reclaimed/repurposed wood, a concrete subfloor finished to a high gloss and of course, hand lettered chalk board menus. Burlap drop cloths divide the space and the concrete countertops are free from the horror that is a drip coffee maker. It was love at first sight.

Foolish Things is the best of Portlandia and Brooklyn, tempered with Tulsa sensibility – the building is owned by a church and the skinny jeans-wearing, blunt-banged barista James was chatty, pleasant and kind. And (but?) the coffee is fantastic! Who knew that good coffee could be made by anyone other than a disaffected, sardonic hipster? And, in what appears to be a good natured attempt to poke fun at another Tulsa coffee shop, their website boasts a tongue-in-cheek list of “house rules.” If you’re familiar with the rules of the other shop, these are sure to elicit a chuckle.

A quick note about food, lest I leave you with the impression that FT is all ambiance and coffee – Sandwich #1 (tomato, fresh mozzerella, basil pesto and proscuitto) was good. The hummus and pita chips served with it was great. And the no bake cookie that followed was amazing. Had I been less ravenous, I would have been tempted by the dispensers of “sugar” cereals, my adult guilty pleasure resulting from a childhood of deprivation, but those will have to wait until next time.

Foolish Things Coffee Company
1001 S Main, Tulsa, OK

M-F 7a-6:30p
Sa 7:30a-3p
closed Saturdays (for now…)

Aubrae Filipiak: Author

I have always loved restaurants.

As a kid, I would beg to go out to eat almost every night. It was something about the spectacle of it all that got me hooked – the sequence of service unfolding like a plot, four meals hitting the table simultaneously, the servers moving lithely among tables packed with chattering guests. The food was almost an afterthought.

My first job was as a waitress in a small Mexican restaurant at age 16. I’d been bitten by the bug and I’ve never looked back. Fast forward more years than I’d like to admit and I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and have made a career out of working in restaurants around the country. The food’s much more important to me now, but the spectacle still has the power to captivate me.

Now, let’s eat!


About Aubrae Filipiak