October 18th, 2012 by Jeremiah Ramey – Comments (7)
Seeing a little teaser of a menu online and some pictures here and there of the decor really peaked my interests of “The Rusty Crane.” At first, I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out. Update after update on Facebook really showed they were excited to bring Tulsa a new experience in food and atmosphere. And when I heard the doors were opening at 11am on the 16th of October, I became super stoked. I had to go. And so, I went with Eric Marshall and Wes Alexander of Marshall Brewing Company. Not only are they lovers of craft beer, but lovers of great food too and huge supporters of the local scene.
The restaurant is located downtown on the corner of Archer and Detroit. As soon as you walk in the door, you discover why this place is named “The Rusty Crane.” The decor is frickin’ awesome. It has a construction and industrial feel to it. Brick walls, dark and bronzy floors, different colored painted walls, pipes and fixtures snaking through the ceilings, steel chairs, drop lighting, “rust everywhere”, etc. Even an old freight elevator that was turned into a big booth. For opening day too, things seemed to be rolling along smoothly.
The menu is another creative item in the place. They offer a pretty nice “No Crash” Lunch. A philosophical contribution, with help with of dieticians, to the Tulsa workers and their lunch time pickings. Designed with the consumer in mind to keep fueled through the rest of the work day instead of crashing. Also, the rest of the menu is some pretty homey food and very reasonable prices. Burgers, wings, wraps, yumladas, etc. Designed by friends and families coming together and just cooking and having a good time. Very well thought out.
The beverage menu has signature cocktails and mixers and a great array of brews. To start, Great Divide Titan IPA for me. I need something bold and hoppy. Also, we started with the chips and salsa. Not very hot, great texture, and very fresh. Great stuff while waiting for our meals.
First order up was the fish tacos. Perfectly cooked tilapia tacos, seasoned just right, and topped with a mango coconut salsa of sorts, lettuce, and aioli. For the instant I saw it, it looked really great. At next glance, it had disappeared from the plate. So, it must have been great.
The Mediterranean wrap with a side of tabbouleh was pretty outstanding. Odd, I know, but one the things I usually don’t care for is tabbouleh. Theirs was actually really good.
The Signature Yumlada. Basically, a large burrito stuffed with chicken, onions, peppers, black beans, and spinach. It was topped with cheese and alfredo. Holy moly this was tasty! What I really loved was the bell peppers were soft but still had that nice crunch.
And the last creative item on the list…the outdoor seating. Huge patio, lots of seating. This picture doesn’t really do it justice as there is more seating available behind me as I was taking this picture.
Overall, the experience was great. The management was very attentive to everyone’s needs. The service was pretty top notch for opening day. And the food was outstanding. We all left stuffed and satisfied. I can’t wait to come back on a date night with the lady, sitting on that outside patio, drinks in hand, and fireworks going off over our heads from the baseball stadium. What a cool place. I love downtown.
The Rusty Crane
109 N. Detroit Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103