The Chalkboard: Classic Charm and Excellent Service

By on September 22, 2014

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The Ambassador Hotel was built in 1929 as a luxury extended stay hotel for the booming oil business. The Chalkboard joined the historic hotel in the 1970’s as one of Tulsa’s finest restaurants, and through it’s renovation in 1999, the owners did a remarkable job of integrating the building’s beautiful original charm into the dining experience. I had the pleasure if dining there for the first time recently with some of the TulsaFood.com team, and couldn’t help but wonder why I had waited so long.  The ambiance is warm and inviting without being pretentious, our servers delivered truly impeccable hospitality, and a table full of foodies left impressed and very satisfied.  We were guided past the bar and main dining room to a cozy dining space in the back of the restaurant where we sat and began to order our wine and pour over the menu.

ceasar salad

Following a delightful seafood amuse bouche, our salads came. Mine was an incredible red romaine wedge salad with with Parmesan,fried anchovies, rosemary croutons, confit garlic, fried capers,and house Caesar dressing. Believe me when I say It. Was. Perfection. I think it’s a difficult task to make a Caesar salad original, but the crispy fried anchovies, fried capers, and flavorful garlic confit make this a truly unique and memorable version. Those delightful savory elements with the house-made rosemary croutons and light but rich Caesar dressing make this my favorite Caesar in town to date.

cheese plate

Next came the cheese course, a colorful artisan cheese plate. They give you the option of 3 or 5 cheeses and it is served with an assortment of fresh fruit, olives, and more of the heavenly garlic confit.

chicken

Everyone at the table moaned when I ordered the bone-in chicken breast, but I stand by my choice! I understand that the chicken dish on any given menu can many times be quite boring.  But, I salivated at the description on The Chalkboard’s menu and had to try it.  As I suspected and hoped, the dish was wonderful.  The chicken is pan roasted with herbed jus and it was prepared perfectly with nice crispy skin and moist chicken. Not to mention it is a gorgeous presentation. It is served with wonderful Cremini mushroom risotto and grilled asparagus.

ribeye

One of the gentlemen at the table ordered the special, a ribeye topped with cajun shrimp and served with grilled asparagus. The char-grilled ribeye had a wonderful char on the outside, and a perfect dark pink juicy center. The cajun shrimp added nice color to the dish and the cajun sauce was creamy and the right amount of spice. Although this was a special, they have a char-grilled ribeye on their dinner menu daily.

lasagna

One of the ladies at the table ordered the house-made artichoke and spinach lasagna with confit garlic, house marinara, ricotta & Parmesan cheese. As someone who doesn’t enjoy ground meat in my Italian dishes, I always appreciate vegetable lasagna, and this one was cheesy, flavorful, and spectacular.

beef wellington

My date ordered the beef wellington, The Chalkboard’s signature dish. It’s made with a savory pâté, Dijon mustard and duxelles of mushroom, wrapped in puff pastry, and oven roasted. It’s served with herb roasted new potatoes and grilled asparagus and complemented with a veal demi‐glaze. The Chalkboard is the only restaurant in Tulsa who has beef wellington as a static menu item and it is a must try.

scallops

We ordered the pan seared diver scallops for the table to share. They were perfectly seared and tender and served over shrimp saffron truffle risotto & braised spinach, then finished with a roma tomato white wine sauce that added a comforting brightness to the dish.

bread pudding

For me, the highlight of every meal is the last, sweetest course, and this heavenly bread pudding was everything I had hoped it would be. It’s a simple bread pudding, not over-complicated by nuts and fruit, topped with both a cream sauce and a chocolate sauce. Order a cup of coffee, and it’s the best end to a wonderful evening dining at The Chalkboard.

 

The Chalkboard

1324 S Main St
Tulsa, OK 74119
(918) 582-1964

(Side Note: As of today The Chalkboard has just a few seats available for their Alpha Omega Wine Dinner this Wednesday.)

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Heather Tisdale

About Heather Tisdale

A world traveler who has studied cuisine in places like France and Mexico, Heather followed her passion to pursue a higher education in both Business and Culinary Arts. With a background in television and media, getting involved with food media with national publications like The Pioneer Woman, The Food Network, Land O' Lakes and Parade Magazine on internship were a perfect fit. She owns the personal chef company The Rebel Chef, is the House Chef at Kitchen Concepts, and does recipe development for Hasty-Bake Grills. Heather is the former editor, and now a food and recipe writer for Tulsa Food.

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