October 18th, 2011 by Brian McCullough – Comments (4)
My first visit to Ike’s Chili was not for the chili. I was cruising down Admiral one afternoon in search of a burger and got lucky. It must have been the gravitational pull of good meat (grilled perfectly) beautifully charred and topped with jalapeno soaked bacon that brought me to Ike’s that day, or it could have been the spirit of good food that has lived on for 103 years.
Not just another restaurant in Tulsa, Ike’s represents the foundation of food and culture in Oklahoma. The restaurant was founded shortly after the Land Run and stands as one of the oldest operating restaurant brands in Oklahoma.
When you walk in the door you will feel the culture. Look around the room, many of the customers have been visiting Ike’s for years (and years and years), chances are they have been ordering the same thing every visit. I can relate, my last several visits have been similar, I can’t get away from the Jalapeno Bacon burger, its perfectly consistent every time.
After my first visit to Ike’s I was in disbelief as the burger side of my brain was telling me that I was eating the best burger in Tulsa. Sometimes you get lucky and the right person is back there on the grill, I kept telling myself. Soon after, my first visit turned into a 3rd and 4th and still an amazing burger each time. A thick hand-formed patty with nice grill marks on the outside and a little pink inside served hot. The bacon has been soaked in jalapeno juices then cooked, giving off just a little spice. The grilled jalapenos almost steal the show from the meat, grilled in burger juices with seasonings, I could eat a cupful alone. It’s the grill flavor that I love, maybe their grill is packed with a 100 years of flavors, that would be cool.
You can’t talk about Ike’s and not mention their famous chili. It is literally written in the history book of Oklahoma and my burger experience is not complete without a side of chili. I am not a chili person, but history, loyal followers and flavor speak for it as being, I’m sure, one of the best chili’s in Oklahoma.
5941 East Admiral Place
Tulsa, OK 74115