Why No Real Dairy Queens in Tulsa?

By on July 21, 2011

Every once and a while and mainly while on road trips, I get to stop at a full service Dairy Queen store. To me, that means ice cream and burgers… the full menu. Its surprising that we only have one Dairy Queen location here in Tulsa and its a corporate looking Dairy Queen/Orange Julius shop in the Woodland Hills Mall. Not the same!

Here is what Tulsa is missing out on. If you hit the right location you will find delicious burgers and other menu items that I classify as addictive comfort food! Take for instance this chicken and gravy basket. Peppered gravy that is thick, but not too thick, Texas toast and deep fried chicken strips.  You are looking at one of Oklahoma’s favorite meals.

Even better, the burger that is built for a road warrier. This burger is a top contender among fast food burgers. Hot, fresh cooked beef that’s filled with flavor. The bacon, thick and also flavorful with cheese that you can actually taste the dairy in. Bottom line is that It was a good burger, it hit the spot, and it helped me for the long drive ahead.

So where are all the Dairy Queens in Tulsa? Is Tulsa too big for a location? Do we have to many burger joints? Or maybe Tulsa’s Dairy Queen is named Queen Braum. Whatever it is as long as I know where to get one of those burgers I’ll be ok.

Dairy Queen
1219 Main St
Woodward, OK 73801
(580) 256-2397

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Brian McCullough

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  1. laurie

    July 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I think the closest location is in Okmulgee — if it’s still open!

    • Scott

      July 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Okmulgee DQ is still open. I stop every time I drive through, even if just to get a dish of soft serve. The place is always busy.

    • jamie

      May 9, 2013 at 8:25 am

      the one in broken arrow is ok except the owners are dicks

  2. Matthew

    July 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

    In Texas there are so many of them they refer to them as “Texas stop signs”.

  3. ChipperMuse

    July 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Oh, I feel your pain. I miss a full Dairy Queen menu almost as much as I miss Dunkin Donuts (which also is strangely missing from Tulsa… Anyone have an explanation for that?) And no, Tulsa isn’t too big for a Dairy Queen. I grew up in a very populated part of Connecticut, and there was a DQ there.

  4. tp

    July 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Found a Dairy Queen recently in Gulfport, MS and of course had to make a stop. Gulfport’s stop signs are Waffle House…I have never seen so many Waffle House’s in my entire life!! I think there was one every mile or so down Beach Blvd. Crazy!!

  5. Debbie

    July 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I would love to have a Dairy Queen in Tulsa or even closer to Nowata. We love visiting the Grove one when we are over there. Their Peanut Buster Parfait is my very favorite.

  6. Misty

    July 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I 2nd this question. I am from east Tennessee and grew up with Dairy Queen right across the street from my high school. I miss them so much and it’s been even worse since despite not having one thy still show the commercials here. Such good food and it amazes me all the time that we don’t have one…..

  7. jules

    March 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I completely agree that Tulsa needs a realDairy Queen! I grew up in Iowa with a DQ down the block from my house. I miss soft serve dq so much!

  8. Myrna

    June 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    When I travel I always look for Dairy Queen. It was a family rule thar coming home from Kansas City, we HAD to stop at the Lamar Dairy Queen.

  9. Misty

    June 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    So I just wanted to spread the word since I was part of this conversation a FULL SERVICE DQ is opening in the old Broken Egg Cafe location next to Ted’s at 71st and 129th!! Doesnt say when yet just coming soon but it is FINALLY HAPPENING!!

  10. Ed Davis

    December 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    We have just opened our second locally owned and operated Dairy Queen located at 3120 West Kenosha St Broken Arrow, OK 74012. There is only one corporate store.

  11. PCW

    December 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    You all must not be very old or must all be from out-of-state. Tulsa did used to have REAL Dairy Queens. I have many fond childhood memories from Dairy Queen. I loved everything there, but every trip meant a Dilly Bar – those were my absolute favorite thing. Also, both of my older sisters used to manage Dairy Queens when they were younger. I can’t remember how many locations we had, nor can I remember why they closed. But yeah, I saw this and I just had to say something… we did used to have REAL Dairy Queens here… not just that sad excuse in the mall.
    To Ed Davis – Yay! I’m so glad to hear that you’ve brought a real Dairy Queen back to the Tulsa area. Broken Arrow works for me!

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