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Pizza in Vegas

If you are interested in authentic Italian-style pizza, try Enoteca San Marco in the Venetian. Fun atmosphere, too.

Enoteca San Marco
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nov 13, 2009
Jocelyn P in Las Vegas

New Restaurants in TULSA -- eleven short yet succulent reviews

I also appreciate the reviews. Villa Ravenna is my new favorite restaurant, although I would like to see some more regional specialties.

Villa Ravenna Restaurant
6526 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74145

Nov 06, 2009
Jocelyn P in Great Plains

Veg-friendly KC, Tulsa, NW Ark?

Thanks for the heads up on Pure Cafe. It looks interesting.

New Restaurants in Tulsa, Oklahoma

I went to Sonoma for lunch last weekend and I wasn't wowed either. I didn't think it was awful, but the pizza had no flavor.

My recommendation for good quality, local food is always Palace Cafe on Cherry Street. It doesn't get much publicity, but it has a very loyal following.

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

To clarify, the Garbage Breakfast consisted of hash browns, uniformly shaped bits of sausage, peppers, onions, and two eggs any style. I did not order additional food. I guess we just have different tastes. I am sensitive to that butter-flavored shortening that some restaurants use, and to me it signals that they do not use high quality ingredients in general.

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

I went to Jimmy's Egg for the first time last week and I certainly say "ick." I ordered the appropriately-named Garbage Breakfast. It was swimming in this artificially butter flavored grease. All I could taste was the artificial flavoring. I ordered medium poached eggs with it. One was cooked medium but the other was rock hard. I left the restaurant hungry. My friend, who ordered the eggs benedict, was not impressed, either. For this price range, IHOP is ten times better IMO. But, for not that much more, the best breakfast in town is at Wild Fork, without a doubt!

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

I had dinner at Stonehorse tonight for the first time in about a year. I was hoping for the halibut (my favorite dish in town), but it wasn't on the menu. In it's place was a pecan-crusted trout, which I ordered. It was one of the best things I've ever eaten. I'll be dreaming about this dish tonight! The trout was light and perfectly cooked, the pecan crust was crunchy and delicious. It was on a bed of fresh green beans with sage-scented butter, all perfectly seasoned. There was some very lightly dressed arugula on top of the fish, adding a nice sharpness to balance all the rich flavors below. I think I liked this trout dish even more than the halibut. I hope to see it on the menu again.

Turkey in Tulsa

Minor correction to the Tulsa World article: the Wild Oats is now Whole Foods.

Turkey in Tulsa

Hi Brian,

Where does Tim get his turkeys from?

For the record, Center One Market will also provide side dishes and desserts from local bakers if you like.

Turkey in Tulsa

I've ordered my heirloom turkey from Paul James' specialty meat store in the Center One Market in Brookside. Their source is a turkey farm outside Stillwater.

Honey Crisp Apples

I've tried Honey Crisp a few times this season, and although I like them, they're not as crisp and sweet-tart as my old standby Braeburn.

Oct 15, 2008
Jocelyn P in General Topics

Durant OK

I agree that OK does not fit neatly into any of the categories here, but I always post about Oklahoma on the Midwest board because the subheader says "Tips for Dining, Eating, and Food Shopping in (several states, including OK)"

Breakfast places in Tulsa

If you are looking for a gourmet breakfast, try Wild Fork in Utica Square. Their breakfast menu is on the website:

The30-day, Tulsa-Area Pizza Challenge

I'm glad to hear Mario's will stay in business. It's great for a quick slice at lunchtime.

I have a friend who raves about the thin crust at Savastano's. I think it's fine, but again, La Roma is my gold standard here in Tulsa. The crust has the texture of a focaccia bread, but it's crispy on the bottom. The sauce is very simple--intense tomato, I'm guessing with very few other ingredients. Their cheese and toppings are high quality and the overall balance is just right. I'm taking the kids there for lunch today, but for a cabbage roll fix.

I've been to the Pizza Shoppe and wasn't wowed. Not bad, just not worth the trip across town for me.

The30-day, Tulsa-Area Pizza Challenge

Great idea!

La Roma is by far my overall favorite, but, okay, twist my arm, I'll eat more pizza. I've tried all the ones you mentioned except Pie Hole.

I like the Hideaway special: eight slices, each with a different topping. Works great when you have picky kids.

Is Mario's still there? What is their plan with the I-44 expansion?

I've had Savastano's maybe 4-5 times. The last time, when we got the deep dish, it was COLD in the middle. Not cool, COLD. The cheese was melted and it seemed cooked through so I'm not sure how it happened, but I've been turned off ever since.

NYC Pizza is not bad. I like to top it with ricotta, spinach, and tomato.

There was a really great place called Zarino's near 71st and Sheridan, but they closed down about a year ago. They used a wood-fired oven and put the sauce on top of the cheese, giving it a deep, rich, roasted tomato flavor.

I've been meaning to try the pizza at Sonoma. Having lived in San Diego for 10 years I'm a tough sell on California-style pizza. I'll give it a try and report back.

Late Night Eats, Saturday In Tulsa?

I don't see hours listed on their websites, but check out McNellie's pub and El Guapo's Cantina, both downtown on First and Elgin.

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

No, I wouldn't call La Roma's pizza gourmet, rather standard offerings done really well with fresh, high quality foods. The Lebanese/Middle Eastern food is very, very good. We've been eating there regularly for the last four years and view it as going to a trusted friend's house for dinner. We've gotten to know the family and their food philosophy and I feel really good about feeding my kids at La Roma. Sadly, the patriarch of the family died earlier this year but his wife and daughters continue on.

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

I'm sorry the mole at El Guapo was not what you'd hoped. I guess I'm not too picky when it comes to mole--I love to sample the different styles and flavors, of which there are many. Someday I'd love to go on a mole-tasting tour of Oaxaca.

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

Many of the restaurants listed for the golf pros are not "fine dining." I have not eaten at some of them, but here are my personal views of the ones I know:

Brasserie: I have eaten there one time, and enjoyed it very much.
French Hen: also one time (lunch), enjoyed it very much. The French Hen is the established classic restaurant, while the Brasserie is newer and hipper. From what I've seen and heard, the clientele is generally older at the French Hen.

Fifty 5 Degrees is gone, much to my chagrin. I really liked the two meals I had there. In it's place is Garlic Rose, which moved from Brookside. (edited to add that they did not move, rather added a second location) I have not eaten there since the move, but at the old location I found the food wildly inconsistent. I've had some fabulous meals there and a couple of awful ones. This may be a weird quirk, but it bothers me that artichoke and/or asparagus seemed to be in nearly every dish. The menu feels repetitve to me. In my last meal there, the same ice cold tomato-basil bruschetta topping was present in three of my four courses. Thank heavens it wasn't in my dessert.

India Palace: I like to eat here. They have a very good lunch buffet and the service is fantastic. The friendly owners always seem to be in the dining area, chatting with the customers (many of whom are obviously regulars). Extensive menu, pleasing decor and music.

Helen of Troy: family-owned Lebanese place. Owners are very welcoming and friendly, but overall I prefer La Roma's food.

Michael V's: been there once, not going back. Atmosphere is nice enough, but the food was waaaaay to rich for my taste. Butter, butter everywhere.

Redrock Grill: the food here is also very rich. It's a chain, albeit a nice one.

Aioli is gone. I think Kampai Lounge is gone, too.

Charleston's: eh. It's okay, I guess, but nothing exciting.

Los Cabos is just plain awful. I'm not wild about any of the restaurants at the Riverwalk, although I do frequently get gelato at Kaffe Bona (formerly Nordaggio's).

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

It is El Guapo. You will not find lingua or menudo there, but you will at El Rio Verde. They serve cabeza, too.

As much as I love White River Fish Market, it's a completely different world from Stonehorse or Polo Grill. It's a cafeteria-like setting in an unlikely neighborhood. I'll again put in a plug for Palace Cafe as a complement to Stonehorse. Here is their wine list:

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

Yes, El Guapo has a delicious mole. Aside from the tamale appetizer, they also serve it on smoked chicken enchiladas, one of my favorite dishes there.

Apparently La Flama on 61st and Peoria will sometimes prepare mole, even though it's not on the menu. I have not tried it.

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

Having lived in San Diego and New Mexico, I'm a big fan of good Mexican food, too. Yes, I meant "wet" burrito at El Rio Verde, sorry.

There's another good Mexican place I forgot to mention: Taco San Pedro, an oasis in the middle of chain restaurant Hell on 71st St, near the Incredible Pizza. They have a whole page on their menu dedicated to Honduran specialties.

I've twice been to Lola's at the Bowery downtown and twice been disappointed. To be fair, both times I was there before a concert and they were quite busy with people on a tight schedule. It's not really Spanish food, if that's what you're looking for. I don't think real Spanish food exists here.

Yes, Stonehorse is certainly one of the best. It's in a relaxed, casual atmosphere, though--think colorful, tasteful, country French cafe.

TULSA -- Lunch in Utica Square

Adding another voice to the choir...

My favorite dive--although it's not really a dive, just casual--is a place called La Roma. The sign says La Roma Pizza, and they do have pretty good pizza there (have you tried it, Brian? I hear you knocking Tulsa pizza!), but it's owned by a Lebanese family and they prepare a nice selection of Lebanese and other Mediterranean food. It's simple but very fresh, consistent, high quality food. The cabbage rolls are my favorite. There is such a large Lebanese community here in Tulsa, it would be a shame to miss sampling some of their cuisine. I'd recommend La Roma for lunch. You walk up to the counter, order, then they call your number when it's ready. If they have wine there, it's a very limited selection. They are closed on Sundays. Located in a strip mall on the NE corner of 61st and Sheridan.

For biscuits and gravy, and killer cinnamon rolls, go right next door to Savoy Restaurant. 6033 S. Sheridan

I like Stonehorse, too, but I've grown to like Palace Cafe even more for a nice dinner out. It is right across the street from the Farmers' Market at 15th and Peoria, and they incorporate lots of those local ingredients into their menu. They have some bento options.

I touted Local Table on chowhound awhile back, but have since had a mediocre meal. Consistency is really hard to find in Tulsa restaurants.

For Mexican, the smothered burrito at El Rio Verde is hard to beat. I hear they have a great breakfast, but I haven't tried it. I also like La Hacienda on Peoria near 46th and La Flama on 61st and Peoria. Now THERE'S a dive. I won't go there after dark. It's the real deal, though. El Guapo, downtown at First and Elgin, is great fun. There's a rooftop bar with view of downtown and a full margarita menu. I've been 8-10 times and have always enjoyed the food, but I've heard others complain. It's unlike typical Okla-Mex, which I find a plus.

I do like KEO and Lanna Thai (51st St location over 71st St), but I don't know if they'd be that special to someone from the east coast.

My favorite BBQ place in town in Billy Sims BBQ. I've tried Elmers and some of the other old mainstays, but Billy Sims has what I like. It's clean, friendly, and the meat is perfectly trimmed.

I hope you enjoy your time here in Tulsa. Be sure to report back when you return~

Your favorite everyday olive oil?

365 brand of Italian extra virgin olive oil from Whole Foods. They also have Spanish evoo.

Sep 09, 2008
Jocelyn P in General Topics

Tulsa: Brasserie & Stonehorse

I think it's coincidence. I just skimmed the Palace Cafe dinner menu and didn't see a single nut. There is a lot of smoke flavor here because of their wood grill, though. I really like their bento options.

Tulsa: Brasserie & Stonehorse

I'm glad you enjoyed Stonehorse. You weren't in the mood for the pistachio-crusted halibut, eh? ;) I've only made one visit to the Brasserie, but it was a better experience than yours. Next time you're in town also check out Palace Cafe on 15th and Peoria.

Tulsa Downtown Dining Promotion

Thanks, Brian.

Cuisine de Terroir in middle America

I'm so glad I found this post. It makes me think of my great aunt and uncle, who live on a farm in central Kansas. My great grandfather built the farmhouse a hundred years ago and my great aunt and uncle, well into their 80s, do a fantastic job of maintaining a true Garden of Eden on the property. The nearest grocery store is many many miles away but it doesn't matter, as most of the food in their kitchen is from their land or a neighbor. Meals at their house are always special, as every ingredient can be traced to it's literal roots. I think I'm overdue for a visit.

Sep 02, 2008
Jocelyn P in General Topics

The Best Restaurants in Tulsa

I am not a Te Kei's fan, either, and I've found the PF Changs here to be inconsistent lately. Chopsticks on 61st and Sheridan is my go-to Chinese place these days. The chili wontons are oh-so-spicy and fantastic!

Learning how to taste

You may also want to look up "The Elements of Taste" by Kunz and Kaminsky.

Aug 28, 2008
Jocelyn P in Food Media & News