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Shuizhuyu 水煮魚 Sichuan spicy water boiled fish

You can find it in Tulsa. Though I'm sure you could find the water-boiled fish you like in Flushing even in 2008, you ask for suggestions from other cities and I'm pleased to report that something beyond my wildest dreams has happened here in Tulsa. We finally have a Chinese population large enough to support a restaurant worthy of a place in Flushing or Manhattan. Here's a photo of the fish. For 19 other photos of the incredible dishes you can find, some of which I never saw in NYC, including pig brains and tofu, check out this. http://tulsafood.com/reviews/pig-brai...

Apr 14, 2014
Brian S in Manhattan

TULSA now has 2 Chinese restaurants to be proud of

I've done a few. The pig brains and tofu is 猪脑豆花. The super-spicy water-cooked fish soup is 水煮魚. The not-so-spicy fish soup with sauerkraut is 酸菜鱼. And the slow-cooked pork belly with collard greens is 梅菜扣肉

Apr 07, 2014
Brian S in Great Plains

TULSA now has 2 Chinese restaurants to be proud of

I had a meal at Mandarin Taste that was worthy of a top Chinese restaurant in New York. Some dishes I'd never seen before, including pig brains with tofu. Here are 19 photos.

http://tulsafood.com/reviews/pig-brai...

Apr 04, 2014
Brian S in Great Plains

Northern Chinese breakfast, really.

Finally and unbelievably I had a Chinese meal in Tulsa worthy of being served in Flushing! Here are 19 photos.

http://tulsafood.com/reviews/pig-brai...

Apr 04, 2014
Brian S in Outer Boroughs
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two nights in OKC in mid-March-Cattleman's Steakhouse and ????

I just saw an article in the Los Angeles Times that offers more options. http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-o...

Feb 24, 2014
Brian S in Great Plains

two nights in OKC in mid-March-Cattleman's Steakhouse and ????

Ask me about Tulsa and I know everything, but I never get to Oklahoma City. However, since everyone else is ignoring you...

For fine dining, I've heard a lot of favorable gossip about Ludivine http://ludivineokc.com/ and about Vast http://vastokc.com/

One things Tulsans envy is OKC's huge district of Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants and food stores. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Dis...

As for steakhouses, my favorite Tulsa place is Mahogany and they've opened a branch in Oklahoma City. Cattleman's is still famous though.

Feb 22, 2014
Brian S in Great Plains

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #17/Finale Part 2 - 02/05/14 (Spoilers)

Philly's top food critic, Craig LaBan, just reviewed Nick's new restaurant and he gave it about the best review possible. "Best in Philly!" he gushed about the appetizer. "Even more beautiful!", he said about the next course. Well done Nick! And well deserved.

http://data.inquirer.com/laban/story/...

Feb 11, 2014
Brian S in Food Media & News

Ultimate kung pao in Des Moines-Ankeny-Ames?

Yes it's in Cincinnati. But how the heck did it get in a Des Moines newspaper? Sorry.

Feb 02, 2014
Brian S in Great Plains

Ultimate kung pao in Des Moines-Ankeny-Ames?

Well I'm in Tulsa and just a few months ago a place opened here that served Sichuan food that's so authentic I never dreamed I'd see it outside of China. So this inspired me to see if Des Moines maybe had a similar brand new place. And I think it does! It's called Sichuan Chili and these newspaper food photos look very authentic indeed. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps...

Feb 02, 2014
Brian S in Great Plains

I-35, Dallas to OKC

Thanks for this! I don't fly but I am considering ordering Clarks Outpost brisket online. http://clarksoutpost.com/pricelist.html

Jan 25, 2014
Brian S in Great Plains

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #14 - 01/15/14 (Spoilers)

Does anyone care that someone deliberately sneaked in and sabotaged Nick's dish? (I might have misinterpreted the scene... I have checked other websites and recaps and they think Nick himself mistakenly set the temp wrong.)

Jan 17, 2014
Brian S in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #13 - 01/08/14 (Spoilers)

I don't think they intended it, but I was trying to put myself in Nick's position and the first thing I thought of was, "If I don't resign, I will have made a lot of powerful enemies, but if I do resign, maybe they will help my new restaurant by recommending it to news reporters."

Jan 09, 2014
Brian S in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #13 - 01/08/14 (Spoilers)

It would have been a disaster if Nick had resigned. It would have set a precedent for future seasons and immunity would never be the same. Pepin should be ashamed of himself for using moral blackmail on Nick. Actually it's worse than moral blackmail. There is an implicit threat, even if it is not intended, that the celebrity judges will make sure that Nick never works again if he doesn't resign.

Jan 09, 2014
Brian S in Food Media & News
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TULSA Tallgrass Prairie Table: fresh from the farm, cooked with gourmet flair

Hope Egan, owner of Tulsa's newest hotspot, Tallgrass Prairie Table, is a restaurant veteran. She's spent 26 years in the business. But it was her childhood that shaped her new restaurant concept. She grew up on a ranch and farm, so every meal she ate was made from ingredients harvested that very day. At Tallgrass, all the meat comes from local ranches, free range and raised humanely. That means the food is fresh as can be. It's the next best thing to eating on the family farm. But don't expect simple homemade dinners. Michelle Donaldson, the chef, has spent her life cooking haute cuisine.

I visited Tallgrass before it opened. I was assigned by Oklahoma Magazine to interview Hope and Michelle. What I learned fired up my excitement. I'm not allowed by the magazine to reproduce what I wrote on another website, so I'll just give the link for my article describing the interview.
http://www.okmag.com/January-2014/On-The-Prairie/

I ate in Tallgrass a few days ago and it lived up to my expectations. Since the menu is not available online, I'll give it here.

SMALL PLATES
shrimp and grits with tasso ham and maple bourbon gastrique $8
Smoked roasted bone marrow with porter onion jam and bourbon mustard $15
Animal-of-the-day tacos $7
Grilled flatbread with wild mushrooms, thyme, pesto $8

ENTREES
Spicy fried chicken with Thai panang curry gravy and lime-leaf coleslaw. $15
Grilled duck breast with carrot risotto and pomegranate molasses $25
Lemon-cured chicken with poached fennel and heirloom tomatoes $20
Grilled pork chop with sweet potato gratin and cranberry chutney $22
Cider-braised pork belly and scallops with butternut squash puree $28
Marsala braised short ribs with celery root puree and port reduction $19
Burger $13
Butternut Squash Ravioli with sage cream and cranberries $16

I had the marrow and it was creamy smooth and fantastic. The pork belly and scallops were another winner. The pigs are Berkshire and they have pedigrees a mile longer than mine. I am attaching a photo of the pork and scallop dish below. I think this is Tulsa's most exciting new restaurant.

Tallgrass Prairie Table
313 E 2nd Street
933-4499
www.tallgrasstable.com
Open for dinner at 5 PM every day except closed Monday.

Jan 01, 2014
Brian S in Great Plains

If you were offered one free meal anywhere in the world...

That might be a good meal! http://maefood.blogspot.com/2010/11/w...

Dec 11, 2013
Brian S in General Topics

TULSA now has 2 Chinese restaurants to be proud of

I had a delicious and totally authentic fish dish at China Garden last week. Watercress fish. No watercress here, this is fish slices in doubanjiang, a spicy sauce made out of 2 kinds of fermented beans. It’s a rich delicious sauce and it’s served over fish slices with a healthy helping of hot chili flakes and also Sichuan peppercorns. Truly 麻辣.

Dec 09, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains

Taqueria Coatzingo -- why it is my favorite Mexican

Glad to see this place is still going strong! I have so many fond memories of it. As far as I know, it's best to go to the original 76 Street one, and the most amazing thing is the chalkboard specials.

Dec 04, 2013
Brian S in Outer Boroughs

Northern Chinese breakfast, really.

Finally after years of deprivation, I found 2 Chinese restaurants in Tulsa (yes, Tulsa) I can be proud of.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/924411

(I am including this link because there are one or two Sichuan dishes I never saw in Flushing, such as Mao Xue Wang, that are worth looking for in Flushing.)

Nov 16, 2013
Brian S in Outer Boroughs

TULSA now has 2 Chinese restaurants to be proud of

Tulsa, for far too long a city where Chinese food meant gloppy sweet sauce with bits of chicken floating in it, now has a Chinese restaurant to be proud of. In fact, we have two. You might find a few dishes on the menu which you just can't find even in New York. Tulsa now has a big enough population of Chinese exchange students and residents to support these exciting culinary ventures.

China Garden

The tables are packed with Chinese diners come to enjoy a fiery menu of food from Sichuan. Mao Xue Wang, for example, is a chili-filled soup which, like the Iranian stew called kale pache, has every part of the animal thrown in. There are pillowy cubes of pig's blood jostling slices of pig's intestine. Lots of vegetables and a ton of chili pepper, with Sichuan peppercorns too. Other famous and hard-to-find Sichuan dishes include La Zi Ji (chicken with a mountain of chilis), Farmhouse Pork (a dish originally from Hunan), cumin lamb, fiery water-cooked fish, Saliva Chicken, and Husband and Wife Sliced Lung. The section of the menu with these unusual treats is written in Chinese only but I've translated it for a Tulsa message board. So as not to cross-post, I can't copy it but can give you the link. http://tulsafood.com/asian/feel-the-heat-with-authentic-sichuan-at-china-garden Many standard Sichuan dishes are, for the less adventurous, also available, including Yu Xiang pork and twice-cooked pork.

9720 E 31 Street
938-6518
http://www.chinagardentulsa.com

Mandarin Taste

The friendly owner is from Peking and her menu offers simple North Chinese fare as well as a few Sichuan specialties. On Monday, you can get braised pig's feet in a rich brown sauce. (Other braised offerings are not quite as good.) Lots of delicious dumpling and noodle dishes as well as hearty noodle soups. They do a great version of water-boiled fish, fiery beyond belief. Another fine choice is Suan Cai Yu. It’s similar to the boiled fish, but with much less heat. Fish and pickled vegetables over clear noodles made with potato flour, and all in this soup bowl big enough to bathe a baby and chock-full of rich delicious sour greenish broth. There are delicious specials written on a blackboard. Ask and they'll be happy to translate.

6125 S Sheridan
918-878-7998

Nov 15, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains
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Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #4 - 10/23/13 (Spoilers)

Travis was right! The traditional Vietnamese tomato sauce dish is named sot ca chua.

Oct 25, 2013
Brian S in Food Media & News
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Things that Kansas City does better than NYC?!?

Jenny Vergara is about their leading foodie. Check out her blog, just scroll down past the cooking recipes. http://www.makingafoodie.com/

Oct 15, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains

Northern Chinese breakfast, really.

Zhengzhou is old old old. It was one of the biggest cities of Shang Dynasty China. When I first read this post I was wishing I could be in Hong Kong instead of NYC. Now I'd give almost anything to be back in Flushing.

Oct 15, 2013
Brian S in Outer Boroughs

Rochester, Minn: Victorias

Rochester, Minnesota is on the Great Lakes board and not on this board. Sounds like a nice meal though.

Aug 14, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI - Are there any good restaurants?

don't forget Farmer's Gastropub, a British newspaper gave it an award.
http://farmersgastropub.com/
And about cashew chicken, this New York Times article tells all. www.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/dining/11c...

Aug 04, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains

NY to AZ Road Trip!

I don't know much about Oklahoma City. Ludivine and Vast are among their top restaurants. But nearby Tulsa is full of fine dining options. My favorites at the moment are all run by Justin Thompson. Prhyme, Juniper, and the newly open Tavolo. Here's a article that lists 10 favorite dishes. It's useful because it also lists 10 amazing restaurants, all of which merit a visit (except for Oui3, which is now closed).

http://tulsafood.com/extras/best-of-t...

Jul 29, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains

Best Banh Mi in OKC?

I've heard Saigon Baguette is good. But this is to tell you that Tulsa, where a year ago you couldn't find any banh mi at all, now has three. Pho V-Nam at 81 and Harvard, Lucky's at Guthrie Green, and the Lone Wolf food truck.

Jun 13, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains

Recs for Tulsa and Oklahoma City?

Well they didn't know about it because this post is 5 years old. But Sushi Alley is awesome, and it's not just sushi. Grilled stuff too.

Jun 06, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains

Chinese food in St. Louis

I believe it is ChaoZhou Cuisine, 8233 Olive Blvd.

Jun 02, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains

Chinese food in St. Louis

Someone posted photos of this restaurant two months ago. So it's probably still open, though maybe they were old pics.
http://xinranren.wordpress.com/2013/0...

May 24, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains

Recs for Tulsa and Oklahoma City?

Tulsa is full of fine dining options. My favorites at the moment are all run by Justin Thompson. Prhyme, Juniper, and the newly open Tavolo. Here's a article that lists 10 favorite dishes. It's useful because it also lists 10 amazing restaurants, all of which merit a visit (except for Oui3, which is now closed).

http://tulsafood.com/extras/best-of-t...

May 23, 2013
Brian S in Great Plains