Two Bucks On Boston Wednesday's at Elote and Mod's.
Tulsa, we are getting to have a downtown whose sidewalks don't roll up at 8PM!
Ever had Eritrean food? Ethiopian? Remedy that as soon as you can. CLiCK
The injera is the lynchpin of Ethiopian cooking. Evidently Eritrean too. TBV2 intends to go back and get some bio on the owners.
When TBV3 was a little omnivore, she told any and all that she was "Ethiopian at heart" after our first Ethiopian meal, because one eats with ones fingers, using the delightful spongy, dough-e thin injera. Tear a piece, wrap a gob of whatever food in a pinching motion, and gobble it down. We tried the meat/veggie sampler. For two, that is a LOT of food. The Cafe was swamped on Friday night, and staff was getting in the weeds a bit, but with generous kindness and earnestness of words they smoothed it over.
Once the food came we tucked in. A big platter placed in the middle of the table covered in injera bread, one great big piece like an edible doily. Upon this laid mounds of stewy meat, smooth lentils, cassava (coulda been potato, but gotta go with cassava) and cabbage. Some with some pepper heat, all with unique blend of flavors not familiar to the tongues in this part of the world.
Do try this one. Go during the week, avoid the weekend. TBV1 wants to try one of the pastrie desserts on offer, as it was forgotten about post-prandial, as the belly had taken over for the brain. Excellent home cooking, if you are from Addis Ababa!
OK, finally got around to Leon's Smoke Shack on Sheridan. January 2016. Absolutely spanktacular. Waiter claimed a year and a half in business at this door. TBV1 & 2 had the privilege to take TBV3's college Roomie out to an untried (by us) BBQ eatery, as Roomie hails from Kansas City. Which has a fair claim on good barbecue. Roomie was delighted to try out some Oklahoma style Q whilst in T-Town. Here is their www. CLiCK
The menu, like the furnishings, is sweet and simple. It is not a shack, as the name implies, but more shiny diner. Wonderful welcome, really nice folks working that night.
TBV2 had the pulled pork, TBV1 the double combo, sausage & sliced brisket. Expertly cooked. Gorgeous smoke line, tender and juicy. Your author would like to know where the sausage comes from, for sure if house made. Roomie says 'tween Tulsa and KC, BBQ at Leon's there is a difference, and the reason is the staff at Leon's. Says Roomie in a paraphrase: "Felt more friendly, unhurried and family". Leon's, Q is good.
"Them Beans" are aptly named. Sweet, well cooked and thick with a bit of a whang. Potato salad was cold, really well balanced of the parts, and cooled the hot Q sauce TBV1 likes. Leon's has two kinds of BBQ sauce on the table, good and really good. Definitely go, 601 S Sheridan Road, in Tulsa's up and coming almost really hip but low key zone.
September, 2014 - "Wings On Fire" is a cool concept. A neighbor here in Tulsa, this truck is a build from the asphalt up and TBV1 has been watching the construction over the last year. Basically, chicken wings, but the sprig of goodness is the various and sundry sauces that one may choose from. More to come. Hopefully, we can sa-nag an interview.
May 6, 2014 - Had a sit down with a remarkable young Chef. Josh by name, he is an unnmarketed genius. Only sampled one dish, a delightful Salmon Mousse in a pastry cup and dill hair on top. Hard dish to do right, gotta be the right temp, presentation and aroma. If one is off, powie, the fish be fishy. If his other dishes are in the same block, whoa. TBV1 may be late to this game, but we are here to stay. More to come.
May, 2013 - Hey, y'all, guess what? There is a new-ish Yolotti, down by the ribber here in T-Town. Go on down to 9918 Riverside Pkwy in that l'il shopping center. They are doing lunch and dinner nowadays, and WOW! REAL DELI STYLE SAMMITCHES!!! Huge, delish and the folks that own/run the joint are fab. Tell them we sent you!
Here is their number, to call ahead and order if need be. (918) 296-7477
Tried the new pizza place where Flavor's used to be Tuesday June 7, 2011.
Marley's Pizzeria, 6104 E 71st St. We saw the advert that said "Chicago Style", and since TBV2 is FROM Chicago, we thought we had better call their hand. They win. Anybody remember My Pi? The only other one we can remember is down the road to Bixby, another story. My Pi had thick Chi style pizza. Marley's does too. The menu warns forty five minutes for deep dish, but it was only about twenty. Caesar would approve of what they have done with his salad. Mozz sticks were mozz sticks. Crust of the pizza has the good kinda of crumbly, kind of chewy texture that sets apart good Windy City pizza. So far so good. In Chicago, I had a pizza once that was really jam packed full of ingredients. The darn thing was a true pie, a deep one. BIG mushrooms. BIG chunks of meat. BIG pieces of fresh tomato. More ingredients please, Marley. Your menu says ax fer more, so I just did. BIG pieces. Not a lot more, mind you keep your margin, but the fresh BIG mushroom quarters are so much more pleasing than little bits here and there, uniformly spread about. We neglected to ask for a dessert menu, and brought home the leftover mozz stix and two slices of pie. The sauce for the pizza was tomato-ee, and kind of sweet. We had pepperoni and 'shrooms, and it was a bit hard to see what they were. Not much cheese, but it was gooey and tasty.
The parking lot was full, but there was still room inside. They have an outdoor table and chair area, in case your friend Al Fresco comes to town. They better have a good misting chiller system. The inside is still laid out like Mike F had it, but more open with taller tables. And a million TV's. Tuesday night is Trivia night, and my TBV3 enjoyed the game. Service started out fine, but it seemed our waitron was carrying all the weight. The house is not dressed up like Flavor's, and not dressed for Chicago either, but keep in mind decor and ambience are not a big part of my restaurant requirements. Some of the best eateries I ever experienced did NOT look that great from the outside, and some did not even have an inside. Tuesday Trivia Night aside, the place is decorated in Rock n Rollishness and Ill things.
I put it on the list, and will return, and advise you to try it.
In no particular order, may we present our favorites in T-Town:
La Roma Pizza - Go for the pizza, come back for the Mediterranean home cooking.
Fuji - The one and only sushi place. We should say the two and only, as they have two locations.
Ron's - For burgers, chili and such.
Mary's Trattoria - Go on a good night. Your guess is as good as ours for when that is.
Jim's Coney Island Never on Sunday - Go for the coney's, come back for the Greek home cooking.
Guang Zhou Dim Sum - Only game in town.
Right Wing - Nitro Chicken Wings ain't, so put some One Drop Does It on the mild wings. Brownies are industrial strength.
Knotty Pine BBQ - Worth the drive, if'n you are in town. They been at it so long, they couldn't change if they wanted to. WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO RE-OPEN?
This is the Golden Driller. He is outside of our big fair grounds building known as the QuikTrip Center. I always remember itas the International Petroleum Exposition buidling, shows ya how old I am. I believe it is one of the largest open floor by area buildings extant. tulsa was a big time oil bidness town, and still is to a large degree. Wooooooo.