Food for the Soul
Sentimental and satisfying, comfort food is the perfect indulgence for a cold winter day in Tulsa.
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Soup, stew & chili
When the weather outside is frightfully cold, I long to sit on the couch with a piping hot bowl of soup … and a blanket. There is something about soup that makes the chills vanish — and hearty stew and meaty chili do the trick just as well. When I do have to get out in the weather, here are a few of my favorite bowls.
Full Moon Café
There is no doubt Full Moon Café’s rich, creamy tortilla soup ($4.99, bowl; $8.49, with salad) — loaded with hearty toppings such as tortillas, avocado, chicken and cheese — would make my list. The legendary soup (I have tried, rather miserably, to recreate it at home) has been a favorite at this Cherry Street mainstay for more than 20 years. For a hearty meal, I always pair it with a bowl of crisp salad and a buttery breadstick.
1525 E. 15th St., 918-583-6666, www.eatfullmoon.com
For more than 100 years, Ike’s Chili, Tulsa’s oldest running restaurant, has been serving up bowls of its meaty chili ($4.99-$6.99), containing only meat, tomatoes and the family’s secret spice blend; Three-way (chili, beans and spaghetti); and Frito Chili Pie. Founder Ike Johnson dubbed the chili recipe “a bowl of blessedness.” I insisted Martha Stewart visit on her one and only visit to Tulsa. She loved it.
5941 E. Admiral Place, 918-838-9410, www.ikeschilius.com
The Chicken Chili Ramen ($8, lunch; $10, dinner) at Yokozuna serves as a modern-day chicken noodle soup … with a kick. Ramen noodles float in a spicy broth with sliced chilies, shredded Napa cabbage, green onion and a char-grilled chicken breast. It will most definitely cure what ails you.
309 E. Second St. (and coming soon to East 91st Street and South Yale Avenue), 918-508-7676, www.yokozunatulsa.com
Cardigan’s can rightfully boast about its popular French onion soup ($3.99, cup; 4.99, bowl). A volcanically gooey topping of melted cheese spills over the side of the bowl. Dig through to find tender bread slices that have fully absorbed the rich, oniony beef broth.
6000 S. Lewis Ave., 918-749-9070, www.cardiganstulsa.com
Bodean Restaurant and Fish Market
San Francisco-style cioppino ($19), fisherman’s stew, is a luxurious treat at Bodean’s, Tulsa’s longtime restaurant and market devoted to super-fresh fish. The Italian-American dish contains a combination of fish and shellfish — crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish — in a tomatoey broth. The rich but light bowl is garnished with toasted bread, perfect for mopping up every last drop of the delicious broth.
3376 E. 51st St., 918-749-1407, www.bodean.net