Food Lovers' Guide 2014
TulsaPeople’s food editor spills the beans on where to find her favorite culinary treats.
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Local, sustainable and organic are buzzwords tagged to every aspect of today’s food scene. Here in Tulsa, we are fortunate to have a devoted group of people dedicated to good food in all three categories — and many others.
As food editor, I have been fortunate to sip, eat and shop my way through Tulsa’s restaurants, bars and markets to find the best of what our fine city has to offer. This guide provides the inside scoop on my favorite local culinary offerings. Dig into this delicious list, and then get out there and start eating!
Meat, Fish & Poultry
Oklahoma may be known elsewhere as a beef producer, but there are several spots to grab fin and feather as well as a hearty cowboy rib eye. In my opinion, these options are a cut above the rest.
Cimarron Meat Co.
8173 S. Harvard Ave., 918-935-3210, www.cimarronmeat.com
This family-owned butcher shop prides itself on grass-fed (and grass-finished) beef as well as free-range chicken, pork and lamb. The deli case is stocked with house-smoked turkey, pastrami and ham, and new chef Matt Louviere has been busy working on side dishes and desserts to complete your meal.
Siegi’s Sausage Factory
8104 S. Sheridan Road, 918-492-8988, www.siegistulsa.com
Oktoberfest happens year-round at this south Tulsa mainstay. The factory has been selling handmade links since 1980, but owner Siegi Sumaruk has been churning out the best of the wurst since 1965. The market and restaurant settled into much larger digs in 2010 and now features around 20 varieties of hand-made sausages, wieners, brats, wurst and lunchmeats along with various cuts of meat, some prepared salads and house-smoked salmon.
White River Fish Market & Restaurant
1708 N. Sheridan Road, 918-835-1910, www.whiteriverfishmarket.com
This north-side market and restaurant has been selling and serving fish (typically with a line out the door) in a small strip mall since 1932. Thanks to its proximity to the airport, White River’s freshly flown-in varieties come from coastal cities all over North and South America as well as right here in Oklahoma. Fried catfish, anyone?
3376 E. 51st St., 918-749-1407, www.bodean.net
This classic seafood market has been the go-to fish counter in Tulsa since 1968. In addition to fresh fish (flown in twice daily from around the world), Bodean bakes breads from scratch, smokes salmon in-house and pulls fresh mozzarella daily. But the star attraction is the gorgeous display of fish and shellfish, featuring everything from black cod to cockles ... in season, of course.
1660 E. 71st St., Suite I; 9107 S. Sheridan Road, 918-496-2242; www.hamlethams.com
When the menu calls for ham, one local spot excels. The Hamlet has been spiral slicing and fire glazing choice honey-cured hams since 1986. A recent renovation of the East 91st Street location added an outdoor patio, with a menu serving hot and cold sandwiches. (I choose ham, of course.) Salads are served at lunch only. The Hamlet also specializes in party platters, catering and gift baskets. What better gift to receive than a delicious ham?