Food Lovers' Guide 2014
TulsaPeople’s food editor spills the beans on where to find her favorite culinary treats.
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On any given Saturday, you will be hard-pressed to find a supermarket in town that is not stocked to the gills with shoppers, many stuffing their baskets in advance of some serious home cooking. Sometimes, however, we have to step out of the box (or the box store) for more adventurous ingredients: house-made charcuterie, artisan cheese or aged balsamic vinegar are just a few ingredients I have sourced from these delicious destinations.
Boston Deli Grill & Market
6231 E. 61st St., 918-492-4745, www.thebostondeli.com
Drones of loyal customers grab house-made breads and many other of the restaurant’s popular items to enjoy at home: soups, salads and dressings, and desserts as well as house-cured charcuterie, roasted garlic, salsas, side dishes, jams and jellies and, if you are lucky, some of chef Doug Zimpel’s smoked baby-back ribs. Owner Ken Schafer recently expanded the market by adding a larger baking area, walk-in refrigeration and more deli cases.
LaDonna’s Fancy Foods
1615 E. 15th St., 918-582-1523, www.ladonnasonline.com
If it is cheese you desire, this Cherry Street shop is the stop. LaDonna Cullinan just celebrated 10 years in business, and it is easy to see why customers keep coming back — she stocks the shelves with the freshest and most unique cheese selection in town, hard-to-find pantry items and an eclectic assortment of housewares.
Mecca Coffee Co.
1143 E. 33rd Place, 918-749-3509; 10114 S. Sheridan Road, 918-296-3519; www.meccacoffeeco.com
Mecca Coffee Co. opened in downtown Tulsa in 1921 and settled into its current Brookside location more than 25 years ago. A second location opened in October at East 101st Street and South Sheridan Road. Yes, as the name implies, they sell coffee (as well as tea), but there is so much more to be found here, including dozens of varieties of olive oil and vinegar, kitchen essentials and aromatic spices.
1748 Utica Square, 918-712-9350, www.stonehorsecafe.com
This upscale food market, attached to Tim Inman’s cozy and popular Stonehorse Café, offers handmade soups, fresh-baked breads, artisan cheese, gorgeous cuts of beef, lamb and pork, and giant herb-rubbed chickens ready for the roasting pan. The freezer is stocked with ready-to-serve meals, the salad bar overflows with ingredients ready for tossing and the rest of the market is filled with goodies to stuff in your shopping bag: preserves, house-made sausages, and bulk grains and beans.
Lambrusco’z To Go
1344 E. 41st St., 918-496-1246; 114 S. Detroit Ave. (coming soon); www.lambruscoz.com
I’ve been going to Lambrusco’z for years (I even worked there for a few), and I always grab a tub each of white queso and jalapeño pimento cheese before I even make it to the counter to order. You will be tempted with one-of-a-kind sandwiches, hearty prepared foods and downright sinful desserts along the way to the cashier. Head downtown to the soon-to-open location in the Blue Dome District, which offers all of the daily deli items, lunches, carryout and take-and-heat dishes available at the Brookside store.
Local Pantry OK
Adele Beasley, co-owner of Heavenly Bread Co., and George Brining, beekeeper and owner of Gold Standard Honey Co., met at the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market this past summer. Chatting at adjacent booths turned into a business partnership: Local Pantry OK. It offers products from farmers and producers in the Tulsa area, which are available for delivery or pick-up. Right now the service features Beasley’s breads, Brining’s honey, Koehn’s Grassfed Beef, produce from Moua Farm and baked goods from Antoinette Baking Co., but the owners plan to add more vendors down the line.