Food Lovers' Guide 2014
TulsaPeople’s food editor spills the beans on where to find her favorite culinary treats.
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Whether it is morning, noon or night, we all get a sweet tooth craving now and again. Bacon-infused caramel frosting? Check. Old-fashioned lemon bars? Check. Dark chocolate-studded flaky croissants? Check. From bakeries to food trucks, satisfy your craving at any one of these delicious, family-owned stops.
15 E. Brady St., 918-938-6368, www.glacierconfection.com
Bill Copeland crafts ingredients sourced from all over the world into his signature truffles and chocolates. Recognized as one of the Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professional magazine, Copeland has plans to open a 50,000-square-foot factory this spring, which means more chocolate for us all. Right now, though, head to the counter in his cozy Brady Arts District shop and select a few of his signature truffles: key lime pecan, panna cotta dark chocolate or blood orange and wild honey are just a few of the dozens of offerings.
Queenie’s Café and Bakery
1834 Utica Square, 918-749-3481, www.queeniesoftulsa.com
Ruth Young recently celebrated 30 years at the helm of Queenie’s, and it is easy to see why. The cozy Utica Square eatery has long featured delicious sandwiches, but it is the cake and cookie-lined bakery case that has customers flocking back daily. I love the large cookies (snickerdoodle, peanut butter and gingersnap are favorites) but my sister Mary can inhale a lemon square or magic cookie bar like nobody’s business.
6105 S. Mingo Road, 918-461-0228, www.kupcakz.com
The cupcake trend took off years ago, and we have some gorgeous and delicious treats to brag about here in town. Kupcakz owner Andrea Castro uses only the finest ingredients in her cupcakes, as well as a creative palate. The result: delicious flavors such as Peppermint Paddy (bittersweet chocolate cake with mint buttercream and French chocolate sprinkles), Cheeky Monkey (fresh banana cake with caramel cream cheese frosting, candied pecans and caramel drizzle) and Tropical Bliss (coconut cake with mascarpone cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut flakes).
Blue Moon Bakery & Café
3512 S. Peoria Ave., 918-749-7800, www.bluemoonbakerycafe.com
This eclectic bakery and breakfast spot can boast about its case full of flaky, buttery pastries as well as its collection of salt and pepper shakers customers have shared from travels all over the world. In addition to hearty breakfast fare, many customers grab a loaf of fresh-baked bread or a sweet pastry on the way out. I never leave without a morning bun (flaky croissant dough wrapped around loads of cinnamon sugar).
Mod’s Coffee and Crepes
507 S. Boston Ave., 918-582-6637, www.modscrepes.com
Colleen McCarty and Rusty Rowe opened Mod’s in 2010 to fill an unanswered niche in downtown dining. The quaint deli serves salads and soups for lunch, but fans dive in to the warm crepes (filled with both savory and sweet ingredients) and chilly gelato (flavors change often and include mango, mixed berry, chocolate and stracciatella).
Lick Your Lips Mini-Donuts
Customers have been lining up for food truck doughnuts since Laken Gooch parked her 1972 Alpine Sprite trailer at Guthrie Green. Her mobile food business was inspired by a mini doughnut shop she visited on a trip to Colorado. Gooch has been baking ever since. With flavors such as French toast, caramel-coated turtle and maple bacon, it is impossible to eat one without licking your lips. I dare you to try.