The List: June 2016
Beer makes it even better.
El Rio Verde’s wet burrito
El Rio Verde
Its wet burrito made this joint famous. If you haven’t yet given it a try, do so with an ice-cold Tecate, the pale lager that fits with just about any Mexican food. The wet burrito ($6.50) is stuffed with beef, chicken or pork, plus beans, lettuce, rice and cheese. It’s covered with salsa, cheese, sour cream and guacamole. In other words, it’s more than you could, or perhaps should, ever eat. Or, try the fish tacos, which taste especially light despite their fried coating. Dunk these into the bright and fresh green salsa.
38 N. Trenton Ave., 918-592-2555
Brownies Gourmet Burgers
At BGB, burger and beer pairing is an art. One of the best burgers is the Ranch Hand ($10), served open face on house-made cornbread. The 7-ounce patty is topped with Kobe chili, cheddar cheese, green onions and cilantro cream sauce. Try it with the Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale from the North Coast Brewing Co. in Ft. Bragg, California. Don’t forget to add the Suit and Tie Fries, with truffle oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.
1730 Utica Square, 918-747-7935, www.brownies-hamburgers.com
Silverspring salmon cakes ($15) are perfect for a light summer dinner. Fresh veggies, potatoes, Atlantic salmon and breadcrumbs combine in this dish. A creamy dill sauce is the icing on these delicate cakes. Try it with Smithwick’s Irish Ale, a golden beer with fruity notes, which is great with many summer dinners.
1413 E. 15th St., 918-582-8282, www.tulsairishpub.com
I’m always tempted by the fried chicken tenders at McNellie’s. You could pair any beer with those and be just fine. I say the same for McNellie’s sweet potato fries, though a Marshall Brewing Co. McNellie’s Pale Ale is especially good. Another great chicken dish is the South City Chicken ($10.99), a grilled chicken breast with pepper jack cheese, avocado and a vibrant pico de gallo. Try this one with Marshall’s Atlas India Pale Ale, which has floral tones and a full flavor.
409 E. First St., 918-382-7468; 7031 S. Zurich Ave., 918-933-5250; www.mcnellies.comhttp://www.mcnellies.com
Take in a view of the skyline over sushi or the bustling hibachi seating at Zanmai. I haven’t gone wrong ordering off the dinner menu and especially like the sea scallops with cream sauce ($28). Try them with a Goose Island Sofie on tap. This wine barrel-aged brew leaves a taste of citrus and fruit, with a hint of vanilla. It’s great with seafood dishes, including a sushi dinner.
1402 S. Peoria Ave., 918-556-0200, www.zanmaiok.com