The lunch bunch
Downtown lunch spots have a dedicated following.
Those who work downtown know all the lunch spots.
In a downtown the size of Tulsa’s, it doesn’t take long to figure out the fastest place for a sandwich or what day of the week will have the shortest line for barbecued ribs.
Regulars would rather keep their favorite lunch destinations to themselves. These are a few of those places with loyal followings. Some have been around for decades and others are new to the scene. But all have one thing in common — customers who can’t imagine a downtown lunch without them.
Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli
I once overheard a guy telling his friend, “Why didn’t you tell me it was this good?” while eating gumbo and a po boy at Lassalle’s.
I knew what he meant. Although actually I had heard how good it was, but loved it even more with the first bite.
The lunch rush is fast and furious at Lassalle’s. Diners pour in, ordering their favorites and sometimes branching out to something new. Either way, you can’t go wrong with anything on this menu.
Owners Chris and Amanda West left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and have had a strong following among Tulsans ever since.
Jambalaya here is as good as you’ll find anywhere in New Orleans. Pair it with a shrimp po boy “dressed” with lettuce, tomato, pickle and sauce.
15 W. Fifth St. | 918-582-6652 | lassallesneworleansdeli.com
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday
Boston Avenue Grille
Don’t let the line at Boston Avenue Grille deter you. The line goes fast — and all the people are in it for a good reason.
This is the place to go for a quick, great-tasting lunch. Soups, sandwiches and salads are perfect for a fast bite in or to-go.
Lesser known is Boston Avenue Grille’s breakfast menu — a hidden gem for those who want to start the day with something besides cereal. Check out the breakfast quesadilla with eggs, bell peppers, sausage, pico de gallo and cheddar.
The Signature Salad is packed with roasted chicken, romaine lettuce, field greens, cranberries, apples, toasted walnuts, tomatoes and bacon, then tossed with
15 E. Fifth St. | 918-392-7171
Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday
It was more than 30 years ago when Billy’s opened on Bartlett Square downtown.
The food is as good today as it was all those years ago. In fact, those who haven’t been to Billy’s in a long time will be glad to know the burgers and char chicken sandwiches haven’t changed a bit.
Hamburgers here are big (1/3 pound) with loads of options for great toppings, including chili and cheese, mushroom and Swiss and blue cheese topped with an onion ring.
Billy’s has a little something for everyone. You also will find favorites like a turkey louie sandwich, rib eye on a French roll and baked potato soup on the large menu.
Theta burger with mayo, pickles, hickory sauce and cheddar cheese. It’s even better with a side of colossal onion rings.
424 S. Main St. | 918-583-8703 | billysonthesquare.com
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Wanda J’s Next Generation
Tyreiha, Atyria and Glory Walker were in a unique position when they opened Wanda J’s Next Generation late last year.
Most new restaurant owners don’t open their doors to already-loyal customers. But the many Tulsans who’ve followed the food of Wanda J’s or Evelyn’s over the years knew they could count on the Walker sisters for the same exceptional food.
Granddaughters of Wanda J. Armstrong herself, Tyreiha, Atyria and Glory know what goes in to making beautifully cooked greens, crisp-crusted chicken fried steak and fried chicken that’s perfectly seasoned and tender.
Wanda J’s is a friendly, cozy restaurant with a small menu of deliciousness including pork chops, catfish, chicken-fried chicken and fried corn on the cob.
If they tempt you with peach cobbler, give in. The warm cobbler’s flaky crust and sweet peaches are so tasty, you may end up ordering another to take home with you.
Fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cream gravy.
111 N. Greenwood Ave. | 918-861-4142
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday