Breakfast club

Tulsa has no shortage of start-your-day-right cafés, brunch spots and other early-riser locales.



The “Blue Plate Spesh” at Blue Moon Bakery and Café includes two eggs, a choice of meat, potatoes and toast.

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Kick off your day at one of the great breakfast joints T-Town has to offer. Remember, Mom always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Whether you are in the market for a simple sunny-side up egg and toast or a hearty meal of zesty huevos rancheros and homemade tortillas, Tulsa has dozens of “eggcellent” breakfast opportunities.

Pardon my pun, but eggs are THE key component in many classic breakfast and brunch dishes. Your breakfast burrito filling could be simply wrapped in a traditional flour tortilla or draped with homemade green-chili hollandaise made with house-churned butter. Whatever the case, breakfast is a meal to get excited about … and don’t forget the coffee!

THE BRUNCH TOP 10

A good brunch is a subjective thing. Some people desire simplicity, while others opt for quantity. Regardless, it has to be delicious, or the day is off to a rocky start. I’ve shared my list of the 10 places I think offer the best all-around brunch in town. From menu creativity to the chefs’ use of mouth-watering ingredients, you are certain to greet the day with a delicious plate of food.

The Tavern on Brady

Chef Grant Vespasian has wowed diners with his creative yet wholesome cuisine since the Tavern opened several years ago. Sunday brunch is no exception. Fresh farm eggs, challah French toast with seasonal fruit and a BLTE (bacon, lettuce, tomato and egg) sandwich with grits or hash browns share the menu with Tavern classics such as a Stilton-topped burger with mushroom-Cognac cream on an eggy challah bun and the chef’s always creative grilled cheese sandwich of the day paired with tomato bisque. Sunday brunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 201 N. Main St., 918-949-9801, www.taverntulsa.com

R Bar & Grill

This recent newcomer to the Brookside scene features a menu as beautiful as the diners in the slick bar space. Chef Trevor Tack said he is having fun with the new brunch menu, which changes weekly. Popular dishes include a crab and shrimp quiche, meatloaf hash and my favorite breakfast-for-dinner combo, chicken and waffles. Grab a Mason jar of Arnold Palmer (tea, lemonade and vodka), a refreshing change from the ubiquitous mimosa. Sunday brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 3421 S. Peoria Ave., 918-392-4811

The Canebrake

A short trip should definitely be on your Sunday road map, for chef and owner Sam Bracken has an ever-changing brunch buffet worth visiting. Biscuits and gravy, cheese grits and waffles share the stage with smoked brisket, house-made sausages and an egg bar where you can always have it your way. Save room for dessert; more than a dozen options are made fresh every Sunday. Sunday brunch buffet: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; adults, $23; children 10 and under, $12. 33241 E. 732nd Road, Wagoner, 918-485-1810, www.thecanebrake.com

The eggs poblano from Lucky’s features poached eggs with poblano hollandaise, marinated chicken, fry bread and grilled pineapple. Lucky’s Restaurant

I have always been a fan of chef and owner Matt Kelley’s hearty yet refined cooking, and his wife, Brooke, always makes diners feel right at home. Lucky’s popular brunch draws crowds who flock in for chicken-fried steak and eggs, almond griddlecakes with grilled mangoes and vanilla rum sauce, and the amazing eggs poblano (poached eggs with poblano hollandaise, marinated chicken, fry bread and grilled pineapple). Be sure to scan the entire menu, or you will miss the wild mushroom and farmhouse cheddar omelet topped with pan-seared foie gras (for $7 extra). Saturday and Sunday brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1536 E. 15th St., 918-592-5825, www.luckysrestauranttulsa.com

Palace Café

Chef and owner James Shrader prides himself on using the best meats, produce and cheeses that he can find in our area. His seasonal menus allow these great ingredients to speak for themselves. Stop in for brunch classics, including migas, French toast and omelets, as well as a lunch standby, the grilled salmon BLT. Don’t pass up the green eggs and ham — his version features local Fisher Farms eggs, spinach, goat cheese, scallions, chopped herbs and ham served with home fries and toast. Sunday brunch: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 1301 E. 15th St., 918-582-4321, www.palacetulsa.com

Smoke. on Cherry Street

Smoke is known for delicious meat-filled dishes, and brunch is no exception. Hanger steak and eggs, smoked pork tacos, lamb sliders with herbed goat cheese and a wood-grilled chicken BLT satisfy hearty appetites, but don’t discount the house-made pumpkin seed and pecan granola parfait or biscuits and gravy. The talented kitchen duo of Erik Reynolds and Michelle Donaldson put the delicious stamp on everything they touch. Saturday and Sunday brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1542 E. 15th St., 918-949-4440, www.smoketulsa.com

Waterfront Grill

This riverfront property boasts a terrific patio and a well-rounded menu. Diners come for the ambience but stay for consistent brunch fare, including omelets (the California omelet is quite popular, stuffed with chorizo, avocado and pepper Jack), eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, and pancakes and waffles. Kids enjoy waffle bites, chocolate chip pancakes, eggs, French toast strips and fruit. Sunday brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 120 S. Aquarium Drive, Jenks, 918-518-6300, www.waterfrontgrilljenks.com

The Bistro at Seville

When you mention this south Tulsa spot, most people know it for the “chokes and cheese.” For Sunday brunch, The Bistro features a trio of breakfast specials that change weekly in addition to the regular menu. Banana nut French toast, three-cheese quiche and breakfast pizza are just a few offerings. The artichokes are always available, as well as the brunch-worthy Monte Cristo sandwich and Kobe burger. Sunday brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 10021 S. Yale Ave., 918-296-3000, www.tulsabistro.com

La Villa at Philbrook

Brunch-goers have flocked to the Philbrook Museum of Art for years to take advantage of the delicious buffet … and walk off a meal with a leisurely stroll of the museum grounds. The generous buffet features a carving station and omelet bar in addition to a plethora of fresh-made salads, fruits, desserts, seafood, entrees and other classic breakfast offerings — all made with herbs from the organic herb garden right out back. This is the perfect setting to treat Mom or special out-of-town guests. Price includes coffee, soft drinks and iced tea. Sunday brunch buffet: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; $23.95 per person; children 10 and under, $9.95; 3 and younger eat free. Reservations are recommended. 2727 S. Rockford Road, 918-748-5367, www.philbrook.org

The Polo Grill

Robert Merrifield has been luring Tulsans into his cozy Utica Square dining room for nearly three decades. Now former Chef de Cuisine Michael Funk is managing the day-to-day operations. While Polo Grill might be famous for its award-winning menu and wine selection, the recently added casual weekend brunch has garnered many local fans. The limited menu features a half-dozen dishes, including the “Polo Cristo” (a take on the popular Monte Cristo), made with strawberry marmalade and Black Forest ham. Saturday and Sunday brunch (lunch also available): 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 2038 Utica Square, 918-744-4280, www.pologrill.com

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