Tulsa has no shortage of start-your-day-right cafés, brunch spots and other early-riser locales.
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Some of our local breakfast joints are known for their wide variety of dishes, unique locations or simply the fact that they are wonderful, but don’t necessarily fit the typical breakfast or brunch categories. The handful of restaurants listed here are no exception, and all are exceptional.
The Wild Fork
Kim Michie and Julie Woolman transformed a stuffy lunch spot into the most eclectic restaurant in town. Start your day on the patio, sampling hearty options such as breakfast pizza, three-egg omelets and an enormous hash, paired with cheese grits or homemade raisin-walnut toast. Sometimes I enjoy a little something sweet with savory omelets and hash — beignets (enormous, deep-fried pockets of hot dough that arrive steaming with a snowfall of powdered sugar) are always the ticket. Breakfast: 7-11a.m., Monday- Saturday. 1820 Utica Square, 918-742-0712, www.wildfork.com
Wolfgang Puck Bistro
This popular Brookside spot features a limited brunch menu that is packed with options. Made-to-order omelets, which can be prepared with egg whites, come with your choice of fillings. Rich crab Benedict and meatloaf hash satisfy hunger pangs, and sweet pancakes with caramelized bananas reassure even the sweetest tooth. I also love the nod to the New York deli reflected in the smoked salmon with capers, dill crème, crispy bagels and tomatoes. Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, reservations recommended. 3330 S. Peoria Ave., 918-292-8585, www.wolfgangpuck.com
Since 1983 this tiny Utica Square gem, which falls somewhere between a tearoom and a deli, never fails to impress. The bread, granola and all of the baked goods are handmade. The treats lining the display case will taunt you throughout your meal, so be sure to leave with something! Hearty offerings include cheese grits, French toast, and berry-laden buttermilk pancakes in addition to locally roasted Topéca coffee. The few patio tables offer great people watching, but get there early before they are snatched. Breakfast: 7-10:30 a.m., Monday- Friday; 8-10:30 a.m., Saturday; 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Sunday. 1834 Utica Square, 918-749-3481, www.queeniesoftulsa.com
This family-friendly neighborhood bar at the north end of the Brookside strip offers prime patio dining as well as a TV-loaded dining room perfect for early morning games. Owner J.L. Lewis has made the somewhat jinxed location shine with good ambience and even better bar food. Many locals come for the Bloody Mary bar, but bountiful bar fare typically follows. Breakfast pizza, stuffed French toast and breakfast sliders are all popular. Children are welcome and eat free on Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Brunch:
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 3301 S. Peoria Ave., 918-933-5366; 3302 W. Kenosha Ave., Broken Arrow, 918-286-6777, www.eatatleons.com
Blue Moon Bakery and Café
This diverse bakery and breakfast spot can boast about its case of buttery pastries as well as its collection of salt and pepper shakers customers have shared from travels all over the world. Sink your chops into fresh-baked granola studded with coconut and almonds, the quiche of the day and chili verde (slow-cooked pork and green chilies) with eggs. Many customers grab a loaf of homemade bread on the way out, but I never leave without a morning bun (flaky croissant dough dipped in cinnamon and sugar). I am still finding crumbs in my car from the one I devoured on the ride home. Breakfast: 7-11 a.m., Monday- Friday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 3512 S. Peoria Ave., 918-749-7800, www.bluemoonbakerycafe.com
The Restaurant at Gilcrease
If you don’t make the drive for the buffalo burger, cowboy cobb salad or the grilled salmon and spinach salad, make it for the view. The Restaurant at Gilcrease Museum is only open during the day, but that is when the view of the Osage Hills is at its best. Make sure to leave room for the homemade garlic herb cheese biscuits. The menu lends a nod to Native American cuisine, and brunch features omelets and waffles as well as several daily specials. Museum admission is not required to dine at The Restaurant. Sunday brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Reservations recommended. 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, 918-596-2720, gilcrease.utulsa.edu/Dine
Hotels often tout themselves as the ideal Sunday brunch locations, but much too often, you are left with an overpriced and underwhelming buffet. Dine instead in the cozy basement space of this boutique hotel and feast on pan-roasted crab cakes with saffron aioli and charred red pepper chutney, a trio hummus sampler and the Chalkboard Frittata, full of caramelized onions and applewood-smoked bacon. No buffet in sight. Brunch: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 1324 S. Main St., Hotel Ambassador, 918-582-1964, www.thechalkboard-tulsa.com