Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Taste of Tulsa

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm in Tulsa this week on business.  I traveled with a coworker and we're sharing a company car, so I was assuming that we'd be getting dinner together all three nights.  Well, he decided that he just wanted to eat at the hotel every night.  That meant that I got the keys and got to choose whatever I wanted to eat!  This turned out kind of nice for me, because I could try out fun restaurants and not have to worry about the usual, "what do you want to eat?", "doesn't matter to me, I'll eat whatever..."  You know what I'm talking about.  Unfortunately the area around where I'm staying is pretty bare as far as restaurants go, except for the standard fast food joints.  Luckily, downtown Tulsa was only about 5 miles down the interstate.

On Monday night, I decided that sushi sounded good for dinner, so I did a quick Google search and found a place that was kind of on the edge of downtown.  It looked good to me so I punched the address in my Garmin and headed out.   The restaurant was Yokozuna and it was in a cool, kind of "hipster" area called the Blue Dome District.  I picked out a couple sushi rolls that looked tasty and then made the mistake of ordering a mocha/chocolate type beer that was NOT a good choice to have with the sushi.  Oh well, I guess that will teach me to ask what type of drink goes well with certain things.  Anyway, here's what I got at Yokozuna.

The Geisha's Demise: Seared yellow fin tuna, avocado, wasabi and crab; rolled in ichimi pepper with a sweet evil sauce.
- This was a lot spicier than what I'd usually order, but still delicious.

The Drunken Monkey:  Smoked salmon, cream cheese and mango, topped with avocados and cashews, and served with a pineapple rum sauce.
- This one was practically like a dessert roll!  But very good.

After dinner I walked around the Blue Dome District and scouted a couple other restaurants that I wanted to try.  So on Tuesday night I went to The Dilly Deli which was just down the street from Yokozuna and ordered a sandwich to go.  The restaurant was pretty cool inside, but I got there 10 minutes before close and couldn't stick around to eat there.  Here's what I got:

The "Heather" Sandwich: Spinach, fresh mozzarella, avocado, red onion, and sun-dried tomato mayo on sourdough.  The sandwich was great, but maybe a little heavy on mayo.  Could have used some bacon too :)

Tonight I went to Joe Mamma's Pizza in the same area as the other two places.  The bar tender suggested the "Betty White" pizza so I went with that, along with a side salad and a Woodchuck pear cider.  Every single pizza on their menu looked awesome and I could tell that it was a pretty popular place.  Here's the Betty White pizza:

Garlic alfredo sauce, roma tomatoes, feta cheese, crushed black pepper and mozzarella.  Sooooooo good.  Plus I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

Well, I doubt that most of you will be venturing to Tulsa anytime soon, but if you do now you've got a few suggestions of places to eat.  Or maybe at the very least this will inspire you to try some new pizzas, sandwiches or sushi!  Even if it means that you have to go out and do it by yourself and risk looking like a huge loser, so you just play on your phone so people will think you're not such a loser.  Not that I would know what that's like or anything.  I guess that's it for tonight.  I probably won't post again till next week, but we'll see.  Until then, have a great weekend and the BEST EVER ST. PAT'S!!!

Oh, and here's the reason it's called the Blue Dome District.

I had to get a picture of Arnie's Bar in there for you, Dad.


  1. Man, I wish I was as brave as you to go do things by myself even just in Wichita. I feel like I've got to have someone with me at a restaurant or I get nervous or something. I should get over this I guess 'cause there are tons of places I need to "try out" before I can convince Ben to go with me. :) You said you had that Woodchuck Pear you like it? I've had it before and I think certain flavors of the Woodchuck are pretty good.

    1. Sorry I didn't respond sooner... crazy weekend. But yes, I love the Woodchuck Pear Cider. I think I've only had their apple and pear ciders and I like them both. Just like drinking juice :)

  2. For anyone wondering, "Arnie" was one of my nicknames in college. - Lisa's Dad.