A few weeks ago, the Tulsa World published their annual list of best restaurants reviewed in 2006. Here it is:
Dandy dozen for '06
1. Michael V's. An eclectic charmer and sister restaurant to the also-excellent Back Street Bistro.
2. Brasserie Restaurant & Bar. French-styled stunner.
3. Kampai Lounge. Curl up on a bed or sofa with Asian small plates and a sake.
4. Bonefish Grill. First chain ever to make Top 5.
5. Prive. Part restaurant. Part nightclub. All good.
6. Sand Springs Station. Get on down the Line.
7. Joyner's Home Cooked Food. Willie Mae can flat-out cook.
8. Heyka's Heimut (Broken Arrow). Guten appetit to the German chef.
9. Sushi Train. Korean entrees make it special.
10. Chopsticks. Traditional Chinese. Friendly service.
11. Andolini's (Owasso). Spicy mix of pizzas, entrees and premium beers.
12. Islamorado Fish Co. (Broken Arrow). Fine food. Lake view.
I've been to two of those places so far.
Sand Springs Station is lovely, It is in a spacious room with an old pressed tin ceiling, and my mom's neighbor said that she had waited for many a trolley there back 50 years ago. It has been thoroughly and elegantly modernized. Almost every entree is $12 or less. I had the sea bass. A fresh, perfectly cooked filet that looked bland on the plate but was redolent with thyme, capers, and Chardonnay, served with orzo also coated with Chardonnay. The desserts, $5.75, are calorie-busting home-baked pies and cakes. Yes, if you're in New York at a place with $30 entrees you can do far better, but a restaurant as pleasant as this a few minutes from downtown Tulsa (at 28 E Broadway, Sand Springs, next to the police station) is worth a visit. Or many visits.
My feelings about Michael V's is mixed. It's way south, at 103 near Memorial. Charming room, woefully understaffed. My entree, Veal Oscar was somewhat disappointing. A good classic sauce, but too little of it, and the crab, asparagus and veal got jumbled together. Overpriced at $21. The soup was good, the desserts, about $6, were bigger than the entree and delicious. If I went again, I'd get a cheaper, simple entree... or maybe just apps and dessert.
I should note that I visited Islamorado last year, and it was quite good... far better than I expected since it's a chain attached to the enormous Bass Pro Shop.
Have you been to any of these places? If I visit more, I'll post my report here.