I've been going to Tulsa more or less regularly since I met my wife nearly 10 years ago, but I rarely get the chance to do much exploring. I'm not sure I'll get to this time either, what with the holidays and all, but we'll be in town for a full week, so I have high hopes and I'd like to be prepared.
My in-laws just moved from 71st and Harvard to Bixby, and they formerly lived in Broken Arrow, so I'm fairly well traveled around the southern half of the city, but I'm wondering about other areas of interest. I've heard tale of good northside BBQ, though I'm sure I'll have trouble convincing anyone to join me. Does anyone have any good current recommendations for spots on the northside, and can anyone speak with a little more specificity about the northside in general?
I know it has a "don't go there" rep among some, but I'm generally pretty comfortable (my wife says, stupid) travelling in odd areas of the city.
I'm also looking for good Mex-Mex--both restaurants and groceries/neighborhoods. We often hit Ricardo's or Casa Laredo(I think?) when in town, but those are more Tex-Mex standard than Mex-Mex. There's got to be a Mexican culture in Tulsa, but I've never seen it. Betty, I know you like Cancun...what's it like?
Also, any word on Brookside Lao Thai...the menu is curious--large, very expensive, but with some interesting and promising choices.
Truth be told, Mexican and Thai are excellent here in Chicago, so my interest is more in ferreting out what might be in Tulsa in those categories, rather than the kind of meal I can't get here.
BBQ and Tex-Mex, on the other hand, are quite poor here (overall), and I look forward to indulging in some rarely had treats. Thanks in advance for your help.