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Playing with Fire

The Perfect Pairings Barbecue side dishes run the gamut of deliciousness, from cornbread to pasta salad, corn on the cob and fried okra.  In the case of Tulsa’s Albert G’s Bar-B-Q – which boasts 29 years serving savories – owner Chuck Gawey says that they seldom run out of sides during lunch and dinner service ... but when it happens, it...

Cowboy Country

While COVID-19 remains a significant health threat, the travel industry is nevertheless showing a pulse – and Stillwater should be high on anyone’s list of weekend or day-trip destinations in Oklahoma. The Payne County seat of just over 45,000 is brimming with activity, says Cristy Morrison, longtime president and CEO of Visit Stillwater, the city’s official tourism promoter. She says...

A Fine Dining Renaissance

Photos by Nathan Harmon Downtown Tulsa’s Summit Club – perched on the top three floors of the Bank of America Center – is in the midst of a transformation so dazzling you’ll need to see it to believe. Over the last several months, the team has been hard at work renovating the space to draw more members and stay competitive...

Sweet Serendipity

An amalgam of events aligned to create the bustling Vintage Wine Bar in downtown Tulsa.  A brilliant high school physics teacher, Colin Sato, put his career on hold to become a chef. He walked into one of the city’s top restaurants unannounced and started work as a line cook the next morning.  A young bartender, Matt Sanders, decided to stock a...

Belle Kitchen Bakery and Cafe

Real and simple are the culinary watchwords at Belle Kitchen Bakery and Cafe. At two locations, highlights include the nationally recognized doughnuts, which take two days to produce; they have a unique, light and springy texture topped with hand-made glaze flavors like maple or vanilla bean. The same down-home standards are applied to the entire menu, which includes macaroons,...

Always On the Go

One Friday evening, Joel Bein, with a boyish grin that deserves to be trademarked, accepted the applause of a well-heeled audience at a charity benefit cooking contest. He had just won the top award over chefs from some of Tulsa’s finest restaurants and country clubs. His winning dish was an intricate, artistically plated concoction of smoked and braised wagyu beef,...

Revolucion Taqueria & Cantina

“Mexican for all” is the motto and mission at Revolucion Taqueria & Cantina, known for a quick, inexpensive brunch or lunch. A $12 lunch special offers a starter, entrée and drink and includes choices like smashed taco salad – a fresh, butter crunch lettuce Mexican salad dressed in house-made chipotle buttermilk ranch. Several taco selections include a seafood variation...

Something to Crow About

Despite the Dust Bowl and the middle of the Great Depression, Oklahoma City was a surprisingly hopping spot for new businesses and ventures. In 1937, a rooster began to crow on North Walker Avenue, where the Edgemere Park neighborhood ends and the Paseo District begins. Through the booms and busts of the OKC economy, along with the stagnation and gentrification...

Poke Bowl Love

Poke Bowl Love is an Asian fusion eatery with sushi reinvented several ways, all centered around poke – a Hawaiian dish of marinated raw fish with varying sauces, toppings and rice. Those looking for more traditional dishes can sub in shrimp, crab, tofu or vegetables. Other items include sushi burritos, poke nachos and a poke bake. A favorite –...

The Best of the Best 2019

For 20 years, we at Oklahoma Magazine have compiled The Best of the Best in our July issue to help you, our readers, find the finest in everything the state has to offer. The best part? These are your choices, your votes and your voices telling us who you think are the best of the best at what they do. Perhaps...