The chefs at Potbelly’s Pub and Grill already had an arsenal of seared, juicy burgers on their menu when Pat, a regular customer, came up with a bold recipe that would become a hit. He introduced the kitchen to a special type of sausage and told the chefs how to mix it with their ground beef to create a new kind of burger. After sampling it, owners Dave Ingram, Kerry Tunnell, and Dan Pollard liked the burger so much that they named it the Pat burger and feature it prominently on their menu. These extraordinary flavors in pub food are what continue to grab Potbelly’s so much attention, even getting raves in a 2011 Tulsa World review. In addition to their burger baskets with golden fries, the cooks load up plates of nachos with chili, chicken, and cheese and top pulled-pork sandwiches with coleslaw and crunchy red onions. In the dining area, patrons clink pint glasses of beer from the full bar while playing tic-tac-toe with their cues on the pool table. The interior feel welcomes guests as though they were coming home, nowhere more so than in the room’s eclectic collection of antique and flea-market finds mounted on the walls.
At Elephant Run Restaurant and Club in Tulsa, you can treat yourself to a hearty meal of steak and potatoes. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Patrons are often seen swaying in their seats thanks to performances from Elephant Run Restaurant and Club's live musical groups or DJs. There's often a DJ spinning as well, and patrons are encouraged to step out on the dance floor.
The restaurant is quite lively during the week, so seating may be hard to come by. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Elephant Run Restaurant and Club's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less. You can stop by at almost any time, since Elephant Run Restaurant and Club offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Fresh fare can be found at Fishbonz, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. The menu also includes a number of vegan items. Don't go thirsty during dinner! Fishbonz also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more. Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats. Dine out in the open during Fishbonz's summer season when patio tables are available for use. Musical groups often perform live and DJs are common here, too. Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Fishbonz as well. Fishbonz draws a crowd with performances from live DJs. Noisy crowds plus raging music creates a very loud environment at this restaurant.
A typical meal at Fishbonz will set you back less than $30. Stop by for three square meals a day — Fishbonz serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For Asian-inspired fare at its best, Bamboo Lounge in Tulsa serves a unique blend of flavors to those searching for something a little less traditional. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Bamboo Lounge offers a variety of drink options. Make sure to check out Bamboo Lounge's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday. Warm weather brings out Bamboo Lounge's highly coveted patio seating. Dine with fellow dancing machines — the restaurant is stocked with a lively, open floor.
Prepare to face the crowds at Bamboo Lounge during the week — weekends tend to be slower.
If parallel parking's not your thing, take advantage of Bamboo Lounge's valet service at the E Pine St address location.
Keeping an eye on your budget? Bamboo Lounge is a perfect choice, with most meals costing less than $15.
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"Well, it started as solely a wine bar," Chris explains, the sound of plates chattering together in the background. "Customers were just begging for food. I guess we were forced into the restaurant business in the best kind of way." The menu, which owners Zach and Chris Collins have taken to calling Americana-fusion, is the brainchild of chef Nate Creekmore, who gallantly fuses the dishes of his rural upbringing with hints of French, Italian, and German cuisine. As pork chops and fish sputter warmly against a grill, he stirs delicate sauces crafted from lemons, capers, and butter or vanilla beans and saffron. "We have customers come in from across the pond, say this is the best fish and chips they've had anywhere, ever," says Chris of the Guinness-battered Alaskan cod that emerge from the fryer.
The eatery’s roots as a wine bar shine through in a selection of more than 120 bottled elixirs. To house 50 wines available by the glass and keep the spry sommelier from ever aging, Cork employs a behemoth Enomatic wine–storage system imported from Florence, Italy. "It's the big guy,” says Chris. “It presses the wine with food-grade nitrogen, giving it enough pressure to pour it into your glass, keeping the wine prime for up to three weeks." Murals painted by a local artist match the rustic décor––stacked-stone walls, granite counter tops, and bartenders carved from driftwood by friendly sheriffs. It's bucolic touches such as these that helped earn Cork a glowing review in the Tulsa World newspaper.