At Wanda J's Restaurant, chefs load tables with heaping portions of sumptuous southern comfort fare lauded by Tulsa World. Seasoned batter seals in succulent morsels of chicken, and rivulets of creamy brown gravy drip down stacks of pork and catfish. Meats share the limelight with up to 10 sides such as candied yams and mac 'n' cheese. A kid's menu treats tiny bellies to smaller portions, obviating the need to tote along a shrink ray or wait at the table until kids age into adults.
The grill is always sizzling at Los Tequileros Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, where chefs work the perfect amount of heat into traditional Mexican meats. They incorporate these cuts into the restaurant’s flaky soft-shell tacos, stuffed burritos, and combo platters layered with rice and beans. Pico de gallo, guacamole, and fresh lettuce show up in almost all the dishes, and cuts of cactus show up in molcajete, a hot stone bowl that also rounds up steak, chicken, chorizo, and carnitas. To balance out the savory and spicy flavors of the dinner menu, the chefs offer sweets such as flan, fried ice cream, and sopapillas dusted in a cinnamon sugar and served with a dollop of whipped cream, just like the first tennis ball at Wimbledon.
Amid the bright white walls and chocolate-hued wood accents that frame El Mojito’s frills-free décor, owner and chef Frank Olmos calls forth culinary fiestas with more than 30 Mexican specialties. The down-home kitchen crew spikes sizzling fajitas with guacamole and sour cream and transforms tortillas into comfy pockets for beef, chicken, or potatoes. A glowing green light fashioned from the husk of a radioactive cactus stretches across the eatery’s fully stocked bar, where mixologists masterfully shake and stir signature margaritas and mojitos.
The Tokyo Love Boat glides through the air at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, dropping anchor at one of the tables. Atop its wooden planks, rows of sushi and sashimi are prepared for a culinary expedition. This is one of many creative concoctions on the menu, along with Tokyo specialty rolls fashioned from ingredients such shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, salmon, and lemon slices. Chefs glaze teriyaki sauce on shrimp, steak, or your date’s face, upon request. Other bite-size bits can be hidden in tempura batter or cooked on a hibachi grill.
A passion for roasted chicken and a mastery of Mediterranean meals is what sets Sinbad Rotisserie Chicken apart. The food experts sate family-sized appetites with whole rotisserie chickens as well as platters of falafel, hummus, and grilled veggies. For those dining in, they leave equally large impressions with single-person portions of shish kebab, beef shawarma, and chicken tarna, all marinated and seasoned to deliver mammoth flavor.