Charlie’s Sports Bar And Grill satisfies competitive cravings with savory selections of burgers, pizzas, and wings served under the warm glow of flat-screen TVs broadcasting local and national sporting events. Jaw muscles warm up for the main event by bench-pressing mozzarella sticks ($5.99) or snapping down on corn-dog nuggets ($4.99) launched across the table. Grumbling tummies shriek with delight at Charlie’s lineup of bread-bookended entrees, including the BLT ($5.99), the buffalo chicken sandwich ($6.99), and the Southwest burger, a beef patty topped with pepper jack cheese, guacamole, jalapeños, and chipotle sauce, brought to the table by a sentient cactus ($6.99).
In case visitors miss the clue in its name, Harley’s Cafe explains itself right in the entryway—there, a gray stone-style bench displays the famous winged logo that marks a classic motorcycle. Inside, motoring memorabilia stands behind glass, including model bikes, photographs, and an autographed photo of Evel Knievel’s ghost. A row of booths lining a wall of windows and a counter facing the kitchen area—both familiar diner staples—flank a series of four-tops where customers dig into tasty homestyle fare. Breakfast options include pancakes and egg dishes served alongside ribbons of bacon or grilled sausage. Later in the day, the cooks serve up diner classics such as open-faced sandwiches smothered in gravy and several variations on the burger, including the Sportster, with bacon, swiss cheese, and barbecue sauce.
As a young cowboy who roped steers on East Oklahoma’s Wes Rayburn Ranch, Frank Thurber worked up an appetite. The frontiersman fried his meals in the back of a chuck wagon in the fields, and, back at the ranch, showed off his culinary skills for fellow ranch hands. Though not a rancher himself, Frank Thurber Jr. has followed in his father’s footsteps by serving up hearty Oklahoman cuisine. He and his wife, Carolyn, have slathered fried chicken with creamy gravy and doused burgers in tangy hickory sauce since 1978, with the help of their children, their grandchildren, and, one day, their grandchildren’s domestic androids.
Ron Baber has expanded his eponymous franchise from a single 10-seat stand to a 20-strong chain of burger joints by tapping into his greasy-spoon ethic and passion for delicious hamburgers. Thanks to his keen attention to detail, which includes topping the still-grilling patties with buns to soak up beefy juices, Ron has earned a recurring spot on Urban Tulsa Weekly's The Absolute Best of Tulsa list and a loyal following. His burgers come in 1/5-pound, 1/3-pound, and 2/3-pound sizes, and showcase such savory toppings as Owens hot sausage, jalapeño peppers, and the eatery’s signature chili.
Slice of Heaven showcases rich cheesecakes in more than 25 flavors, each individually crafted by master chef David. Two-inch round cheesecakes dazzle taste buds with 17 specialty flavors and 4 traditional varieties, including the New York–style cheesecake speckled with semisweet chocolate chips and packed with pedestrians. Culinary creativity comes out in Slice of Heaven’s specialty flavors, which draw inspiration from candy bars and other deluxe desserts. The Snickers cake rests on a chocolate-cookie crust and is topped with a generous spread of Snickers bars, chocolate, and caramel, whereas the turtle replicates its sugary reptilian inspiration with abundant layers of caramel and pecans. Accent cups of java with a bite of white-chocolate-caramel-latte cake, bedecked with white-chocolate shavings and interwoven with the aroma of espresso. Because each cheesecake, like a snowflake's fingerprint, is unique, Dave can also craft custom flavors upon request.
At Napoli's, reverent chefs recreate the tastes of their Old World ancestors in the form of scratch-made pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches. Build-your-own pies arrive sprinkled with 100% real provolone and toppings ranging from pepperoni, ham, and bacon to onions, black olives, and green peppers. Doused in house-made sauces, Napoli's pastas include Italian mainstays such as spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, and five-cheese lasagna. Their sandwich menu continues the old country love fest, filling plates with Mediterranean specialties including chicken cacciatore subs, meatball heroes, and paninis cut into the shape of Silvio Berlusconi.