Paul's Diner unleashes a wide array of hearty, old-fashioned meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Patrons can partake in an all-day breakfast menu, which boasts egg, sausage, bacon, and ham sandwiches kept as warm as a good guess between giant biscuits or thick toast ($3.50). During lunchtime hours, the kitchen issues forth the Indian taco ($8), a mélange of taco meat, pinto beans, and picante sauce drizzled over an Indian-fry-bread canvas. The diner's culinary wunderkinds press fresh burger patties by hand into four different sizes, before testing their structural integrity with heaving helpings of bacon and cheese ($5.75 for a half-pound) or chili with cheese ($5.75 for a half-pound). Paul's Diner offers a separate smoking room for its patrons, ensuring that nonsmokers can enjoy a plate of meatloaf ($8.50) without the Marlboro Man begging for scraps beneath their tables.
The two-story Victorian that holds Miss Addie’s Cafe and Pub has plied visitors with victuals since its inception as a soda fountain and drugstore in 1915. Carrying on the tradition of hospitality started by the druggist and his wife, the eponymous Addie, today’s owners welcome guests with an extensive menu of hearty pub fare. Plated pasta, beef, and seafood entrees adorn white linen tablecloths inside a sunlit dining room, and dark wood wine racks and a brick fireplace imbue a second space with an English pub atmosphere. Private parties mix and mingle amid the upstairs dining room’s rose-colored walls and bookcases. Patrons can also bring Miss Addie’s homestyle cooking home in the form of a cookbook, bottle of salad dressing, or realistic wax effigy of the head chef.
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.
Chef Denise Madeja, lifelong food preparer, transformed her body and health with the introduction of a raw-food diet, losing 46 pounds in the process. The switch also cured her of digestive issues, chronic insomnia, and lowered her blood sugar and blood pressure to within normal ranges. She opened Raw Intentions Kitchen to “educate people in the community about making healthy choices,” according to her recent interview in the Tulsa World.
To do this, she offers not only restaurant-style eats available for lunch Wednesday–Saturday and dinner on Fridays, but also classes and recipes. The classes educate students on techniques to imbue such dishes with flavor. Once armed with her techniques, students can follow her recipes to create such dishes as spicy Asian noodles, taco wraps, and sushi.
To most, Sundays in the fall mean football, and Leon’s Restaurant is no exception. Bartenders and waitresses shotgun cans of Red Bull on game day, all in preparation for a horde of customers gathering to munch upscale bar food and gawk at nearly 20 big-screen TVs, which broadcast not only NFL games, but also all local college and professional teams' games. Build-your-own half-pound burgers, brick-oven pizzas made eight ways, and signature sandwiches stuffed with blackened chicken or corned beef nourish customers as they cheer during sacks or when their mascot eats the other team’s cheerleaders. A dozen red and white wines and a range of domestic and imported beers on tap or in bottles complement meals, whereas mimosas and a bloody mary bar quench thirsts during weekend brunch, served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.