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.
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.
Founded in 1985, Theatre Arts, Inc. has continued to honor its core mission of supplying Oklahomans with performance education and opportunities. Within a 7,900-square-foot facility, students train tapping toes in more than 10 styles of dance—including tap, jazz, and hip-hop—and channel their inner thespian in acting classes or private lessons that focus on both improvisation and script work. Private instruction and classes also accommodate vocalists who receive personalized tips on stage presence from the faculty and practice harmonizing by singing duets with humming radiators. Numerous alumni have harnessed their training into careers, working locally and nationally on television and Broadway, and two—Lauren Nelson and Shawntel Smith—have gone on to become Miss America.
"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.
Inside Fat Daddy’s Pub & Grille, color commentary, sporting events, and coded government secrets emanate from 17 HDTVs, mingling with the occasional clatter from a nearby pool table and—on Friday, and Saturday nights—the local musicians' tunes that replace the usual jukebox music. At the bar, glasses meet, each overflowing with one of more than 40 bottled and draft selections, such as Blue Moon and Moose Drool brown ale. The kitchen keeps stomach grumbles from joining the cacophony with succulent steaks and nearly 20 types of hearty burgers and sandwiches, sided with french fries or homemade potato chips.