- $72 for a $100 gift card to any Justin Thompson Restaurant Group location: Juniper, Prhyme, Tavolo, and 624 Kitchen & Catering
Justin Thompson Group
Though no one could have known it at the time, 2002 was a pivotal year for Tulsa's restaurant scene. A young sous chef named Justin Thompson started work at Polo Grill. Just six months later, Thompson was hired to lead the kitchen of a brand-new restaurant, which he did to great success. Justin Thompson now owns four fine-dining restaurants throughout the city. Here's a look at each of his establishments:
The chefs at Juniper use the entirety of Green Country as their stockroom. With local ingredients, they create modern American cuisine with French influences that changes with the season. Backed by the occasional sounds of live jazz, diners dig into plates of gnocchi, steak frites, croque madames, and baked-to-order cobblers. Signature cocktails, made with infused vodkas, complete meals.
Sure, any steakhouse lets you choose how your beef is cooked, but how many let you choose how it was raised? That's the level of flavor customization diners have at Prhyme, where patrons discover the difference feed and environment make in new york strips and filets. In addition to choosing between grass- and grain-fed beef, patrons can opt for 30-day-aged beef, seasonal seafood, pork chops, and more than 225 wines from around the world.
Every day, chefs at Tavolo transform pasta dough into silken noodles and blend fresh herbs into classic sauces. Their modern Italian cuisine can be enjoyed as a traditional entree or as part of Tavolo's tasting menus. These change with the seasons and have been known to feature bruschetta, seafood polenta, and the gelato of the day. Meals unfold in a cozy, romantic space with beautiful floor-to-ceiling views of Boston Avenue on the second floor. Diners can also visit the newly opened Tavolo Caffè & Market next-door, which will feature an espresso bar, fresh-baked pastries, grab-and-go food items, and a market with a variety of bottled sauces, dressings, imported dried meats, cheese, and more.
624 Kitchen & Catering
Art deco decor, 20-foot ceilings, and a selection of the best foods from all of Justin Thompson's restaurants—that's what you'll find at 624 Kitchen & Catering, which is located in the lobby of the historical ONG building. 624 specializes in hosting private events for groups up to 200, but it also serves brunch every Sunday, including a sprawling spread of seasonal fruits, waffle stations, omelet stations, and chefs' carving stations.