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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Tropical Restaurant: So Fresh, They Grow Their Own Veggies!!

                                                                 The Tropical Restaurant does an amazing job to create the "tropical" feeling. Starting with the vegetation they use in their recipes... grown right outside their restaurant!





     I took a client there for lunch and it was also my first time.  A bold move I admit, but I was so glad I did.  I ordered the lettuce wraps and scallops.  I wish I could go into more detail, but I waited too long to blog about this amazing fresh food restaurant.  It is Asian influenced and the flavors will feed your soul beyond.  


     As I wrote earlier, The Tropical Restaurant literally grows much of their staple ingredients with regard to the veggies.  From scallions to herbs like Thyme, and even eggplant!  They were really nice and took me around their garden.  I just wished I'd had my Cannon, but unfortunately I only had my phone :-(  


     

     This restaurant spews freshness from the moment you walk UP to the actual restaurant.  I highly recommend giving this place a whirl...you'll be so glad you did! เพื่อสุขภาพของคุณ!

 The Tropical Restaurant & Bar on Urbanspoon




El 7 Marez...A Gem in Little Mexico, Tulsa

     There are plenty of authentic Mexican eateries in the Little Mexico part of town in Tulsa.  But if you're expecting processed, over greasy, Tex-Mex, you're in the wrong part of town.  Fresh, clean, and simple flavor profiles are what you'll find at El 7 Marez (which actually translates to The Seven Seas).


     On a weekend, Tulsans typically enjoy a nice Bloody Mary or Mimosa of sorts as a choice of beverage to accompany their brunch. But if you're in Little Mexico (21st and Garnet area), specifically El 7 Marez, you'll want to indulge in the tasty Michelada. It's your choice of Mexican beer, with Clamato juice, spices, and beer with a salted rim. I usually squeeze some lime juice in mine as well. It's served over ice and man is it good...I mean BUENO!!!
Michelada

     My brother chose the burritos with their signature white queso with green chilies sauce. It comes with rice, beans and a few extra condiments like pico de gallo, a scoop of guac, and sour cream.

     I chose the traditional Mexican "weekend" stew, Menudo. I love it...but it's not for everyone. The main protein is...yes, beef stomach.  It's tasty and if you don't want the protein, just tell them you want the soup alone...it's made with a red chili pepper base and comes served with lime, chopped onions, and chopped cilantro on the side as well as crushed oregano and crushed red chili peppers.
Menudo


     I also ordered tacos, the classic carnita tacos. Fresh, amazing, deep flavors...it doesn't get any better than this. Oh, and I also ordred tacos al pastor, which is spit-grilled meat, in Mexican cuisine it's usually pork.
 Tripe Beef Taco

 Tacos al Pastor
Tripe Beef, Al Pastor, Carnitas = triple the taco gooness :-)


     This place is awesome. They do speak English, well enough to know what you want, they're kind, friendly and know how to cook. Buen provecho!

El 7 Marez on Urbanspoon


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hoop's Philly Steak Food Truck...Daaaaang Good!

Hoop's Philly Steaks...serious good eats. Words can't do this place justice. You have to try the Philly Steak & Cheese though...really.

     It was "Food Truck Wednesday" and I walked all the way around the trucks to see what I hadn't tried yet (not much I haven't tried). Ran into some awesome people I know...hi Serene, Brady, LB, Terah...and the new people I met :-D, it was great to see you all!


     Okay, on to the goodness. I decided to try Hoop's Philly Steaks. They have jumbo hot dogs, footlong Polish sausage and fried pickles.  They also have some tasty beverages on the menu like lemonade. Oh, and the people servicing were super friendly...I love that.

     I digressed...the Philly Steak & Cheese was delicious. The beef and the onions were cooked tenderly and packed with flavor...almost tasted like a slow braise or roast on both meat and onions.  The sauce was savory and had a slight kick to it.  That Swiss cheese just melted lusciously...ever so creamy and satisfying. You have to try it. I tried to capture the flavor with photos but I didn't have my Canon with me, so Samsung had to step in and try to get the job done. Honestly, the photos don't do this tasty sandwich justice. Try it for yourself. It was only like $7...which is pretty standard pricing for food truck menu items.  Okay, turn on the porn tune...and feast your eyes on THIS.
  




     Hoop's Philly Steak Food Truck...it's that good. Okay, turn the porn music off...it's still good :-)  Cheers!

Hoop's Philly Steaks Truck on Urbanspoon

El Taquero Food Truck...Mexican Hot Dogs? Si, Muy Bueno!

      
                                                     Mexican hot dogs? Sure! Why not? There's always a first time for everything, right? :-D


     So my sister came over for a visit and asked if she could pick us up some Mexican hot dogs for lunch.  I was like...whuhhhh?  Never heard of them. But, ever the curious foodie, of course I said, "SURE!!!"  I'm so glad she did. She stopped by El Taquero Food Truck and informed me they have two locations. One off 2nd and Lewis and the other off 31st and Mingo area.

     As you can see from the photos, this one had a frankfurter, topped with fresh onions, tomatoes, crema, a tasty spicy taco sauce, mustard, cheese and wait for it...BACON!!!  It was good...I could've eaten three more, but I had one and split a 2nd with my sister. Yum.



     Any way you bite it, it was satisfying and scrumptuous! Buen provecho!

El Taquero on Urbanspoon


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gyros (yee-rose) Palace, Food of the Gods...for realz!

      Seriously, amazing...UH-MAY-ZING flavors. Out of this small little hole in the wall café comes tasty, savory and juicy meats, fresh veggies. Fresh would be a good way to describe this Gyros Palace. Fresh AND flavorful.


 
     I had the "D" on the menu by the register.  It tasted like roasted lamb...O.M.G. It was juicy, literally packed with savory flavor and just beyond good.

     The "D" came with pita bread, hummus, fresh Greek salad, roasted meat and a side of  tzatziki, a cucumber yogurt zesty sauce. This sauce complimented and cut through the rich meat beautifully.

     I highly recommend you at least try Gyro's Palace...they're located just west of Sheridan off 31st street. ζήτω!


 


Gyros Palace on Urbanspoon

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Asian Cuisine...Family recipes, atmosphere and goodness!


   

     Asian Cuisine, yes it's Asian, yes, it's made from scratch and yes, it's GOOD.



     Located in the old Steak & Ale location off 51st & Yale...this retro building and location makes this made from scratch Asian restaurant a perfect place. Not only is the location great, it spews family owned, made-from-scratch deliciousness.  Some might think this place needs a face-lift, but honestly, the retro-vintage building literally goes hand in hand with the "family-owned" and family recipes food.  You can taste and see the difference in the dumplings too. I've never had any like these.

     I had a special little guest with me so we ordered a few traditional Chinese menu items and shared.  We started with the fried spring rolls. Spring rolls are lighter and crisper in outer texture from that of "egg rolls" and I actually enjoy them more.

     Next we tried their traditional made from scratch steamed dumplings...wow.

     We also tried the calamari...when you see the "youthfulness" of my little guest, you'll be impressed that she tried and elevated her foodie tastes :-)

 Next, we tried the Sesame Chicken and rice...all traditional yet nothing ordinary.


     There wasn't any room for desert. Service was fabulous as was the food and the restaurant was VERY clean. Mom and pop eatery, Asian Cuisine is two thumbs up... even from this lil youngin'...享受!


Asian Cuisine on Urbanspoon


Monday, June 30, 2014

R Bar and Grill...Gastropub Goodness

     
     R Bar is a Gastropub extraordinaire. The owner, Bill Grant, a top notch, kind, yet savvy Tulsa business man, knows how to run a great establishment. And when he's present, things run smooth.
     I've been going to R Bar since it opened and for the most part, it's been great. From the food, to the service, including the menu items and beer selections.  I would say the Old Fashions, of which I'm a huge fan of, are made too sweet for my taste.  The food is pretty good, usually...but on this particular day, they were off...from service, to food and just overall treatment. I didn't see Bill, which may have been a big part because usually, when he's there, it's always good.

     My brother and I ordered the Margarita Pizza and the Lamb Shank.  The Margarita came with cherry tomatoes, which should never be true to the recipe. They should come with thinly sliced roma tomatoes...always.  And should also come with fresh basil, which in this case, seems like it came with jarred pesto, sprinkled with some fresh and waaaay too much cheese. It was super oily too. The crust was pretty good...a little heavy, but all and all it tasted fairly decent, just not like a true Margarita Pizza.
Margarita Pizza

     The Lamb Shank entree should have come with red beans...RED BEANS. As you can see, that day, they came with pinto beans. Yes, foodie or not, anyone could see they were pinto beans and they were from a can, then sauteed in a pan to cover that up (eek).

Lamb Shank with eh hum, red beans? No, pinto beans today.



     Okay, the lamb was cooked B-E-A-utifully! For real. Look at it. It was falling off the bone, tender and flavorful. I wished they'd served it with red beans because red beans have so much more flavor than canned pinto beans. I will say that the chef did a good job of making those pintos savory...they just weren't deep enough.  I like R Bar because of the staff too. Today, there was a little old man on the patio moving people around, making room for the cover band (I'm not a fan of cover bands, sorry) as the World Cup games were wrapping up. Keep in mind, we had just ordered our food and this man was not asking, not apologizing for the inconvenience, but telling us we HAD to move to make room for this band. He was rude and I didn't appreciate it at all. So when we got our food, yes, I was less forgiving for this honest review of the Margarita Pizza being made overly cheesy and greasy with jarred pesto and cherry tomatoes rather than all fresh ingredients and lack of roma tomatoes and fresh basil. The lamb dish being served with canned beans rather than fresh red beans because it was hot outside and rudeness made it all worse. Now, having said that, I love Bill and the rest of his staff and bartenders so of course, I'll go back. But maybe I'll be rude to the man that was rude to us...okay, no I won't because my mom raised me to respect my elders, but still...gerrrr.


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