Monday, May 26, 2014

Polo Grill...Rich Food, Rich Taste

     It's been YEARS since I've visited the Polo Grill. A staple in Tulsa's Utica Square, it was nice to revisit, recall and rejoice in the flavors! :-)
     And my date...(this was our FIRST date), soon realized what it means to eat out in the company of a foodie with a blog.  I think there was a hint of embarrassment when I pulled out my Canon, but he got over it and even adjusted his plate so I could get a great shot...yep, he's real catch!

     My date decided to start off with the Oven Roasted Tomato looked amazing, so I took a sample with my spoon, only after he offered. He gets me, which makes him even more awesome.
 Oven Roasted Tomato Bisque- $8

     Next, he ordered the Chef's Grilled Salmon, with sauteed seasonal vegetables, aged balsamic charred roma tomato, and lemon caper gremolata.
Chef's Grilled Salmon-$17

     I opted for the Grilled Salmon Salad with grilled asparagus, Yukon Gold potatoes, Kalamata olives, and field greens. I had mine served up minus the Yukon Gold potatoes. This salad is typically served with chilled salmon so I liked that they asked me if I wanted the salmon hot or cold. I had mine glad I did. You could taste the buttery, flaky, richness of the salmon as it melted in my mouth. I don't think it would've been as tasty served up cold.
Grilled Salmon Salad-$15

     The food was great, the service a little rocky in the beginning. Our server approached us and after making us wait  a bit, he acted irritated when we took our time. I mean, we were on a date, that was obvious. I was like, DUDE, please!  Not sure if he was having a bad day but he ended becoming more patient and friendly before it was all said and done. Service itself is amazing. You never go without water in your glass or an empty beverage.

     I'm excited to go back for a dinner date...hopefully with the same person ;-) Bon appetit!

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bluestone Steak House and Seafood...Under New Ownership with Higher Standards!

Bluestone Steak House and Seafood is one of my new if not, THE new favorite restaurant and for so many reasons. The owners, Bill and Sharon Tackett, are friendly and passionate about the food and wine. They have dedicated the quality of food by specializing in "scratch cooking" with all food, including sauces, prepared on-site from fresh ingredients. 

     Little side note, they actually provide reading other restaurant does that. Ah, it's the little things that mean so much and adds the right touch...yes that rhymes, they don't call me the queen of cheese for nothing.

     I wasn't able to meet Bill's other half, Sharon, but was fortunate enough to get some time to chat with Bill.  Friendly as he is passionate about the food, wine and success of his restaurant, he indulged us with his knowledge and future plans.  His description of the selection of ingredients was so enticing, and even though the beautiful, aromatic plates of food were arriving at our table, I found myself engaged in our conversation about all of the above. 

     One of Bill's extensive experiences in the restaurant industiry is with beef. He has many years with one of America's largest food service providers, where he introduced Certified Angus Beef to restaurants in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and parts of Arkansas...GANGSTER BEEFOLOGY! This in and of itself is THE reason one knows, when ordering steak at Bluestone, rest assured, it WILL BE THE FINEST anywhere within hundreds of miles.

     A another reason of many, for dubbing this my new favorite, is Tackett's passion and knowledge of wine.  Me loveth the wineth and if you're a wine lover, you'll definitely appreciate the Bluestone’s dedication to the best wine drinking experience. Wine is decanted in lead-free crystal imported from Reidel , a 300-year old Austrian crystal maker. “The serious wine person ,” says Tackett, “can taste the difference between wine served in glass and wine served in crystal. It tastes different. It tastes better. I ripped this off their "about" section from their website, but he also verbally reiterated it to me.  My response was, "I knew it! I've told people I can tell the difference of how the wine tastes based off what it's served in!" Crystal is my choice for taste...he proved I wasn't crazy, well when it comes to wine that is. :-)

     In my usual routine of first time visits, I wholly trust and leave it up to the owner or chef to suggest their absolute favorites or customer favs.  Prepared by chef Jose Garcia, owner Bill Tackett suggest we start out with the Roasted Tenderloin with Remoulade Sauce, served with crostini.  Yes, we totally sopped up that plate of remoulade 
creamy-ness with that bread/crostini. The delicious memory of rich goodness continues to haunt me...I'm sure it'll stop haunting me as soon as I go back for seconds!

     Next, Bill suggested we try the Artichoke's a large organic chicken breast, lightly floured and baked in the oven with artichoke hearts and mushrooms, sauteed in a lemon butter creamy sauce, served with the absolute BEST garlic mashed potatoes you'll ever have and grilled asparagus. 

     Next, our gracious host and owner asked us what we wanted for our entree...we were getting to the "stuffed" point so we opted for a salad so we ordered the Spinach Salad...but of course, we just had to add the "Certified Angus Beef Steak". spinach, tossed in warm mustard pancetta dressing, and topped with fried onions, flash-fried crimini mushrooms and diced tomatoes. (Fyi...the crimini mushrooms are hand picked and sorted, so you're getting THE top picks, literally.)

     In between our meals, Bill wanted us to try one of their many refreshing cocktails offered in their restaurant and mixed up at their HUGE bar...
Ah...oh so delish on a hot day...OJ with Disaronno. Cheers!

     And alas, the desert. What to choose, what to choose?!!  Since Bill had mentioned to us earlier that they use vanilla beans imported from Madagascar, then ground to a fine paste, we said yes to the Vanilla Creme Brulee. I don't even know where to start in my attempt to do this heavenly, creamy and decadent dessert justice. Perfectly "set", creamy and with a nice, thick torched sugar WOW...Wow!! Uh, yeah, so I definitely had to refrain myself from re-creating that Meg Ryan/Billy Crystal cafe seen in 'When Harry Met Sally' would've just been weird with Ashlei sitting across from me :-(

     Equipped with a huge bar with an amazing wine selection, it makes for a perfect location for wine seminar/tastings and wine dinners, which Bluestone is planning to place on their calendar of events in the near future.   Bluestone Steak House and Seafood serves up an amazing Sunday Brunch with a buffet that includes un-cured, nitrate-free honey ham. They're also enhancing their lunch menu, adding more organic selections. Visit their website for more info.

      Thanks to Bill Tackett for an amazing experience in foodie heaven. Also, thanks to Vickie, our server for being awesome and Ashlei Kramer, for the GREAT wine and fun conversation. The food was top notch, the service was great and the atmosphere was cozy, romantic and THE perfect place for conversation, food and wine. Bon appetit!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bogey's Burgers in East Tulsa...You Know How to Whistle, Don't Ya...

     ....You just put your lips together and blow, but not before you take a huge bite of cheeseburger deliciousness.  I've lived in Northeast Oklahoma for 3/4's of my life and have NEVER heard of this place. It's a bit of a time warp...from the decor, to the old fashioned burgers and curly fries. But you know when you bite into one of those old fashioned cheeseburgers and you just know, you're in 'Merka (America) and life is good? Yeah, I had one of those moments :-)

     A last minute "what's everyone doing for lunch?" question and co-worker Brenda says "Bogey's!".  I was like, "where? what?" never heard of this place.  So glad we went. I ordered the classic bacon cheeseburger and had a bite of Kristi's fries and a couple of Dawn's onion rings. I didn't realize I was craving this place until I bit into my burger...YUM!
Kristi and Brenda 

The "Gang", Kristi, Brenda, David, and Dawn

      Brenda's chili cheese burger and fries...she was our VIP and the only one the owner "Mel" personally delivered food to...wonder what he would've done if I'd told him to kiss my grits? :-D

     Everyone should try this place at least once. Nostalgic, retro food as is the theme, it's good 'ole American food and just one of those occasional life "must haves". The company was awesome as was the plethora of "cheat day" goodness :-D  PLAY, I MEAN, MAKE... IT AGAIN SAM, AND PUT SOME CHEESE ON IT!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Brothers Houligan...Simple,Old School TASTY Diner Food!

Brothers Houligan! Good service, old school food.

Finally, I tried Brothers Houligan. It's old school diner food with...pretty tasty.  I started with the beanless chili and also had the steak salad, my guest had the chicken tenders and waffle fries with green beans. 


     The server was new and didn't ask me how I wanted my steak cooked. In the spirit of "old school cafĂ©" type food, they cooked it well :-(  It wasn't too bad, I just like my steak to moo now and then. They marinade the meat so that's very obvious and what makes it tasty.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Main Street Tavern...Broken Arrow's First Gastropub of Epicurean Delight!

     Wow...what an awesome addition to the Rose District in Broken Arrow. Actually, it seems like this trendy gastropub was there prior to the dubbing of the downtown district as The Rose District.  Look at that cheeseburger to the you see that smile with it's tongue showing as if to say "eat me, I'm meaty, bacon-ee, goodness!"

     This charming yet trendy gastropub looks not so big on the outside...but when you step in, this is what you see:
     It goes in and to either side with booths and tables...plenty of room.  We were greeted by a friendly hostess and seated immediately. Soon after our awesome server came over and the epicurean experience begun.

     So I had a little guest with me...we decided to start with the Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip. Okay, it was my idea but my little six year old guest LOVED it.
Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip served w/crostini-$8 

     Next, we ordered our main course. I ordered the Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger with sweet potato fries and little gal ordered the Grilled Cheese with fries.
 Grown Up Grilled Cheese-American, provolone, and cheddar cheese on wheatberry bread, served with pub fries-$8
     I had a small bite of the Grown Up Grilled's everything a grilled cheese should be and apparently, not just for grown ups. My little guest Tessa LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it! All through the meal she kept mumbling "this is sooooo good!!" She obviously has great taste in food and her parents are raising her chains or fast food for this lil foodie in the makin'!

The Jalapeno Cream Cheese and Bacon Burger served with sweet potato fries-$9 

     This cheeseburger, topped with grilled jalapenos and melted cream cheese was beyond. Look at that photo you see the flavor? Yes you do...YES, you do.  And juicy!  The flavors were all there, juicy, savory and delicious. I think the burger could have used a little more salt if the bacon wasn't on it...but because the bacon was on it, it balanced the flavors beautifully. Hmm, the chef must know what he's doing!  I know it sounds simple to say a cheeseburger and sweet potato fries, but as you can see from the photos, it's clearly not just a burger and fries. The colors and ingredients raised the meal a level or two.

     As if this wasn't enough (yes, we both took more than half our meals home) we just HAD to try the dessert. We opted for the Triple Chocolate Cake.
 Triple Chocolate Cake-$6

     Once again, we found ourselves unable to utter one's hard to do that when you're stuffing yourself with a bite of this creamy, decadent chocolate cake.  

     Main Street Tavern is the first among the businesses to grace The Rose District upon the opening of their doors.  Broken Arrow peeps are lucky to have this little gem in the heart of main street.

     Whether you're going for a happy hour, or going early enough to take the kids for a great family'll want to make this a MUST in your regular places to eat out.

     Happy place, happy face...bon appetit!

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