Saturday, January 31, 2015
A colleague treated me out to lunch after a client meeting. It's been about six years since I've been here. I have one word...okay, two words.
I love places that remind me of the goodness of Oklahoma. Businesses like Freddie's definitely does that. From the warm welcome to the down to earth service and fresh food. My colleague is a regular there so it was almost like a diner, with Flo and Mel, except the food is steakhouse quality.
I had the steak and you get all the trimmings with it. They brought out smoked meats, hummus with veggies, tabouli and house salad. Then, the steak...seasoned so perfect.
So, I have clients that have been telling me I need to visit Cork...for sometime now. I finally did and was so glad I didn't wait any longer.
I had lunch with a client and we decided on Cork. It's hidden, nestled between a couple of businesses in a strip mall. In fact, there was no one else dining in the restaurant when we got there. Can I just say, I hope that changes because I do NOT want to see this great little eatery go out of business.
Since it was lunchtime, I couldn't partake in a glass of wine, but I did look over the wine list and it's impressive. With a delectable food menu as well as a full bar and great wine/cocktail/beer menu, this place better stay open.
My client and I started off with the Hot and Crunchy Avocado. Yum doesn't begin to describe this amazing bite of goodness. It's super crunchy, then there's the creamy, savory avocado...swirled in that ancho and mango jalapeno aioli. WOW.
Hot and Crunchy Avocado 10
Avocado, creem cheese and pepper jack blend rolled in our signature breading with an ancho and mango jalapeno aioli
Wait, we didn't stop there for a starter...we also decided to try the Duck Bacon and Corn Wonton. They were like crunchy decadent empanadas, made with wonton dough...so freaking good.
Duck Bacon and Corn Wonton 12
Six Crispy wontons over a bed o mixed bean and corn succotash
Aaaand we didn't stop there. No. She ordered her own meal and I ordered my own meal. Thank goodness the holidays are over and I can't use that as an excuse to eat what I want...because this day I did :-D
My client ordered the Basil-Havarti Grilled Cheese w/Cup of Tomato Basil Soup. I ordered the Grilled Pork Chops with a Tahlequah mustard cream.
Basil-Havarti Grilled Cheese wtih Cup of Tomato Basil Soup 11
A Cork twist on the grilled cheese. Drizzled with local clover honey and served with a cup of creamy tomato basil bisque
Grilled Pork Chops 26
Two hand cut, bone in, center loin pork chops seasoned, grilled, and mopped with our Tahlequah mustard cream and served with garlic mashed potatoes and haricot verts
Our server was awesome and he informed me they were going to be tweaking the menu a bit more plus, they have entertainment at night on certain evenings. I give it two out of three noms.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I know we have casinos in Tulsa...but this one is worth the short drive to Wyandotte, OK. Indigo Sky Casino has a beautiful, lavish and modern hotel with all the amenities, fluff and pampering you can imagine. This casino has several restaurants within the casino...this review is on Shawanoe Restaurant and Bar.
One of my favorite clients to see handles the Indigo Sky Casino & Hotel. I love that she let's me treat her to lunch and she always selects Shawanoe Restaurant and Bar. They serve a variety of items from traditional Indian Tacos to delicious salads, pastas, and proteins including steaks, seafood, pork and chicken. I opted for the Caesar Steak Salad and my client chose the Chicken and Cheese Tortellini...yes, she let me have a bite of hers :-D
Below is the Chicken and Cheese Tortellini...so much flavor. It think if a dish contains chicken breast it's healthy...no? I'll just think it and allow myself to feel good about eating this rich, delicious dish, even if only for a minute.
Chicken & Cheese Tortellini
Tri-colored cheese tortellini tossed with garlic,
parmesan cheese and basil-cream sauce with an
herb-encrusted chicken breast and served with garlic
I did only have ONE bite of that deliciousness. The dish I ordered for myself was the Caesar Salad with steak...don't judge. The flavor of the steak was so perfectly seasoned and just went so well with that fresh crisp salad.
Romaine tossed with Caesar dressing, tomato,
parmesan cheese and croutons. 5.99 / Add steak or
The prices reflect the lunch menu but the dinner prices are not much more. It's affordable, delicious food and so worth the drive. For you casino frequenters, this place is definitely worth the drive and stay in the hotel. After all, isn't it good luck to try your hand at a new place?