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Best Bowl Meals

Best Bowl Meals

Cold, sick, or just in need of some heart-warming goodness? There are few better remedies for the body and soul than a steaming bowl of soup, stew, bisque, chili, goulash, pho or noodles.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
December 29, 2017 3:18 AM

It’s officially winter … even if Green Country’s weather doesn’t always cooperate. It may be cold, snowy or icy as you read this, or it might be in the 60s. But no matter the actual weather, winter is the perfect time to warm your soul and if need be, your body, with a bowl of steaming hot, tasty goodness offered up in the area’s many local restaurants.

What’s truly neat about ordering a bowl of food is that in one smooth, round, delightfully compact container, you can potentially enjoy all sorts of cuisines and all kinds of meals. Imagine light broths and home-brewed soups, like pho and miso, for those times you want just a snack or light meal before or after a party. Picture a hearty bowl of chili or chowder on days when you need something that sticks to your ribs. Ponder the delights of rice bowls, ramen noodles, egg scrambles, oatmeal on steroids.

Imagine it all — and then rejoice, because the 918 offers it all. Whatever your favorite meal in a bowl, you can find plenty of options to warm you up from the inside out.

With your taste buds in mind, we’ve gathered a list of the best bowl meals you can find around Tulsa and the surrounding towns including soups, stews, bisques, chilis, pho and more. We’ve found it and categorized it so you can just head to one of these restaurants anytime and dig in.

Tavolo’s Monday lunch special features its tomato bisque, made with goat cheese. For a traditional Italian soup, opt for the minestrone. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Tavolo’s Monday lunch special features its tomato bisque, made with goat cheese. For a traditional Italian soup, opt for the minestrone. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

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Amazing Thai Cuisine
1232 E. Kenosha | Broken Arrow
A trip to Amazing Thai is an astounding adventure of flavor. Their soups are one of the reasons. The savory Clear Noodle Soup, with chicken or pork, combines crystal clear bean noodles with cabbage, carrots, cilantro, scallions and fried garlic. Yum! Talk about leaving your taste buds with something to remember. Or try the coconut soup, the tom kah. It’s seasoned with galangal (a rooty, tropical spice), lemongrass, lime juice, various Thai chilies and fresh mushrooms, topped with fresh, chopped cilantro for a bold finish.

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Billy’s on the Square
424 S. Main St. | Tulsa
Located in the historic Mayo Building in downtown Tulsa, Billy’s on the Square has been serving up delicious lunches to Tulsans since 1984. They’re known for a hefty carry-out and delivery side too, so if you can’t make it there for a sit-down meal, you can still enjoy their fantastic burgers, salads, and wraps. Be sure to enjoy a cup or bowl of their soups, which will warm you up and leave you feeling satisfied. Favorites include the creamy baked potato soup loaded with cheddar, Jack cheese, bacon bits, sour cream and chives or the roasted red pepper soup with smoked Gouda topped with chives.

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Bluestone Steakhouse & Seafood
10032 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
A true treat for any special occasion or when you just want to treat yourself to exquisite food and service, Bluestone Steakhouse & Seafood offers more than just some of the best steak in town. Among their excellent dinners, sides and appetizers, you’ll find the Angus beef steak soup — a tasty concoction that proves how versatile red meat can be in the right chef ’s hands. They also serve fresh daily soup specials, so be sure to ask for the soup of the day when you visit.

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Brownies
6577 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
2130 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
For decades, generations of Tulsans have visited Brownies for delicious hamburgers, fries and sweet, sweet homemade root beer. But the soup specials they offer set it apart from any old hamburger joint. On Mondays, get a hot bowl of Frito chili pie. On Tuesdays or Sundays, order up butterbeans with ham soup and thank us later. Check out the Wednesday through Thursday beef stew special. And Friday and Saturday, enjoy a piping hot bowl of navy bean soup. You won’t regret it.

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Cafe Ole
3509 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
With one of the best heated patios in town, Cafe Ole is a great place to visit any time of the year. In the winter, you’ll enjoy being warmed up by their fantastic, gluten-free tortilla soup, made with pulled roasted chicken, vegetables, savory tomato broth with tortilla threads, cheese, and served with jalapeño cornbread. And while you’re dining there, start out your meal with their homemade classic Olé Queso, a local favorite recipe for over 30 years, made with melted cream cheese, peppers, onions and spices. It pairs great with tortilla chips, and it’s also gluten-free.

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Caz’s Chowhouse
18. E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
Caz’s Chowhouse, the long-lasting stalwart of downtown’s art district, offers some of Tulsa’s comfort food at its finest. Enjoy a cup of soup with any of their fantastic made-like-home entrees, like Mom’s Meatloaf or Pop’s Pot Roast. Get completely stuffed and sufficiently satisfied with the baked potato soup, topped with cheese and green onion, or the chicken and sausage gumbo soup. Visit Caz’s for the chili, served daily, and trust us, you will be wishing you could take home the recipe.

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Chimi’s
1304 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
5320 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
6709 E. 81st St. | Tulsa
A Mexican food tradition since 1983, Chimi’s specializes in helping people make happy family memories while eating some delicious, fresh Mexican dishes. Their 81st Street location shows UFC bouts on the big TV screens. The Cherry Street spot uses a fresh tortilla maker that you can view in action. And you can enjoy their zesty chicken tortilla soup made with homemade broth, topped with Monterrey Jack, or the seafood chowder, a version of Mexican Seven Seas seafood soup, made with shrimp, white fish, scallops, spices, avocado, and served with rice.

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Cosmo Café
3334 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
This spacious, comfortable coffee and spirits bar and eatery is popular — for good reason — with remote workers, writers, and gatherings of friends for a leisurely meal and catch-up chat. If you’re warming up there after a shopping spree on Brookside on a winter’s afternoon, have the traditional chili, made with 90 percent lean beef, or their specialty Madras Vegan Chili. Cosmo Cafe also serves a tomato soup made with roasted red pepper and Gouda; pozole, a Southern hominy soup with shredded chicken and black beans; and a slightly spicy coconut Thai curry soup with sweet potatoes and lemongrass.

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Freeway Café
1547 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
465 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
5849 S. 49th W. Ave. | Tulsa
Folks visit this place for classic diner food, but also the 1950s atmosphere and friendly waitstaff. Burgers and fries, ham and eggs, good coffee with a cinnamon roll — these are what you can expect. But it’s the chili that specifically gives it that unique touch. Frito chili pie, the Freeway and the three-way chili will remind any Okie of the good stuff your mom used to make on a cold day. Ask for the soup of the day for another special treat. The vegetable soup is especially delicious.

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Fuji
8226 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
The oldest sushi place in Tulsa, Fuji has been delivering exciting and delectable Asian foods and sushi rolls for close to 30 years. Their sushi bar chefs are delightful to watch in action. Fuji recently added ramen bowls to their menu, with savory options featuring pork, soy and miso; or you can create a ramen bowl by choosing broth, noodles and toppings like seaweed, kimchi, fried garlic, chicken, tofu, spinach, and many more choices. You can also check out the Soba Noodle Soup with shiitake mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, and tempura shrimp, and the Nabeykai Udon Soup with kanikama (imitation crabmeat), tempura shrimp, broccoli, soft-boiled egg, and shiitake mushrooms.

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George’s Pub
108 N. 1st St. | Jenks
Step into a ‘knees up’ pub, as they say, inspired by the good ole’ U.K. and snatch yourself a steaming hot bowl of homemade Guinness Chili. If you can’t quite picture the flavorful amalgamation of an Irish dry stout beer and tasty Oklahoma chili, then head over to Jenks and try it. We’re sure you’ll go barmy for it. Or try their zesty tortilla soup. It’s perfect food for heating you up on a winter’s day.

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In the Raw
3321 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
6151 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
216 S. Main St. | Broken Arrow
You’ll find teriyaki rice bowls galore at In the Raw. Get your fix with flavorful veggies, juicy chicken, scrumptious gulf shrimp or melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin. Choose one of four amazing sauces, and you’re sure to enjoy every last bite. Combine that with any one of their fantastic entrees and you’ll think you’re in heaven. The fine-dining atmosphere and excellent waitstaff will ensure you have a great experience and have you wishing for another bowl to take home.

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Jason’s Deli
8321 E. 61st St. | Tulsa
1330 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
Featuring fresh salads and tasty sandwiches, Jason’s Deli takes your typical casual lunch up a notch, which explains why it draws big crowds at lunchtime. They offer a lot of vegetarian and gluten-free options for those with special dietary preferences or needs, including a wide range of soup choices — broccoli cheddar, Irish potato, organic vegetable, tomato basil, and more. If you’re wanting a heartier bowl, check out one of their delicious stews — beef, traditional chili, southwest chicken chili, chicken potpie, and spicy seafood gumbo.

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Jim’s Coney Island
1923 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
At Jim’s, you get no-nonsense service with a smile and some of the best Coney dogs and Greek cuisine this side of Brooklyn, New York. But that isn’t all. Order yourself a warm bowl of three-way (spaghetti, beans and chili) on a cold winter’s night and you’ll be glad you did. Grab a pint or half-pint of regular chili or Frito chili pie to go and you’ll be a hero at home for a week. On a seasonal basis, ask for the Greek soup to eat alongside your already amazing Coney dogs.

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Juniper
324 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
This is bright, welcoming, award-winning farm-to-table restaurant is a must-visit, especially if you’ve never been before. The menu focuses on seasonal dishes, with daily specials and craft cocktails that make Juniper a delight to visit with friends and family. The chefs love playing with the menu, and you can expect daily soup specials among other special, seasonal offerings. Right now, their menu features a rich, tasty sweet carrot soup, made with smoked buttermilk and crab.

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Kilkenny’s Irish Pub
1413 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
If you’re looking for a traditional, softly lit Irish pub with dark wood tables, friendly servers and a terrific bar menu, Kilkenny’s is a great option. You can find classic pub dishes here — boxties, scotch eggs, fish and chips and much more. Whether you like bottled lagers, ales, wines, premium spirits, whiskeys or mixed drinks, Kilkenny’s can hook you up. While there, enjoy the Kilkenny’s potato soup, lobster and sweet corn chowder, Charleston clam chowder, or the traditional Irish stew (generous chunks of seared beef cooked slowly with fresh herbs, carrots, onions and potatoes in a rich, hearty broth).

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Lanna Thai
7227 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa
Thai food is one of the most popular international cuisines right now, and Lanna Thai’s soups are some of the most requested among Tulsans these days. The tom kha and tom yum gai are exactly that — yum. Spicy tart chicken soups with either coconut milk or lime juice, these soups legitimately qualify as entrees. Other soups with spicy shrimp, seasoned ground pork or Thai-style barbecue pork will surprise your taste buds and increase your sense of adventure in food.

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Mandarin Taste
6125 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Mandarin Taste offers authentic, traditional Chinese dishes made fresh to order, including several types of egg drop soup, as well as hot and sour soup. But the star of their bowl menu is the Sichuan hot pot, great for sharing among several people. Order your choice of broth, as well as several choices of meats and vegetables to pick from. It is delivered on a hot plate to your table, where you can flash cook your own meats and veggies and dig in.

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Mondo’s
3410 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Never had minestrone other than at home from a can? Look no further than Mondo’s. Seriously, these guys come from a long line of Italian homemade soup makers. Juicy bits of tomatoes, other choice veggies and beans in a thick broth make this a worthwhile choice for lunch or dinner. Order a cup with another fantastic Mondo’s entrée or enjoy a bowl as an entrée itself. Either choice is an excellent one. They’ve got an equally delicious clam chowder as well.

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Napa Flats
9912 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
With superior service, perfectly crafted wood-fired dishes and a casual but aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, Napa Flats is a great place to go for an exceptional dining experience. Every starter, every entrée, sandwich or pizza, every salad you choose will meet or exceed your expectations or they’re not satisfied. The soup of the day is no exception. Whether it’s the tomato bisque or any other soup de jour, you will be pleased.

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ol’Vine
3523 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
With two beautiful outside patios and warm-wood seating indoors, ol’Vine offers guests a great variety of places to sit, whether you want an intimate romantic dinner, a casual visit with friends at the bar, or a chance to see and be seen in busy Brookside. Among their soups is a tasty tomato bisque seasoned to perfection. For a more substantial meal, try a bowl of the shrimp and grits, made with bacon-wrapped shrimp, stone-ground cheese grits, and sriracha-honey butter.

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Papa Ganouj
1328 E. 6th St. | Tulsa
Located in the Pearl District, Papa Ganouj specializes in serving classic Lebanese dishes made from the heart. It’s a great place to grab lunch between office meetings, and if the weather is warm, you can sit in the covered sidewalk seating area and enjoy the fresh air. Regulars love the hummus and wraps. For soups, you can opt for two classic Mediterranean dishes — a light lentil soup seasoned with celery and onions, and a heartier chicken, veggie, and black bean soup made with chicken breast, black beans and variety of fresh vegetables.

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PRHYME
111 N. Main St. | Tulsa
This beautiful, elegantly decorated steakhouse is a perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner or a special treat before or after seeing a show in downtown Tulsa. An attentive waitstaff will help you to feel pampered as you enjoy specialties like escargot, caviar and roe. Warm up on a cold day with PRHYME’s soups — a gluten-free, vegetarian sweet corn soup seasoned with scallions and paprika cream; or the seafood bisque, made with lump crab, rouille, toasted panko and roasted red bell pepper.

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Savoy
6033 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Got dinner rolls? Got cornbread? Got piping hot soup? If not, Savoy is undoubtedly the place to go. Every Tuesday and Thursday, enjoy a steaming bowl of beef stew. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, order the ham and beans soup. If you’ve ever been to Savoy, chances are it’s been to enjoy their outstanding breakfast menu, but more and more Tulsans are realizing that lunchtime at this gem of a restaurant is every bit as good.

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Shiloh’s
2604 N. Aspen Ave. | Broken Arrow
Home cooking that makes the whole family feel welcome — that’s the atmosphere you get at Shiloh’s, which draws on several generations of restaurateurs and family recipes to serve comfort food you won’t soon forget. Among the yummy chicken tenders, homemade pies, and all-day breakfast specials, Shiloh’s is also well-known for its tasty Grandma Ethel’s Homemade Vegetable Beef Stew with cornbread. Other hearty bowl meals include the Grandpa’s Chili, Teri’s Goulash, and daily soup specials.

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Sisserou’s
107 N. Boulder Ave. | Tulsa
With one of the most surprisingly unique and tasty menus, Sisserou’s never disappoints. A creamy butternut squash soup containing tremendously flavorful veggies and spices is always the right choice. But the callaloo, a Caribbean tradition, is equally mouthwatering. The tasty bowl of spinach, okra, herbs and spices, the callaloo will become your new favorite soup. Luckily for you, you can get it every day of the week at Sisserou’s.

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Sushi Hana
9904 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
3739 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Impeccably decorated, Sushi Hana wows you as soon as you step inside. Whether you want a fusion-style sushi roll, traditional tempura or some of the best teriyaki in town, you can’t go wrong here. Warm up your body and your palate with one of their many traditional Asian soups — miso, chicken wonton, hot and sour, spicy seafood, or the choice of chicken, vegetable or seafood udon noodle bowls. Follow that with a roll like the Black Samurai (seared peppercorn tuna atop of crunchy, black masago and spicy yellowtail), and you’ll be in Sushi Hana heaven.

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Tandoori Guys
2039 W. Houston St. | Broken Arrow
The traditional, healthy home-cooked style at Tandoori Guys is based on the cuisine of southeast India. Tandoori Guys’ food is never frozen, and cooked fresh daily in the traditional style, with the traditional spices. The rasam packs more flavor than you’d ever expect out of a bowl. The broth is rich and flavored with all the important spices of Indian cuisine: garlic, pepper, red chili, asafoetida. Or go for a bowl of sambar, a lentil-based vegetable stew.

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Tavolo
427 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
This modern, intimate, urban Italian eatery focuses on handmade pastas and seasonal dishes created by a passionate, creative chef. Ideal for a romantic meal, Tavolo is also a nice option for a special dinner with a few close friends, as well as a quick, classy lunch break with a co-worker. Tavolo’s Monday lunch special features its tomato bisque, made with goat cheese. For a traditional Italian soup, opt for the minestrone, which Tavolo takes up a notch by adding bourbon bacon to the mix of usual ingredients — carrots, white beans, onions, celery, radish, tomatoes, fennel and parsley.

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Ti Amo
219 S. Cheyenne Ave. | Tulsa
6024 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Ti Amo does everything well. Both the downtown and midtown locations aim to please. The soups and other menu items never fail to reflect just that. Delicious menu items from seafood, steaks, pastas, salads, sandwiches, burgers, paninis or wraps — any item on the menu — is sure to leave you completely satisfied. The unbelievably delightful lobster bisque will have you savoring every single delectable spoonful.

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The Tropical
8125 E. 49th St. | Tulsa
Tasty and quite healthy, the three-kind mushroom soup at The Tropical, with enoki, white beech and shiitake mushrooms is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a soup with both wonderful flavor and beneficial health elements. This soup is full of nutrients like thiamin, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, and selenium. It’s low in dietary cholesterol and sodium, too. Trust us, you’ll love all the menu items at The Tropical, whether you’re trying to eat healthy or not.

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Jinya Ramen Bar
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Kai Burmese Cuisine
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Lassalle’s
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Mamadou’s
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Margaret’s German Restaurant & Deli
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Michael V’s
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Mod’s Coffee & Crepes
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Pho Nhi
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Roppongi
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SMOKE. on Cherry Street
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Stonehorse Café
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The Tavern
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Wild Fork
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