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Best Brookside Eats

Best Brookside Eats

While other parts of Tulsa, especially its historic downtown, have had to contend with the effects of growing popularity, the Brookside District has somehow managed to keep much of its traditional charm and way of life, while also being an inviting area for restauranteurs to give it a go.

Article
Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
November 28, 2018 3:18 AM

Some of Tulsa’s coolest places to hang out, shop, and dine are located in the popular district of town known as Brookside. This mile or so of entertainment between 31st Street and just south of 41st Street on Peoria Avenue garners visits from people all over the city. And it’s no surprise why.

The fact is, Brookside has plenty to do in spades, no matter what you like to do. Whether you enjoy browsing quaint shops, viewing local and regional art displays, working out, walking the dog, or just seeing and being seen, Brookside is a superb place to play and have fun.

And since having fun tends to make you hungry and thirsty, it’s not surprising this part of town features some cool, tasty restaurants to savor good meals and great drinks with fabulous company. This list of ours contains several of our favorite suggestions for where to find a great margarita, fusion sushi, homestyle Italian, and a whole lot more — ensuring you and your loved ones enjoy a great day or night on the town anytime.

For some of the sweetest sauce and most tender meat, Elmer’s BBQ is Brookside’s barbecue beast. (Photo: Marc Rains)
For some of the sweetest sauce and most tender meat, Elmer’s BBQ is Brookside’s barbecue beast. (Photo: Marc Rains)

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Biga
4329 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
With excellent service and exceptional cuisine, Biga is a Tulsa gem. It is a superbly authentic, neighborhood Italian restaurant. Just ask anyone who has visited. The cozy, relaxed atmosphere welcomes everyone who enters this south Brookside eatery. The elegant and delicious specialty wine dinners Biga has to offer are truly a favorite among its regular patrons. Wines from all over the world paired with tasty dishes from one of Tulsa’s best Italian restaurants makes this a worthy place to visit time and time again.
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Brookside By Day
3313 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Brookside By Day has been one of Tulsa’s go-to breakfast locations since the early 1990s. So many people have made wonderful breakfast memories there. The accommodating staff always seem to be in the mood to make happy everyone who comes through both the front door on the Peoria side, or the “cool” entrance in the back, close to the parking lot. Sitting down in this restaurant, with its hole-in-the-wall vibe, to have breakfast or a burger feels a lot like being a part of the “in” crowd.
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Cafe Ole
3509 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
There’s a good reason Café Ole draws regulars back to dine and enjoy themselves over and over again. This spot has one of the best outdoor dining patios in the city, hands down. With a fire going in cool weather and adobe style half-walls lining the patio, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation in crisp New Mexico. The food is always reliable — don’t just stop for dinner, either. Plan to come for their brunch menu on the weekends. And they are famous for margaritas and sangria, so don’t miss out. Have it all, and finish up with their Key lime pie.
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Claud's Hamburgers
3834 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
One of Tulsa’s classic burger joints, Claud’s has been dishing up burgers and buns since 1954. Regulars will tell you it’s one of their favorite hamburger spots in town, and the team at Claud’s works hard to keep their clientele happy. It’s the kind of place Tulsans visit as kids and then grow up and bring their own kids. Among the favorites regulars recommend, you should try are the onion fried-in burgers, the crispy fries, and the coleslaw. People also rave about the friendly service, which makes it a pleasure to visit repeatedly.
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Doc's Wine & Food
3509 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
For nearly a decade, Doc’s Wine & Food has been providing the Brookside scene with one of Tulsa’s best New Orleans cuisine experiences. The rich flavor of their French Quarter fare can be smelled even before entering the dining room. World-class service and an unpretentious, yet stylish, approach to classic seafood and Creole dishes bring back the customers every time they open their doors. Enjoy brilliant wines and drinks to complement the fabulous food. You will not regret a single minute of your time spent at Doc’s.
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Elmer's BBQ
4130 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
For some of the sweetest sauce and most tender meat, Elmer’s BBQ is Brookside’s barbecue beast. From absolutely fresh and flavorful sides, like baked beans, corn on the cob and seasoned green beans, to their heavenly-smoked bologna and ribs, you will love every bite. With a casual atmosphere and its own mini-museum dedicated to many of jazz’s all-time greats, this Brookside bop-lovin’ beauty of a barbecue joint is one of Tulsa’s finest. Enjoy a sample of all they have to order by snagging a combo or two for the family. We promise, ‘It Be Bad.’
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In the Raw
3321 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Sushi lovers know that when you’re in Brookside, you want to stop in for a meal at In the Raw. This cool little spot is reliable, friendly, and delicious. While you’ll want to go for your usual favorites — the popular Cody roll with yellowtail and salmon, the Asian chicken ITR salad, or their fan-favorite 8-ounce pepper filet — don’t forget to try one of their weekly specials too. Save room for dessert, because their brulees and cheesecake are superb. Or stop by Mondays through Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., for their happy hour specials. Their $2 beer and $4 wine specials are a thing of beauty.
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Mondo's Italian Restaurant
3410 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Mondo’s is a tremendous treat for anyone wishing to experience the East Coast version of one of America’s favorite style of food: Italian. You’ll think you’ve been transported to the lower west side of New York, when in reality you’re still in Tulsa. And trust us, it isn’t just the exquisite collection of family photos covering every inch of the wall; it’s also the excellent service and the amazing Italian cuisine that will make you feel a part of the Aloisio family’s dinner party. Try their amazing meatballs or outstanding lasagna, and finish the meal off with an authentic cannoli.
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ol'Vine
3523 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Ol’Vine is one of those great spots to hang out with pals and chat. You’ve got two outdoor areas to choose from — the busier bustle of their sidewalk patio out front, or the quieter, tree-shaded back patio. The bar area features comfortable bar stools and TVs for game viewing. And the indoor dining area is casually refined. Share the carefully crafted cheese and fruit platter. And then opt for one of their artisan pizzas or a wood grilled shrimp dinner. And don’t neglect their Savory Swirl — a Wednesday evening extravaganza of flavors like hoisin chicken, garlic shrimp, braised brisket, rabbit roulade, and a whole lot more to explore.
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Sushi Hana
3739 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
We don’t know what the sushi scene in Tulsa would be like without Sushi Hana, and we’d hate to find out. These guys are serious about sushi. Enjoy some of the absolute best Japanese fusion cuisine while sitting in a swanky dining room or bar area, and you’re in for a real treat. Excellent prices and even better food are what you can expect when you visit. Try the shrimp or vegetable tempura appetizer to begin with. Then enjoy a couple of their many fantastic rolls, like the Volcano roll or the GenX. They are truly amazing.
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The Brook Restaurant & Bar
3401 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
A sports bar that is family friendly and serves great food? Yes, please. And it’s not surprising you’d find it here at The Brook. This spot offers American classics done to please a wide variety of patrons. You’ll find some excellent options here for the whole family, no matter who likes to eat what. From their meatless garden burger to the chili queso burger, the options run the gamut from healthy to, well, indulgent. Tulsans often say The Brook has some of the best mac and cheese in town, though you can’t go wrong with the Tater Tots or hand-cut fries either. Portions are large, and you won’t leave hungry.
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Weber's
3817 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
The bright orange building which houses this small, well-loved eatery is a Brookside classic. Weber’s has been around since 1933, serving up classic burgers, fries, and some of the best-loved homemade root beer in town. Their burger patties are made with 100 percent fresh ground Angus beef. The homemade onion rings are among the reasons people keep coming back to Weber’s over and over. Regulars recommend the coneys, too. And of course, you have to try their famous root beer, which traces back to 1891, when original owner Oscar Weber Bilby first started making his 14-ingredient root beer recipe. The root beer was supposedly a favorite of Frank and Jesse James. Legends aside, Weber’s doesn’t disappoint in the taste department, which is what counts.
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Also Check Out

Bin 35 Bistro
3509 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Blue Moon Cafe
3512 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Bricktown Brewery
3301 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Charleston's Restaurant
3726 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Cosmo Cafe
3334 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

KEO
3524 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

La Hacienda
4518 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Lambrusco'z To Go
1344 E. 41st St. | Tulsa

Old School Bagel
3723 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Oren Restaurant
3509 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

R Bar & Grill
3421 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Senor Tequila
3348 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Torchy's Tacos
3330 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Zoes Kitchen
3629 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

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