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Best Brunch

Best Brunch

Whether you are looking for a reconnect brunch with the girlfriends or some carb-filled fuel to break a hangover, these Tulsa-area restaurants have you covered.

Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
July 28, 2019 3:18 AM

Brunch — it’s one of the most tempting weekend meals we can treat ourselves to, offering special menu items you don’t easily find other times of the week. Part breakfast, part lunch, and all delicious, there’s no meal quite like it.

You may associate it with a lazy start to the weekend, mimosas, and bloody marys after church. And that’s not wrong, but it’s not all there is to the story. Brunch has a fascinating history.

According to the History Channel’s website, brunch hearkens back to fox hunting days, when upper-class British people would take a break between chasing small wildlife to enjoy an indulgent late morning meal featuring meats, eggs, and alcohol. Eventually, brunch made its way to Chicago, where celebrities and other big wigs stayed overnight during coast-to-coast train trips during the days before planes became a common form of transportation.

Now, it’s a meal that Green Country loves enjoying on weekends with friends and family.

A sweet cinnamon roll can be disguised as a meal. Mixed drinks can be ingested before noon. Your Sunday’s finest or haggard sweatpants are both acceptable at most places. It’s almost a wild terrain.

Food is such a central part of our community, and the meal of brunch combines eating with a social hour aspect that just a regular lunch or dinner don’t touch. Brunch isn’t to be enjoyed alone, but surrounded by friends, family, a significant other, or even a date.

Whether you serve up your Saturday morning meal with bottomless mimosas or coffee and Tylenol, we’ve got some options for you. For this article, we’re defining brunch pretty narrowly. The restaurants we’re highlighting here either have a special brunch menu that is different from their breakfast or lunch menus, or they are known for being a go-to place during midmorning into early afternoon on Saturdays or Sundays.

We invite you to wake up to smell the hash browns and dive in forks first to brunch.

Tulsans in the know about good eats make it a point to visit Bramble for its unique, locally-sourced menu options.
Tulsans in the know about good eats make it a point to visit Bramble for its unique, locally-sourced menu options.


Bramble Breakfast & Bar
400 Riverwalk Terrace | Jenks
1302 E. 6th St. | Tulsa
Tulsans in the know about good eats make it a point to visit Bramble for its unique, locally-sourced menu options. Go sweet and decadent with the bacon and bourbon pancakes, or be healthy with the quinoa breakfast bowl (which includes tomato, avocado, feta, greens, and a poached egg). For drinks, consider the breakfast mule or some of their creative variations on bloody mary recipes, like the Sweeny Todd (cucumber-infused gin, housemade bloody mary mix, lime salt).

Dilly Diner
402 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa
You’ll upgrade your weekend brunch plans with a visit to one of the IDL’s best diners. Grab a comfy booth and enjoy both savory and sweet at this go-to brunch destination. Dilly Diner’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you decide which glorious meal to add to your already fantastic weekend itinerary. Their huge, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon rolls are spectacular, and their chicken and waffles will truly rival any you’ve had. For something savory, the bagel and salmon lox will send you reeling. Anything with their homemade brioche will be your best choice.

El Guapo's
332 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
8161 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
It’s hard not to love El Guapo’s any time of the week for its excellent service and drinks. Their brunch menu is as good as anything else they serve. You’ll love the options, like the steak and eggs tacos, classic huevos rancheros, or the generous breakfast burrito made with your choice of chorizo, carne asada, ground beef, or smoked chicken. Go late enough in the morning (or early afternoon) that you don’t feel guilty ordering a cerveza or the bloody Carmen — made with tequila, of course.

Fassler Hall
304 S. Elgin Ave. | Tulsa
Where do we start when it comes to Tulsa’s No. 1 Biergarten? This outstanding McNellie’s Group endeavor out-brunches many options with one hand tied behind its strong and sturdy German back. Toss down a scrumptious sausage roll with any one of their equally amazing beverages, and you’ll be saying, ‘Noch eins, bitte’ quicker than you can say, ‘Can I have another one, please?’ Seriously though, their brunch time tacos or biscuits from 11a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays are sensational.

James E. McNellie's Public House
409 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
7031 S. Zurich Ave. | Tulsa
You have got to love McNellie’s for its festive pub atmosphere and great drinks. Knowing they serve brunch is the icing on the cake. You’ll find all the usual suspects on their brunch menu — chicken and waffles, quiche, biscuits and sausage gravy, and steak and eggs. If you want to deviate from that to get something not all restaurants offer, then dig into the corned beef hash flavored with beer mustard. And don’t neglect the bloody mary bar, featuring eight different vodkas to choose from.

Kilkenny's Irish Pub
1413 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
This classic pub on Cherry Street has been treating Tulsa to delicious Irish meals and a full-service bar for years. Their “Brunch of the Irish” is available Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy the traditional Irish breakfast — eggs, bangers (sausages), rashers (bacon), grilled tomato, mushrooms, Irish baked beans, black pudding, and Irish soda bread. Try the Way South O’Blarney omelet with chorizo, jalapeno, tomato, and pepper jack. Top the meal off with an Irish coffee or hot buttered rum.

377 E. Main St. | Jenks
Bernadette and her husband, Toby, don’t do anything half-heartedly, so come expecting something special for brunch this coming weekend in Jenks. You won’t be disappointed. From the cowboy breakfast to the quiche, any one of their housemade, infused with love brunch items will ultimately hit the spot. The crepes and the street tacos are always a good call. And for an outstanding piece of toast, order the avocado toast, and you’ll never want it any other way. Of course, everyone’s favorite, young and old, is the Breakfast Banana Split. So fruity. So tasty. So Kitch.

MAD Eats
201 S. Main St. | Owasso
MAD Eats is a place you go for seriously rich meals. Go here when you’re not trying to eat light because you’ll want to indulge. Their all-day brunch menu features the indulgent Brunch Skillet made with Tater Tots, eggs, onions, peppers, jalapenos, sausage, bacon, ham, and cheddar cheese. They’ve also got plenty of chicken — fried chicken and biscuit, chicken and waffle benedict; you get the idea. Or feast on the buttermilk pancake tacos sided with a cocktail. You can also expect homemade pies and the craziest milkshakes in town including The Gooney (strawberry shake, chocolate candy rim, cotton candy, and whipped cream) and Chester Coffee Pot and Bonuts (coffee shake, chocolate sprinkle rim, whipped cream, and coffee sugared bonuts). The diner also features a variety of local beers, frozen cocktails, and boozy shakes (based on The Outsiders) for the grownups to enjoy, plus outside seating with fun games like cornhole, giant Jenga, and Connect 4.

Maryn's Taphouse
400 Riverwalk Terrace | Jenks
A proper brunch isn’t complete without some of Green Country’s best eggs Benedict, and Maryn’s carefully orchestrated crab or lobster benedict dishes ultimately do the trick. Combine that with a delicious mimosa or a lick-your-lips grapefruit mint Bellini, and you’re set. Maryn’s waitstaff is top notch, making every brunch date here a special one. Don’t just go on our word — hit up one of Jenk’s trendiest riverside haunts for yourself, and you’ll see for yourself what we’re talking about. Amazing food. Excellent service. What are you waiting for?

Prairie Brewpub
223 N. Main St. | Tulsa
Let’s not pretend this is your average brunch place. Sure, the meals are what you’d expect to see — like shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy (made with short ribs for a subtle twist), and eggs Benedict. But really, go for the drinks you can’t find elsewhere. Enjoy a shot of rum and coffee; a mimosa customized with orange juice, grapefruit, blueberry pomegranate, pineapple or cranberry juice; or the PrairieBomb! bloody mary — your choice of regular vodka, cucumber vodka, lime vodka, tequila or Jameson, mixed with Zing Zang, lime juice, olive juice, and PrairieBomb! stout. Or — why not — get the Cereal Milk, which combines either Fruity Pebbles, Honey Nut Cheerios or Cocoa Puffs with vodka and milk.

SMOKE. Woodfire Grill
1542 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
201 S. Main St. | Owasso
SMOKE. never skimps on menu choices. Brunching at this world-class eatery is no exception. Whether you’re on Cherry Street in Tulsa or Main Street in Owasso and you’re hankering for a top-notch brunch selection, this spot is a no-brainer. Freshly made migas. Need we say more? Thick cut bacon. Mimosas. Bloody marys. Brioche bread pudding. French toast. Should we keep going? Seriously though, making this place your choice for a weekend pick-me-up will be one of the best decisions you can make. Superior service and fantastic food make SMOKE. one of the best brunch experiences out there.

The Chalkboard Restaurant
1324 S. Main St. | Tulsa
We included The Chalkboard because of its exceptional atmosphere and outstanding service, but don’t think for a moment that’s all they offer. The Chalkboard is an experience to rival all other brunch experiences first and foremost because of the food. Anything you order will be an absolute pleasure to the taste buds. Delightful aromas meet you at the door before you even sit down. Whether you’re going healthy or decadent, you will not be disappointed. Try their amazing fresh fruit bowls or the chef’s indulgent French toast. Whatever you choose will be the right choice.

The Tavern
201 N. Main St. | Tulsa
This classic favorite of many a Tulsan, The Tavern downtown offers some enjoyable and tasty brunch items with an extra touch of style. The buttermilk pancakes come with blueberry compote and lemon curd. The grilled cheese comes with tomato bisque. The brioche French toast is served with Earl Grey ice cream and lavender syrup. You get the idea. The drinks go beyond mimosas and bloody marys to intriguing options like the Wakey-Wakey (bacon-infused Old Grandad, molasses, lemon, and egg) and the Damien (Bombay dry gin, lemon, simple syrup, and apple bitters).

The Vault Restaurant
620 S. Cincinnati Ave. | Tulsa
Once a bank (hence the restaurant’s name), The Vault feels modern, fresh and fun. For brunch, you’ll find vegan and vegetarian options — like the red lentil burger, vegetarian Benedict, and vegan pancakes. There are also decadent choices like ciabatta French toast with cream cheese frosting, or the Benedict, featuring a 4-ounce filet, crab claw, wilted spinach, poached eggs and herbed hollandaise on Farrell Family ciabatta. If you’re not in the mood for a mimosa, then get a whiskey sour or the St. Croix coffee, made with Luxardo (cherry liqueur), coconut cream and chilled coffee.

Waterfront Grill
120 Aquarium Dr. | Jenks
Perfect views of the river and simply fantastic food. Sounds like a brunch made in heaven. Treat yourself to their spectacular steak and eggs or the Parisian eggs Benedict. Go ahead; you deserve it. If you want to try some southern comfort food, choose the homemade cheese grits with blackened shrimp. They’re amazing. Or, sit and watch the Arkansas River float by while filling yourself with some of the most delicious buttermilk pancakes you’ll ever eat. Now, that’s a hard one to argue with. Enjoy their tasty brunch items this coming Sunday with family and friends.

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Cherry Street Kitchen
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Chimera Café
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Doc's Wine & Food
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First Watch
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Foolish Things Bar & Biscuit
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Jane’s Delicatessen
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Kitchen 27
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Levain Kitchen & Bakery
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Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina
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Metro Diner
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Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
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Nola's Creole & Cocktails
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Oren Restaurant
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Tally's Good Food Café
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