Comfortable, laid back, easy to love — Caz’s Chowhouse is essential to any visit you make downtown. And if you want some comfort-food chicken dishes, baby, this is the place to go. From the chicken and waffles (crispy tenders served over a sizable Belgian waffles with syrup and a side of black-eyed peas) to the hand-battered, plate-sized chicken-fried chicken draped lovingly over mashed red potatoes with skillet gravy and green beans. Have some hot coffee and enjoy a variety of classic brunch selections served up with Tulsa flair. Among them: the chicken-fried steak and eggs, the rib-eye steak and eggs, a grilled cheese and fried eggs sandwich that melts in your mouth, and the “Hot Mess” — a fresh biscuit topped with cheese fries, eggs and chicken-fried steak — the perfect meal for after you’ve been a hot mess. For lunch, try the Big C, with two half-pound patties, double cheese, bacon and all the fixings. If rich and marbly beef is more your style, order the Akaushi burger. This tender, flavorful beef is produced in Japan. Caz’s will not let you down before (or after) a heady night on the town.
Well-priced with huge portions, from a wide variety of meals that remind you of home, is what you get at Caz’s Chowhouse in the Brady District. They’ll send you off happy and probably with food to take home. Sounds a bit like a visit to mom and pops, doesn’t it?
“Most of what we do is from scratch,” says Jeff Castleberry. “The pot roast and pulled pork are in the oven all night long. We put them in before we leave and we pull them out in the morning when we get here.” And you can smell the aroma of the roast the second you walk into the perfectly decorated restaurant.
The Castleberry’s have made Caz’s Chowhouse the place to go if you’re looking for a fun place to enjoy downtown, the arts and good old-fashioned cooking. Caz’s décor has all the brick warehouse charm and character you’d expect from a restaurant in an industrial area turned arts district. Formerly an automotive garage, decades ago, a heavy-duty pulley-system still hangs from the ceiling from the days when Tulsa trucks were built in the area. A blimpy- looking guy in a pinstriped suit wearing a top hat and holding a pocket watch hangs above the restaurant’s expansive diner kitchen window next to a sign saying, “It’s Time To Eat!”
The bar of the restaurant is built out of one of the original garage bay doors, which can briefly be seen in the background in one of the scenes from the iconic “The Outsiders” movie based on the book of the same name by one of Tulsa’s own, S.E. Hinton. Located across Brady Street from Caz’s Pub, Castleberry’s bar, this haven of home cooking has hosted thousands of happy patrons through the years.
The Tempura Ribs (1/2 pound or 1 pound sizes) are one of the most popular appetizers because they are battered in the American Pale Ale Marshal Sundown’s Wheat Beer, glazed in an unbelievably delicious honey-Sriracha sauce. Another favorite is the Great Balls of Fire appetizer. That’s right — calf fries with buffalo hot sauce. Other amazing appetizers on the menu include the pucker chips — sliced pickles hand-battered in seasoned cornmeal and fried green tomatoes, fried to a wonderful golden brown crispiness.
You won’t be disappointed with the especially crunchy and spicy hand-battered chicken-fried chicken or steak, served with a plentiful portion of melt in your mouth red mashed potatoes covered in skillet gravy. It’s lip-licking fantastic. Some say, the best in town. It’s marinated in sweet tea, to unique perfection. You’ll have a hard time escaping without feeling utterly, absolutely full. Try a hearty slice of meatloaf or a tender helping of pot roast the way ole’ pop always made it and you’ll absolutely get your money’s worth.
For something absolutely special in the sandwich department, the pulled pork Bahn Mi has all the fixings you’d expect from authentic street venders or food trucks you’d find in New York or San Francisco. Try this sandwich once and you’ll find yourself driving completely out of your way to the Brady District to pick one up the next day.
Don’t worry, you’ll get dessert too. And they won’t make you clean your plate before you order it (but you probably will). Sink your teeth into the mouth-watering chocolate cake topped with Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream or the saliva-inducing apple dumpling, baked to a crisp golden brown (with ice cream too) and you’ll have flashbacks of childhood summertime visits to the grandparents.
To top it off, the weekend brunch at Caz’s is beginning to build a reputation. Get the chicken and waffles — a brunch mainstay — or anything else from the menu and you’ll find yourself ready to rock the rest of your weekend.
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