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SMOKE. Woodfire Grill

Owasso

$$ (Average entree $11-$15)
201 S. Main St.
Owasso
918-401-4343

Owasso is growing up fast with a Main Street revitalization project taking inspiration from some of the best ideas and elements of Broken Arrow’s Rose District and Tulsa’s Art District. Anchoring that growth is a Tulsa favorite, SMOKE. Woodfire Grill located in the Seven6Main development. SMOKE. is a modern American restaurant with twists on traditional dishes. SMOKE. is a special treat for dinner, with unusually imaginative dishes interspersed with familiar classics. The grilled romaine salad is a consistent favorite. The crab-stuffed catfish features smoked chicken and andouille gumbo and served over basmati rice. Crispy and flavorful, it’s sure to satisfy your hunger for unique, well-prepared food. It’s hard to beat a tenderloin, and SMOKE.’s is top of the line. It’s perfectly seared and seasoned, prepared to your preferred temperature, and comes with some of the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever had, along with seasonal vegetables. For a special treat, consider the Butcher Block. The selection changes, but it is always a hearty combination of meats including an 18-ounce rib-eye, 6-ounce center filet, a pork filet, salmon, and more. On the weekends, be sure to add brunch at SMOKE. to your plans. It’s an indulgence you won’t regret.

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February 2019

Homegrown Hit

Owasso is growing up fast with a Main Street revitalization project taking inspiration from some of the best ideas and elements of Broken Arrow’s Rose District and Tulsa’s Art District. Anchoring that growth is a Tulsa favorite, SMOKE. Woodfire Grill located in the Seven6Main development.

“Owasso has welcomed us with more than open arms,” says Erik Reynolds, SMOKE.’s operating partner and executive chef. “We were approached by the Owasso Overlay Project to anchor the downtown development. They wanted a place for people to come and gather. Local places, no chains,” he laughs. “We have enough chains.”

Reynolds partners with his wife, Stephanie, and Tommy and Kari Coulter to run both SMOKE. locations as well as Mad Eats — a modern American diner, also in the Seven6Main development. The Owasso SMOKE. location opened in November 2018, eight years after the original location opened on Cherry Street, acting as an anchor for that iconic Tulsa area as well.

Reynolds is the creative mind behind the menu, with chefs Tim Slaven in Tulsa and Brandon Bentley in Owasso. “I’m not an ego chef,” he says. “I work with Tim and Brandon to jazz up the menu. To keep up with what SMOKE. is.”

On the weekends, be sure to add brunch at SMOKE. to your plans. It’s an indulgence you won’t regret. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
On the weekends, be sure to add brunch at SMOKE. to your plans. It’s an indulgence you won’t regret. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

And what is SMOKE.? “That’s a hard question. SMOKE. is a modern American restaurant with twists on traditional dishes,” says Reynolds. “Like our chicken-fried duck confit. We’ve got a big fire box — it’s the only piece of equipment I insisted on when I moved up here from Austin. That wood grill, it elevates it to a different level. We’ve become known for our steaks, those primal flavors. Wood fire and smoke. It’s part of our primal DNA, cooking over camp fires. There were only three places using a wood grill when we moved in on Cherry Street. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

You know the look of the SMOKE. location on Cherry Street. The old brick, the antique mirror, the brick arches, the tan and black color scheme. And, of course, the cigar lounge. Owasso’s SMOKE. has the same feel, only encompassing more square footage.

“We inherited the look of the Cherry Street location when we moved in,” Reynolds says. “We tried to replicate that look with reclaimed brick, the arches.” The cigar lounge is the same too, a comfortable room with paintings of hunting dogs decorating the walls and a bison painting. The cigar room has a completely separate ventilation system. “The air is completely refreshed every eight minutes,” says Reynolds.

One big difference is the Owasso SMOKE.’s flex room. There’s a sliding wall to close it off from the rest of the space for large groups or, on a nice night, the windows open to create a patio feeling. The flex room lets SMOKE. Owasso be whatever it needs to be on any particular day.

SMOKE. is a special treat for dinner, with unusually imaginative dishes interspersed with familiar classics. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
SMOKE. is a special treat for dinner, with unusually imaginative dishes interspersed with familiar classics. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

SMOKE. is a special treat for dinner, with unusually imaginative dishes interspersed with familiar classics. The grilled romaine salad is a consistent favorite. “I was hurting when we couldn’t use romaine,” laughs Reynolds. “The center of the wood grill gets up to 700 to 1,200 degrees hot. We spray the romaine with olive oil and then just kiss it on the hot spot on the grill. It gets a sear and just a taste of smoke.” It’s served with shaved manchego, white anchovy, and a delectable Caesar vinaigrette.

Reynold’s favorite dish is the crab-stuffed catfish, a delicious fried-catfish filet stuffed with smoked chicken and andouille gumbo and served over basmati rice. Crispy and flavorful, it’s sure to satisfy your hunger for unique, well-prepared food.

It’s hard to beat a tenderloin, and SMOKE.’s is top of the line. It’s perfectly seared and seasoned, prepared to your preferred temperature, and comes with some of the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever had, along with seasonal vegetables. The 8-ounce portion is tender and flavorful and everything a tenderloin should be.

For a special treat, consider the Butcher Block. The selection changes, but it is always a hearty combination of meats including an 18-ounce rib-eye, 6-ounce center filet, a pork filet, salmon, and more. It comes with veggies and sauces and is sized for sharing. “We donate a portion of every Butcher Block sale to charities like Little Lighthouse or Hearts of Steel,” Reynolds says.

You can start your meal off just right with the bacon jam. “It’s been on the menu since we opened,” says Reynolds. “I could never get rid of the bacon jam.” This heavenly sweet and savory treat must be tasted to be believed. It comes with herbed goat cheese, tomatoes and arugula, and crostini.

For something unique try the crispy quail legs or manchego fritters.

Reynolds designed the SMOKE. lunch menu to be accessible. “The lunch menu is part of my success.” He’s made a point of making the lunch menu a good value. Check out the $10 daily blue-plate special, a different special every day, ranging from meatloaf on Monday to spicy catfish tacos on Friday. The rest of the lunch menu is indeed accessible, with almost everything on the menu under $15. There’s the fish and chips, the smoked brisket Philly, a wood-grilled salmon salad, a Reuben, and a wood-grilled chicken club, just to name a few.

On the weekends, be sure to add brunch at SMOKE. to your plans. It’s an indulgence you won’t regret. Check out the brioche bread pudding French toast for a sweet start to your weekend, or the 8-ounce coulotte steak and eggs for a heartier start. You can grab a burger if you’re not in the mood for breakfast, or a grilled romaine salad with chicken, salmon, or steak added on. You can enjoy a $3 mimosa or a $4 bloody mary. If you’re too masculine for a mimosa, you can always order yourself a he-manmosa. Or if you like some extra sizzle in your bloody mary, try the Diablo bloody mary.

If you’ve never been to SMOKE., you’ve been missing out. Consider trying their burger night. Every Monday, SMOKE. on Cherry Street offers a $5 burger and fries special. There’s a limited number available, and Reynolds strongly recommends reservations. It’s a great way to get to know SMOKE. with a great tasting burger and an opportunity to experience SMOKE. service and atmosphere while being budget conscious at the same time.

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SMOKE. Woodfire Grill
smokewoodfiregrill.com
 
1542 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
918-949-4440
Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday dinner: 4-10 p.m.
Sunday brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday dinner: 4-9 p.m.
 
201 S. Main St. | Owasso
918-401-4343
Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday dinner: 4-10 p.m.
Sunday brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday dinner: 4-9 p.m.

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