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Chicken This Out

It only takes one taste of that secret seasoning, one bite of a Philly cheese steak, or one wing coated in a variety of delicious sauces for you to become an instant fan of Rozay's Wings and Things.

Donna Leahey
Valerie Grant
February 28, 2018

Tulsa has lots of chicken. You’ve got wings, tenders, chunks, and nuggets; you can get it fried, roasted, rotisserie, or stir fried. You can go to a little local joint or a chain, a fancy sit-down or grab a bucket to take out.

But if you want some good, Memphis-style and flavor, you don’t have to plan a road trip to Tennessee. Just find your way to 11th Street between Lewis Avenue and Delaware Place and let Rozay’s Wingz and Things serve you some of their extra tasty wings and things.

Roosevelt “Rozay” Walker is a Memphis native who found his way to Tulsa because he loves his wife. “She wanted to be closer to her family,” he says. He sees a great opportunity in Tulsa. “Nobody’s got the wing game. Tulsa doesn’t have a lot of wing spots.”

Nestled at the far end of an unassuming strip mall, Rozay’s looks like just another diner. But wait until you get your hands on those wings, and you’ll be a believer.

You can get your chicken served up just about any way you might like. They’ve got boneless chunks or tenders. You can get whole wings or wings traditionally cut into drumettes and flats. Then you can choose from all the different sauces and seasonings. And then you enjoy yourself some chicken.

Eight piece boneless wings (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Eight Piece Boneless Wings (Photo: Valerie Grant)

The chicken is the star of the show, but make sure you don’t forget the “things” on the menu. They’ll serve you up a tasty hot dog or you can splurge on a slaw dog. They have a generous serving of savory chili cheese fries. Or you can enjoy a crispy and tasty serving of their fried tomatoes or fried pickles.

They can also set you up with a burger or cheeseburger if you’re not in the mood for chicken. Not to mention a fried chicken sandwich, a grilled chicken wrap, or a crispy chicken wrap.

Walker says that the five-piece wings is one of the most popular items on the menu. People love it with the honey gold sauce, which is a sweet sauce with a vinegary kick, and just a hint of heat. Walker’s personal favorite is the five-piece whole wings with his seasoning.

“I was sitting on my steps one day, and a leprechaun came up to me and gave me that seasoning,” he says. Don’t ask him what’s in it; he won’t tell you, and it’s not for sale either. Whether it’s from the end of the rainbow or not, the seasoning — his own take on a common Memphis seasoning blend — sets off the crispy wings perfectly. Be sure to give it a try. It’s amazing.

The sauce choices have enough variety to make any taste bud happy. You can get your traditional wing sauce in mild, medium or X-hot (he’s not kidding). The honey sauces have got to be tried to be believed. The honey gold is the most popular, but if you want more heat, try the honey hot — the same great flavor, but it bites back. The honey barbecue is sweet and mild enough for anyone. If you want all the heat, try the Sriracha sauce. Or you could enjoy some extra flavor with the teriyaki, the garlic parmesan sauce, ranch, or lemon pepper seasoning.

Nestled at the far end of an unassuming strip mall, Rozay’s looks like just another diner. But wait until you get your hands on those wings, and you’ll be a believer. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Nestled at the far end of an unassuming strip mall, Rozay’s looks like just another diner. But wait until you get your hands on those wings, and you’ll be a believer. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

Also on the menu is a Philly cheese steak. Walker may not be from Philadelphia, but that cheese steak is as good as anything you’ll get there. With seasoned meat, green peppers, mushrooms, and creamy cheese melting on top, the flavor is rich and complex. The soft bread is perfect for holding in all that deliciousness. If you prefer, they also offer the Philly with chicken.

Rozay’s doesn’t skimp on their side dishes. You can get a side or a family order of tasty and creamy coleslaw, fries, and their expertly made fried okra, crispy and seasoned just right. Walker says the corn nuggets are a very popular choice.

For a quick meal, you can order one of several combos which will suit just about any appetite. The combos include traditional wings, whole wings, boneless, tenders, or a wrap along with a side and a drink. For little ones, pick from popcorn chicken, junior hamburger or a hot dog.

Walker has big plans for Rozay’s with a second location at 31st Street and Memorial Drive, which will serve up not just delicious chicken and things, but also catfish with homemade tartar sauce and more. “I’ve got the wherewithal to stick to it,” he says. “Soon, Rozay’s will be a household name.” He has plans to open several more locations as well.

“Tulsa’s been good to me,” he says. “You’ve got to take out the possibility of failure. You’ve got to be aggressive. I love the Lord, I love my wife, and I honor the dollar. I’m so thankful I know the difference. It ain’t all about the money.”

Rozay’s stays open until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday, providing a popular dining opportunity for concert-goers, bar patrons, insomniacs and first responders like police officers, highway patrol officers, firefighters, and sheriffs.

You can get Rozay’s brought to your door with Grubhub, DoorDash, or Mr. Delivery. And catering is available. “We’ll do anything for money,” Walker says, “with food.”

“I want to show everyone in Tulsa, you need your education, you need your basics, but you can become anything you want,” he says. “Rozay’s Wingz would like to thank everyone in Tulsa for their support.” 

Rozay's Wingz and Things
2627 E. 11th St. | Tulsa
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 a.m.
Sunday: Closed