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Jeff and Jessica Moore

Stops: PRHYME Downtown Steakhouse, Sisserou's, Ida Red

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
January 28, 2019

The Mission: So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment sound a lot more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the January 2019 issue of Preview 918.

The Team: Jeff and Jessica Moore

Stop #1: As lovers of Tulsa and food, my wife, Jessica, and I were excited to try the $91.80 Challenge. We hit up the Tulsa Arts District knowing that our date night would coincide with the First Friday Art Crawl. 

Our first stop was PRHYME Downtown Steakhouse. We didn’t want to sit for a long formal dinner, so we opted to sit in the bar. The bar side at PRHYME feels a little less formal, but no less classy. We started with cocktails. I ordered the Penicillin, which is a signature cocktail that features scotch with lemon, honey and ginger. The scotch was well balanced by the honey, and the lemon gave the drink a refreshing kick. Jessica went for a classic Dirty Martini with Tito’s Vodka and extra olives (her usual). She’s tasted many a martini and said this was one of the best she’s had. 

After combing through the menu, we decided on the fried escargot appetizer. We admittedly had never tried fried escargot but were feeling daring. The escargot was lightly breaded and fried and was served with an herbed lemon aioli. There was a light basil flavor that shone through in the aioli. It was delicious. The serving size was perfect for sharing and we’d order it again.
Cost: $41

Stop #2: We moseyed across the street to Sisserou’s, which we had been eager to try for a while. Sisserou’s features Caribbean cuisine and cocktails, so naturally, we ordered just that. Per the bartender’s recommendation, Jessica ordered the Sisserou’s Mojito. It is a light cocktail of rum, citrus and fresh mint. It was sweet, but just the right amount. I was intrigued by the Smoked Pineapple Margarita. It’s made with mezcal which gives it its smoky flavor, and Sisserou’s adds Jamaican Jerk Bitters for a slightly spicy kick. 

Everything on the menu looked phenomenal (especially the stewed oxtail, which we’ll try on our next visit), but we settled on the eight-piece jerk chicken wings. They were grilled to tender perfection with just the right amount of jerk. To cut the heat, the wings are served with an avocado cream sauce. I’ll be honest, I would have licked the plate clean if that was socially acceptable. 

Also noteworthy was the complimentary sweet bread served before our food came out. It’s a small loaf of fluffy fresh bread served with butter and a very spicy hot sauce. “A dab will do ya” was the bartender’s warning. He was right.
Cost: $42

Stop #3: We were headed to the Ida Red Soda Fountain for dessert next, but we took a detour to some shops on the street that were featuring local artists. As we turned the corner, we saw a two-story robot on wheels roaming the streets of downtown. The robot’s creator is an artist here in town and was offering rides down Main Street, so obviously, we hopped on. It was an experience. After the robot ride, we popped into a couple of other shops before landing at Ida Red. 

The staff was chipper for 9:30 p.m. and happily guided us back to the soda fountain. We studied the letter board menu for a few minutes and after unsuccessfully agreeing on the same flavor milkshake, the shake slinger behind the bar chimed in with, “I can make you each a half size of whatever flavor you want if that helps.” Jessica ordered the birthday cake milkshake while I ordered a Key lime pie milkshake. Both were amazing, but I’ll admit that the Key lime pie was the obvious winner. We were informed that they make many of their flavored syrups in-house (including the Key lime) and use milk from a local farm called Lomah Dairy in all their shakes. The shakes were amazing, and the shop itself is charming.
Cost: $9

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