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Keeping it Meal

The Bistro at Seville under Brett Clark has developed some truly iconic dishes including a chokes and cheese appetizer, tender filets, decadent Pasta YaYa and a classic Monte Cristo.

Donna Leahey
Valerie Grant
November 29, 2017

Perhaps you don’t have the time or the means to jet off to the French countryside for lunch, but you can still enjoy the relaxation of a getaway for lunch or dinner at The Bistro at Seville. The Bistro has been a neighborhood staple for 20 years as south Tulsa grew up around it.

“The neighborhood has changed, but we haven’t,” says Brett Clark, who has owned The Bistro with his wife, Amber, for the last three years.

The Bistro is spacious and airy with high ceilings and a black, red, and creamy white color scheme. Big, friendly red letters reading “The Bistro” invite you inside the welcoming entryway. Large windows allow natural light to illuminate the interior and look out on the patio. On a pretty day, you could spend a lazy afternoon on that patio under the shade of the awnings or soaking up the sun while nestled between tall pillars providing a feel of privacy. The bar area is its own space, a little bit cozier, though still amply lit by natural light.

Clark has been part of the Bistro family for over a decade, working his way up to management. “I worked here in all capacities — assistant manager, general manager, bar manager,” Clark says.

Grilled Turkey and Acocado (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Grilled Turkey and Acocado (Photo: Valerie Grant)

During a vacation to California, the Clarks decided they were ready to own their own place. “When I told the owner [Curt Roberts] about our ambition, he said, ‘How about this place?’ So, I talked to my wife and she agreed. It’s been a blessing.”

The Bistro has always been a neighborhood regular spot. “Still is, to this day,” Clark says. “One of the best things is the regulars. We’ve been here long enough, we have generations of regulars.”

It’s not just customers coming back again and again, but staff as well. Some of the staff have been at The Bistro longer than Clark. There have been some changes to the decor, some minor changes to the menu, but mostly, The Bistro at Seville is the same neighborhood place it was 20 years ago.

“We make pretty much everything fresh, in-house,” says Clark. Whether it’s the creamy sauces, hand-cut chips, or even the freshly-diced mirepoix, you can be confident the Bistro is serving you up fresh, delicious food.

After serving south Tulsa for 20 years, The Bistro has developed some truly iconic dishes. The chokes and cheese appetizer is a longtime favorite. It’s a creamy blend of artichoke hearts and cream cheese, topped with Parmesan and served hot with seasoned pita chips. Those pita chips are more than just a vehicle for the chokes and cheese, though. They’re perfectly crisp, providing a textural contrast to the tangy richness of the dip. “We always take the chokes and cheese when we go on charity events,” Clark says. “One time we decided to do something different and people got mad at us! They wanted the chokes and cheese.”

Another longtime favorite is the Pasta YaYa. This spicy dish features a decadent Cajun cream sauce with sautéed chicken, sausage, scallions, garlic, white wine, and blackening spices, served over fettuccine. For added flavor, try it with grilled or blackened shrimp.

Baked Fudge (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Baked Fudge (Photo: Valerie Grant)

If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, try one of the filets. The Bistro filet is wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection. The Filet Oscar is topped with a tower of sautéed lump crab and Béarnaise and served with garlic mash potatoes.

The Grilled Turkey and Avocado sandwich is also a great choice. This toasty sandwich is filled with shaved turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and cilantro aioli on wheat berry bread. The bacon is a sweet peppery surprise that adds a new dimension to the texture and flavor of this otherwise traditional sandwich.

The Bistro at Seville is one of few places still serving a classic Monte Cristo. This triple-decker sandwich is stuffed with shaved ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese, then dipped in a special batter and deep-fried to a golden and crispy brown. It’s topped with powdered sugar and served with the traditional strawberry jam.

If you’re counting carbs or just want to avoid filling up on bread, The Bistro serves up their Dewberry Burger — named after one of the regulars. It’s a bunless burger topped with bacon, mushrooms, Swiss, sautéed onions and peppers, lettuce, tomato, pickle and served with a side salad.

Before you finish, make sure you’ve got room for dessert, because the Bistro does it right. They have a New York style cheesecake with a berry reduction, a creme brulee, and a bread pudding, but if you love hot, gooey chocolate, you must try the baked fudge. This rich and decadent treat is topped with ice cream or whipped cream and loaded full of walnut and chocolate.

The Bistro at Seville
10021 S. Yale Ave., #103 | Tulsa
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday: 4-9 p.m.