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Mark and Elizabeth Wollmershauser

Stops: Deco Deli, Ida Red, SMOKE. on Cherry Street, Papa Ganouj, Polo Grill

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
January 1, 2017

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 December issue of Preview.

The Team: Mark and Elizabeth Wollmershauser

Stop #1: The Deco Deli, located in the heart of downtown, was a wonderful place to grab a bite for lunch and check out some of the unique shops in the area. It’s also the perfect location to get a quick work lunch. Everything on the menu looked great. We decided on The McFarlin (Reuben) sandwich with loaded baked potato soup and The Thompson (grilled cheese) sandwich with the sun-dried tomato soup. The food was fabulous and the staff was very friendly. We’ll be returning soon.
Cost: $15.46

Stop #2: We were on the hunt for a unique gift and had so many choices at Ida Red. Not only do they carry unique products, they also have Made in Oklahoma products, Cain’s Ballroom clothing and merchandise, TOMS shoes, Tulsa T-shirts and postcards, and a wide variety of retro candy and soda. We walked away with a creatively designed gold foil and black notebook. Ida Red Boutique is conveniently located in Tulsa’s Brookside District with easy parking.
Cost: $12.97

Stop #3: We started off the evening with an amazing salad from SMOKE. The Kale and Shaved Brussels Sprouts salad has dried cranberries, goat cheese, sunflower seeds and is topped with a tabasco-maple vinaigrette dressing. Since we decided to restaurant hop, we just sat at the bar and had a great time chatting with the bartender.
Cost: $7.85

Stop #4: Next we found ourselves in the Pearl District at Papa Ganouj. We ordered some wine and a pickled plate for an appetizer while we waited for our entrees. The staff was very friendly and helpful in deciding which Mediterranean dish to try. We ordered the Hot Fish and Shish Tawook wraps. Each entree tasted completely different, creating two delicious dishes. We ended up splitting our entrees and sharing. The atmosphere was perfect for a quiet date night. We loved everything.
Cost: $48.83

Stop #5: We ended the night having crème brûlée at the Polo Grill. This is by far the best crème brûlée we’ve had in town. If you like the top of your crème brûlée crispy, Polo Grill is the place to go.
Cost: $8.68

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