Incredible Pizza not only captures the spirit of a simpler time, but also offers some of the most fun you can have with food while allowing generations to connect.
Imagine the glories of an outdoor entertainment park, or a trip to the Tulsa State Fair. Children and adults alike love the sights and sounds of such an adventure — delicious food, family-friendly music, fun and games, and oh, the rides. But the Tulsa State Fair only happens once a year, and visiting a place like Six Flags means a road trip and spending some serious money. Why can’t you have that kind of fun all year?
The short answer is you can. You just need to take a trip over to Incredible Pizza.
Without a doubt, Incredible Pizza is one of Tulsa’s most beloved family-focused restaurants and entertainment centers. Brad Edwards, who is managing partner at the Tulsa location of Incredible Pizza and vice president of operations for the Warr Acres location in Oklahoma City, says Incredible Pizza is all about the experience that brings generations together for a good time and making memories.
“We really bring family together,” says Edwards. “We create memories — family memories.”
Those memories get made in an atmosphere that mirrors a 1950s diner — the black and white checker decorations, the music playing in the background, and TV shows and movies on display all bring you back to the era of Grease. The throwback feel not only captures the spirit of good, clean fun that hearkens back to a simpler time, but also the sense of both nostalgia and history that allow different generations to connect over food and games.
“I think the owners, Rick and Cheryl Barsness, have done a great job of creating the ‘50s theme,” says Edwards. “They create the vision for Incredible Pizza, and it’s all about the family. We have TV rooms that show old shows, like Bewitched, The Andy Griffith Show and Leave It to Beaver.”
It invites conversations and reminiscing, he says. Children love the entertainment, while parents love watching TV shows they saw as children. “Grandparents enjoy the ‘57 Chevys, the ‘50s diner, and can share their experiences of living during that time.”
Incredible Pizza also plays family-friendly movies from the 1950s and ‘60s, like the Elvis movies, It’s a Wonderful Life, black and whites and more. And their XD Theater levels up the fun by providing an immersive ride with real-time 3D graphics, realistic motion sets, and both visual and sound effects that deliver a thrill ride the children will love.
In addition to the movies and TV shows, Incredible Pizza offers a host of games for children to play. The venue in Tulsa is incredibly spacious — 93,000-square-feet in all, with 11 attractions and over 100 games. The variety and execution of the activities has led to the entertainment center twice being voted America’s favorite family-entertainment center. The spaciousness allows for a lot of fun to happen, all while safely protected from sun, wind, rain and snow that could make outdoor parks or fairs hard to enjoy.
Among the best-loved activities is the Incredible Spin Roller Coaster — an indoor roller coaster that is unique to the Tulsa area. With a figure-eight track design and free spinning vehicles, riders enjoy the buzz of an entertainment park ride. Discounted ride fares can be purchased when you buy an Eat and Play Package.
Like most features at the entertainment center, the roller coaster was the first of its kind in the area, the result of research and the owners’ desire to offer the latest and greatest in family fun. “Our owners are on the cutting edge as to what’s going on,” says Edwards. “We wanted to find something new, so we found the indoor roller coaster.”
Another feature that families love is Springtown — 8,000-square-feet of wall-to-wall trampolines.
Families can also enjoy bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag and other rides, as well as tons of video games and other games that feature the potential to win prizes. The optimal age for most of the games and rides is 5-15, says Edwards. “We also have a TinyTown area for little children to play in for free.”
It wouldn’t be Incredible Pizza without the pizza, of course, and the rest of the all-you-can-eat buffet. The kitchen staff prepare the pizza dough in-house and can craft over 100 different pizza combinations. Diners can choose from four different crusts — original, lavash, deep pan and gluten-free — and many combinations of toppings like cheese, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, sausage, barbecue chicken, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, pineapple, black olives, mushroom , and spinach. If you don’t see the pizza you want on display at the buffet, just ask, and they’ll make it fresh for you.
If pizza’s not your jam, not to worry. The buffet is loaded with other choices that are great for a family fun dinner — pasta, hot dogs, meatballs, baked potatoes, homemade soups made fresh daily, chicken nuggets, Frito pie and more. “We make a lot of items from scratch,” says Edwards, “like the marinara, chicken potpie, cinnamon rolls and other desserts.” They even offer a salad bar with a variety of crisp, fresh, tasty options.
Incredible Pizza also does a lot of options for groups, making it a popular choice for anything from children’s birthday parties and family gatherings to church lock-ins and company outings. They’ve featured employee and family parties for many area businesses, says Edwards, as well as gatherings for young people. “We’ve had large school groups, after-school proms, lock-ins for the Union school district and area churches," says Edwards.
8314 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
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