Stepping Up to the Plate
Elgin Park is not your typical sports bar. It may be best known for its thoughtful riffs on New Haven-style pizza, but they also have killer fries, sandwiches, burgers, pretzels and craft beers.
Few things are as great as a day at the ballpark: getting lost in the excitement of the game, enjoying a cold beer and maybe some piping-hot fries from a vendor’s cart, or a big slice of pizza from the concession stand. All you need is the chance to catch a foul ball, and your day is perfect.
You’re not likely to catch any foul balls at Elgin Park, but you can get lost in a game on one of their televisions while you enjoy beer, fries, a slice of pie and other great eats.
“Elgin is a lot of things: a great pizzeria, a brewery operated by one of Tulsa’s most talented brewers, Ben Birney, and the best sports bar Tulsa has to offer. It’s not even close,” says general manager J.L. Lewis.
Elgin Park has been part of Tulsa’s thriving downtown culture since it opened in 2016. It’s big, comfortable and spacious, evoking the feel of a ballpark from the stadium seats in the waiting area to the stadium lights in the dining area. Concrete columns support a high ceiling with exposed ductwork. The green and yellow paint make you feel like you’re grabbing a snack between innings, while the massive wall of windows lets in all the natural light you could want. On beautiful days, they can open the two airplane-hangar-style doors for access to the patio. There are 50 televisions hung all over the space, so you can watch your sports no matter where you end up sitting. “We have MLB Extra Innings and NFL Ticket,” explains Lewis, “so we can have every game on every day.”
The Elgin Park brewery is set off by glass walls exposing the silvery brewing tanks while a sign painted on the wall reassures you that “These tanks brew strong beer.” Elgin Park’s brews are tasty and refreshing with clever names like Performance Enhancing Pils — a light and crisp Pilsner with a hoppy character and hints of citrus — and Ride the Pine Pale Ale — a classic pale ale with floral, pine and grapefruit notes. Put Me in Kolsch is a bright and refreshing brew, while the Lou Brown Ale has hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Or you can try a nice, smooth, “pub-friendly” ale-like Albion Ale or the Slow Pitch IPA, a fruity and citrusy IPA with nicely balanced bitterness.
Alongside the Elgin Park brews on tap are a nice selection of guest brews and in-house specials. There’s an extensive collection of Oklahoma beers like Hanson Bros. Beer Co. Mmmhops Pale Ale or the delicious Prairie Bomb! Stout from Prairie Artisan Ales. Of course, you can choose such ballpark staples as Bud Light, Coors, and Dos Equis XX lager if you prefer.
Beer this good needs something special to pair it with. Let Elgin Park introduce you to New Haven-style pizza. This is some seriously good pizza sold by the slice or by the pie. New Haven-style is similar to New York style, but the thin crust is cooked in a brick oven until brown and crispy. These giant-sized pizzas are big enough to feed five or six people, and the slices are bigger than the plates. Come by any day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you can get Elgin Park’s lunch special: two generous slices for $8. This deal is a home run.
The standards like pepperoni or sausage are just as wicked good as the menu promises, but there are some specialty pies you have to try.
For authentic New Haven flavor, try the white clam pizza made with olive oil, pecorino cheese, and clams. Or the traditional New Haven with red sauce and pecorino. Elgin Park offers a piled-high-with-all-the-meat Meatzza and a traditional Margherita pie with fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomato. There are also some unique takes on pizza like the Loaded Potato with pecorino cheese, onion, chives, bacon, cheddar, potato, and sour cream or the Mexican pizza with carne asada, jalapeno, and cheddar topped with shredded lettuce, sour cream, and pico.
If you don’t see a pie you like, you can always build your own with toppings that include bacon, roasted garlic, grilled chicken, Italian crumble, potato slices, pineapple, spinach, and even fresh clams.
Another favorite at Elgin Park is the ballpark fries; hot, crispy, delicious thin cut fries with toppings or seasonings to suit any taste. There are classic cheese and bacon and Elgin Park’s take on poutine. You can get your fries topped with carne asada steak, cheddar, pico, guacamole, and sour cream or enjoy the garlic parmesan fries with delicious roasted garlic aioli. The MVP of the ballpark fries’ lineup, though, may be Fenway fries: those tasty fries sprinkled with seafood seasoning and served with a rich and creamy beer cheese sauce.
Burgers and sandwich offerings include The Q (smoked brisket, smoked bologna, pub cheese, pickled onions, barbecue sauce, and toasted brioche), meatball hoagie, Fassler Italian sausage, cheesesteak and Double a Dog (foot-long hot dog, cheddar, bacon and a chili-on-top option).
“Join your friends for beers and pizza, bring the family and let the kids choose an item off the kids’ menu, brunch it up on the patio — we do breakfast inspired pizzas on the weekend — or bring your date and enjoy a casual, comfortable atmosphere,” says Lewis. “Elgin is a great place to use as a bookend while you’re downtown. Come by before a ballgame for our $8 pint and slice special or before or after Guthrie Green events.”
325 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
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