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When it Takes a Village

Village Inn is the casual, homestyle type of restaurant that’s there for you any time of day or night when you need waffles, a Reuben, or some sweet and chocolaty French Silk pie.

Donna Leahey
Sarah Eliza Roberts
October 28, 2018

It’s 9 a.m. and you want a burger. It’s midnight and you’ve got a taste for pie. It’s Saturday morning at 3 a.m. and you need some pancakes. Or maybe it’s dinner time and you want to relax and let someone else serve the pot roast. Head to one of Tulsa’s Village Inn locations and they can satisfy whatever your craving might be. And with four locations, there’s a Village Inn near you in Tulsa.

Village Inn has been serving Tulsa since a store opened in the then Camelot Hotel. “We started here in 1968,” says Anowar Kamal, training general manager for the Tulsa area. “This is our 50th year in Tulsa.”

Assistant general manager of the Tulsa area, Bonnie Scanlon explains, “We’re a casual dining, American, homestyle type of restaurant. We serve breakfast all day.”

Lemon Artichoke Chicken (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Lemon Artichoke Chicken (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Everything on Village Inn’s menu is tasty and sure to satisfy whatever urge your tummy has. They are especially proud of their pie, for good reason. The sign on the wall says, “The Best Pie in America,” and they have the blue ribbons to back up that claim. “Legendary Baking makes all our pies,” says Kamal. At the 2018 American Pie Council Championships in Orlando, [Fla.], Legendary Baking’s pies took home 22 blue ribbons in the commercial division. So, you’ve got the reassurance of the American Pie Council that the slice of pie that Village Inn will proudly serve you is, in fact, America’s best.”

“We’re the biggest pie pushers in Tulsa,” adds Scanlon.

Their most popular pie is the French Silk. This smooth, creamy, chocolaty treat hits all the right notes. “And who doesn’t love chocolate?” asks Scanlon. The silky-smooth chocolate filling is topped with real whipped cream and chocolate curls. Whether you’re enjoying it as a sweet finisher to your meal or on its own, the French Silk is a must try at Village Inn. It’s been awarded 10 APC blue ribbons, and it won’t take more than one bite to understand why.

French Silk may be the flagship of Village Inn’s fleet of pies, but you should take a look at some of the other options as well. The cream pie selections include a banana cream and a coconut cream as good as Gramma used to make. The lemon meringue is full of bright tangy flavor nestled under a layer of cloudy meringue. A decadent, rich choice is the Caramel Pecan Silk Supreme. Made of layers of goodness, it has won nine APC blue ribbons. This treat starts with Legendary Baking’s award-winning pastry crust. Then they pile in a layer of caramel and pecans. On top of that is a rich and creamy supreme filling layer. A layer of classic French Silk adds chocolaty goodness and then the whole thing is topped with real whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce, caramel and pecans.

If you prefer fruit pies, Village Inn’s Cherry is sweet, tangy, and full of plump cherries. The classic Country Apple pie has won 10 APC blue ribbons and is a popular choice. If you like some tart with your sweet, strawberry rhubarb might be your jam. It’s perfect bland of flavors and generous berry filling has won it seven APC blue ribbons. There’s also a triple berry, a peach lattice, and a decadent Caramel apple al a mode.

Village Inn features seasonal pies, and this fall, they’re going for a classic: pumpkin pie, with or without real whipped cream.

For the pie lovers who also love free stuff, be sure to stop by Village Inn on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. “Purchase anything on the menu and get a free slice of pie with it,” says Scanlon.

Ultimate Skillet (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Ultimate Skillet (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

You can carry home a whole pie for your next gathering. Walk in, buy a pie, walk out, be a hero. If you want a large order, you might consider giving some advance notice, but the pie case is usually full and ready for you to take home your favorite. It’s a great choice with the holiday season getting into full swing. Grab a pumpkin, a cherry, and don’t forget that French Silk.

“Last November, we sold over 5,000 pies in Tulsa,” says Kamal.

Now that you’ve considered your dessert options first, don’t forget Village Inn has breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and dinners. Breakfast all day means you can have omelets for supper, pancakes for lunch, or a hearty skillet at midnight. The most popular breakfast option is the Inn-credible V.I.B. Your choice of four items including eggs, meats, breakfast sides, and griddle favorites. You could have a two-egg cheese omelet with sausage links, chocolate-chip pancakes, and country potatoes. Or scrambled eggs with bacon, French toast, and fresh fruit. For a small extra charge, you can substitute a supreme item like chicken-fried steak with sausage gravy.

The Ultimate Skillet is another best-seller. This Village Inn original is a hearty and generous start to your day. It’s two eggs cooked however you like crowning a generous serving of bacon, sausage, ham, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and melted cheese all on top of country potatoes.

Village Inn’s All-World Double Cheeseburger is a popular choice. It’s two burgers, American and Swiss cheese, topped with bacon, onion rings, and Thousand Island dressing. “We sell a lot of Reubens,” says Kamal. “It’s not pre-sliced like lunchmeat, it’s hand-shredded corned beef.”

If you’re in the mood for comfort food, check out the ever-popular Village Inn pot roast. The generous portion of tender roast beef slices comes with red-skin mashed potatoes, a buttermilk biscuit, and your choice of side.

Village Inn takes care of your special needs with a kid’s menu, a gluten-sensitive menu, and a large-print braille menu. Nutrition information is available if you’re counting calories or concerned about allergens.

And whether you had an omelets, skillet, burger, sandwich, or a plate of delicious comfort food, make sure you save room for that blue-ribbon-winning pie. You won’t regret it.

Village Inn

2745 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
Sunday-Monday: 5 a.m.-Midnight
Tuesday-Saturday: Noon-Midnight

3302 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
Sunday-Thursday: 6 a.m.-Midnight
Friday-Saturday: 6 a.m.-3 a.m.

5230 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
Sunday-Thursday: 6 a.m.-Midnight
Friday-Saturday: Noon-Midnight

8320 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
Sunday-Thursday: 6 a.m.-Midnight
Friday-Saturday: 6 a.m.-3 a.m.