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With Charm to Spare

More than breakfast, more than lunch, and more than a quiet little coffee room upstairs, midtown’s Table 20 is gourmet done casually at a wallet-friendly price inside a little bit of history.

Article
Donna Leahey
Photos
Sarah Eliza Roberts
Posted
September 28, 2019

Cliches and phrases like “hidden gem,” “charming,” “friendly,” “unique,” and “special” get thrown around a lot in describing restaurants. Then you come upon a place that reminds you what those words mean. Head to midtown, to 21st Street and Harvard Avenue. It’s a casual and unassuming area. There’s a QuikTrip on the corner. And, one block north, there’s a little two-story brick house with a wooden sign in front proclaiming “Table 20.” And there it is. A hidden gem in midtown. A little restaurant that’s charming, friendly, unique, and special.

Nicole LaFortune, Table 20’s chef and co-owner, always wanted a sandwich shop. She’s been in the foodservice industry for 30 years. “I’ve been a dishwasher, a baker, and when I was raising a family, I worked as a lunch lady.” LaFortune earned a degree in culinary arts from OSU Tech in Okmulgee. “It seemed a natural progression. The house was perfect for a sandwich shop,” she says. “And being raised in Tulsa, this area is home to me.”

The house is what gives Table 20 much of its character. It was built in the 1920s and has been in LaFortune’s family for a long time. “It was a tearoom before us,” says LaFortune. “Before that, it was a hair salon. It’s been a jewelry store. And a family lived here before that.” The age of the house shows in the beautiful details like the ceramic rose inlays on the brick fireplace in the dining room. “I’ve been told Frankoma did the inlay.” The walls are decorated with family art created by LaFortune’s mother, including a picture of a younger Nicole that hangs above the fantastic fireplace. The atmosphere is casually classy, not stuffy. It’s laid back and friendly. You’re a guest. Make yourself comfortable.

Chicken Chili Relleno (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Chicken Chili Relleno (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Inside, stairs lead to the coffee room, while dining rooms on the main level to the left and right provide seating for full-service dining. The seating in the rooms to the left includes custom-built pews, while the larger space to the right, the one with that fireplace, has more traditional tables and chairs. Just past the larger dining room is the full barista bar, serving both handmade coffees and unique alcoholic beverages.

The bar offers signature mimosas like the green Irish mimosa or the vacation-inspired tropical mimosa. Try their flavorful Dirty Wildcat, a chai tea with espresso and vanilla vodka. Or they combine the work of a barista and a bartender for a bourbon kiss, a cold brew coffee with rich bourbon cream.

“The coffee is unique,” says LaFortune. “It’s a blended Tanzanian peaberry. No place else in Tulsa offers it.”

Table 20 is open daily for breakfast and lunch, with the full menu available. Sounds like a brunch place, right? It’s so much more than brunch. Open at 8 a.m on weekdays, Table 20 is an excellent option for a breakfast meeting, for a bit of self-care after dropping the kids off at school, or a treat for a day off.  

The house is what gives Table 20 much of its character. It was built in the 1920s and has been in LaFortune’s family for a long time. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
The house is what gives Table 20 much of its character. It was built in the 1920s and has been in LaFortune’s family for a long time. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

LaFortune has a hard time picking a favorite menu item. “I’m biased, but everything’s amazing. Nothing bad on the menu,” she says. “I don’t have a favorite; I’m partial to it all.” One of the most popular breakfast items include the cinnamon roll waffle, which is a golden-brown waffle with a rich taste of cinnamon, drizzled with icing and served with Vermont maple syrup. It’s a sweet, decadent treat. For something a little more savory, check out the 21st Street Omelette. It’s a generous three-egg omelet with Colby jack and your choice of toppings like cremini mushrooms, sautéed red onions, ham, sausage, or bacon. The Harvard Breakfast is a hearty traditional morning plate of two eggs, bacon or sausage, skillet-herbed potatoes, and toast. Table 20 also offers a quiche of the day, served in a classic French style flaky crust. For something a little lighter, try the granola served with yogurt and fresh fruit.

If lunch is more your style, try the midtown grilled burger. It’s a hearty natural raised burger grilled to order. Or try the grilled Italian sausage sandwich, served with poblano slaw, roasted red bell peppers and red onions. The baked chicken chile relleno is a treat for those who love a little Southwest flair to their meal. The pepper is filled with Monterey Jack cheese and chicken verde, then topped with more cheese and baked to savory, tangy perfection. Be sure to consider the tarragon chicken. This flavorful chicken dish is served in a light cream sauce atop cremini mushrooms, red onions, and red bell peppers on a bed of fresh spinach.

“We have healthy choices in mind,” says LaFortune. “All the sandwiches can be served as a lettuce wrap if you prefer.” Even that hearty burger can be wrapped in lettuce to cut out carbs. “We make everything in-house. We outsource very rarely. It’s all local, made in Oklahoma.

“It’s a home-cooked meal in a comfortable atmosphere, at a good price point. The highest-priced item is $9. We’re what was missing in midtown. Outside of Utica Square, there’s nothing else like us.”

LOCATOR
Table 20
1927 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
918-986-9120
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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