I chose Tulsa for my first city guide because this city surprised me. I had low expectations going in and only really went for work. What I found was a lot of delicious non-chain restaurants and some cool areas with lots of Art Deco architecture. Read more to see what I discovered!
Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center: This hotel is no frills but walking distance to the downtown area. And the hotel is Bruno friendly!
The Mayo Hotel: For something a little fancier and to stay in an old building, check out the Mayo Hotel. It used to be the tallest building and is patterned after the Plaza in NYC.
Coffee: Check out Topeca Coffee with 2 downtown locations. The baristas take the time to make your coffee and it is delicious. With no Starbucks locations downtown, Topeca filled my soy latte cravings.
Alcohol: Anywhere in the Brady Arts District (a cool Brooklyn-feeling neighborhood) is a good bet but The Tavern and Valkyrie Bar are good options. Bonus points to The Tavern for half priced burgers on Sundays!
Breakfast: The Bramble Breakfast and Bar is farm-to-table and you can taste it. The Khachapuri – cheese and egg pull apart bread – is unique and addicting.
Lunch: I love the Dilly Diner for any meal of the day. Breakfast is served all day (major bonus points) but everything is good and their bakery items are to die for.
Dinner: Elote Café – this unique Mexican restaurant has a boxing ring inside the restaurant plus everything is farm-to-table. Which means that even the salsa is super fresh! Their puffy tacos are delicious, and we have splurged on guac, queso and salsa for the table.
Bruno loved walking around Williams Green right by the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. It’s got beautiful gardens and flowing water. (And it’s right by Topeca Coffee!)
Things to Do
Tulsa surprisingly has tons of Art Deco architecture and you can take a self-guided tour of all the buildings.
There are tons of street art in Tulsa – take another walking tour and check out some of the art.
Drive out of town and check out the giant Golden Driller or the Blue Whale in Catoosa.
The Center of the Universe sounds intriguing but it was hard to find and disappointing. Feel free to scope it out to discover what the name means but otherwise I’d say to avoid it!