This week we are heading out of the valley to visit our friends halfway across the country in Tulsa! It’s time to check out some of their great restaurants and get a little insight into the arts and culture center of Oklahoma. Tulsa is the state’s second largest city in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in a region known as “Green Country”. The city has made many lists as a great city to live in and we have to believe that the food and wine culture adds to that appeal. Let’s check out a few of the restaurants that serve our Napa Valley wines alongside their tasty menus.
Bodean’s Restaurant & Market
Not just a restaurant, Bodean’s opened in 1968 as a fresh seafood market. The first in the area to use daily air shipments for their fresh fish, they have delivered that same outstanding quality for years in their market. Over the years, they opened the restaurant and moved into a new location to better serve their guests the freshest and best seafood that Tulsa has to offer. Their wine list offers selections of bottles and glasses from around the world. Our crisp Sauvignon Blanc complements the Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Spaghetti Squash and Beet Hay wonderfully. If you’re in the mood for a little richer meal, grab a bottle of our Napa Cabernet paired with a Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop topped with Cherry Bordelaise. With so many great dishes, Bodean’s is sure to please!
The Polo Grill opened in 1983 with the goal of bringing a higher level of dining, service and wine to Tulsa. A few expansions later and the restaurant now boasts a wine cellar with over 1,100 labels and 22,000 bottles! You could spend all night going through that wine list, but luckily they have two of our best reds to make your decision a little easier. Our Carneros Pinot lends itself well to complex dishes, we suggest the Broken Arrow Ranch Venison with Butternut Squash Puree and Roasted Heirloom Carrots. You’ll also find our award winning Napa Cabernet which almost has to be enjoyed with their “Smokehouse” Filet of Beef Tenderloin and its Aged Smoked Cheddar. Soon, they will also be pouring our Sauvignon Blanc by the glass. Match it with their Seven Leaf Salad & Savory Gorgonzola Torte for a perfect lighter meal. You can spend a little time with the rest of the wine list while you’re sipping on the best of Napa Valley.
The French Hen
The French Hen has been in business for over three decades, with a legacy of the finest dining in Tulsa. Their bistro menu and thorough wine list are full of great pairings. Our perfect dinner would include a steaming bowl of their Bouillabaisse with fresh fish, mussels, scallops & shrimp and a bottle of our Sauvignon Blanc. To quench your desire for a rich and robust feast, grab our Napa Cabernet and the Grilled Duck Breast. We like the brandy peppercorn cream over the orange & cherry glace on the duck, though either choice will please your palate. Dining at the French Hen comes with a glimpse into the old world, so sit back and relax a bit while you savor your meal.
The Hen Bistro & Wine
A spinoff of The French Hen, this bistro serves the same French inspired cuisine in a slightly more casual setting. As in their mother restaurant, the wine list is a collection of great bottles from around the world. We love to start with the Seafood Cheesecake and a bottle of our Sauvignon Blanc for a great beginning. Then move into the main course with a Berkshire Pork Chop smothered in Apple Brandy Cream with Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin paired up with our limited Tre Leoni. A meal fit for kings, right in the heart of Tulsa.
Doe’s Eat Place
Named after Dominic “Doe” Signa, this iconic restaurant started serving steaks and tamales in Greenville, Mississippi in 1941. Doe’s offer that same quality and tradition in Tulsa with aged steaks, shrimp and tamales still made with that good old Delta Charm. Since this eatery is all about old school tradition, start with their shrimp platter and a few oysters to share, along with a bottle of Whitehall Sauvignon Blanc. Sip and munch while the grillmaster fires up your choice of steak, we love the Ribeye! Then have them open a bottle of Napa Cabernet and take your time enjoying the perfect pairing of expertly aged beef with expertly made Cabernet.
Food and wine are a match made in heaven. Next time you’re out and about in Tulsa, stop into one of these spots and experience a great meal with your friends and family to truly see how it can bring people together. We hope you enjoyed a little tour of Tulsa, we will be featuring another city and their culinary expertise soon!