This is going to be a bit different but then again the Mother Road Market is different. The Mother Road Market is one of these newer food hall concepts of having lots of small restaurant owners come together to offer their food under one roof. Really it’s like a big food court, like the kind you would find at the mall. The upside is that there are only a few stores to shop at, plenty of seating, and you don’t have to walk too far. It’s also great if you have picky eaters or if everyone wants something different.
So the three of us walked into the building with a plan, everyone was to get whatever they wanted but different. We split up and each got our own stuff. I got some pimento and cheese wontons from Salt and Vinegar, Big K stopped at Curds and Whey for some loaded fries, and Mae wanted a pickle pizza from Zasa’s Pizza and Wings. After the first round, I got some sushi from Akira Sushi & Ramen that I shared with Big K, he got a Brazilian savory pastry puff from Doctor Kustom. Lastly we all shared a sampler platter from Da Yolk. I wanted to try more places but we were all stuffed. There is a burger place, ice cream, barbeque, tacos, chicken, bread, pastries, and a bar. Everything was good, and the service was great at each location. I really like this food court set up, gives the small businesses a chance to shine while not having to worry about so much overhead.
It’s called the Mother Road Market because it’s about a block south of the current alignment of historic Route 66 at the corner of Lewis and E. 11th St. The building started it’s life as Scrivner-Stevens Grocery distribution center built in 1939, the non-profit Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation remodeled the warehouse in 2016. They then reached out to small business owners to set up shop and officially opened in 2018. There is more than just food, plenty of small local shops to browse and a mini-golf course. There is seating inside and out, when we were there it was over 100, so we stayed inside. If you are in Tulsa, stop by and check out everything they have to offer.
Address: 1124 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa.
I’ve said it before, there are lots of burger places in the Oklahoma City metro. Almost too many, most are just ok but a few are my favorites. Patty Wagon is tied for first place in my burger world along with Tucker’s Onion burger.
I was first turned on to this place by a friend who had been coming here since it opened. So one night we tried it and I fell in love. Located on May Ave just south of NW 36th Street in what was an old Whataburger, this is just a straight up no-frills burger joint. A good sized menu with burgers featuring different toppings and weekly specials that are always original but my go to burger is the Jailhouse Blues- big beef patty, lettuce, tomato, sauce, big chunks of blue cheese, and a couple of slices of thick cut bacon.
Service is always quick- wrapped in foil, my burger is just peeking out of the spaces just waiting for me to devour it. Bun is of a sweet bread variety, toasted so it has that buttery goodness that mixes well with the big chunks blue cheese. The sauce has just enough kick to it but it only accentuates the taste of the burger. The think cut Applewood bacon is also a delicacy when placed on the burger, really brings the flavors together. My only real complaint is sometimes the veggies can be a bit overwhelming but I can remove them if I think it’s too much. Since I’m burned out on fries, I get onion rings. These are more of a tempura based coating than the typical Sonic type onion rings. Always a big pile of them to sit aside my burger.
My husband has tried many of the other burgers and even some of the specials. He always likes them. Now Mae has to order a kids corn dog every time, just don’t get it- take the kid to a burger place and she wants fair food but at least she’s eating. So I highly recommend a stop giving it 5 strips of bacon.
Last Friday was a cold and rainy day, which meant time for some comfort food. So I braved the water and drove to Yukon to experience The Lokal, a new restaurant on old Route 66. Tucked away on the western most corner of an old grocery store is where you’ll find this new location for culinary delights.
Being early lunch time, I was seated immediately. Nice large wooden table but I hate those metal chairs that are everywhere now, just not comfortable. My order was taken quickly and yes I started with some of their famous deep fried deviled eggs. Regular deviled eggs are great (especially when my husband makes them) but bread and deep fry them, better than anything at the fair. The egg whites themselves are the only thing deep fried, the yolk is mixed with other ingredients and placed on top. The 6 eggs (yes I ate 2 before I took the pic) come with a side of jalapeno ranch that really gives a spicy kick to an already wonderful appetizer.
Next up was my lunch sized chicken fried steak. If this is lunch sized, then dinner sized must take up the rest of the plate because it was huge (not that I’m complaining). Along with my side of mashed potatoes, the steak was generously drowned in cream gravy. So much so that my fried okra came in a bowl, just to keep them dry. After I polished off those eggs, I started on the steak. Fried to a crisp gold brown perfection, the breading was light and took nothing away from the flavor of the steak. The steak itself was very tender and easy to cut. The mashed potatoes were great as well, complete with some actual potato chunks and skins. As good as all of it was, the cream gravy was the star. They must use real cream in it, I made sure every bite I took had some of that gravy on it including my okra.
Then for dessert I took home a slice of red velvet cheesecake. The red velvet part was perfect as was the cheesecake. The service the entire time was wonderful and my food was delivered quickly. I highly recommend that you check it out while in Yukon. Go for the deep fried deviled eggs, stay for the cream gravy, 5 strips of bacon from me.