Restaurants in Tulsa, OK

Tulsa may not be famous for its fine-dining restaurants, but it is a mine of Roadfood gold. Have breakfast of elegant pain perdu or house-made granola at Queenie’s or stop at Hodges Bend for an adult coffee cocktail with a jalapeno cheddar sausage roll. In a burger-rich state, Tulsa stands out as one of best places to eat them — preferably at Hank’s, Freddie’s, or the Linda-Mar Drive-In. There’s excellent BBQ, too, but if  you decide to abjure red meat, consider the White River Fish Market, which, yes, gets its catfish from neighboring Arkansas and dishes out some of the best whole fried flounder this side of Charleston, South Carolina.

Tulsa’s Most Famous Dishes

Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

Cup of chili topped with cheese and chopped raw onions


Seafood platter is loaded with fried shrimp, scallops, oysters, flounder, plus deviled crab and hushpuppies


A triangle of dark, supersweet chocolate cheesecake drips with Kahlua and raspberry puree


Tulsa’s Best Restaurants

Wilson’s BBQ






Four quarter-pound beef patties with cheese & condiments piled into a bun
Hank’s Hamburgers


Freddie’s Hamburgers


Dilly Diner


Hodges Bend


Ike’s Chili House


Coney I-Lander


White River Fish Market


Linda-Mar Drive-In


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Tulsa Tide

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Smashed crispyburger, fully dressed

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Granola is loaded with nuts, berries, raisins, coconut, etc., etc.

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