In the early 20th century, Tulsa was the Oil Capital of the World. The rush of roughnecks and oil barons built a culinary foundation that not only provided traditional food and diner fare but also encouraged upper-class experiences and international cuisine.
Whether Tulsans preferred to dine in a candle-lit room on fine china at The Louisiane or would rather cruise the Restless Ribbon in a souped-up hot rod with a stop in at Pennington’s, the city has always offered a bounty of family-owned establishments. All the restaurants profiled in this book enjoyed success for a time but today exist only in memory.
Join me on a journey through time, from Bishop’s during the Great Depression to the days of “Liquor by the Wink” to the Oil Bust of the 1980s. These are a few of the stories behind Tulsa’s most beloved restaurants and the people that made them special.
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photo courtesy of Pennington's Family Restaurants