"Urban Tulsa" - Your Best Guide to What's Going On
When you arrive in Tulsa, be sure to pick up a copy of the free "Urban Tulsa Weekly" newspaper. This will be your best source for what is going on around town. New editions come out every Thursday. It is readily available at many restuarants and hotels. It has a very complete listing of concerts, shows, clubs, sporting events, movies, and any other entertainment happening, along with a good restaurant guide. Locally owned and published, UTW is more than just a typical hotel entertainment guide. The writing is pretty good (for the most part) and you're likely to get to read about some interesting local personality, cause or controversy.
Run away to the Hideaway
What started in 1957 as a hole-in-the wall joint next to the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater has grown into a beloved Oklahoma institution - and the maker of some mighty fine pies! Specialty pizzas with names like "The Big Country," "Sooner Schooner," and "Tulsa Hurricane," shows off the Hideaway's pride in its roots, but it's the fresh ingredients arranged in imaginative and generous combinations that truly make the Hideaway something special. The Hideaway also offers great appetizers, pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches and dessert, and a children's menu. There is full bar service. The atmosphere in the restaurants is very welcoming, and the mostly college-student servers tend to be efficient and friendly. Before you leave, be sure to take note of the murals, hand-made by school and civic groups, that line the walls of each location. They are the result of an eight year project begun in 2000 to celebrate the Oklahoma Statehood Centennial in 2007. Each year a different theme was established to showcase a particular aspect of life in the Sooner State. There are four locations in Tulsa - Cherry Street (15th & Peoria), Fontana (51st & Memorial), South (81st & Harvard) and Bixby (101st & Memorial). The original Hideaway is about 70 miles west of Tulsa. The "Maui Magic" - Hideaway red sauce, mozzarella, canadian bacon, pineapple and mandarin oranges. Also, try the famous fried mushrooms. It makes me hungry just typing it!
While you are moving around Tulsa, don't forget to look at the trees! I have traveled around the world and have never seen a greener city. If your schedule allows, find a high point in the city, and stand back in awe. Some of the angles I have seen make it look as though the buildings rise up out of a forest. I have never regreted living in adn around Tulsa, and always regret leaving.