Keep an eye on the weather forcast for Oklahoma for several days before your trip. And then pack a few items for the opposite weather. There is a saying in Oklahoma that if you don't like the weather, wait another day. It will change... 70 degree temp. days are all too often followed by 30 degree days. And don't let that brightly shining sun fool you. I was continually dressed inappropriately for the weather while growing up there. The day before would be cold, so I would bundle up that morning, only to discover by noon, that a warm front had come through. And vice versa.
NOTE: If you are travelling to Tulsa in the summer, the weather will be hot and sticky no matter what. It will not change until late September.
Finer dining is well and good, and exotic fare from around the world should certainly be sampled and appreciated, but sometime its nice to just get messy with some good American beef smoked over a hickory fire and slathered with a succulent barbecue sauce! When the mood hits in Tulsa, a great place to go is Rib Crib. Due to the success of the Tulsa-based franchise, it's where people in seven other states now go too.
A vegan's nightmare, Rib Crib serves up slab after slab of perfectly smoked beef spare ribs, baby back ribs, and brisket, along with chicken, ham, pulled pork, and sausages. Meats can be ordered as part of larger dinners or as a sandwich on a bun. A variety of traditional side dishes are offered, including ranch-style beans and fried okra, and the growing menu also offers salads, baked potatoes and other non-BBQ items for diners less interested in loading up on the protein. For rib lovers and those with big appetites, the Crib has an all-you-can-eat rib special on Tuesdays from 5:00pm to close.
There are several Rib Crib locations in the Tulsa area, but the original one at 16th & S. Harvard, near the University of Tulsa, is still a favorite. Opened in 1992 in a building that formerly housed a Polynesian lounge, the original always pleases with its casual surroundings, a pleasant wait staff of mostly college kids, and the food that made it famous.
"Welcome to T - Town!"
I was born in Tulsa, and have lived here all my life except for a two year stint in Kenya, during the 1980s with my family. Tulsa has so many wonderful areas the visit, and we're a big city in Oklahoma, but with a friendly hometown atmosphere.