Smoke on Cherry Street

Smoke is a very classy restaurant on Cherry Street priding itself in using quality, fresh, and local ingredients. The food can be described as contemporary American with a twist. The twist is the wonderful flavor of smoke attributed to grilling over an open wood fire. The smoke theme also extends to an enclosed cigar room in the back that offers a large array of cigars arranged neatly in a large humidor. The walls are decorated with beautiful paintings from local artists. The wood paneling, exposed brick walls, rich mahogany colors and dim lighting give it a wonderful unique feel.

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We had the opportunity to meet with Executive Chef Erik Reynolds who treated us to a deliciously decadent 4 course meal.

Appetizer: Crab Stuffed Fried Green Tomatoes- This appetizer was served with a Tabasco aioli and tomato jam. The jam was surprisingly sweet and the perfect complement to the spicy aioli. 3 ounces of tender, chunky crab meat nestled inside a crispy outside shell. The green tomatoes were firm and mild, beautifully presented.

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Salad: Grilled Romaine– This was the best salad I’ve ever had! Served with whole anchovies, crispy crunchy bacon, and homemade croutons. For being such a seemingly simple dish it did not lack any flavor! This fit perfectly with their theme as the romaine was grilled over an open flame and had the perfect hint of ‘smoke’!

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Salad: Wilted Spinach & Arugula– Everything is better with bacon. This salad is sweet and savory at the same time. Perfect sour apple tang from the granny smith apples paired nicely with the spicy arugula. Fun in all flavors!

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Entrée: Kurobuta Pork Loin Chop– Served with a scallion risotto topped with crunchy pistachios and a pinot noir reduction sauce. The risotto was perfectly cooked, great texture, creamy and smooth! I could have eaten a whole bowl full of that risotto! The pork loin was also cooked to perfection with subtle smoke flavors combined with the juicy meat. The subtle cherry flavor from the Pinot Noir in the reduction sauce was an elegant touch. I highly recommend this dish and would order it again next time!

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Entrée: Wood Grilled Scallops– Served with bacon cheddar grits and grilled okra for a great southern twist. The savory cheddar grits were gently fried to form a golden crust. The scallops were very fresh, tender and lightly seared. The scallops were served with a smoky tomato cream sauce and topped with some micro greens. The okra was served whole and was not overcooked, offering a nice firm texture. Perfect dish for a scallop lover!

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Dessert: Key Lime Tart with a raspberry puree – Key lime is one of my favorite desserts. This tart had an incredibly smooth texture, a homemade gram cracker and nut crust, and the perfect tartness. Wonderful light finish to an all-around amazing meal!

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I think that all around, this is one of the best restaurants in Tulsa. It has excellent food, service and ambiance. It is a place where you can go in jeans or in a suit. You can go for a drink and appetizer at the bar, a cigar and glass of scotch, lunch, dinner, dessert, or any other combination you desire. This place has definitely elevated the bar on Cherry street.

Address- 1542 E. 15th St. Tulsa, OK 74120

www.smoketulsa.com


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