|18 East Brady|
Food: ****; Atmosphere: *****; Service: *****
So, if you have kept up with my little corner of the blogishpere here, then you will remember that I moved back to Tulsa last summer, after having lived in Denver quite awhile. One of the things I immediately noticed was the fact Tulsa had finally made the decision to get with the times, and utilize the urban space(s) of downtown, a decision that seemed to just make sense. Denver has a thriving urban scene. It's one of the things that brings that city's "cool" factor towards the top of the scale. And, just as a matter of my opinion, I think with new businesses and residential living spaces moving into downtown Tulsa, then our great city will only benefit from all the transition.
On a lazy Friday, with the weather perfect for heading downtown and taking in the scene, I paired up with a family member and headed into the heart of The Brady District. We had decided (on the suggestion of a friend of mine, who just happens to be part of the staff) to hit Caz's Chowhouse (@ 18 East Brady) for a little face time and in hopes of grabbing a good meal. Caz's Chowhouse did not disappoint. One of the greatest things about the downtown scene, and in particular the Brady District, is the... well, just the vibe. It's very eccentric, eclectic in that part of downtown. Even more so than the others maybe, and Caz's Chowhouse fits right in.
As we arrived, we were pleasantly welcomed by a smiling hostess (Ladeena - forgive me if I totally butchered your name) who showed us to our table to take up post in Peter's section. This cat is a server among servers. He had quick answers, quick wit, and suggestions if we seemed a bit unsure (this was both me and my cohort's first time in this establishment).
The menu is full of classic favorites and some unexpected items as well. You can find a range of salads, chicken fried steak, meatloaf, a rib-eye, even calf fries if you're adventurous enough. My choice for dinner - a dish I have a hard time passing up anywhere it's offered on the menu - the Chicken Tenders. I paired these bad boys up with some fries and a chose a cup of white gravy for the dipping sauce. Now keep in mind, I literally almost can not stop myself from ordering Chicken Tenders if a place has them on the menu, so I'm somewhat of a chicken tender "connoisseur." Caz's kills it with their offering of this dish. These suckers were huge for one, and they were nothing but straight up juicy. You get more than enough on these on your plate to make a meal of them, and the white gravy only added to how awesome these were. It's the kind of gravy that you just know would be good smothered over some homemade biscuits, minus the sausage of course. The fries were fries. I mean I have nothing bad to say about them, but nothing really stood out. They were hot when I got them, which goes a long way in my book when eating out. I despise being served cold fries with a meal, but this order was hot, and was another great pairing with the gravy. Props to Caz's on this dish. Some of the best Tenders in town.
During our dinner we had the pleasure of meeting the Chowhouse's Manager-Extraordinaire, Stephanie. She was gracious and accommodating. She let us know that the joint had recently underwent a remodeling face lift, revamped the menu, and brought in new staff. Now I can't speak on the state of affairs prior to these changes, but I can say that putting it down like they currently are is nothing but a WIN! And on top of that, Stephanie has the 411 on what is shaking in the Brady District while you're down there.
There you have it folks. A little info to help you get out and enjoy a place that is sure to become one of your favorites from the moment you step in. If you haven't got down to the Brady Arts district, take the time to do so. In fact, Friday - April 5th - the monthly "Art Crawl" is happening. There. Now you have an excuse to get out there, take in the vibe, and check out some cool art. Oh, and while you're down there... stop in and see Stephanie and her crew, grab a cold beer, relaxing cocktail, and some good "comfort food." You can thank me later.
GET IT HOW YOU LIVE!