Just a short 30-45 minute drive from Tulsa is the hometown of Will Rogers (and another amazing man, my husband!): Claremore. Downtown Claremore has a certain old-fashioned, small-town charm to it, and it’s quite apropos that this setting would include a place called the Pink House, a unique tea room.
The Pink House is a place where little girls can go to have princess tea parties and adult ladies (and men who are very secure and enjoy the finer things in life!) can have the sophisticated conversations that we are so prone to.
The Pink House was opened in 1982 and has since become a landmark in Claremore. Any given Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Pink House is filled with the sounds of chatter, laughter, and the aroma of delicious teas and foods.
My husband (he’s the “secure” male type I mentioned previously), his mom and I recently frequented the Pink House and were not disappointed. The lunch menu includes a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups. After much scrutiny, we selected the Pink House Club Sandwich (smoked turkey, ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce and tomato on three pieces of Texas toast), and the Turkey Club Wrap (smoked turkey, bacon, lettuce, red onion, Cheddar-Jack cheese wrapped in a tortilla). We also tried the soup of the day, Cheese Tortellini, which was scrumptious.
Even more essential than the food selection, the tea choice at a tea room is obviously of utmost importance. The Pink Room boasts an extensive tea menu — over 50 loose leaf teas. I finally settled on a rose tea, which seemed quite fitting, since I was surrounded by in a rose-colored wallpaper, paint, and artwork. With the warm tea massaging my throat on the grey, chilly autumn day, I decided that the day could not get any better.
The three of us went all out for dessert, each ordering a different sweet delicacy. Devon tried a heavenly bread pudding with caramel drizzle. It was nothing short of spectacular, and a perfect choice for the cold day.
My mother-in-law went for the fresh coconut cream pie. She kept commenting, “This crust is awesome!” (and the filling was too; I of course had to try it).
And at last, my dessert, the queen of all the dessert choices: Baked Fudge. This sweet treat is a phenomenon but a bit difficult to describe, so I’ll steal the Pioneer Woman’s definition for Baked Fudge: “Imagine a brownie that’s crusty and crisp on top, but that wasn’t allowed to cook all the way down below. Or imagine chocolate cake batter…with a crispy top.”
Doesn’t that sound like a dessert you would want to demolish? And when it’s served in an adorable ice cream parlor-style glass with a huge dollop of whipped cream on top, it’s quite irresistible.
A visit to the Pink House is well worth the drive from the Tulsa area. And while you’re there, you can pay a visit to the historic Belvedere Mansion, the Will Rogers Museum, the J.M. Davis Gun Museum, and Claremore’s many antique shops. If you’ve been to the Pink House, be sure to comment and share your favorite items on the menu!