The Best British Pub Grub in Tulsa: The White Lion

For years, the White Lion has been one of my favorite hidden treasures in Tulsa. It’s impossible to stumble upon this British pub, hidden on side streets near 71st and Yale. You must go there on purpose, in pursuit of delicious, savory, proper English pub food.

The White Lion is everything a British pub should be, and quite reminiscent of the pubs I’ve visited in London and Farnham. As you enter the pub, you are greeted by two white lions guarding the doorway. The restaurant is essentially a large, dimly-lit house filled with British artifacts and dark wood dining tables. Many of the tables are marked with the name of a clan or individual, so naturally, I always try to choose the table marked “The Lindsay Clan.” Diners can choose between a few different rooms to feast in, though no choice is a bad one.

If you’re not familiar with British food, allow me to provide a quick tutorial. The Brits are not traditionally well-versed in spices. This is good, hearty food, though. This is the kind of food that will stick to your ribs — Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash, Steak & Mushroom Pie, Cottage Pie, and so on.

On this particular visit, we decided to spring for a tantalizing starter: Sausage Rolls — flaky layers of pastry surrounding bits of sausage. They pair quite well with HP — a British version of A1 Steak Sauce. By the way, one of my other favorite starters at the White Lion is Baked Brie, served with green apples. It’s a real treat, and probably some of the best brie in the Tulsa area. With the appetizer demolished, our palates were prepped for the substantial main course.

My husband chose the standard Bangers and Mash (sausages with a crispy encasing served with mashed potatoes). He couldn’t wipe the smile off his little British-loving face, so I would say the choice was a hit. I chose the Special for the evening: Crab Cakes. Mind you, I was a little hesitant ordering crab cakes in Tulsa. This is not Baltimore or Maine, after all; the closest fresh crabs are a day’s drive away. But I decided to brave the unknown and try Tulsa British-style crab cakes.

My courage was rewarded with two huge, seasoned crab cakes covered with a tasty herb cream sauce. The plate also included mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. By the end of our meals, we were both so entirely satiated that we had to decline the kind waitress’ offer of dessert. Among her tempting options were Chocolate Cake with Cream Sauce, French Silk Pie, and Lemon Ice, just so you know.

The White Lion also offers plenty of British and Irish beers on tap, including Boddingtons, John Smiths, Old Speckled Hen, Beamish, Harp and Guinness.

The White Lion is a must for any Tulsan to try. The meal is affordable (about $10/plate) and the setting is unforgettable. To top it off, the wait staff is completely endearing, particularly Betty, the owner (from Bonny England, of course) who is the visionary behind the whole operation.

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  1. TULSA, OK, October16, 2012 — The food truck frenzy has finally rambled to T-town and the first-ever Eat Street Food Truck Festival hosted by Arnie’s Bar and The Dog House will be held Saturday, November 10 from 11am to 10pm. Foodies can frolic from New York to Vietnam, circle around Mexico and land in Japan in just one block. Then guests can park themselves on a chair and enjoy live music from some of Tulsa’s hottest bands or even behold a hot dog eating competition as part of Eat Street’s line-up of activities.
    Over 15 of Tulsa finest purveyors of haute-rod cuisine will converge in downtown’s historic Blue Dome District at 2nd Street and Elgin for one delicious day. With so many new food trucks hitting the road recently, this FREE event promises to be a diverse line-up of old favorites and innovative newcomers – but all in one place for just one day. Though the Eat Street Food Truck Festival may be for one day only, it has been over a year in the making.
    “This is something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time,” said JoAnn Armstrong, the event’s producer who is best known for coordinating the Arnie’s St. Patrick’s shindig, but is also a food truck enthusiast.
    “It is so exciting to see Tulsa embrace the food truck culture and now there are new and innovative food trucks popping up every day. It will be a real thrill to have them all in one place for everyone to enjoy.”
    Eat Street will feature everything from classic street food fare, like hot dogs and pizza, to more exotic selections like delectable Vietnamese kimchee fries or gyros, and will fill the streets and happy event-goers bellies. There are also several trucks churning out cuisine that is fit for the fanciest of menus, with locally-sourced ingredients and expert chefs at the helm. And no food truck festival would be complete without a
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    JoAnn Armstrong – 918-857-8487
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    little smoke from some barbecue carts and the little heat from classic taco and tamale trucks. Of course a meal on the go is best paired with a frothy brew, which will also be available at the event.
    For those who consider eating mass quantities a sport, Eat Street will also feature a hot dog eating contest hosted by none other than The Dog House. Winners will receive prizes and bragging rights while also benefitting local area food banks, with proceeds going to Iron Gate. Details about how to enter will be coming soon, so keep up with all the developments on the Eat Street Tulsa Facebook page!
    In addition to the numerous food trucks and live music, Eat Street will host a small farmers market and local art vendors. This is a family-friendly festival featuring a kid’s area with face painting, a chalk circle, art activities, and more. So, bring the entire family down to the Blue Dome District for the food event of the year!

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