If you’re on the lookout for a coffeeshop/hangout/music venue/munching spot, look no further. Birthed out of the revival of Tulsa’s Pearl District, The Phoenix is another one of Blake Ewing’s restaurant adventures, so you know it’s gonna be good. Haven’t heard of Mr. Ewing, fellow Tulsan? Not only is he a city councilor, but he’s also the owner of Joe Mamma’s, The Max Retropub, Boomtown Tees, and Back Alley Blues & BBQ. So you know that not only is the food going to be good, but the place is going to be hip and trendy too. It’s so hip and trendy that it takes me back to my college days way back in the mid 2000s…
The Phoenix is a perfect spot for studying, partially due to its amazing hours of operation: 6:30 a.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Saturday, and 6:30 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. Back in my day as an ORU student, being out past midnight would have earned me a $50 fine, but these days ORU students and TU students and all the other students attending local campuses can enjoy late nights at places like The Phoenix. And trust me, this place is equipped with plenty of beverages to keep you up, night owl. Settle in with a glass of wine, a craft beer, or a meticulously concocted cocktail. Or if you’re, per say, under Honor Code at ORU or giving up the bubbly for Lent, you can enjoy some locally-roasted espresso instead. I do not hesitate to recommend their Chai Latte or, if you’re in a spicy mood, the Phoenix Mocha (espresso, steamed milk, cocoa and cayenne). I also enjoy that The Phoenix offers a “Drip for Here” option on their coffee, meaning you can have bottomless amounts of java for just $2.25. This is perfect for people like me, who wish that caffeine were available in the form of an IV drip.
Alas, I needn’t bore you with endless discussions of coffee; let’s move on to FOOD. Yes, you can eat at The Phoenix: Be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner! The other night, in tribute to my reminiscing of my days as a poor college student, I ate dinner at The Phoenix for just $4. And one might say I ate like a Prince(ss), because I ate something called The Prince! This delicious “pizza bagel” (bagel of your choice covered in pizza sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella, served with chips and a pickle, is just $4! In case you like to be traditional and eat your bagels in the morning, you are also in luck. The Phoenix offers a wide variety of kettle-boiled bagels, along with some tummy growling-inducing spreads (jalapeno salsa cream cheese, bacon scallion cream cheese). Holy moly!
Oh, and The Phoenix has a whole lotta sandwich and salad options too, perfect for you kids who work downtown and want to pick up a sandwich for a nice walk in Centennial Park come Springtime. On a totally different note, The Phoenix is a great dessert location if you’re on a hot date. Just the other evening I saw two young lovebirds there sharing a chocolate fondue affectionately known as Under the Volcano. Anytime we ladies get to dip food items in hot chocolate, we are happy. The Phoenix will help make your lady friend happy. Guaranteed.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that The Phoenix hosts several local musicians each week. The Phoenix also celebrates other forms of art, adorning its walls with visual art from local artists. In addition, The Phoenix has an entire room dedicated to the long, lost art of reading. Yes, this place has a library loaded with classic novels. If you just want to nestle up with your Americano and Crime & Punishment all day, The Phoenix is the place to do so.
Whether you’re a college student, a young professional, or an older person who doesn’t mind being around youngsters, The Phoenix is definitely one of the best places in Tulsa to be.