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Take 2 = Eat Lunch Out & Give Back

We all deserve a second chance in life. That’s the theme of Take 2: A Resonance Café — a
great place to eat and support a local nonprofit while you’re at it. Take 2 at 309 S. Main St. provides tasty meals and a positive, educational environment where women recently released from prison can learn valuable skills.

When I visited Take 2 recently, I was surprised to see how bustling it was. On a Friday afternoon, it was filled with plenty of the downtown Tulsa workforce looking for a tasty lunch. The restaurant is resplendent with colorful murals on the walls and bright furniture. It’s not a place where you would expect to find ex-felons.

Everyone who works there is so nice — from Tom Butcher, chef, manager, and former Impressions owner, to the ladies who fix the food and ring up your total. Take 2 is actually very similar to the former Impressions, so if you ever went there, you’ll feel right at home.

I had a half order of the Prime Rib Au Jus, along with a big slice of Banana Pie (it’s half price on Fridays after 1:00!). The sandwich was delectable — tender meat served with hot au jus sauce — perfect for a chilly day. The slice of banana pie was huge and had actual slices of banana in it! In the future, I’ll share it with someone instead of inhaling it all on my own.

I was delighted that Debbie Gordon, Development Director for Resonance, was able to join me for lunch and share more of the Take 2 story with me. Debbie chose the Stew for her lunch and said it’s one of her favorite menu items.

Debbie told me that the sandwiches are a big hit at Take 2, and it’s clear to see why. The meat is fresh-sliced, and options abound: Prime Rib or Sirloin Au Jus, Roast Beef or Turkey Club, Corned Beef, and Pastrami, to name a few. Tom brought his favorite sandwich from Impressions to Take 2, also: the Stacked Deck (roast beef, ham, turkey pastrami, salami, swiss, cheddar). Cold sandwiches include Chicken Salad, tuna, and avocado.

Other items available to order include soups, prepared Chefs Salads and Caesar Salads, and baked potatoes. They also have a number of mouth-watering sides: tabouli, potato salad, shrimp macaroni, cottage cheese, and cole slaw. They also have a fully-stocked salad bar.

As patrons of the restaurant, you aren’t just purchasing food, you are purchasing a better future for someone’s mom, wife, daughter, sister or granddaughter. I had a chance to hear more about the program as I ate with Debbie. The women who are employed at Take 2 have already gone through one of the Resonance programs at Eddie Warrior or Turley Correctional Centers. It can be very difficult for a person coming out of prison to find employment, so Take 2 is a perfect opportunity for these women to prove themselves and find gainful employment.

“If a woman coming out of prison can get a job and a place to stay within 30 days, she can survive,” Debbie told me.

Debbie also showed me the loft above the restaurant where the women who work at the restaurant are able to live. It’s a perfect pair — easy access to work. Pretty amazing that Resonance has come up with an automatic job + housing environment for some of its graduates.

Most of Take 2’s traffic is walk-in customers who work in nearby downtown buildings. It really is the perfect spot for lunch if you work anywhere near central downtown Tulsa.

Take 2 is open 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. They also do catering orders (boxed lunches and sandwich trays) as well as takeout orders. The number to call for catering/takeout orders is 918-861-4555.

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Time to Take Lunching to a New Level. Say Hello to Boston Deli.

photo-2Tucked away in the busy shopping center on the northwest corner of 61st and Sheridan is a joint that has the potential to take your lunching experience to a new level. Boston Deli Grill & Market offers a wide, unique variety of sandwiches, salads, and soups. Not only that, the Market side of the business offers some incredible meats, vegetables, and mouth-watering Evening Chalkboard Specials.

Before I delve into my lunching experience, allow me to express my appreciation for the Market’s unique menu. After a busy day at work, you can swing by Boston Deli and grab specials like Smoked Salmon Quesadillas with goat cheese, carmel onions, apple horseradish creme and mango salsa, or Blackened Sea Scallops on bowtie pasta with cilantro pesto, roasted pine nuts and roasted pepper puree. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that meal options like those sure beat slaving away in the kitchen after a hard day’s work. Yes sir, they do.

photo-1Now, onto lunch at Boston Deli … it’s a real delight. Unlike many lunch venues that offer cramped seating and a rushed atmosphere, Boston Deli has plush, spacious booths in a truly sophisticated, yet relaxing atmosphere. During my visit on a cold January day, I decided I couldn’t go wrong with the Applewood Roast Beef Au Jus, served on a baguette with melted cheddar. Dipping those tender layers of roast beef into the hot au jus, I forgot all about the chills of the outdoors. The only warning I will offer is that if you try the Roast Beef Au Jus, be sure to have plenty of napkins nearby! Things can get a little crazy when sandwich dipping is involved (at least for clumsy ol’ me!)

My friend and lunch adventurer selected the Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast. One great aspect of ordering a sandwich at Boston Deli is the extensive bread choices available: Health Nut, Sourdough, Jewish Rye, Pita, French Baguette, Pumpernickle, Jalapeno Cheddar, Ciabatta or Croissant. Naturally, being a little cooky and on the healthy side, my friend selected the Health Nut. Another perk to Boston Deli sandwiches is that all of the meats are custom smoked, grilled or oven roasted on site, so you can definitely taste the freshness!

While we only indulged in sandwiches on this occasion, I’m looking forward to trying some of their other offerings in the future, like Tabouli, Beer Basted Grilled Bratwurst, and a Reuben on photo-4Jewish Rye.

They don’t call it Boston Deli for nothing … this is as close to Bean Town as you’re going to find in Tulsa! They also offer catering, as well as dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

 

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