Karting & Barbecue in Tulsa
June 15, 2016 § 3 Comments
One of the hardest parts of traveling for J is finding good coffee — he still hasn’t found a good latte place in Vegas despite many visits. I don’t drink coffee so I can’t explain why he’s so picky, but it’s always a priority for him. Of the three he tried, J liked Topeca Coffee the most (the other two were Fair Fellow and DoubleShot).
Frankly, I was astonished at how ~hipster~ these coffeeshops were — in a good way — with skinny bearded fellows making lattes and specialty bike shirts for sale. To the outsider, Tulsa isn’t exactly a hotbed of youth or innovation, but there’s a lot more young people doing interesting things than I expected.
After J’s requisite morning coffee, we had breakfast at Chimera, which serves a variety of delectable breakfast tacos, including vegetarian-friendly ones. They made for a satisfying and healthy breakfast.
Our main activity for the day was a first for me: go-kart racing at Xtreme Racing & Entertainment! It’s a brand new facility with a big indoor track and some random virtual simulator games (like golf) that we didn’t try.
J had a go-kart as a kid, so he was already a pro, but as we got buckled in to our karts, my excitement turned to trepidation. It didn’t help that it took me 15 minutes to get my helmet on — I grabbed a large because I have a big head, but my glasses wouldn’t fit in the helmet. I had to upgrade to XXL, and even that put a painful squeeze on my ears from the glasses.
We were the only two there for our first round, and with 10 laps per round, it was a lot of driving! J went literally twice my speed the entire time — he passed me in the same spot every lap — and after we were joined by three other people, I ended up coming in dead last while he took first. Haha I should just stick to video game racing…
For lunch, J was craving Mexican food, so we headed to Calaveras, which boasts its own salsa station. The restaurant had a huge menu, colorful decor and a decent burrito.
At this point, J was craving pie, so we went to what was seemingly the only pie place in town: Antoinette Baking. It’s a very cute cafe, but little did we know, they only have pie two nights a week, and it was not our lucky day. On the afternoon we went, they just had a random selection of cake and pastries. I don’t really understand. People clearly love their pie; why don’t they make more of it? :(
We spent the rest of the day playing tennis, drinking more limeade and driving by an old drive-in movie theater that’s still in business.
Our one goal for the last day of our trip was to get barbecue. Burn Co was our top choice despite its weird hours: closed on Sun/Mon and only open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the other days. We got there 20 minutes before it opened, and there was already a line of dudes waiting outside for breakfast bbq?!
We ordered pulled pork, smoked bologna, ribs, two types of sausage, a couple of sides and a mini key lime pie (not pictured, but enough to satisfy J’s pie cravings temporarily).
IT WAS THE BEST BBQ I’VE EVER EATEN IN MY LIFE.
The ribs were juicy and tender and flavorful and just perfect. I’d never had bbq bologna before — it’s a rare delicacy! — but it was tasty, just like everything else we ordered. But those ribs though…legendary.
And of course we couldn’t leave town without one last limeade from Braum’s.