Charlie Mitchell knows soccer. Charlie Mitchell knows Tulsa. You know, like Bo knows. That said Charlie Mitchell combined this knowledge with his love for food and brought Scottish American Modern Pub fare back to Tulsa. Mitchell is back after closing down his last restaurant in 1995. Before that he had been in the restaurant business since 1981 and at one time was operating five Charlie Mitchell Restaurants. With a little help from his friends, fellow restauranteurs Greg McGill and Hal Walker of McGill’s restaurants, Charlie Mitchell’s Modern Pub is in town ravamping the old and bringing the new.
We began our lunch by trying out the Rochester Lancers Dip ($7.95) which is “A Must-Have!” according to the menu. Christine couldn’t resist the opportunity to hit up the spinach. The cream spinach with Parmigiano cheese, cream cheese and artichoke hearts was so fabulous, fresh, and tasty that even I enjoyed the green stuff – now that’s saying a lot. The chips were fresh as well and the spicy salsa on the side was a nice touch.
After knocking around several options of entrees I decided to put Charlie Mitchell’s Modern Pub to the test by getting the The Rack ($15.95) of Danish Ribs. The waitress held these Danish ribs in high regard and recommended them full-heartedly. This slow cooked perfection was basted with barbecue sauce and served with French fries and slaw. I can easily rate these as some of the best ribs I have ever had. The fries were superb and I ate every last one.
Christine bypassed her initial impulse of trying the Monte Cristo and took on the Fleet Street Burger ($6.95) instead. This juicy burger is made of fresh ground chuck cooked medium rare and topped with bleu cheese, bacon crumbles, lettuce, tomato and red onions. Christine is fickle when it comes to the proportion of condiments and she loved that the burger had the perfect dollop of bleu cheese on it – “not too overpowering” she said. I stole several bites of the Fleet Street and each bite seemed the exact same as the other – simply perfect and so juicy!
Charlie Mitchell’s Modern Pub is located at 51st & Yale, in a stylish building with a great atmosphere. We enjoyed the friendly waitstaff who served excellent food which was a cut above what most people would consider pub fare. There were several college football games airing over the non-intrusive flat screens strategically placed, but as far as this foodie is concerned Charlie Mitchells scored the most valuable goal – a spectacular restaurant!
Charlie Mitchell’s Modern Pub is located at 4848 S. Yale Ave.