I will remember 2010 for many reasons. Restaurant-wise, it’s the year Cafe Samana entered Tulsa and, therefore, my life.
Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice. Here is a fresh, healthy option that will sate you (us) and the meat eaters in your life. On the menu pictured above, I have consumed (in order of deliciousness) the Cherise, the Roasted Veggie, the Samana BBQ Wrap, and the Beer Bratwurst. I’ve also nibbled the BellaWitch and enjoyed a mango wrap that was the special one day. I split the Hummus & Veggies on one occasion and have tried two different soups and the top three sides. Yes, I may have a Cafe Samana addiction.
My taller half and I decided to make it our lunch destination on this incredibly pleasant Saturday. Sadly, the most delicious thing there was not on the menu.
However, there is a whole slew of other tasty choices.
The bratwurst is probably my least favorite thing I’ve tried to far, but considering the unbelievable deliciousness of everything else, that’s not much of an insult. The truth is that I was never a huge bratwurst fan, but they were out of falafel, and I am trying to make my way through everything vegan on the menu. This dude was very close to the real deal. The bread was incredible. The sauerkraut is also quite good, though maybe a little salty in such a large quantity, but this is coming from an avowed salt disliker. It is absolutely delicious on the Cherise, Samana’s amazing tempeh Reuben. In fact, you must go there immediately and order one. The Roasted Veggie (with or without the cheese) is also an acceptable choice. You can finish reading this post later.
My beloved ordered the BellaWitch and the Fruit and Yogurt on the side (and water, no ice). I took a tiny, cheese-free bite of the sandwich, served on the same delicious bread, and goodness me, it was tasty. At first, he was daunted with how to approach it, but he quickly squished it together. The blue cheese was one of his favorite parts. I didn’t sample the yogurt, but he liked it. He noted it wasn’t as tart as he often likes, but neither was it cloyingly sweet. The fruit, he added, was a perfect complement.
Rating: a big, fat ***** for veggie options and ***** for deliciousness. (See this post for scoring guide.) Do I sound too biased? Then check out avowed meat-lover Scott Cherry’s review in the Tulsa World.
Cafe Samana is at 3807-F S. Peoria Ave. Their hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays.