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McGill’s, Tulsa OK

McGill’s is fine dining at dinner, upscale dining at lunch. Either option, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful. You won’t be disappointed.

McGill's, Tullsa OK - Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

This spring I have been doing in-person stewardship visits with our club seat holders. It gets me out of the office, and allows me to meet with our donors on their turf, without a game or other activity going on at the same time. Also, my lunch appointments allow me to do a blog post at the same time. It’s like killing all sorts of birds with just one stone.  Last week I had several appointments in Tulsa, and one was lunch with Bruce and Stephanie. Bruce recommended McGill’s.  I enjoyed my first meal there so much, and this gave me the opportunity to try their lunch menu.

There are 3 McGill’s locations in Tulsa, and we visited the one on Yale on the South side of town. This was the same McGill’s as my first visit. There is an outdoor patio out front that is covered, and has removable “window” panels that can be added to protect from bad weather. Inside, there is a bar and bar seating to the right; the main dining room is beyond the bar and is a combination of booths and tables; and there is also a private dining space.

McGill’s keeps the lighting low during lunch, to maintain the fine dining, dinner-like atmosphere. The main difference is there are no white tablecloths during lunch service.  Our reservation was for 11:45, and when I arrived a few minutes early the restaurant was already about half full.  There are numerous businesses, as well as a large hospital complex, very nearby. So I’m sure McGill’s is regularly very crowded.

I’m trying to make better food choices when I go out to eat.  I’m good at doing that at home, but it’s not so easy on the road.  The bad stuff really tempts me; and if someone else at my table is eating yummy unhealthy deliciousness, it’s almost impossible for me to be healthy. Clearly I have no self-control.

The McGill’s lunch menu is quite a bit smaller than the dinner menu, and the prices are very reasonable. The menu features appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees.

I started with the french onion soup

McGill's, Tullsa OK - Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

The soup was excellent.  I wish they had a larger portion, because I would have devoured it. So many times broth is really salty, but this one wasn’t at all.  Instead, it provided a great depth of flavor. I love the addition of the fried onions on top. They added a very nice crunch.

Bruce got the tuna salad, served in a hollowed out tomato, with fruit

McGill's, Tullsa OK - Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

This was a very generous portion of tuna, as well as a lot of fruit. I didn’t try any of the tuna salad, but Bruce said it is one of his favorites at McGill’s.

Stephanie got the salad trio, one scoop each of tuna salad, chicken salad, and seafood salad, with bread toasts and fruit.

McGill's, Tullsa OK - Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

Again, very generous portions of each salad. The dish looks really light and refreshing.  Stephanie was only able to finish about half of it.

I’m very selective of where I eat seafood in any landlocked state, but had heard great things about the seafood at McGill’s. I thought about getting the pasta lobster, but when the server described the dish, it sounded heavier than I wanted. Also, it can be very easy to overcook lobster, and I didn’t want to tempt fate. Instead I decided on the filet of orange roughy

McGill's, Tullsa OK - Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

Wow, this was really, really good.  The filet was larger than I was expecting. Roughy is a light fish, and it was very well seasoned.  The brown rice was seasoned as well. I don’t know what seasonings they used, but it was excellent.  Brown rice is often very mealy (which is why I mix it with white rice when I make it), but this one had more of a white rice texture.  The vegetables were cooked tender-crisp, exactly how I like them.

I will definitely be going back to McGill’s, as both visits have been fantastic. During happy hour, McGill’s offers half-priced appetizers, so this will be a perfect opportunity to try several dishes and enjoy the patio seating.



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