Two popular restaurants from Broken Arrow that once cornered the downtown Rose district have relocated to a new location – and in one case, a new identity – a few blocks north.
Toast Brunch, a breakfast and brunch restaurant, has opened on the ground floor of a new apartment building called Brio at the Rose at 305 N. Main St. A series of soft editorials this weekend, starting on ThursdayJuly 14.
Toast Brunch originally shared a kitchen with Franklin’s Grill when the two companies were located on the corner of Main Street and Commercial Street in downtown Broken Arrow. Franklin’s Grill, which was known for its steaks and “bacon-marinated burgers”, has closed.
Bree Clark, director of kitchen at both Toast and McKinney’s Modern Dining, said McKinney’s will offer “an eclectic gourmet menu that includes our evolution on some classics like Shrimp Escargot. Hand-cut steaks, pasta, and seafood entrees are just a few of the things we’ll be serving alongside. With appetizers, drinks and desserts.”
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Clark said the restaurant’s official opening date will be announced later next week.
Another restaurant, Ippin Ramen, unrelated to Toast and McKinney’s, is also scheduled to open in the complex in the coming weeks.
Breakfast at the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower Grilled Cheese Company, 2108 S. Memorial Drive, has launched a new breakfast menu for the first time.
Items include biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, pancakes and croissants. The breakfast menu will be available all day, both in the restaurant and through Doordash.
The Eiffel Tower opened Grilled Cheese in March and offers “high grilled cheese sandwiches,” such as the famous chicken bacon ranch, Hawaiian roast beef, and BAE (bacon, avocado, and eggs). In its review, Tulsa World gave the restaurant three stars, praising the French Dip sandwich and homemade tomato soup.
Velvet Taco wants your recipes
One of the things the Dallas-based chain Velvet Taco is best known for is what regulars call “WTF”—the weekly taco feature, which gives chefs a chance to try new flavor combinations.
WTF picks often coincide with holidays and seasonal trends like the upcoming Mango Jerk-Churri Taco for National Mango Day, which will be available July 20-26.
Now, the chain is offering guests the opportunity to present their best taco recipes for a chance to feature on the WTF menu at Velvet Taco during National Taco Day in October.
Chef Venice Willis, Director of Culinary Innovation at Velvet Tacos, said, “We know that tastes change (…weekly), which is why we create a new flavor inspired around the world every week. Our culinary vision is to transform the simplest of ingredients and present them as something you can’t Get it anywhere else.
“We invite the public to enjoy the ideas of the culinary team as much as the culinary team,” Willis said.
Entrants must submit their best idea for the Weekly Taco Feature (also known as WTF) by 11:59 PM on July 25. The winner will receive a private prep session with Velvet Taco’s Director of Culinary Innovation, a $250 Velvet Taco Gift Card and a spot on the company’s WTF menu to run during National Taco Day (October 4).
For full rules and application instructions, visit velvettaco.com/wtf- contest/rules.