When the folks behind Back Alley Barbecue sensed that the smoked meat market was about to be inundated in the Blue Dome District – the restaurant’s home since 2011 – it was time to consider a change. Thus, White Flag was born into the same space. The simple menu does its best to showcase the gourmet burger and its many incarnations, including bleu cheese and candied bacon on the Blue Dome Burger; bacon, fried egg and maple syrup on The Hangover (Part 4); and habanero salsa, jalapeno candied bacon and sriracha mayo on the spicy Salma Hayek. The common denominator throughout most of the menu – the burger – is well-cooked and properly seasoned, which creates a perfect backdrop for even the wildest ingredients. 116 S. Elgin, Tulsa. www.whiteflagtulsa.com – Jami Mattox
Heirloom Baking Co.
Another Arctic front blows through Tulsa, and it’s lunch. Bundled in scarves and boots, you head for Cherry Street and a quiet nook to the side of the bustling parade of traffic. When you step through the door, the warmth greets you along with the smell of fresh-baked pastries and hot coffee. The newest offering from John and Margarita Gaberino (Topéca Coffee, Hodges Bend) brings favorite desserts, breads and sandwiches (try the pear and Brie) to the table with rustic charm. Cinnamon rolls, tarts, quiche and other bakery standards look wholesomely hewn and crafted. Whether you’re eating in the bright dining space or picking up bread or cake to take home, your taste buds will be impressed, too. 1441 S. Quaker Ave., Tulsa. www.theheirloombakery.com – Karen Shade