Posted by Tasha on November 26th, 2010 in Restaurants
I’m not usually a fan of dinner in a styrofoam box.
But when I’m busy watching a fast-paced sporting event at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa, I’m always willing to make an exception.
My husband and son and I were treated to our first Tulsa Oilers game of the season earlier this week (more about this soon), and it wasn’t until we made it downtown that we realized we hadn’t had dinner. We’d spent the afternoon at Haikey Creek Park in Broken Arrow foraging for what ended up being a three-pound haul of native pecans (it’s a good crop this year, y’all – go getcha some!) and you’d better believe that when the hunger hit, it was fierce.
The best thing about realizing you’re hungry at the BOK Center is that you know you have options beyond the standard nachos with the weird rubbery melty cheese and the stale hot dogs that are grayer than your grandpa that constitute the limited menu available at most event venues. In fact, several of Tulsa’s hoomegrown eateries have counters in the newest jewel of the downtown skyline. There’s pizza from Mazzio’s, sushi from In the Raw and gourmet hot dogs from The Dog House.
And then there’s Billy’s at the BOK, the only outgrowth of one of my all-time favorite Tulsa restaurants, Billy’s On the Square.
When I worked downtown I practically lived on the mushroom burger at Billy’s. With a side of onion rings – which are famously delish, by the way – and a cup of ranch dressing (or Oklahoma ketchup, as I like to call it), it was a meal fit for a king.
Or a fledgling, hungry reporter, as it were.
My beloved mushroom burger isn’t on the menu at Billy’s at the BOK, but the landmark Theta and Hickory burgers ($6 each) are. And then there’s the kid-approved standard Billy’s burger, complete with cheese and all of your classic burger fixin’s, also $6.
Mmm – om, nom, nom.
Mmm – om, nom, nom.
Oops – Did I just say that out loud?
The good news? The burgers at Billy’s at the BOK are just as juicy and flavorful as the ones at the Billy’s at 5th and Main. And at $6, they’re a bargain both in terms of venue food and of the world of burgers in general.
Pair a Billy’s burger with a drink and an order of fries or onion rings for each member of the entire family and you’re not really in value meal land anymore (even on Tuesday night Oilers games when beer and soda are $2), but who wants to eat that stuff anyway?
Especially if you want to be an Oilers Ice Girl someday.
You definitely don’t want to be the guy without a Billy’s burger sitting next to the guy who has a Billy’s burger at the BOK. So be sure you get one, OK? Because those burgers have tractor beams, man. And the last time I checked, burger theft and assault in the name of burgers are both still prosecutable crimes in the state of Oklahoma.
Billy’s at the BOK
Where: BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.
When: During BOK Center events