Juniper Restaurant, Tulsa

Jamie Roper

The best meals make you feel loved. That's certainly how it is at Juniper, which we frequent on mother-and-daughter nights out. This elegant but down-home restaurant is owned by chef Justin Thompson (shown with blackberry-glazed duck breast, left, and bluenose bass with tomato jam), a booster for our hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Every time we eat Justin's food, we just want to give him a hug. His hen-of-the-woods mushrooms are buttermilk-fried in good Okie fashion. His pan-seared river trout in brown butter has put our favorite midwestern fish in a league with sole meuniere. Then there's his chocolate bread pudding topped with toffee and caramel sauce. Now that's just pure pleasure, Oklahoma or elsewhere.

Juniper
324 East Third Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma
918/794-1090