Baxter’s Grill – Tulsa

I found Baxter’s Grill on a recent business trip to Tulsa. I checked in at the DoubleTree Downtown Hilton after a long day on the road. I was hungry and ready for a comfortable atmosphere and good service.

The café in the hotel wasn’t the atmosphere I was looking for, so I asked the cashier if there were any good restaurants within walking distance. She recommended Baxter’s Grill which was just around the corner from the hotel, less than a two block walk.

Baxter's Dining Room
Baxter’s Dining Room

Baxter’s was just what I was looking for, warm and inviting with friendly wait staff. It was a few minutes past the posted times for lunch specials (11am to 4pm), however, when asked, my server said I could still order off of the menu.

I chose the Pasta & Salad lunch special, a half portion of pasta and a dinner or Caesar salad for $9.99. My Tomato Basil Pasta and Caesar Salad were tasty and nicely presented.

Baxter's Tomato Basil Pasta and Caesar Salad Lunch Special
Baxter’s Tomato Basil Pasta and Caesar Salad Lunch Special

This restaurant is clearly a local favorite and it started filling up for Happy hour as I was finishing my meal. I noticed several people ordering chips to have with their drinks. I asked the server what was special about their chips. She pointed out the Chips and Ranch on the menu, homemade potato chips with Ranch dressing for $4.99.

Baxter's Grill Chips and Ranch
Baxter’s Chips and Ranch

I was too full to from my lunch special to order any, but came back the next day and had Chips and Ranch with a glass of iced tea for lunch. So indulgent, and definitely not nutritious, but it is obvious why they are such a local favorite!

The restaurant was more crowded during lunch time than on my visit the day before. The service was just as personal and efficient when busy as when there were only a few tables of customers.

If you find yourself in downtown Tulsa I recommend searching out Baxter’s for a meal or Happy Hour drink with some Chips and Ranch.

Baxter’s Grill
717 S Houston, Tulsa, OK
(918) 585-3134

Kathy Stafford
Kathy Stafford

Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at

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