Frank and Lola’s
***UPDATE: The pork loin is now served with a horseradish cream sauce rather than the mustard cream sauce from this post. Definitely still delicious, but the dish did lose a little of it’s luster with this change. Also had a chance to try the Pulled Pork, the meat was very tender and cooked well, but the dish seemed to have a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a taco platter, a burrito bowl or something else. Even the waiter didn’t seem to know for sure!***
With a reputation as one of the best restaurants in town, this place had a lot to live up to. On my first trip, I sat at the bar, face to face with their stuffed longhorn cow head, and allowed the bar tender to assign me my meal. With the small appetite that I had that night, a single entrée was all I could muster. The course du jour turned out to be one of the house ‘specials’, the pork loin. Pork is normally something I can pass on because although I enjoy it while eating, it never seems to call my name on a menu. This time though, the meal was so great, I can’t seem to keep my eyes off of it everytime I go in! The pan seared pork is served over a large portion of mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach, with a to die for mustard cream sauce. I honestly had to stop myself from over extending my stomach. I just wanted to put the whole meal safely away, but the large portion size would not permit it. Had I also ordered an appetizer, I could have easily made two meals out of the pork loin. And next time, I likely will!
Since that first fateful meal, I have returned on numerous occassions to dabble in additional areas of the menu. On the appetizers list, I have tried the flash fried calamari, which is quite good, but came drowning in the creamy wasabi aoli they serve on top (AND on the side). You may want to ask for the wasabi sauce on the side if you want to taste the squid. The stuffed mushrooms, by far my favorite appetizer, are delicious and need no alteration. With a delightfully diet breaking combination of cheese, capicolla ham and green onion, all meticulously prepared and baked to perfection. A definite must when eating with a group or looking to take home some great left overs.
If a salad is what you wish to order the Cashew Chicken Salad is a healthy option and seems to be a real crowd pleaser. Of course, any of the salad options are great mainly because all of the dressings are home made. The buttermilk ranch, if not on a salad, compliments the fries wonderfully.
For the pescatarians out there, try the Salmon, which is pan roasted and glazed with a sweet Thai Chili sauce. Served with jasmine rice, Asian slaw and a red curry cream sauce, it is surely a menu item that will appeal to those seeking a fish option. Or, the newly reinvented Mahi Mahi dish, which is pan roasted and served with jasmine rice, pico de gallo and a chipotle cream sauce, is a vast improvement on the previous version which was clumsily covered in tortilla strips that added no flavor and made the meal honestly difficult to eat. The update has removed these pesky tortilla strips and now allows for a more enjoyable meal.
Although not every item on the menu can compare with the above mentioned options, it is undoubtably THE better restaurant option I have tried in Bartlesville yet.
Next on my list to try at this always pleasing establishment? The “Famous” Pork Green Chili and the Rigatoni in a gorgonzola cream sauce with chicken, sun dried tomotaoes and asparagus. Although, probably not together!
Restaurant Features: Outdoor seating, Handicap accessible
Location: Bartlesville, OK
Address/Phone: 200 SE 2nd Bartlesville, OK 74003/(918) 336-5652
Tues – Thurs: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am