Four of us (two couples) ate at Juniper prior to seeing a show at the Tulsa PAC. Overall impression was good, but not sure we would go back.
To begin with, the service was excellent. Attentive waitress, but not intrusive. And we never felt the least bit rushed. Overall a very good experience from that angle.
Now the food.
We started with a signature drink for each of us. They were all pretty tasty, but $10 worth? Not sure about that. There was a bacon old fashioned (yes - bacon.) A little odd tasting, but in a good way. However they need to use a better quality bourbon to make it very good. My wife had a watermelon Mojito, which she like a lot. Sad to say, I can't remember what the others had but they both enjoyed them quite a bit.
For appetizers there were crab cakes. the consensus was there was way too much mayo and filler and not enough crab - which seemed to be ground crab, not jumbo lump crab like one would expect. wew also shared an order of fried mushrooms - a fairly large portion and tasty.
This was followed by salads. Two diners had a green bean and asparagus salad that was good, but the asparagus was julienned - well, more like cut with a veggie peeler. the other salad was a beet salad that the diner decided she would have preferred to have in a much larger portion rather than the steak (more on that next). I did not eat a salad.
For dinner there was trout - good, but a little lacking in flavor. Lamb chops - sorry, but while they were very good, I have never been served only two small chops when ordering lamb. I felt this one was a little overpriced and could have used a third chop. The ladies both had a filet and while they liked the meat, they thought the ragout of tomatoes and okra was a bit overwhelming - the steaks were pretty much swimming in it and, according to them, it wasn't that good.
Overall, the meal was good, but there were several important misses in the preparation that kept it from being great. Maybe we just aren't good foodies?
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