Trains Galore!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Whether you're a train enthusiast or just craving some good 'ol southern comfort food, then Ollies is certainly the place to be. One of Tulsa's oldest family restaurants, it's completely decked out with several trains that run the length of the dining room and through scale model cities and towns. To a two-year old train fanatic, Ollies is also referred to as "heaven".

Wyatt could not take his eyes off of the trains for a single second. In fact, food had to be strategically placed in front of his mouth for him to even take a bite. He was so overwhelmed with excitement, that every time he'd see a train (which was about every few seconds), he'd point with his fingers and shout, "Derr it is!"...kind of like this.

The walls and shelves were loaded with moving trains and other railroad memorabilia,

and they had some awesome model towns and cities that housed moving trains as well.

Of course, the only way to coax Wyatt out of the restaurant was to remind him of the big train outside on which he could climb and play. He was so excited that he ran full speed out the door. The only problem was that he didn't realize there was a second door, and ran full speed directly into a window! Both he and the window were just fine, but while Aunt Stephie and I were laughing hysterically, he managed to gain major sympathy points from Grandma. PUSHOVER! Once we were able to wipe away a few crocodile tears, he went to town on the big, black train. Even Avery got in on some of the action!

Wyatt got a t-shirt (compliments of Grandma and Papa Edgar) to take back to Portland so that he can be reminded of his favorite choo-choo hot spot in Oklahoma.

Wine Selection: Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon
Personal Rating: ***Good***
Comments: This wine looked really cool, so I thought I'd give it a try. To me, this is a very complex wine and would be much better enjoyed with a nice, juicy steak. I certainly do appreciate its boldness though. While the first sip was a bit overwhelming, it eventually became much easier and smoother to drink. It's a great wine, just better paired with food, in my opinion.

Blogger Starr had this to say:

We eat at Ollie's with the kids Great-Grandparents EVERY time we're in Tulsa. Usually the breakfast buffet. It's a hit. Sometimes we're lucky enough to see the real train go by on the tracks outside. I've mentioned Ollie's to several other people and they've never even heard of it! Cryin' shame.

April 16, 2008 at 8:18 AM 

Blogger Shelley had this to say:

Wow, I can see why Wyatt didn't want to leave! I only wish that we had one here for Brayden! BTW, Sienna has the same flower onesie that Avery is wearing! haha!

April 16, 2008 at 8:45 AM 

Blogger Catrina had this to say:

Shell--remind me to tell you of a fun train activity in PDX. I have the info on my email at home. Maybe we can all go sometime. I love how we dress our kids in the same clothes...too funny! Great minds think alike!

April 16, 2008 at 10:12 AM 

Blogger Sweet Yet Sassy had this to say:

I have passed by this restaurant so many times and yet have never been there.

I should get with the program!

April 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM 

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My Wine Personality:
For the most part I’m a chardonnay, as I consider myself to exhibit a somewhat sunny and mellow disposition (most of the time), but because I find a tremendous amount of joy out of showering my two kids with hugs and kisses, I also possess the subtle sweetness often found in a riesling. But don’t be fooled. I love a great outdoor adventure and am willing to try anything once. This occasional display of boldness is thought to match that of a cabernet, whereas my appreciation for nature suggests that I have an earthy component to my personality—very characteristic of a merlot. (more)


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