Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN
CHOCOLATE DECADENCE: Prhyme’s Chocolate Midnight Cake, chocolate cake topped with vanilla bean ice cream, almonds, amaretto caramel and warm chocolate ganache that is poured table side.
BLAKE AUSTYN for GTR Newspapers
Chef Justin Thompson opened the upscale Prhyme Downtown Steakhouse, 111 N. Main St., in downtown Tulsa’s Brady Arts District in 2012, adding another high-quality restaurant to his growing portfolio.
Thompson has set his steakhouse apart by offering classic cuts of beef in a variety of ways depending on how the beef is raised and finished, such as grass-fed and grain-fed prime beef choices.
The steakhouse features an a la carte menu of appetizers, salads, and beef, seafood, and poultry entrees. Among the highest-priced items is a Prime 30-day Dry Aged Rib-Eye for $69.95.
For some individuals, the menu prices may not fit their budget. However, Thompson has orchestrated a few options in order to allow the more conservative diners to still relish in and enjoy the restaurant’s ambiance and succulent dishes.
Prhyme offers a less expensive bar menu as well as weekly specials that are available in the bar area.
All day on Mondays and Tuesdays, all items on the bar menu are half price; every day from 4-6 p.m., Main “Street” Tacos are $2 each; and on Fridays and Saturdays, a burger and beer special is available.
I chose to visit the bar side of Prhyme on a Tuesday evening with a friend to see just how much value could be found with the bar menu and to enjoy the menu on a half-price evening.
When we arrived around 5:30 p.m., the bar side of the restaurant, which features a number of tall tables and about 10 bar seats, was already filled with only a couple of seats available at the bar. The dining area was relatively calm compared to the bar area, something I assume was due to the half-price special.
The bar menu consists of bar snacks from $9.95 to 24.50, burgers and entrees.
Bar snack options include Fried Mac ‘N Cheese; Fried Escargots, which our server highly recommended; and King Salmon Cakes. We chose to spring for the Blackened Ahi Tuna, another item that he recommended, for $19.95 (before the 50-percent discount). The dish came with about eight slices of tuna and a side of Asian slaw with a cilantro vinaigrette, toasted sesame seeds, and peanut sauce. Though I am not overly fond of eating raw meat, I was pleasantly surprised at the flavors of the tuna as well as how it was complimented by the sauces and the slaw’s tanginess.
For my entree, I chose the Jumbo Lump Crab Risotto, suggested by our bartender. My companion chose the Prhyme Meatloaf.
The creaminess of the risotto, no doubt helped by the inclusion of Gruyere cheese, was heavenly, and I appreciated the corn and roasted sweet potato mixed in with the pasta and crab.
My friend enjoyed his meatloaf, which was thick and flavorful and came with mashed potatoes and nicely-roasted brussels sprouts. It was a nice dish to choose on a cold night.
The bar menu offers a total of five entree options, the other three being Stuffed Breast of Chicken, Chilled Lobster Salad Nicoise and Prime Steak Frites, the highest priced items of those being the lobster salad for $36.95.
For dessert, we shared the decadently gooey and rich Chocolate Midnight Cake: chocolate cake topped with vanilla bean ice cream, almonds, amaretto caramel and warm chocolate ganache that is poured table side. This was the priciest of dessert options at $9.95 and was worth every penny.
Prhyme offers a wine list of more than 200 selections from around the world as well as beer and cocktails.
Prhyme is open Monday-Saturday 4-11 p.m. and Sunday 4 -9 p.m.