Monday, January 18, 2016

Tulsa Restaurant Review: Chimera Cafe

This past weekend, a bunch of my friends and I ventured to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to see my all time favorite band, Tool.  It was an incredible show, which included an opening act by Primus, another one of my favorite bands.  Josh and I used to go to festivals and live shows a lot in our college days, but we really don't do that much anymore.  So, this was a really nice treat.

A huge difference between the show this past weekend and the ones of 10 years ago is that I went sober... and I had a great time.  I was totally present, I remember everything, and I woke up feeling great.  I also woke up hungry, and that's what I'm going to tell you about today.

Before we left for Tulsa, I looked around a little bit for vegan food in the downtown area.  It was then that I spotted Chimera Cafe, which boasted tons of vegan options.  I filed it away in my brain for a good place to suggest if we were looking for brunch on Sunday, but I didn't even have to.  As we were getting up and about that morning, my sister exclaimed that she'd found an amazing place with vegan breakfast tacos.  We were then on a mission!

We got there around 10 am, and the place was packed.  When I got up to the counter, I peered into the baked goods case and asked if anything was vegan.  "Everything in there is vegan," the barista said, to which I exclaimed happy noises and jumped up and down.  I promptly ordered a doughnut with sprinkles, and my sister's boyfriend ordered the lavendar blueberry one above.  I got to try both, and they were very tasty.  They were sweet and cake-like, and I want to come back for the giant cinnamon roll.

I was going to go for breakfast tacos, but when I saw the vegan breakfast bowl I knew I had to get it.  I'm a sucker for toast.  This had tofu scramble, potatoes, avocado, adzuki strips, toast, cashew cream spread and jam.  BREAKFAST HEAVEN!  I savored every bite, and I can't wait to come back.

If you are in Tulsa, definitely check this place out.  It's in the Brady District, which is really neat.  We used to come to Tulsa to go to shows at Cain's in college, and there was nothing around it back then.  Now, there's a cute arts and music district, complete with amazing vegan food.

Chimera Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  1. Wow, that food looks delicious! And what a great show. I too have been experiencing life sober for awhile and it is amazing to be present, and remember everything, and not feel shame the next day! I recently read a book that you talked about awhile ago on one of your blogs. It was called Blackout: Remembering the things I drank to forget. Thanks so much for introducing me to this book. It hit home so many times, and was a book I needed to read.

    1. You're so welcome! I really enjoyed that book, and it was definitely something that hit home. I realized that I spent most of my 20's drinking heavily, and there was no need to numb myself that much. I am very much enjoying a sober life so far, and I have really found that I have just as much fun when at social events. Glad you liked the book! :)

  2. Omg, now I wanna go to Tulsa just to eat there! That plate looks amazing. AND THOSE DOUGHNUTS!! They look so perfect.

    I can't say that I've ever been to a concert totally sober (but at some, I've just had, like, one beer, so I think that kinda counts for sober since I didn't feel it). But that would be interesting. I'm sure not waking up to a hangover is awesome though. That's always the one good thing about not drinking much during my January cleanses.

    1. Totally. In truth, I ended up staying up til about 3 talking with everyone, so when I woke up at 5 I had a bit of that hangover feeling because of the lack of sleep. That's totally not fair! I still felt better than I would have, though!

      Those doughnuts were AMAZING!

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