Knotty Pine


Located along the old Sand Springs Line, Knotty Pine has been a Tulsa institution since the 1960s.

A weathered neon sign on the roof advertises beer and “bar-b-que,” with a yellow arrow pointing down toward the door. Inside, waitresses bustle around, keeping customers supplied with ribs; pulled pork sandwiches; chopped brisket; loaded baked potatoes stuffed with cheese, sour cream, and meat; beer; iced tea; and banana cake for dessert.

The barbecue sauce is a bit sweeter than I like, but skipping the sauce altogether is a perfectly viable option, as the meat is tender and smoky enough to stand on its own.


Perhaps more impressive is the fact that Knotty Pine goes to the trouble of making good side dishes and desserts. I don’t particularly like bananas, but I love Knotty Pine’s banana cake, which is good and moist and comes with a layer of rich, buttery frosting that really defies description.

The service is quick and friendly, and I got the impression that most of the waitstaff had been working there for more years than I’ve been on earth. They obviously know what they’re doing.

Knotty Pine is located at 3301 W. Fifth St., near the intersection of 33rd West Avenue and Charles Page Boulevard. For more information, call 584-0171.

Value: A
Service: A
Product: A-
Convenience: A
Overall: A

~ by redforkhippie on February 28, 2007.

4 Responses to “Knotty Pine”

  1. You have an uncanny knack of finding the best places in town. Good call on Knotty Pine. They have an all you can eat rib special on Monday night for $11.50, if you like that sort of thing.

    We used to have a ton of great BBQ places in town, but the generation who started those businesses have started passing on. Some are still going, but aren’t quite what they were. Elmer’s “It Be Bad” at 42nd & Peoria is still good, but Wilson’s ain’t what it used to be.

  2. I thought I detected a strong note of nutmeg in the sauce last time I was there.

  3. My father took me to Knotty Pine when I was 6. I am 50 now. Back then it was a sandwich shop on the side of a bar. Then the owner made enough to buy out the bar and make it her dinning room and the side-bar counter as a larger kitchen area. The place was really old even back then. The odd restrooms smelled as bad then as now. It is among the best BBQ places in Oklahoma. The sauce is a bit sweet but it is also very unique. Wilson’s is still good, but not as good as when the old man had it.

    • sure wish we knew how to make the sauce at knotty pine my grandma use to run the place back when it was just a bar. my mom at 3 use to dance on the bar shirley temple style and they would toss her nickles

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