It's been a while since I dined at The Full Moon Café on Cherry Street, and after two recent visits, I am pleased to know that The Full Moon is better than ever.
"A neighborhood tradition since 1987," The Full Moon Cafe has built a well-respected reputation for many legendary dishes, particularly the "world famous" Tortilla Soup, freshly ground hamburgers and Chicken Margarita.
Much of the atmosphere remains the same; music is always a hit here, and now, with the addition of an outdoor deck just east of the building, what better way to celebrate summer.
On one occasion, I just had to taste that wonderful Tortilla Soup, of which many recipes float around claiming to be the original. I have never succeeded in replicating this delicious soup at home, so I wanted to taste it from the experts.
Full Moon's Tortilla Soup ($3.99) has a very thick consistency, probably because of the generous amount of Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses (and possibly flour as a thickening agent); my guess is that butter and half and half add to the rich flavor and texture. Naturally, chicken stock, jalapeno peppers and tomatoes (Rotel with chiles brand?) are conspirators in this delightful soup.
As if all this weren't enough, the soup is topped with thinly sliced, deep-fried strips of flour tortillas, then garnished with a dollop of guacamole and mixed cheese. Fantastic! One complimentary soup refill comes with each order.
When dining out, I often try something at the recommendation of the server, something I might not ordinarily select, so this time I experimented with the Sante Fe Turkey Melt ($6.29). This turkey sandwich is prepared on grilled wheatberry bread with chipotle mayonnaise, mixed cheese, Ortega chili pepper, tomato and red onion. The sandwich comes with fries. This sandwich was an excellent recommendation! Lots of thinly sliced turkey piled high blends well with the other ingredients; I especially enjoyed the green Ortega chili pepper inside--it and the melted cheeses made this sandwich.
On another occasion, I dined with a larger group of friends, and many menu items were selected. Saturday and Sunday, breakfasts are served from 9am-2pm, and on this Sunday lunch, a few of those items were sampled.
Some of the selections include American Classic Breakfast, Brunch Quesadillas, Eggs Benedict, Sizzlin' Skillets, and Omelets. A few dining companions ordered from this breakfast menu: one had two eggs over easy, sausage, toast, and a stack of pancakes. Sunday potatoes (delightfully bulky cut potatoes are baked, and then sprinkled with a mixture of salt, pepper, onion and garlic powders) came with the meal.
Two children with us enjoyed a few items from the Breakfast a la carte menu, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and plenty of pancakes.
I ordered the Mushroom Swiss Burger ($6.99, charbroiled fresh ground chuck topped with sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion, and served on a toasted bun with a pickle spear).
Prepared medium rare, this burger is for the gods! Fries accompanied the burger.
This burger was excellent apart from condiments or veggies--tomatoes, onions and lettuce were added for only a few bites.
The Full Moon Café is one of those placed in Tulsa that will seemingly always be--a place for dining fun.
Full Moon Café
1525 E. 15th St
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