Restaurant review: The Parrot
BY SCOTT CHERRY World Restaurant Critic
Thursday, February 21, 2013
2/21/13 at 7:32 AM
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Be sure to greet Jake the macaw if he doesn't greet you first when you enter The Parrot Steakhouse & Grill, a colorful, tropical island-themed restaurant located on the banks of Grand Lake O' the Cherokees in Grove.
The restaurant is a casual, festive place to gather for a family dinner or for boaters to pull into one of the courtesy slips and catch a bite to eat.
It was too cold to sit on the patio overlooking Honey Creek Landing Marina and Honey Creek Bridge, but large windows still provided a view of the cove and boat docks.
We shared a bowl of French onion soup ($4.99) while we waited on our entrees - Alaskan cod ($10.99) and sirloin steak and Gulf shrimp ($19.99) - to arrive.
The soup had a hot, rich, dark broth filled with onions and a little bread and topped with provolone cheese.
The beer-battered cod was fried to a golden brown and had a fresh flavor. It came with fries and a house salad of mixed greens, purple onions, cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes.
The 8-ounce baseball cut sirloin (a piece carved from the center cut top sirloin) was a little chewy but flavorful, and two large, lightly breaded shrimp had a fresh taste. Selected sides were a baked sweet potato with brown sugar and cinnamon butter and a medley of sauteed broccoli, carrots and yellow squash.
The Parrot has a varied menu, including steaks, pork chops, ribs, grilled chicken, chicken-fried steak, burgers, sandwiches and pasta dishes. Fried chicken is offered Sundays and Wednesdays.
A menu for ages 12 and under includes eight items ranging from $3.99 to $4.99 and served with fries or potato chips.
The menu showed a range of cocktails and 25 wines, but no prices were listed.
The rooms are decorated with island-themed items, including a palapa over one table, and servers are dressed in Hawaiian shirts and khaki pants.
2530 S. Main St., Grove
(on a scale of 0 to 4 stars)
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-
Monday and Wednesday-
Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday; accepts all
major credit cards.
Original Print Headline: Grand eats
Scott Cherry 918-581-8463
This is a view from the palapa inside The Parrot restaurant. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World