Fans of year-old Triangle Coffee have more reasons to visit the downtown Tulsa coffee shop: food.

Owner Ethan Shaffer recently built a kitchen in the back of the long, narrow space and rolled out a limited menu of sandwiches and snacks.

Frankie Imwalle is providing a few baked goods from her home-based bakery, Olive & Ora.

“We have been thinking about what to do for a while, what would work best for this area,” Shaffer said. “We plan to expand the menu quite a bit as we go along.”

The menu features five sandwiches, including two vegan items, plus a handful of snacks. Because the menu is only a sampling of what is to come, we will wait for a later date to make star ratings.

Nonetheless, a look at what is available now is worthwhile.

The sandwiches are turkey, BLT, pesto ham, vegan melt and vegan BLT. We ordered the turkey ($8.25), pesto ham ($9) and vegan BLT ($8). Each came on good, rustic, toasted bread.

The turkey was my personal favorite. It included shaved turkey, tomato, onions, lettuce, cheddar cheese and a flavorful chipotle mayo. Avocado or bacon may be added for an extra $1.25 each.

The pesto ham seemed a little light on the pesto mayo, but it still was a tasty sandwich with ham, basil, pesto mayo, tomato and provolone cheese.

I’m obviously not vegan, but I enjoyed the vegan BLT with vegan bacon, lettuce, tomato, vegan mayo and, for $1 extra, vegan cheese. Vegans also should go for the vegan melt with mushrooms, caramelized onions, peppers and vegan cheese.

I found all of the sandwiches delightfully messy, at least in my hands, so be sure to grab some extra napkins.

Snacks included ham baguette, carrots and hummus, fruit cup, house-made chips and Greek yogurt and granola. We tried the hummus ($4), which had a spicy edge and a bit of a chili powder flavor.

The baked goods included coffee cake, snickerdoodle cookies, salted chocolate chip cookies, granola bars and banana nut muffins, all priced $2 to $3. We sampled all but the granola bar.

The sizable cookies had classic snickerdoodle and chocolate chip flavors, and the muffins were big and dense. I was told the coffee cake has been the most popular, and I couldn’t argue that. It was just on the edge of being crumbly and had a mild, cinnamon flavor. Not surprisingly, it all went well with a hot cup of coffee.

“I’m getting a license to operate out of Triangle Coffee, so we will be able to expand quite a bit,” Imwalle said, whose Olive & Ora business is named after her great-grandmother and her great-grandmother’s twin sister. “They were bakers and always cooking, like my mom, too.”

Triangle Coffee also offers a grab-and-go breakfast taco ($2.75) and breakfast taco ($4) for those who want a quick morning bite.

Shaffer said he currently is serving coffee from Tulsa’s Cirque Coffee and Archetype Coffee out of Omaha, Nebraska. He also offers craft beers from Tulsa’s American Solera and Oklahoma City’s Stonecloud Brewing Co.

The dining room has an industrial, modern look with wooden benches and chairs, counter stools and one long table that seats 10. Live plants give some warmth to the front of the room, and the paintings for sale on the wall are from Sarah Killam, former Tulsan and now celebrated abstract artist in Austin, Texas.

The name Triangle Coffee is a nod to Triangle Blueprint Co., which opened in downtown Tulsa in 1918. It had several locations but maintained the store at 314 S. Cincinnati Ave. from 1952 until about four years ago.

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Scott Cherry


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Scott is in his second tour of duty with the Tulsa World. He was a sports writer during his first stop. Since returning to the World in 1992, he has been the food writer and now restaurant critic and wine columnist. Phone: 918-581-8463