Tulsa is definitely known for its coffee scene, and we are no where near done exploring it all. Today, we’re back at it with yet another Tulsa coffee shop, and let me tell you guys—this one really blew the competition out of the water.
Located on Main Street in downtown Tulsa, Chimera Cafe is at the heart of an artistic scene. It’s both exactly what you’d expect from a stereotypical, hipster cafe, and more all at the same time. From the chalkboard menu to the Mason jar centerpieces, everything here screams coffee shop. And I’m all here for the vibe. I think this type of place tends to attract the vibrant and expressive. There’s art on the walls, graphic merch on the side, and even someone playing records by the far wall.
There’s a good amount of street parking available despite the fact that when I walked in, the place was quite busy. It was also a beautiful day outside, so a lot of overflow crowd settled in on the few tables Chimera had lining the sidewalk.
The inside is actually fairly small without ever seeming to be. There are several tables spaced around the room, as well as a large community table right in the middle. I think this is a great idea for groups getting lunch or needing to get some work done. There’s a bar right next to the counter and a counter top on the other side by the window.
I didn’t see too many outlets, which means a lack of charging space. I think this is an absolute must for coffee shops simply because it makes it easier to camp out and stay until the work you need to do is done. But I will say, Chimera seems more like a casual restaurant than a real coffee shop, so I’ll try and be a little lenient here.
The staff was pretty friendly, quickly recommending food and drinks I should order. Not only are there plenty of options, there are a lot of vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free items here too. I went with the Back to Primitive tacos with a side of potatoes. I also ordered your typical latte—because what’s a coffee crawl without actually ordering coffee?
Guys, that is literally the best taco I’ve ever put in my mouth. And that sauce? I have no idea what it was, but I could live off of that sauce. Seriously. The latte was good too, BUT THAT SAUCE?! Okay, back to the Coffee Crawl.
I think overall I’m going to give Chimera Cafe an 8/10. I still think it’s an amazing place with so much creativity oozing out the door. The aspects I had to knock a couple points off for solely had to do with the fact that I don’t really see this place as being a “coffee shop.” It’s feels too much like a Panera Bread than it does a Starbucks, if you catch my drift. But if you’re ever floating through Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chimera Cafe is definitely worth the time to check out.
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