October 2019 (Vol. 33, No. 10)

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MORE THAN BREAKFAST, MORE THAN LUNCH, AND MORE THAN A QUIET LITTLE COFFEE ROOM UPSTAIRS, MIDTOWN’S TABLE 20 IS GOURMET DONE CASUALLY AT A WALLETFRIENDLY PRICE INSIDE A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY. By Donna Leahey Photos by Sarah Eliza Roberts

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Cliches and phrases like “hidden gem,” “charming,” “friendly,” “unique,” and “special” get thrown around a lot in describing restaurants. Then you come upon a place that reminds you what those words mean. Head to midtown, to 21st Street and Harvard Avenue. It’s a casual and unassuming area. There’s a QuikTrip on the corner. And, one block north, there’s a little two-story brick house with a wooden sign in front proclaiming “Table 20.” And

there it is. A hidden gem in midtown. A little restaurant that’s charming, friendly, unique, and special.

progression. The house was perfect for a sandwich shop,” she says. “And being raised in Tulsa, this area is home to me.”

Nicole LaFortune, Table 20’s chef and co-owner, always wanted a sandwich shop. She’s been in the foodservice industry for 30 years. “I’ve been a dishwasher, a baker, and when I was raising a family, I worked as a lunch lady.” LaFortune earned a degree in culinary arts from OSU Tech in Okmulgee. “It seemed a natural

The house is what gives Table 20 much of its character. It was built in the 1920s and has been in LaFortune’s family for a long time. “It was a tearoom before us,” says LaFortune. “Before that, it was a hair salon. It’s been a jewelry store. And a family lived here before that.” The age of the house shows in the beautiful details like