The Karnchanakphan family has called themselves Tulsans for the past 30 years. More than a decade ago, Lanna Thai Restaurant was founded by them at 51st and Harvard. The restaurant blossomed into a Tulsa staple over the years. A second location was founded at 72nd and Memorial with the same goal and mentality, to bring Tulsa amazing Thai food from a Tulsan Thai family.
With the expansion of the I-44, Lanna Thai Harvard had to close its doors. Two years later, with renewed vigor, the Karnchanakphan family began The Tropical Restaurant & Bar. Still with the same mentality, but this time with a different recipe scrap book with focus on bringing Thai flavors from the sea. Still serving numerous Thai food classics, The Tropical brought to Tulsa harder to find bold flavors. So what’s the difference between the two restaurants? That’s something your taste buds will just have to find out.