It doesn't get much earlier than this, photo-wise. This is L.R. Earlewyne's White Front Restaurant "centrally located near the depot. Besides furnishing square meals, three times a day, he keeps a full line of candies, fruits and confectioneries. His brand of cigars are the very best and those who enjoy a fine Havana, should not pass him by."
Here is a page from Woods Souvenir Directory listing the restaurants around Tulsa in 1909:Fuller's Cafe started out in a small building, so they decided to build a new, better cafe in 1909. Here it is under construction:
And the interior: Don't know the name of this one but it's fun to look at: As is my favorite- Fletcher's East End Cafe (note the spelling of waffles): These "quick lunch" cafes were all over town:
The Criterion was located at 106 E 3rd Street and had "the best and finest of everything at sensible prices"
More to come!
photos courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society