BOT ‘18 – Editor’s picks
You had your say. Now we get ours.
Best Potential: NOLA’s Creole and Cocktails on Cherry Street. Seriously. We can’t wait.
Runner-up: Kitchen 27 at Philbrook Museum of Art—soon to be revamped and run by Chef James Schrader.
Best Caesar Salad: Fried Brussel Sprout Caesar at Amelia’s. Holy shit.
Other Best Chinese: Mandarin Taste. (With Golden Gate nabbing best classic American Chinese food and Sezchuan Express for drive-thru.)
Other Best Taco: Pollos Asados al Carbon. Add the green sauce. And we’d like to give a special nod to El Burrito as TTV’s “official business” lunch spot.
Other Best Burger: TTV staff cannot agree. Claud’s Hamburgers, Bill’s Jumbo Burgers, Ty’s Hamburgers, and Freddies Hamburgers are our leading favs.
Best New New Bar: The Starlite.
Best New Local Restaurant: Prairie Fire Pie. Half-price, half-size pies for happy hour. Woodfired pizza and fun fancy cocktails. (They do have $4 beer.)
Best Dining Experience: The Tavern Chef’s Table
Best Build-Your-Own Sushi-in-a-Bowl: Poke Bowl Love
Best Lakefood: Crawpappy’s. We’re teasing. They have a great crawfish étouffée!
Best New Donuts: The Donut Hole on Brookside
Best Soft Serve Ice Cream that We Didn’t Lnow was Missing from Our Lives: Rotating flavors (a la whiskey cream, blue birthday cake, purple charcoal, dreamsicle, butterscotch, and tiramisu) at Lone Wolf’s downtown location
Best New Tiki Cocktail: The Lady Door at Oren—banana and rum and Cachaça, oh my.
Best Place that Makes Us Wish We Lived Farther South: Levain Kitchen & Bakery
Best Use of the Former Maxxwells Space: Jane’s Delicatessen. Can you say “breakfast Reuben sandwich”?
Best Activist Group: New Sanctuary of Tulsa, working to end the wholesale deportation of undocumented people from our community.
Best Art Collective: Holy Mother Collective
Best Drag Show: Bamboo Lounge—especially if preceded by a comedy show. Get your dollar bills ready.
Second Best Drag Show: Midnight drag races at Osage Casino’s Tulsa Raceway Park
Best Tulsa-Italy Connection: Tulsa Artist Fellowship fellow Rachel Hayes’s collaboration with high-end Italian fashion powerhouse Missoni on their 2018 spring/summer collection. See more at rachelbhayes.com and missoni.com. Go Rachel!
Best Cheap Family Night with an Inflatable Appliance Race: Tulsa Drillers game
Best Performing Arts Company Bringing “Hamilton”: Celebrity Attractions.
Best Misspelled Answer in the BOT Nominations: Be Okay Center
Best 10-year Anniversary: The BOK Center. Congrats!
Best Pool: River Spirit Casino Resort pool, replete with a swim-up bar, poolside dining and beverage service, views of the oh-so-something Arkansas River, and no kids.
Best Place to Rent an Electric Scooter and See an African Penguin, Malayan Tiger, Chinese Alligator, and California Sea Lion: The Tulsa Zoo
Best Future Park: The Gathering Place. Get here already.
Best Shop for Obscure Items You Didn’t Know You Wanted: Good Mischief
Best Shop for Wicker Furniture, Brass Stuff, and Crystals: Jo and June
Best Lunch Break: 30-minute seated massage at Sole Massage. Pro-tip: add an essential oil for a sensory upgrade.
Best Button Company: The Umbrella Button
Best Same-Day Cleaners: Phoenix Cleaners
Best Intersection for Cars to Slow the F*** Down and Stop Running into a Nearby Restaurant: 15th Street and Peoria Avenue (We love you, Palace Café).
Best Defunct Landmark: The giant Liquid Life bottle on I-44
Best Construction Zone: All of Tulsa, progress as promised
Best Trafficked Story on thetulsavoice.com: “Casa Bonita reborn” from Dec. 2016. We cannot figure out why.
Best One-Star Review of TTV on Facebook: “I remember when Urban Tulsa was nothing but food/music reviews & advertisements for strip clubs. Now it's just social justice smut.”
Best Five-Star Review of TTV on Facebook: “Excellent! All you haters don't have to read it; you would shout down anyone with an opinion you don't hold. It is free! What would please you, a refund?”
To see what readers chose for Best of Tulsa 2018, click here.