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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 Condiment: Baby D’s Bee Sting, providing five small-batch hot sauces with temps ranging from lip sweat to regret. Order at babydsbeesting.com and get stung.

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 Local Instagram Account: It’s impossible to pick just one. Here are some of our favs: @thisistulsa, @saisie, @spicydadrockmemes, @nategraceland, @pearljunior, and @no_jackson.

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 Tulsa Comedian Not in Tulsa: Marcia Belsky. Follow her on Facebook (her sworn enemy) right now.

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.