After the drinks but before the main dish, appetizers liven up an evening and meal with fun for the taste buds. Readers say Tulsa’s best can be found at Polo Grill. The new Waterfront Grill has only been open for a few months, but it’s already made a grand entrance to Tulsa’s culinary scene in second. The Palace Café and Trula Restaurant and Bar in the Mayo Hotel place third.
Cheever’s Café is tops in Oklahoma City, followed by Louie’s on the Lake and a tie for third between Bolero Spanish Grill & Tapas Bar and Republic Gastropub.
Asian food rolls along in Oklahoma with an abundance of tastes ranging from Thai to Japanese and Vietnamese. Tulsa’s KEO takes top honors in the category that also includes runner-up P.F. Chang’s and Ri Le’s finishing out the best.
Grand House China Bistro is indeed Oklahoma City’s grand choice for Asian, followed by Saii Asian Bistro and finally by P.F. Chang’s.
The magic is in the ovens of Oklahoma’s top picks for bakeries, including Merritt’s Bakery in Tulsa. Preparing sheets of cookies, cupcakes, cakes and other goodies, readers also like Merritt’s multiple locations. Panera Bread also brings great baked goods and sandwiches to different parts of the season. It places second followed by the well-recognized Ann’s Bakery.
Sugar enjoys a sweet victory as Oklahoma City’s best bakery, but the runners-up – La Baguette Bistro and Prairie Thunder Baking Co. – did pretty well, too.
If there is a king of barbecue in Tulsa, readers are convinced it must be Rib Crib. Making spicy-sweet masterpieces and with plenty of locations throughout the metro area, no wonder it’s high on everyone’s list. Elmer’s BBQ and Billy Sims BBQ have their own followings and make it in at second followed by the always yummy Albert G’s.
Oklahoma City loves Rib Crib, too, and made the popular restaurant its top place for wings, brisket and baked beans. Following closely are Earl’s Rib Palace and Iron Starr Urban BBQ in second and Billy Sims BBQ and Swadley’s Bar-B-Q rounding out the list.
Best Kept Secret
They are the places every out-of-towner hopes to find – drenched in local charm and packed with faithful regulars who wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else for a tuna salad sandwich. PJ’s Sandwich Shoppe is Tulsa’s best-kept secret once more, so under the radar that even many Tulsans