Dining

Asian

Asian cuisine offers a delightful myriad of flavors and textures to customers. In Tulsa, Ri Le’s Vietnamese restaurant has impressed diners for more than 30 years with its traditional dishes. KEO offers hip, modern, southeast Asian dishes in an upscale, casual atmosphere. Lanna Thai has pleased customers with authentic fare for more than 20 years. P.F. Chang’s offers inspired dishes from across Asia – made from scratch every day.

OKC’s Sushi Neko is loved for its Japanese cuisine and Robata bar. Grand House Asian Bistro is known for its traditional dim sum and live music on the weekends, plus its Chinese lunch and dinner selections. Szechuan Bistro is lauded for its menu and its exceptional service.

Bakery

Delicate pastries, warm, yeasty bread and sweet fruit pies are among the delights found at local bakeries. In Tulsa, Merritt’s Bakery is a family-owned, inviting place to get everything from elaborate wedding cakes to apple fritters. Queenie’s Cafe and Bakery’s organic, fresh-made cakes, pies and brownie bars are much-loved, and Felini’s serves breakfast and lunch with perfectly baked cookies for dessert.

Diners rave over La Baguette Bistro in OKC and its turtle cheesecakes, raspberry and chocolate truffle tartes and carrot cake. Cuppies & Joe serves primo cupcakes and gourmet coffee, while N D Foods in Nichols Hills serves up sandwiches on homemade bread. Other favorites include Cafe 501’s artisan breads, ButterSweet Cakes’ wedding and grooms’ cakes and Big Sky Bread Company’s freshly baked goods.

Barbecue Restaurant

Falling off the bone, covered in sticky-sweet sauce, barbecue is an Oklahoma favorite all on its own. In Tulsa, Burn Co. Barbecue’s smoked sausage and tender brisket are so popular that you have to line up early. Rib Crib is favored for its slow-smoked barbecue, while Elmer’s BBQ is a longstanding Tulsa tradition. Albert G’s Bar-B-Q has been “smokin’ to please” since 1992, and Billy Sims Barbecue’s tender brisket and ribs are reader favorites. Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue is loved for its burnt ends, slow-smoked ribs and pulled pork.

In OKC, Earl’s Rib Palace has pleased passionate barbecue lovers since 1996. Swadley’s World Famous Bar-B-Q is a favorite of more than 20 years, and Iron Star Urban Barbeque offers a unique, tasty spin on one of Oklahoma’s favorite cooking styles.

Breakfast

Whether you have a penchant for a hearty meal or would rather stick with coffee and a bagel, Oklahoma’s breakfast restaurants are unmatched. Among Tulsa favorites are Brookside by Day, which gives patrons a memorable experience, and Phill’s Diner, which has offered rib-sticking breakfasts for decades. Old School Bagel Cafe with its perfectly chewy bagels and Tally’s Good Food Cafe with its comfort food are other reader choices. The Wild Fork’s world cuisines and Savoy’s delectable menu handed down through four generations are also favored.

OKC’s First Watch includes traditional and modern choices, from omelets to power bowls. Classen Grill has dished up delicious, filling breakfasts, from migas to biscuits and gravy, for decades. Neighborhood JA.M. brings much-loved mimosas and made-from-scratch biscuits to the table.

Billy’s on the Square, Best Burger (Tulsa)
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Burger

Juicy, hot and smothered with cheese and crisp veggies, a hamburger hits the spot any time of year. In Tulsa, Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili brings tasty to the table with its smothered burgers, and Billy’s on the Square with its perfect charburgers are fan favorites. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & 

Steakburgers in Tulsa and OKC is adored for its classic steakburgers. Trey’s Bar and Grill’s Theta burger, Growler USA’s nitro barbecue bacon cheddar burger, and Fat Guy’s Burger Bar, home of fat and juicy selections, are all favorites.

In OKC, most loved are Tucker’s Onion Burgers with its namesake offering. The Garage with its bison, turkey and angus beef burgers and S&B’s Burger Joint with its beer, burgers and rock ’n’ roll.

Coffee Shop

For those who can’t crack an eyelid without the promise of coffee, these shops get all the love. In Tulsa, Chimera Cafe delights coffee-sippers with a variety of brews, many that are organic. Mecca Coffee Company and DoubleShot Coffee Company offer coffees from around the world with impeccable customer service. Also favored are Shades of Brown, an artistic experience; Cirque Coffee Roasters with its “unconventional” and “wild” coffee and Topeca Coffee Roasters with its diligently crafted roasts.

In OKC, many folks can’t live without a Starbucks run to start the day. Perk Place Cafe and its free coffee from 7 to 8 a.m. is also a favorite among the caffeine-imbued. The Red Cup’s fair-trade organic coffee, Coffee Slingers Roasters subscriptions and All About Cha’s gourmet drinks round up all the faves.

Deli/Sandwich Shop

Whether it’s lunch, brunch or supper, these shops bring us fresh, tasty subs, soups and salads. In Tulsa, readers love PJ’s Sandwich Shoppe and Felini’s for their plethora of delicious comestibles. Jason’s Deli’s wholesome ingredients, Bill and Ruth’s sandwiches (built to your satisfaction) and Jimmy John’s gourmet sandwiches round out reader favorites.

OKC’s N D Foods (also a favorite for baked goods), Perk Place Cafe with its generous portions and Someplace Else A Deli & Bakery’s old-school lunch counter are held in esteem.

Dessert

Sweets are a guilty pleasure, and dessert emporiums clearly satisfy our readers. In Tulsa, Glacier Confection’s splendid chocolates tickle the taste buds perfectly. Also favored are The Cheesecake Factory’s rich and creamy desserts and Michael V’s house-made desserts, like baked fudge, coconut cream pie and creme brulee.

In OKC, Vast’s impeccable apple tart and brown butter cookie crumble inspire sweet dreams. Redrock Canyon’s desserts are also preferred, and ButterSweet Cakes is noted for its rich treats. Cuppies & Joe’s daily baked cupcakes and other goodies and Cheever’s Cafe and its sweet biscuits, carrot cake and roasted pecan ice cream ball also ranked high with readers.

Diner

Diners are where we go for comfort food. Tulsa’s favorites include Phill’s Diner and Tally’s Good Food Cafe, where meals like open-faced roast beef sandwiches and chicken fried steak cover the plate and fill your stomach – and heart. The Dilly Diner in the Blue Dome District is much loved, too, and Savoy’s menu, handed down through four generations, is another Tulsa go-to.

OKC’s Sunnyside Diner offers meals made with “a dash of sunshine” that customers adore. The Good Gravy Diner wows patrons with its savory dishes, and The Diner in Norman has earned an outstanding reputation for its breakfasts and Tex-Mex meals.

Fast Food

For a quick, delicious meal every now and then, readers endorse Arby’s as one of the best across the state for its hot roast beef sandwiches and crisp curly fries, while Sonic Drive-In is beloved for drinks, tater tots, hamburgers and corn dogs. Chick-Fil-A is a favorite because of its sandwiches, and Taco Bueno, with its platters, tacos and nachos, is another reader choice.

Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse, Best Fine Dining, Best Steakhouse, Best Place to Take Out of Town Guests, Best Seafood (OKC)
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Fine Dining

Gourmet cuisine, refined atmospheres and ingenious dishes draw patrons to establishments such as Tulsa’s The Summit Club with its exclusivity and sumptuous meals. Polo Grill, with fine service and cuisine, is another cream-of-the-crop restaurant. Palace Cafe and its delicious, memorable dinners on Cherry Street also gained our readers’ favor. Stonehorse Cafe and its French- and American-inspired cuisine, and Juniper’s downtown farm-to-table dining are also reader choices.

In OKC, Vast and Mahogany Prime Steakhouse are celebrated for their august menus. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse with its signature steak is another top choice, while the Hefner Grill with its lake view and Viceroy Grille in the Ambassador Hotel are much admired, too.

Food Truck

As fun, unique ways to get your eats quickly, food trucks are adored by our readers. In Tulsa, they choose MooChewSooey BBQ, with a funny name and fantastic food, and Lone Wolf Banh Mi, which specializes in tasty banh mi, kimchi fries and rice bowls. El Somborsito is also a favorite for its tacos and tortas.

In OKC, Big Truck Tacos serves Mexican street food with a chef’s twist. Flavor Train is a go-to for a dragon burger or choo-choo chop, among other culinary wonders. Crepes N Tater Cakes offers made-from-scratch specials and I Don’t Know & I Don’t Care caters to the gourmet food lover.

Braum’s, Best Ice Cream (State)
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Ice Cream 

When it comes to frozen desserts, the sweetest, creamiest scoops take the cake (cones). Across the state, Braum’s scoops up its rich, flavorful ice creams, Marble Slab Creamery’s homemade ice cream has a variety of mix-ins, and Baskin-Robbins’ flavor of the month keeps ice cream aficionados happy. In Tulsa, STG Gelateria has gelato in every flavor imaginable.

Italian

Tender pasta, spicy marinara and warm, delicious bread are foodie favorites without a doubt. In Tulsa, Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano is authentic, cozy and delicious. Biga has quality dishes and first-rate service. Dalesandro’s Italian Cuisine is known for quality ingredients with that “Dalesandro magic.” Villa Ravenna and Tucci’s offer special ambiances and mouthwatering menus.

OKC’s Stella Modern Italian Cuisine brings a fun, relaxed atmosphere and traditional favorites to the table. Tommy’s Italian American Grill’s refined, casual charm delights readers. Gabriella’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria has satisfied appetites with homemade food for nearly 60 years.

Margarita

A tequila, lime and triple sec cocktail, frozen or on-the-rocks, is perfect with savory enchiladas, crispy tacos and cheesy queso. In Tulsa, Mi Cocina offers signature margaritas, such as its jalepeno-agave, cucumber, and mambo taxi varieties. Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina’s margaritas make the list; Cafe Ole’s patio favorites are also much-admired. El Maguey Mexican Restaurant offers some top-notch frosty concoctions, too.

In OKC, Iguana Mexican Grill is favored for its tangy pomegranate margarita, just to name one of many. Mama Roja Mexican Kitchen’s “bomb pop margarita” is much loved, as is Poblano Grill’s sangria swirl.

Mi Cocina, Best Margarita, Best Mexican, Best Salsa (Tulsa)
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Mexican

The cheesy, spicy, mouthwatering goodness of Mexican food is popular throughout Oklahoma, and these restaurants offer the whole enchilada. In Tulsa, Mi Cocina’s fine, handcrafted dishes are popular. El Guapo’s Cantina offers Oaxacan-influenced cuisine, while Elote Cafe and Catering’s locally sourced, environmentally friendly dishes take the cake … er … taco. Ted’s Cafe Escondido keeps diners happy with its signature homemade tortillas. Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina is another top choice because of its sophisticated, gourmet taste.

In OKC, Iguana Mexican Grill’s from-scratch, regional and Tex-Mex menu is a favorite, along with Mama Roja Mexican Kitchen and its border-style menu. Ted’s Cafe Escondido is also an OKC favorite, and San Marcos is a popular lunch and dinner spot.

Outside Dining

When Mother Nature gives us a beautiful day, eating on outdoor patio is a given. In Tulsa, Mi Cocina takes top prize again. Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina’s patio overlooks the water near the Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow. Redrock Canyon Grill has lovely outdoor settings in both Tulsa and OKC. The Blue Rose Cafe’s patio seating overlooking the Arkansas River is another popular spot.

In OKC, the Museum Cafe at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is a favorite, and Bleu Garten, with a variety of food trucks and plenty of seating, is another go-to outdoor hang out.

Pizza

Whether it’s New York style, Chicago style or any style, pizza is pretty much manna from heaven. Tulsa’s favorite joints include Andolini’s Pizzeria, a true “pizza destination” for pie connoisseurs, and Mazzio’s for quality and convenience. Hideaway Pizza is popular in both Tulsa and OKC, and Prairie Fire Pie brings artisan pizzas to the table on Tulsa’s Cherry Street. Upper Crust Pizza, in Tulsa and OKC, is another loved eatery, with its wood-fired pies and relaxing ambiance. Empire Slice House in OKC is a beloved restaurant and bar. Marco’s Pizza is also a top choice.

Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests

When in-laws or friends come to visit, you want to impress them with one special restaurant … or return to a place that they liked before. In Tulsa, members can wow their guests at The Summit Club. Everyone can relish reader favorites such as Palace Cafe, Polo Grill, Stonehorse Cafe and Juniper. Celebrity Restaurant, with its renowned Caesar salad and fried chicken, and Hammett House Restaurant in Claremore are beloved, too.

OKC’s top choices include Vast, in the heart of downtown, and Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, where steak is the star. Also favored are Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, both of which satisfy hearty appetites.

Salads

Crisp lettuce, sweet spinach, exotic dressings and enticing toppings make for delectable salads. In Tulsa, Celebrity Restaurant’s traditional Caesar salad is among the best, according to readers. Charleston’s Restaurant offers the tasty spinach-and-chicken Waldorf salad, among several others, and is a reader favorite in both Tulsa and OKC. Jason’s Deli offers a fresh variety, and Salata’s completely customizable salads are crowd pleasers.

In OKC, Coolgreens, with its nutritious and delicious selection, wins over our readers, along with Cafe 501 and its unique offerings.

Salsa

Warm tortilla chips dipped in tangy, spicy salsa is a wonderful meal starter. In Tulsa, Mi Cocina has some beloved salsas. El Maguey Mexican Restaurant’s “awesome salsa” and Cafe Ole’s delectable salsa are popular choices, while Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina gets praise for its fire-roasted salsa.

In OKC, Ted’s Cafe Escondido’s atomic salsa and Poblano Grill’s salsa, made fresh daily, are two favorites. Iguana Mexican Grill’s fresh and chunky salsa and Green Chili Kitchen’s prized salsa round out our readers’ selections.

Vast, Best Night Out Without the Kids, Best Chef, Best Place to See and be Seen, Best Dessert, Best Fine Dining, Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests, Best Seafood (OKC)

Seafood

Bringing us coastal favorites, Oklahoma’s seafood restaurants are popular. In Tulsa, top choices include Bodean Restaurant and Market, which offers fine dining in-house and fresh seafood to cook at home. Readers also like Bonefish Grill’s catch-in-season specials and Red Lobster gets a nod for its quality dishes. The White River Fish Market & Restaurant, with its line out the door, is also much admired by Tulsans.

In OKC, Vast’s fresh offerings are the pinnacle of fine dining, while Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse has grilled redfish, pan roasted sea bass and ahi tuna that readers say are “can’t miss.” Pearl’s Oyster Bar, with its innovative fusion of creole, Southwest, Asian and Mediterranean, and The Shack Seafood and Oyster Bar’s Cajun recipes are also favored.

Steakhouse

Mouthwatering, fine cuts of beef are steakhouse staples. In Tulsa, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and Ruth’s Chris Steak House keep customers returning repeatedly with their tender, signature cuisines. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse in Tulsa and OKC, where great steak is a rule, and Prhyme Downtown Steakhouse’s upscale, modern interpretation of the steakhouse in Tulsa are two more much-loved eateries. Freddie’s Bar-B-Que and Steak House in Sapulpa offers delectable eats and friendly service. Bull in the Alley, with its first-rate steaks and clandestine location, is perfect for an upscale night out.

OKC’s steakhouses also bring the premium beef, including Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse and its signature steak. Boulevard Steakhouse and its prime dining experience win the hearts of our readers, and Red PrimeSteak, with its unprecedented style, makes waves, too. The Ranch Steakhouse’s old-world atmosphere, Junior’s ultimate dining experience and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in historic Stockyard City are also among the top choices for delicious grub.

Stylish New Restaurant

Everyone gets excited about new eateries to try. In Tulsa, Bird and Bottle opened this spring with a unique atmosphere and menu. Nola’s Creole & Cocktails on Cherry Street offers Cajun grub and stylish digs, and Jane’s Delicatessen on Route 66 provides an eclectic mix of Jewish, German and French-Canadian fare in a groovy setting.

OKC has several stylish, new establishments of note, including Bar Arbolada, which opened in April with an LA-inspired design and delicious cocktails. Neighborhood JA.M. has a bright, cheerful decor and delicious food. Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails opened an event center in Norman to much fanfare. Other places include The Press, with its open ambiance and Southern comfort food, and Buttermilk Paseo, with its outdoor seating and friendly service.

Polo Grill, Best Fine Dining, Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests, Best Sunday Brunch (Tulsa)
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Sunday Brunch

From upscale to down-home, Sunday brunch is the darling of these restaurants. In Tulsa, The Summit Club offers elegant dining with beautiful views. Polo Grill’s well-constructed menu aims to please, and Palace Cafe’s delicious options bring customers back week after week. Ridge Grill, with a menu featuring medallion of beef tenderloin paired with fresh eggs, any style, and Ridge Mountain French toast, and The Chalkboard, with short rib hash or silver dollar pancakes, are much admired, too.

In OKC, Flint has entrees such as red beans and rice and candied bacon, fried green tomatoes and southwestern-inspired choices. Cafe 501’s menu is another reader choice; Cheever’s Cafe garners praise as well. Neighborhood JA.M.’s signature mimosas and Classen Grill’s classic offerings are also favorites.

Sushi

Beautiful to look at, light on the stomach and pleasant in all its healthy goodness, sushi is a reader favorite. In Tulsa, in the raw has been in business for more than 20 years. Fuji is the home of the “euphoria roll.” Sushi Hana and its Japanese fusion and Yokozuna’s vibrant menu and stylish decor are also reader favorites.

OKC’s Sushi Neko is lauded for its food and its atmosphere, while Musashi’s Japanese Steakhouse’s extensive sushi selections please many. The Sushi Bar, with its excellent selection and quality service, is another top choice.

Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant

As plant-based diets become increasingly popular, readers look for fresh, healthy options that meet their cravings. In Tulsa, Chimera Cafe has affordable dishes that enchant the taste buds. Ediblend Superfood Cafe is another popular choice, with its tasty menu based on whole food nutrition. Zoe’s Kitchen and Laffa Medi-Eastern Restaurant & Bar both offer Mediterranean dishes that vegans and vegetarians enjoy.

In OKC, Coolgreens serves green tea, fresh salad and lunches that wow readers. The Red Cup, with its extensive menu, and Picasso Cafe, with its five-course veggie dinner with wine pairings, entice vegetable lovers. Earth Natural Foods and The Loaded Bowl are two other favorites.

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