Amuse-bouche? Locavore. Power lunching. Seasonal menus.
When our Tulsa readers have a hankering for the cuisines of Southeast Asia, they definitely have their favorites. Locally owned, KEO, which uses simple fresh ingredients to craft dishes from several cuisines, is once again at the top of our list. The great variety at PF Chang’s also earns it a repeat visit to our list, and RiLe’s and Te Kei’s share the next spot in our top three.
In OKC, our readers head to Lemongrass Modern Thai Cuisine in Edmond, for authentic dishes from Thailand. The expansive menu at Grand House China Bistro earns it the second spot on the list and Kang’s Sushi Bar and Bistro completes our survey.
Whether you’re craving fresh baked bread or something a little more decadent, Oklahoma bakeries have you covered. In Tulsa, French-inspired La Madeleine makes its Oklahoma debut, as well as its debut on our survey. Two longtime Tulsa faves, Merritt’s Bakery and Queenie’s Café & Bakery share the silver, and Panera Bread and Kupcakz tie for the next spot in our top three.
Delicious artisan breads and mouthwatering pastries win Prairie Thunder Baking Co. top honors in our OKC contest. Ingrid’s Kitchen, an OKC favorite for more than 30 years is up next, followed by Brown’s Bakery.
Who has the best barbecue? That question is as contentious as they come, but our Tulsa readers have once again selected Rib Crib at the top of this category. In fact, the deliciously smoked meats have readers all over the state talking. Two Tulsa landmarks, Elmer’s BBQ and Albert G’s share the next spot, and Billy Sim’s BBQ also has a devoted following.
Delectable ribs, brisket, pulled pork and much more also land Rib Crib at the top of our OKC survey. Earl’s Rib Palace, a popular choice for traditional barbecue is also among The Best of the Best, as is Iron Starr Urban BBQ.
It’s the most important meal of the day, so you don’t want to mess it up. Tulsa favorite Brookside by Day, with two locations, a super menu, delightful specials and friendly staff, gets the most votes once again. Two local legends, Phill’s Diner and Savoy Restaurant, complete our Tulsa top three breakfast choices.
You can find this breakfast hot spot across the Midwest, but it got its start in OKC – that’s why Jimmy’s Egg is a perennial winner on our Oklahoma City list. Classen Grill is also a repeat customer on our list of the best, and newcomer Divine Swine brings home the bacon.
It’s American comfort food as its juicy, meaty best, and our readers know where to go for the best burgers around. In Tulsa, Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili once again takes the gold for best burger. Goldie’s Patio Grill and James E. McNellie’s Public House share the next spot and Fat Guy’s Burger Bar is another favorite for seared beef with all the toppings.
Irma’s Burger Shack returns with a win in our OKC best burger competition, followed by Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler. Tucker’s Onion Burgers, serving up an Oklahoma original, completes our list.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, sometimes there just isn’t anything better than a sandwich. Tulsans split their votes between Jason’s Deli and Dilly Deli, both with selections to please anyone. Two Tulsa classics, PJ’s Sandwich Shoppe and Felini’s Cookies & Deli add the perfect ending to our list.
Old-fashioned deli sandwiches and a much lauded egg salad earn Someplace Else Deli & Bakery first place among OKC readers. Jersey Mike’s Subs slides into second place along with another OKC favorite, City Bites, in the third spot.
The name pretty much says all you need to know about why The Cheesecake Factory is at the top of our list in Tulsa – great cheesecakes in an amazing variety. Utica Square favorite Queenie’s Café & Bakery serves up homemade delicacies that Tulsans crave, and La Madeleine debuts in the top three with their European-inspired pastries.
Inspired by the culinary traditions of France, La Baguette Bistro once again earns the top spot with the Oklahoma City crowd, but this year they have to share billing with the uber-delicious treats at Cuppies & Joe. Café 501 in Edmond, and now in Classen Curve, is also well known for scrumptious desserts, and The Cheesecake Factory is also a big hit with OKC voters.
Whether it’s breakfast, a great burger, or meatloaf like mom used to make, the American diner is the place to go. In Tulsa, our readers are in the know, and they know that Phill’s Diner is a sure fire winner for classic comforts. They also recommend the Blue Dome Diner downtown and the retro 5 & Diner.
If you looked up diner in the dictionary, you just might find a picture of Nic’s Grill, so it’s little wonder it ranks number one in OKC. The Diner in Norman makes a return appearance on our list as does the famous Classen Grill.
Readers across the state agree, when you need a great meal in a hurry, Arby’s is the place to go for its signature roast beef sandwiches, fresh made sandwiches, great milkshakes and more. Next, Oklahoma-based Sonic Drive-In serves up their one-of-a-kind burgers and fries, tater tots, onion rings, coneys and all manner of frozen desserts in classic car hop fashion. When Oklahomans move away for a while, Taco Bueno is typically on the list of things that they can’t wait to eat when they return. You’ve had it, we don’t need to explain.
If you’ve got a hot date or a special occasion worthy of celebration, Oklahoma offers many high-end restaurants to fit the bill. In Tulsa, our readers make reservations at Waterfront Grill on the river near the Oklahoma Aquarium or Polo Grill in scenic Utica Square. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is another great choice for a truly exquisite meal, as is Mahogany Prime Steakhouse.
The nationally applauded Red PrimeSteak is the choice for OKC readers looking to make a great impression. Mickey Mantle Steakhouse in Bricktown is a great choice for a special date, and Cheever’s Café is sure to delight all the senses.
Ice Cream Shop
We all scream for ice cream, and Oklahoma Magazine readers are the authority on where to go for the best frozen treats. Tulsa readers prefer the Oklahoma-based Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores. Self-serve frozen yogurt franchise Cherry Berry makes its debut next on our list, and old favorite Baskin-Robbins shares the third spot with the rich and decadent Freckle’s Frozen Custard.
Oklahoma City readers agree Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores is the best place to grab a scoop, sundae or shake. Kaiser’s American Bistro, with roots dating back to 1910, serves rich, homemade ice cream and old-fashioned ice cream sodas. Rounding out the list, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a lower calorie hit with OKC readers.
Tulsa readers wanting to experience a little bit of Italy in Oklahoma have clear favorites. Tuck Curren’s Biga serves up authentic cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere and TiAmo Ristorante Italiano elevates Italian family favorites and other classics. Long time downtown Tulsa favorite Dalesandro’s Italian Cuisine shares a table with Villa Ravenna Ristorante Italiano in the Farm Shopping Center. Also sharing a spot are Ciao in Brookside and Hey Mambo in the downtown Brady Arts District.
In Oklahoma City, readers have once again selected Stella for its modern take on classic Italian in an elegant neighborhood setting. They also love the traditional, family-style favorites at Vito’s Ristorante, as well as the cozy Caffé Pranzo.
A summertime favorite and trusty companion to spicy Mexican cuisine, the margarita is a classic that has seen lots of revisions. Oklahoma Magazine readers know where to get the best though, and once again their top choice is Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina. Also receiving high marks are the new Mi Cocina on Cherry Street and El Guapo’s Cantina downtown. Longtime Brookside favorite Café Ole also offers a much-admired margarita.
Whether you’re looking for one with mango or the skinny variety, OKC readers once again choose Iguana Mexican Grill as the best place for margaritas. Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant in Bricktown serves up great traditional margaritas, frozen or on the rocks, and 1492 New World Latin Cuisine puts a hip spin on all things Latin.
If you’re looking for south-of-the-border flavors, Los Cabo’s Mexican Grill and Cantina, with locations at Riverwalk Crossing and in Broken Arrow, is a sure bet. Our readers have selected them a clear winner for many years running. New to Tulsa, Mi Cocina on Cherry Street makes its debut in the second spot on our list, and downtown’s El Guapo’s Cantina serves up an inspired Mexican feast.
Iguana Mexican Grill is once again the top choice in OKC with authentic favorites and reinterpretations of classics. 1492 New World Latin Cuisine serves Mexican and TexMex specialties as well as dishes influenced by Latin America. Ted’s Café Escondido, with locations in OKC and Norman, takes the final spot for The Best of the Best Mexican.
Oklahoma weather can be unforgiving, but other times we have those windows of idyllic days when dining al fresco seems the natural choice. Our Tulsa readers love Waterfront Grill’s outdoor dining areas overlooking the Arkansas River. The festive patio at Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina shares a spot with the cozy secluded patio at The Brasserie Restaurant & Bar and the tiered patio with river views at Blue Rose Café is another fave.
With enchanting patios and relaxing backyard feel, Oklahoma City readers clamor for an outdoor seat and maybe a game of bocce at The Wedge Pizzeria. The spacious patio at Pearl’s Oyster Bar also has our readers lining up, and everyone wants an outdoor seat at Pachinko Parlor.
An Okie original with six locations in the Tulsa metro and favorites such as the Big Country and Pizza of the Gods, Hideaway Pizza is once again the top pizza on our list. Oklahoma-based Mazzio’s Italian Eatery is another top choice for our readers, and they deliver. Andolini’s Pizzeria also earns praise for their artisan pizzas and traditional and unexpected toppings.
Hideaway Pizza is also at the top of the list for Oklahoma City readers – there are seven locations in the metro. Unusual toppings cooked in a pecan wood fired oven makes The Wedge Pizzeria another popular choice in OKC, and Upper Crust in Classen Curve finishes our list of the best pies in OKC.
Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests
When company comes to town you want to impress them with the best Tulsa has to offer. Our readers once again say Waterfront Grill is the place to take those out-of-towners for an eclectic menu and stunning dining room. Polo Grill’s reputation is well-know, making it another top choice for wowing guests. Two of the city’s best chefs make Stonehorse Café and Palace Café natural choices for entertaining.
A dramatic dining room and an elegant, chef-driven menu make Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse the top choice to take visitors to OKC. Oklahoma City readers also love to treat their guests to a bit of history and a fantastic steak at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, and the delightful food at Cheever’s Café will leave your guests duly impressed.
It can be the beginning of a wonderful meal or a meal unto itself. In Tulsa, our in-the-know readers have once again selected Celebrity Restaurant for their famous caesar salad, prepared fresh tableside. This year they share the honor with Wolfgang Puck Bistro and its inventive starter and dinner salads. Salads are an art form at Stonehorse Café from the Stonehorse Blue to a killer Nicoise. The entrée-sized salads at Charleston’s Restaurant are also a hit.
OKC readers flock to Coolgreens, where salads are a main attraction, with accouterment ranging from sockeye salmon to marinated tofu. The healthful menu at Saturn Grill also features a great selection of salads that earns them praise from our readers, as does the swank Café 501 in Edmond and Classen Curve.
At its root, salsa just means “sauce.” Try telling that to our readers, who know it’s way more than just a condiment. In Tulsa, Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina is once again voted to have the best rojo. Café Olé is another long-running favorite with our readers, and newcomer Mi Cocina offers an array of salsas that our readers love.
Iguana Mexican Grill is renowned for its salsas, earning it another round at the top of the list with OKC readers. The zesty salsa at 1492 New World Latin Cuisine is also a hit with readers, and the red stuff served with crispy chips keep our readers coming back to Ted’s Café Escondido.
When it comes to the fruits of the sea, our readers know where to go to get the freshest and The Best of the Best. Bodean Seafood Restaurant takes the top spot in our Tulsa poll for another year with the freshest seafood in a fine dining atmosphere. White River Fish Market & Restaurant is also popular with readers for their amazing gumbo and fish flown in daily. National chain Bonefish Grill also makes our top three.
Pearl’s Oyster Bar is an Oklahoma City institution, and our readers say it’s still the catch of the day. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse is, of course, known for fantastic steaks, but they also do amazing things with seafood. The Shack also earns praise from our readers.
Fancy fine dining or no frills, Oklahomans are steak connoisseurs. In Tulsa, they’re willing to splurge for the expertly prepared meats and mouth-watering sides at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Utica Square. The Brasserie Restaurant & Bar in Brookside, known for its fresh take on French cuisine, also serves up some of the best steaks around. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse in South Tulsa and Freddie’s Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse in Sapulpa finish our list.
Choice meats cooked to perfection and an award winning dining room again win Red PrimeSteak the top spot in our OKC poll. The 100-year-old Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, located in the historic Stockyards, takes the next spot and Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse is another great choice for steaks and more.
Stylish New Restaurant
Today, décor is an integral part of most new restaurants, working with the menu and service to create unified vision. Tulsa readers say these three new restaurants whip up the perfect combination of cuisine and style. New to the downtown fine dining scene, Justin Thompson’s Juniper offers sophistication from the food on the plate to the art on the walls. Readers also love the resurrected Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano on Brookside and the swank new Mi Cocina on Cherry Street.
The hip décor and locavore centered menu at Norman’s Local earn it the top spot with OKC readers. Also new to the 405, Kyle’s 1025 offers four plush dining rooms with a private club atmosphere. Hip and trendy, The Iguana Café rounds out our survey.
A little bit breakfast, a little bit lunch, it’s a shame it’s only served once a week. Tulsa readers love the seemingly endless brunch selections at Waterfront Grill and La Villa Restaurant at Philbrook Museum of Art. Palace Café and The Brasserie Restaurant & Bar also offer amazing spreads for the brunch crowd, and Lucky’s Restaurant is always packed on Sunday afternoon.
The mouth-watering brunch buffet at Ingrid’s Kitchen earns it a return engagement in our Oklahoma City top three. The champagne brunch deal at swank Café Nova is also a hit in OKC, as is the brunch menu and festive atmosphere at Cheever’s Café.
From the authentic to the inventive, Oklahoma sushi restaurants are taking diners on a culinary adventure well beyond raw fish. The genius chefs behind the bar at In The Raw have once again won that restaurant the top place in the hearts and stomachs of our readers in Tulsa. Fuji, one of the city’s first sushi restaurants, is still going strong, and downtown’s Yokozuna, relatively new to the sushi game, also knows how to roll.
With locations in Bricktown and Norman, In The Raw also wins the gold in OKC. Longtime favorite Sushi Neko seems to have a permanent reservation with OKC diners, and Musashi’s keeps them coming back for more.