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KILKENNY’S IRISH PUB BEST SERVICE FINALISTS: Bull in the Alley, The Tavern

BEST BLOODY MARY

BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING

FINALISTS: McNellie’s Public House, SMOKE. on Cherry Street

FINALISTS: Tacos Don Francisco, Phat Philly’s

Kilkenny’s is midtown’s Emerald Isle, and the pub has one of the most extensive and consistent menus in town—plus rotating special monthly menus. The servers and bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, and many of them have been there for years. Their drink menu features at least 12 Guinness concoctions, including the Bee Sting (Ketel orange vodka), the Blue Velvet (Angry Orchard cider, Fonseca ruby port), and the award-winning Guinness Bloody Mary, which pairs perfectly with a breakfast boxty or benedict. It’s also the place to go for a late-night snack—they have deals every night after 10 p.m. 1413 E. 15th St. | tulsairishpub.com

BEST BAR FOOD FINALISTS: Elgin Park, Fassler Hall

BEST SPOT FOR DAY DRINKING

BEST BEER SELECTION

FINALISTS: Fassler Hall, Hodges Bend

FINALISTS: Roosevelt’s, Prairie Brewpub

It’s commonly believed in Ireland that you can’t beat pub food, and McNellie’s makes that the truth in Tulsa, too. As well as traditional pub fare like fish and chips, cottage pie, and chicken curry, you’ll find menu items to please any picky eater. From chips and queso to sweet potato fries to damn good burgers, McNellie’s is the best place to pair a drink—from an extensive 300+ beer list—with a meal. Be advised: It’s just $4 for a burger and fries every Wednesday night. 409 E. 1st St. and 7031 S. Zurich Ave. | mcnellies.com

BEST CHEF BEN ALEXANDER – THE TAVERN, BULL IN THE ALLEY FINALISTS: Roque Heidler – The Chalkboard, Trevor Tack – McNellie’s Group

BEST COFFEE SHOP

BEST FARMERS MARKET

BEST FOOD TRUCK

COFFEE HOUSE ON CHERRY STREET

CHERRY STREET FARMERS MARKET

LONE WOLF BANH MI

FINALISTS: Shades of Brown, Topeca Coffee

FINALISTS: Rose District Farmers Market, Bixby Farmers Market

BEST BAKERY

ANTOINETTE BAKING CO. CHERRY STREET FARMERS MARKET TACOS DON FRANCISCO

FINALISTS: Ann’s Bakery, Merritt’s Bakery

BEST GROCERY STORE

BEST SANDWICH BEST BARISTA

RACHEL WEBB – THE GYPSY COFFEE HOUSE FINALISTS: Andrew Jolly – DoubleShot Coffee Company, Devin Parham – Topeca Coffee

REASOR’S FOODS FINALISTS: Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s

FINALISTS: Andolini’s Pizzeria, Mr. Nice Guys

BEST TACOS

TACOS DON FRANCISCO FINALISTS: Elote Cafe & Catering, Torchy’s Tacos

PHAT PHILLY’S – PHAT PHILLY’S CHEESESTEAK FINALISTS: Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli – Po Boy, Lone Wolf Banh Mi – Banh Mi

BEST CHICKEN FRIED STEAK

THE BROTHERS HOULIGAN FINALISTS: Charleston’s, The Brook Restaurant & Bar

COFFEE HOUSE ON CHERRY STREET: MICHELLE POLLARD; REASORS, TACOS DON FRANCISCO, MCNELLIES: VALERIE GRANT; KILKENNY’S: GREG BOLLINGER

REASOR’S FOODS

BEST BRUNCH FINALISTS: Dilly Diner, SMOKE. on Cherry Street

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BEST PIZZA

BEST CHINESE

BEST KOREAN

BEST VIETNAMESE

ANDOLINI’S PIZZERIA

P.F. CHANG’S

LONE WOLF BANH MI

LONE WOLF BANH MI

FINALISTS: East Village Bohemian Pizzeria, Hideaway Pizza

FINALISTS: Golden Gate, Pei Wei

FINALISTS: Korean Garden, Gogi Gui

FINALISTS: Pho Nhi Vietnamese Noodle House, Ri Le’s

BEST ITALIAN

BEST MEXICAN

BEST VIEW

MONDO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO

EL TEQUILA

THE PENTHOUSE BAR AT THE MAYO HOTEL

HIDEAWAY PIZZA FINALISTS: Andolini’s Pizzeria, Pie Hole Pizzeria

BEST SEAFOOD

WHITE RIVER FISH MARKET FINALISTS: Bodean Restaurant & Market, Yokozuna

FINALISTS: Dalesandro’s, Ti Amo

BEST JAPANESE/SUSHI

YOKOZUNA FINALISTS: In the Raw, Osaka

FINALISTS: El Guapo’s Cantina, El Rio Verde

FINALISTS: Blue Rose Café, El Guapo’s Cantina

BEST THAI

LANNA THAI

BEST BARBECUE

FINALISTS: KEO Asian Cuisine, My Thai Kitchen

BEST FAMILY DINING HIDEAWAY PIZZA

BURN CO BARBECUE FINALISTS: Albert G’s Bar-B-Q, Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Cue

FINALISTS: The Brook Restaurant & Bar, Charleston’s

BEST STEAK Bull in the Alley

BEST DINER Dilly Diner

FINALISTS: Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, SMOKE. on Cherry Street

FINALISTS: Brookside By Day, Tally’s Good Food Cafe

Look for the green doors and the titular trinket in the titular alley to find our readers’ vote for best steak in Tulsa. The alley is behind The Tavern, with which the Bull shares a kitchen. The fixtures and dress of the place are beyond opulent, and wandering through the innocuous emerald doors for a first time is like stepping into the ballroom scene from “The Shining.” The food ain’t cheap, but they do serve Miller High Life. The alley | bullinthealley.com

With décor of yore, food for modern tastes, and breakfast served all day, it’s clear why Dilly Diner takes this title. Their menu ranges from classics like griddle cakes and burgers to exciting entrées like Bananas Foster French toast (yes, please) and mac ‘n cheese carbonara. But even the simple items are diddied up: garlic and chipotle aiolis, homemade brioche, house-made pickles—plus a bakery case full of pies, cookies, cupcakes, what have you. Here’s brunch advice: Green eggs and ham and a coffee cocktail. 402 E. 2nd St. | dillydiner.com

BEST INDIAN India Palace FINALISTS: Desi Wok, Himalayas – Aroma of India

Tulsa doesn’t have a lot in the way of Indian food—an all-day buffet and a Pan-Asian restaurant form the bulk of our offerings—but everything we have is surprisingly great for a midsized Oklahoma city. India Palace offers a great lunch buffet, but the spot is certainly one to choose for a date. Beautiful tapestries and fixtures adorn the restaurant, and the dishes live up to the ambiance. Their menu is precisely what you would imagine from the best Indian restaurant in town, and they have what one New York television culinary chef told us is “the best rice pudding [he’d] ever had.” Their individual dishes are incredible, but the lunch buffet is always there for unadventurous eaters who need a wide selection to try—or overadventurous eaters who aren’t afraid to go four-plates. 6963 S. Lewis Ave. | theindiapalacetulsa.com BURN CO BARBECUE

LANNA THAI

BEST DELI Trenchers Delicatessen FINALISTS: Jason’s Deli, Lambrusco’z

Regulars of Trenchers Delicatessen give a common warning: If you’re going for lunch, get there early. The crowd that bustles into Trenchers throughout the day is a testament to the food’s exceptional taste. But one look at the sandwiches—from the Dutch Crunch (a micro-green-and-avocado-stuffed turkey sandwich) to the chicken swizzle (a garlic-marinated and cucumber pickle-topped grilled chicken flatbread)—makes even the most skeptical deli-goer a believer. 2602 S. Harvard Ave. | facebook.com/trenchersdeli INDIA PALACE

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BLUE ROSE CAFE

VALKYRIE

BEST PATIO

BEST COCKTAILS

BEST WINE LIST

BLUE ROSE CAFE

VALKYRIE

VINTAGE 1740

FINALISTS: El Guapo’s Cantina, Roosevelt’s

FINALISTS: Cosmo Cafe, Hodges Bend

FINALISTS: Polo Grill, The Wine Loft

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIG GAME

BEST BREWERY

BEST BAR FOR SMOKERS

ELGIN PARK

MARSHALL BREWING COMPANY

ARNIE’S BAR

FINALISTS: Bricktown Brewery, Fassler Hall

FINALISTS: Cabin Boys Brewery, Prairie Artisan Ales

BEST LGBT BAR/CLUB CLUB MAJESTIC

FINALISTS: Caz’s Pub, The Yeti

FINALISTS: Soundpony, Yellow Brick Road

ROOSEVELT’S

BEST VEGETARIAN/HEALTH FOOD

BEST BARTENDER

Chimera Cafe

Aaron Post – Valkyrie

FINALISTS: Big Al’s Healthy Foods, Zoës Kitchen

FINALISTS: Gavin Hatcher – Saturn Room, Lynn Robertson – The Starlite

Half of Chimera’s menu includes vegan/vegetarian-friendly options, and many of their items can be made gluten-free. Open from breakfast to late-night in the Tulsa Arts District, this health-conscious café and bar depends on partnerships with local farms like Dry Creek Refuge, 413 Farm, West O’ Main, Lomah Dairy, and Fisher’s Eggs. Chimera is also serious about coffee— they offer beans from local and established roasters, as well as six different brew methods, including Nitro, which is served cold and without ice. Their inventive cocktails flaunt house-made syrups and fresh juices, and their taps are always rotating beer options. And their sandwiches are as packed as their salads are stacked (the delicious kale-based Lily’s Special Salad is topped with smoky hummus, avocado, cashew cheese, and adzuki strips, which are a hearty and flavorful vegetarian alternative to bacon). 212 N. Main St. | chimeratulsa.com

Though Valkyrie owner Aaron Post is busy getting a new Blue Dome District bar in order, he has been known to get behind the bar at Valkyrie now and again. “I built Valkyrie so we could have a place to have world-class cocktails in a fun-loving environment,” he said. “Our mantra is ‘playfully serving serious drinks.’” Post’s favorite cocktail depends on the day, though lately he calls a Boulevardier his go-to. But if he ordered a drink using Valkyrie’s three-word choose-your-own-adventure option? “Bitter, strong, innovative,” he said. Valkyrie expanded their spirit library in May 2017, adding shelves and a dreamy rolling ladder system. “We opened with 80 spirits and liqueurs in 2012, and we added shelves because I started collecting rare and harder-to-find spirits,” Post said. Now, Valkyrie has about 680 and counting. “It’s a fun project.” 13 E. M.B. Brady St. | valkyrietulsa.com

BEST NEW BAR ROOSEVELT’S

FINALISTS: Cabin Boys Brewery, The Starlite

PHOTOS BY MICHELLE POLLARD; AARON POST: GREG BOLLINGER

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BEST BURGER

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN/MEDITERRANEAN

Fat Guy’s Burger Bar

Laffa Medi-Eastern Restaurant & Bar

FINALISTS: Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili, The Tavern

FINALISTS: Papa Ganouj, Zoës Kitchen

In a city of great burgers, the Fat Guy’s burger customization is unmatched. Each of us has unique tastes and preferences, and Fat Guy’s embraces the personal touch, celebrating all that a burger can be. With nearly twenty toppings available at no extra charge, you’re free to create the burger of your dreams, whether that means playing it safe with the usual suspects or swinging for the fences with (for example) a jalapeño relish/green chiles/grilled pineapple pizza burger. In opening the door to such variety, Fat Guy’s burgers are seasoned with the spice of life. 140 N. Greenwood Ave., 7945 S. Memorial Dr., and 1009 N. Elm St., Broken Arrow | fatguysburgers.com

BEST LIQUOR STORE PARKHILL’S WAREHOUSE LIQUORS & WINES FINALISTS: Deep Discount Wine & Liquor, Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits

BEST RESTAURANT FOR LOCALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS

Elote Cafe & Catering FINALISTS: Bramble Breakfast & Bar, Chimera Cafe

TORCHY’S TACOS

Opened in 2008, Elote was the first Tulsa restaurant to recycle, compost, and use biodegradable takeaway containers. The restaurant has proven a dedication to sustainability and local foods, proudly partnering with such vendors as Greenwood Farm, Highland Dairy, Pancho Anaya Panaderia, Lucy’s Tortillas, J-M Farms, Cheatwood’s Honey, Thirst Wines, Marshall Brewing Company, Prairie Artisan Ales, Coop Ale Works, R&G Family Grocers, Eden Veggies, and others. Elote offers a mix of classic Mexican fare and newer takes, like quinoa or jackfruit tacos. 514 S. Boston Ave. | elotetulsa.com

BEST DIVE BAR Soundpony FINALISTS: Arnie’s Bar, Mercury Lounge

An argument could be made that Tulsa’s best dive is actually Club Sidewalk. There’s always a post-2 a.m. gathering outside Soundpony, where revelers linger in a last-ditch effort to keep the party rolling. It’s equally a place of hope and of lament. But Club Sidewalk doesn’t serve drinks. And Soundpony has hot dogs. 409 N. Main St. | thesoundpony.com

BEST BREAKFAST Brookside By Day FINALISTS: Dilly Diner, Tally’s Good Food Cafe

Whether you’re off to an early start or nursing the self-inflicted wounds from a few hours earlier and a few blocks up the road, Brookside By Day has you covered. For those in the latter camp, an Angel Fire Burrito or Fred’s Country Benny—both served with T-Town’s most beloved home fries—might not only save your life, but also your soul. And since the addition of a bar a few years back, that salvation can also come with the requisite dose of hair of the dog. 3313 S. Peoria Ave. | brooksidebyday.com

BEST NEW RESTAURANT Torchy’s Tacos FINALISTS: Amelia’s Wood Fired Kitchen, Roosevelt’s

Though new to Tulsa, your choice for Best New Restaurant has been around since 2006, when it began as a single trailer in Austin. Years of experimentation and recipe tweaks have resulted in staples like carnitas and beef barbacoa sharing menu space with less common—though no less delicious—taco fillings like blackened salmon and fried chicken. Now, Tulsa’s Torchy’s is one of nearly 60 locations across Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Viva la revolución. 3330 S. Peoria Ave. | torchystacos.com

PHOTOS BY MICHELLE POLLARD

BROOKSIDE BY DAY

The chefs at Laffa know the food might be a little foreign to Oklahomans, so they suggest going on this culinary adventure with friends. Share an appetizer—tabouli or harissa carrot salad, a Greek dip or West African hummus—before moving on to choose an entrée, something like dhofar lamb for meat-lovers, or mujadarra for vegans. You might struggle to pronounce your orders the first time around, but don’t worry—the wait-staff and bartenders are more than happy to help with recommendations. 111 N. Main St. | laffatulsa.com


VOTED BEST FARMERS MARKET & BEST PLACE TO SHOP GREEN!

BEST OF TULSA EDITOR’S PICK: “Best Potential — NOLA’s Creole & Cocktails On Cherry Street. Seriously. We can’t wait.”

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN/ MEDITERRANEAN

OPENING MONDAY, APRIL 9TH! Bringing the great tastes of New Orleans to Cherry Street.

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3334 S. PEORIA AVE. • 918.933.4 848 COSMO-CAFE.COM

1334 East 15th Street • 918-779-7766 NolasTulsa.com

Top 3 Best Cocktails

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LIVING ARTS

BEST VISUAL ARTIST

BEST PUBLIC ART

Sarah Sullivan

First Friday Art Crawl

FINALISTS: Tyler Thrasher, Chris Mantle

FINALISTS: Día de los Muertos Murals, Woody Guthrie Center Mural

One of the many draws in the Arts District is the First Friday Art Crawl. Participating cafés, shops, galleries, and bars feature a wide range of local art the first Friday of every month, and many complement their impromptu galleries with live music performances. The First Friday Annual Portrait Show (this year held on May 5), located in the alley behind The Tavern and Prairie Brewpub, features portraits of Tulsans by total strangers and is especially popular. Tulsa Arts District | thetulsaartsdistrict.org/ first-friday-art-crawl

Sarah Sullivan wants to make your dreams come true. Specifically, your dreams of cuddling with confetti and making geometry “all shapes, no math.” Her art, branded under Sullystring, takes the forms of wall hangings, pillows, paintings, murals, and placemats. You might recognize her colorful, whimsical work from the outer walls of the Gateway building (home of Habit Mural Festival and First Street Flea), the entryway at The First Ward hair studio, Philbrook Museum of Art’s gift shop, Domino magazine’s December 2017 issue, and this Best of Tulsa cover. Sullystring is poppin’! sullystring.com

BEST KARAOKE THE WAREHOUSE BAR & GRILL FINALISTS: Elote Cafe & Catering, The Starlite BEST GALLERY

BEST OPEN MIC

LIVING ARTS

THE GYPSY COFFEE HOUSE

FINALISTS: Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery

FINALISTS: The Colony, The Fur Shop

BEST PERFORMING ARTS SPACE

TULSA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER FINALISTS: Guthrie Green, Living Arts

BEST TRIVIA NIGHT STARSHIP RECORDS & TAPES TRIVIA WITH JACK AT SOUNDPONY

BEST MUSEUM

PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART

TRIVIA WITH JACK AT SOUNDPONY

FINALISTS: Gilcrease Museum, Woody Guthrie Center

FINALISTS: Fuel 66 Tulsa, Saturn Room

BEST RECORD STORE

BEST COMEDY NIGHT

STARSHIP RECORDS & TAPES FINALISTS: Josey Records, Spinster Records

THE LOONY BIN FINALISTS: The Fur Shop, Soundpony Comedy Hour

BEST MOVIE THEATER

WARREN BROKEN ARROW 18 FINALISTS: AMC Southroads 20, Circle Cinema

BEST SMALL MUSIC VENUE

THE VANGUARD FINALISTS: The Colony, Soundpony

LIVING ARTS, STARSHIP, FIRST FRIDAY: VALERIE GRANT; PHILBROOK, TRIVIA, SARAH SULLIVAN: GREG BOLLINGER

PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART


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Best Museum Thank you, Voice Readers!

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TULSA BALLET

BEST CASINO Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

FINALISTS: Theatre Tulsa, Tulsa Symphony

Quantifying “Best Casino” is a little tricky. Does it mean loosest slots, best free soft drink stations, or most confusing carpet patterns? In the case of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, it could mean all three … but they certainly get a leg up with their concerts and celebrity guests. The likes of ZZ Top and Elvira have stopped by in the past, and upcoming events include the Cherokee musical Nanyehi and Jay Leno and his big-ass chin. 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa | hardrockcasinotulsa.com

Tulsa Ballet is a not-for-profit professional ballet company that has blended contemporary and classical dance for Oklahomans every year since 1956. Today the organization maintains its determination to bring world-class ballet to the Midwest heartland. Artistic Director Marcello Angelini has been widely recognized for his creative innovation and international influence—in February this year, Tulsa Ballet brought the U.S. premiere of “Strictly Gershwin,” the company’s largest production to date, requiring at least 38 dancers, four singers, and roughly 50 musicians. 1212 E. 45th Pl. | tulsaballet.org

BEST PODCAST The Sound of Tulsa FINALISTS: From a Basement in Tulsa, Opinions Like A-Holes

The Tulsa podcasting scene is reaching critical mass, with everybody and their mother, and their mother’s mother, seeming to spend weekly time behind the mic. We believe Mayor Bynum issued a decree that every standup comic must have at least three podcasts in development at all times. Our readers zeroed in on The Sound of Tulsa as their favorite podcast. The weekly ‘cast features in-depth interviews from Tulsa’s historically rich, currently booming music scene. soundcloud.com/thesoundoftulsa

FINALISTS: Osage Casino Tulsa, River Spirit Casino Resort

BEST LOCAL ALBUM Big Bad Luv by John Moreland FINALISTS: Red Dirt Improvisations – Dean DeMerritt, Zunis – Zunis

On his third album, Moreland explores new directions in both sound and songwriting. The cathartic melancholy he’s known for is still present, but it’s joined by the wisdom that comes with going through the ringer and coming out on the other side, an appreciation for perspective gained through tough times, and hope that the lessons learned can carry us through trials ahead. On the album’s penultimate track, Moreland sings, “Don’t let me turn to dust to turn a phrase/Could you help me wash these years off of my face?/‘Cause they don’t suit me, babe, like before.” John Moreland is looking forward. johnmoreland.net

BEST PLACE FOR LIVE LOCAL MUSIC

BEST ALL-AGES VENUE

BEST LARGE MUSIC VENUE

BEST PLACE TO DANCE

FINALISTS: Guthrie Green, The Colony

FINALISTS: BOK Center, Guthrie Green

FINALISTS: BOK Center, Brady Theater

FINALISTS: Club Majestic, Soundpony

PHOTOGRAPHER VALERIE GRANT LINDE OKTOBERFEST

BEST PARTY OF THE YEAR

CRY BABY HILL FINALISTS: Linde Oktoberfest, St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in the Blue Dome District

BEST FREE ENTERTAINMENT

GUTHRIE GREEN FINALISTS: First Friday Art Crawl in The Tulsa Arts District, Soundpony

BEST NIGHT CLUB

SOUNDPONY

FINALISTS: Club Majestic, The Unicorn Club

BEST ANNUAL FESTIVAL BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

VALERIE GRANT

FINALISTS: Western Doughty, Jeremy Charles

LINDE OKTOBERFEST FINALISTS: Blue Dome Arts Festival, Mayfest

TULSA BALLET, OKTOBERFEST: COURTESY; CRY BABY HILL: DAVID LACKEY; VALERIE GRANT: MOLLY THRASHER; CAIN’S: JOSEPH RUSHMORE

CRY BABY HILL

BEST PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY Tulsa Ballet


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To the Best in Tulsa’s Arts and Culture!

TULSA’S UNITED ARTS FUND WHERE ONE GIFT SUPPORTS THE MANY.

108 Contemporary • A Pocket Full of Hope • The bART Center for Music • Chamber Music Tulsa • Circle Cinema • Clark Youth Theatre • Fab Lab Tulsa • Gilcrease Museum • Greenwood Cultural Center • Harmony Project Tulsa • Heller Theatre Company • Latimer-Cooksey Arts & Cultural Foundation • Living Arts of Tulsa, Inc. • Midwest Harp Academy, Inc. • MUSED. • Northeastern Oklahoma Wood Turners Association • Oklahoma Performing Arts, Inc. • Philbrook Museum of Art • The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Inc. • South Asian Performance Arts Foundation • South Tulsa Children’s Ballet • Theatre North • Theatre Pops, Inc. • Theatre Tulsa • Tulsa Artists’ Coalition • Tulsa Ballet • Tulsa Botanic Garden • Tulsa Camerata, Inc. • Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab • Tulsa Girls Art School • Tulsa Glassblowing School • Tulsa Historical Society & Museum • Tulsa Opera • Tulsa Oratorio Chorus • Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust • Tulsa Project Theatre • Tulsa Symphony Orchestra • Tulsa Youth Symphony • WaterWorks Advisory Council • Woody Guthrie Center, Inc. Help support all these organizations with one gift! Text “Tulsa” to 50555 and a one time charge of $10 is added to your phone bill. Or visit artstulsa.org!

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RIVER PARKS

BEST LOCAL GIFT

BEST CLOTHING STORE

Ida Red

Goodwill

FINALISTS: The Boxyard, Dwelling Spaces

FINALISTS: Dillard’s, Urban Outfitters

For ten years, Ida Red has filled a niche in Tulsa’s gift-giving heart—or at least in owner Angelene Wright’s. After moving from manager to owner, Wright adopted an ambitious goal: making products she wanted but couldn’t find. Tulsa t-shirts, mugs, and even snow-globes can be found on the shelves, but souvenirs and city merch are just part of what’s for sale. Ida Red is designed to be family-friendly and holds a wide appeal in selection and price. “Fun stuff,” Wright said. “Toys, things that make people happy, that’s what I’m in the business of.” In execution, that means anything from Golden Driller plushies to bacon-scented soap. At the Tulsa Arts District location you’ll find more ephemeral joy in the forms of strawberry sundaes, chocolate milkshakes, root-beer floats, and old-fashioned candy. 3336 S. Peoria Ave. and 208 A N. Main St. | idaredgeneralstore.com

Who needs a trip to the mall when you can stock up on vintage Michael Jordan tees, fanny packs, and tie-dye raincoats at the same place you get your used Left Behind hardbacks? Thrift stores have been the cornerstone of alt-fashion for years. Garage rockers, second-hand-hype-beasts, and all manner of weirdos shape our current fabric zeitgeist, and they do it largely from the racks of consignment stores. Goodwill is the Metallica of thrift. Even if you don’t need a Big Johnson shirt, you’ll find donation box stations all over town for people to drop their no-longer-wanteds. It’s not just contrarian fashionistas searching the racks, after all, but also smart families on a shoestring budget who won’t pay full price for something that’ll hit these aisles in a year’s time. Various locations | goodwilltulsa.org

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS DOWNTOWN TULSA FINALISTS: Philbrook Museum of Art, The Tulsa Arts District

BEST ANTIQUE STORE

RETRO DEN FINALISTS: River City Trading Post, Vintage Vault

BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE TULSA RUN DOWNTOWN TULSA

CHEAP THRILLS FINALISTS: Goodwill, Vintage Vault

BEST PLACE TO SHOP GREEN

CHERRY STREET FARMERS MARKET FINALISTS: Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s

BEST PLACE TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW

BEST RUNNING/CYCLING/ ATHLETIC STORE

TULSA CITY-COUNTY LIBRARY

FLEET FEET SPORTS

FINALISTS: Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa Community College

FINALISTS: Lululemon, Tom’s Bicycles

BEST PICNIC SPOT

WOODWARD PARK FINALISTS: Guthrie Green, River Parks

BEST PLACE FOR CYCLING

RIVER PARKS FINALISTS: Cry Baby Hill, Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area

BEST FOOT RACE/RUN

TULSA RUN FINALISTS: The Color Run, McNellie’s Pub Run

BEST HEALTH/FITNESS CENTER

YMCA FINALISTS: St. John’s Siegfried Health Club, Sky Fitness

RETRO DEN: MICHELLE POLLARD; RIVER PARKS, TULSA RUN, IDA RED: COURTESY; DOWNTOWN, GOODWILL: GREG BOLLINGER

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TULSA SYMPHONY

2017-2018 S E A S O N T W E LV E

Pops Series

VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY: SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER featuring space images from NASA

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 | 7:30 PM T U L SA P E R FO R M I N G A RT S C E N T E R Music from the Star Trek Enterprise WILLIAMS: Star Wars HOLST: The Planets Ron Spigelman, Guest Conductor * Pre-Concert Conversation | 6:30 PM * Pre-Concert Student Recognition Concert | 6:45 PM * Post-Concert Reception – All Welcome * Childcare Available

For Tickets, Call 918.596.7111 or www.tulsasymphony.org

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BEST PLACE TO STRIKE A (YOGA) POSE FINALISTS: Be Love Yoga Studio, SALT Yoga

BEST TATTOO ARTIST Kris “Squiggy” Snead

Black Gold Tattoos & Piercings FINALISTS: Dustin Charles – Pen and Ink Tattoo, Kasey Wolfenkoehler – Mi Familia Tattoo

BEST PUBLIC PARK

WOODWARD PARK FINALISTS: Guthrie Green, River Parks

BEST PLACE TO HIKE

TURKEY MOUNTAIN URBAN WILDERNESS AREA FINALISTS: Chandler Park, Redbud Valley Nature Preserve

When he’s not playing drums in street punk band The Stiffies, Kris “Squiggy” Snead is permanently scarring Tulsan skin at Black Gold Tattoos & Piercings. Traditional style tattoos—your dice, lucky 13s, and nautical stars—routinely flow from his machine, but he’s made a solid name for himself with his incredibly detailed, photo-realistic portraits. Just like you should never trust a skinny chef, you should never trust a tattoo artist without ink on his hands. Squiggy’s knuckles, and his portfolio, should put you at ease. Black Gold Tattoo & Piercing, 3415 E. 11th St. | squiggytattoo.com

BEST BULLSHIT CALLER Blake Ewing

BEST PLACE TO GO WITH YOUR DOG

TURKEY MOUNTAIN URBAN WILDERNESS AREA FINALISTS: Biscuit Acres Dog Park, River Parks

FINALISTS: Western Doughty, John Waldron

Blake Ewing is the only bullshit caller on the list of nominees to have his bullshit routinely called by other nominees. He’s also the only bullshit caller on the list of nominees to have his bullshit texts publicly printed by a Pulitzer Prize finalist who nearly received the award for her bullshit calling and suing of the state for execution records. Ewing is a Tulsa City Councilman, though he is not seeking reelection.

BEST HOTEL The Mayo Hotel FINALISTS: Ambassador Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

This downtown hotel building is well near a century old, though its luxuries are pleasantly modern. After a $42 million-dollar renovation, The Mayo ensured its spot as a prime location for events and elegant stays. Extravagant spenders can enjoy king-size suites and luxury apartments, and they can host events for up to 500 guests. The rest of us can visit The Boiler Room restaurant and bar or the rooftop Penthouse Bar, voted the best view in Tulsa. 115 W. 5th St. | themayohotel.com

BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE-WATCHING Tulsa State Fair FINALISTS: Guthrie Green, Walmart

Enthusiasm. You’ll see it on the faces of nearly every person at the Fair. Enthusiasm for adventure is in the eyes of Mega Ride Pass-sporting thrill-seekers and culinary explorers seeking new sinful-yet-wholly-irresistible fried morsels. Enthusiasm for the throwback jam is in every rusty dance move at the Oklahoma Stage. Enthusiasm for glory at the rodeo. The incomparable awe and delight on audience faces during the high-jump competition segment in a stunt dogs show is life-affirming. Go to the Fair for people-watching, and you might just become a people too. 4145 E. 21st St. | tulsastatefair.com

BEST SALON

IHLOFF SALON AND DAY SPA FINALISTS: The First Ward, Raw Elements

BEST NONPROFIT GEORGE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION

BEST TULSAN TO FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

G.T. BYNUM FINALISTS: 918 Plate, Steve Cluck

At a time when social media etiquette is woefully absent from our country’s leaders, GT Bynum is keeping it classy. Follow his Facebook or Twitter for a consistent stream of updates on how he’s working to improve our city—or to see him celebrating others with the same goal. Also voted Tulsa’s best politician, Bynum reminds us in ways big and small that he won by demonstrating respect and positivity at a time when mainstream politics couldn’t be bothered with either. Facebook: @gtbynumfortulsamayor, Twitter: @gtbynum

BEST POLITICIAN G.T. BYNUM FINALISTS: John Waldron, None 20 BEST OF TULSA 2018

FINALISTS: Domestic Violence Intervention Services, John 3:16 Mission

G.T. BYNUM: GREG BOLLINGER

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BEST POTENTIAL

NOLA’s Creole and Cocktails on Cherry Street. Seriously. We can’t wait. Runner-up: Kitchen 27 at Philbrook Museum of Art—recently revamped and now run by Chef James Shrader. BEST CAESAR SALAD

Fried Brussels 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

Pollo 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. OTHER BEST NEW BAR

BEST SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM THAT WE DIDN’T KNOW WAS MISSING FROM OUR LIVES

Rotating flavors (á 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 baby Reuben sandwich”?

BEST TULSA-ITALY CONNECTION

Tulsa Artist 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

BEST SHOP FOR OBSCURE ITEMS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU WANTED

Good Mischief BEST SHOP FOR WICKER FURNITURE, BRASS STUFF, AND CRYSTALS

Jo & June BEST LUNCH BREAK

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

30-minute seated massage at Sole Massage. Pro-tip: add an essential oil for a sensory upgrade.

BEST FAMILY NIGHT WITH AN INFLATABLE APPLIANCE RACE

BEST SAME-DAY CLEANERS

Tulsa Drillers game BEST PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY BRINGING “HAMILTON”

Celebrity Attractions BEST MISSPELLED ANSWER IN THE BOT NOMINATIONS

The Starlite

BEST ACTIVIST GROUP

BEST NEW LOCAL RESTAURANT

New Sanctuary Network of Tulsa, working to end the wholesale deportation of undocumented people from our community

Be Okay Center

BEST ART COLLECTIVE

BEST BUTTON COMPANY

The Umbrella Button 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 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

BEST CONSTRUCTION ZONE

The BOK Center. Congrats!

All of Tulsa; progress as promised

Holy Mother Collective

BEST TULSA COMEDIAN NOT IN TULSA

BEST TRAFFICKED STORY ON THETULSAVOICE.COM

BEST DINING EXPERIENCE

BEST DRAG SHOW

Marcia Belsky. Follow her on Facebook (her sworn enemy) right now.

“Casa Bonita reborn” from Dec. 2016. We cannot figure out why.

The Tavern Chef’s Table

Bamboo Lounge—especially if preceded by a comedy show. Get your dollar bills ready.

BEST POOL

BEST ONE-STAR REVIEW OF TTV ON FACEBOOK

Prairie Fire Pie. Half-price, half-size pies for happy hour. Woodfired pizza and fun fancy cocktails. (They do have $4 beer.)

BEST BUILD-YOUR-OWN SUSHI-IN-A-BOWL

Poke Bowl Love

SECOND BEST DRAG SHOW

BEST LAKEFOOD

Midnight drag races at Osage Casino’s Tulsa Raceway Park

Crawpappy’s. We’re teasing. They have a great crawfish étouffée!

BEST FUTURE PARK

BEST NEW DONUTS

The Donut Hole on Brookside

Gathering Place. Get here already.

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 22 BEST OF TULSA 2018

“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

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