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2014 Best of the City




Photo by Simon Hurst

 

Dining & Drinks
Editors’ Choice

 

This is one aspect of life in the metro that just seems to keep getting richer as time goes by – every year sees exciting new treats to try alongside familiar classics, and while we sometimes lose an old favorite or two, there’s plenty to go around to satisfy every kind of palate.

 

Best Portable Sweet Treat

Filling the void left in our hearts (and stomachs) by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s exit from the metro is the delicious new emporium Uptown Candy in Classen Curve. Stop in here first and leave your order for a chocolate dipped or caramel dipped apple, rolled in your choice of delicious toppings, for a taste suited to your exact craving. If you say “pretty please with sugar on top,” they might even dip your apple in both caramel AND chocolate … divine! A knife and fork wouldn’t be remiss in enjoying this sweet delight, but this is a portable treat if you don’t mind being a little messy. The custom confections have to take a trip to the cooler to set up before you can take them with you, so place your order first thing and come back to pick it at the end of your shopping trip. It will be worth the wait!

Best Hidden Gem

Once we found it, we immediately became big fans of this little diner near 2nd and Coltrane in Edmond. From his cheerful greeting and propensity to check in and chat with patrons to the more-than-ample portion sizes of handcrafted burgers, breakfasts and more he dishes up, many of which are laced with potent green chilies, the owner-slash-chef clearly loves his work. And green chilies. You won’t pay much and you won’t leave hungry; that’s a treasure worth tracking down.

Best New Restaurant
Empire Slice House
Editors' Choice

Photo by Simon Hurst

The Plaza District is having a good year in general, and this pizzeria is a big part of why it’s getting harder and harder to find parking on NW 16th Street. Unmistakable pop aesthetic – album covers, band posters and comic book pages plaster the walls – pairs with a solid beer selection and addictively good New York-style slices or massive whole pies; simple pepperoni or more delectably complex Rocksteady (bacon, gorgonzola cheese and red onion drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction), try it once and you’ll probably be back for more.

Photo by Simon Hurst

Readers’ Choice

Starbucks
Locations nationwide
starbucks.com

Jimmy’s Egg
15 locations in the metro
jimmysegg.com

Seven47
747 Asp Ave, Norman, OK 73069
405.701.8622
seven47.com

Texadelphia
200 S Oklahoma Ave, Ste 110, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405.208.4000
texadelphia.com

Seven47
747 Asp Ave, Norman, OK 73069
405.701.8622
seven47.com

Edna’s
5137 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73118
405.840.3339
ednasokc.com

Nic’s Grill
1201 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
405.524.0999

Nic's Burger by Carli Wentworth

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
2 locations in the metro
fuzzystacoshop.com

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
2 locations in the metro
fuzzystacoshop.com

Benvenuti’s Ristorante
105 W Main St, Norman, OK 73069
405.310.5271
benvenutisristorante.com

S&B’s Burger Joint
5 locations in the metro
sandbburgers.com

Earl’s Rib Palace
6 locations in the metro
earlsribpalace.com

Hideaway Pizza
6 locations in the metro
hideawaypizza.com

Pearl’s Restaurant Group
4 locations in the metro
funfresh.com

Café Icon Sushi and Grill
311 S Blackwelder Ave, Edmond, OK 73034
405.340.8956
thecafeicon.com

Coolgreens
5 locations in the metro
coolgreens.com

La Baguette Bakery & Café
3 locations in the metro
labaguette.com

Big Truck Tacos
530 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
405.525.8226

Mr. Goodcents
Goodcentssubs.com

Gotta Love Those Okies
Editors’ Choice

They inspire us with their talent, humble us with their dedicated service or just make us laugh with their antics. Life here in the Sooner State wouldn’t be the same without the ongoing influence of these local legends, and that’s a sincere compliment.

Baphomet courtesy of @BAPHOMETOKC

Best Local Fake Twitter Account

Remember the firestorm ignited over the Satanic Temple’s petition to place a statue of Satan at the State Capitol? While the constitutionality of religious monuments on Capitol grounds is still being debated through legal channels (and currently lined up for chances at Capitol real estate are at least four other groups, including the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), the Dark One has taken his public relations campaign to social media with a hilarious faux profile, describing himself as “Just a kindly demon lord looking for equality and a home in the Oklahoma State Capitol Building. Don’t stare at my hooves, I’m insecure about them.” Certainly not for the easily offended, this irreverent Twitter feed delivers a decidedly fiery flavor with a clever stream of sarcastic commentary that takes itself none-too-seriously.

Best Local Know-it-All

You know how you might see a news chopper circling overhead and wonder what’s up, or drive by a construction site and try to remember if you know what is being built there? Head right over to Facebook and Twitter to find the answer – you probably have a few people in your circle who are “go-to” know-it-alls, and seem to be in the loop about all the current events (even the ones unfolding this very minute!)

Best Celeb Neighbor

Thirdly, if you were KD’s neighborhood buddy you’d probably run into other awesome celebrities, like Beyonce or his mom Wanda. Secondly, sharing a street with him would mean you’d call The Hill at Bricktown home, and living downtown is certainly not without its charms. Most of all, though, he just seems … well, neat. Most people with his level of fame take pains to isolate themselves from the hoi polloi; KD strikes us as the kind of guy who’d greet his fellow humans and invite us over to watch “Game of Thrones.”

Readers’ Choice

Mick Cornett

David Boren

Horseshoe Road

David Payne

Erielle Reshef

Barry Switzer

Best Performing Artist
Kyle Dillingham
Readers Choice

Photo by Andrea Dillingham

Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood

Ferris O’Brien

Jack & Ron

Bob Barry, Jr.

Jack Fowler

Kevin Durant

Diversions
Editors Choice

A strong economy and an affordable housing market are great assets for
a city, but it’s a vibrant cultural identity that makes that it a rewarding place to live in – and experiencing some of its outstanding things
to see and do doesn’t cost a dime.

 

Best Place to While Away an Afternoon

It can get a trifle warm in the Oklahoma summer, but that’s what the mist fountains, shady benches and snack bar are for. And with practically the whole of the animal kingdom to prowl through, a full day can go by in what seems like the flick of a giraffe’s tail. Being a landing strip for butterflies, watching red pandas push each other out of trees … the zoo is filled with experiences to treasure, and when you’re leaning against a fence to watch a distant tiger sun itself and another emerges silently from the bushes three feet from you … it’s memorable.

Best People-Watching Spot

If you want to people-watch, you have to go where the people are; and with its 140-plus stores ranging from the immense two-story Dillard’s complex to the kiosk where a lone guy hawks RC helicopters, Penn Square exerts a considerable gravitational effect on the populace. All sections of the populace, too: old and young, suited up and dressed way, way down, citizens of every stripe roam through these air-conditioned acres. Grab a beverage or snack from the food court, sit back and revel in the never-ending (until 9 p.m.) spectacle of humanity on parade.

Best Public Art

One thing’s certain: you can’t miss this massive structure overlooking I-40. Not only is it big (197 feet tall) and iconically unmistakable, the soaring addition to the city skyline has a functional component (the bridge at its base will carry pedestrians into a downtown park) and was inspired by our state bird, the scissortail flycatcher. It was even named one of 2012’s 50 best art projects nationwide by the nonprofit Americans for the Arts. Plus, whatever shade admitting this might cast on our maturity and judgment: it’s pretty cool that it lights up.

Photo by Simon Hurst

Readers’ Choice

IAO Gallery
706 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405.232.6060
iaogallery.org

Riverwind
1544 State Highway 9, Norman, OK 73072
405.322.6000
riverwind.com

Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund’s Red Tie Night
okaidscarefund.com

Festival of the Arts
April 22-27, 2014
Downtown Oklahoma City
405.270.4848
artscouncilokc.com

Skirvin Hilton
1 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405.272.3040
skirvinhilton.com

Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405.602.8700
chesapeakearena.com

Photo by Simon Hurst

Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405.236.3100
okcmoa.com

Festival of the Arts
Downtown Oklahoma City
405.270.4848
artscouncilokc.com

OKC Bricktown / River Cruise / Canal
405.236.4143
bricktownokc.com

Oklahoma City Zoo
2101 NE 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
405.424.3344
okczoo.com

Lake Hefner
okc.gov/lakes/hefner.html

Beaver’s Bend
580.494.6116
beaversbendgetaways.com

Best Fulfillment of Our Incredibly High Expectations
OKC Thunder
Editors' Choice

Photo courtesy of OKC Thunder

A playoff run with considerable promise was cut short when Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury. We’ll get ’em next year, we said. Kevin Martin went to the T-Wolves? Just wait, we said. And then Westbrook had another knee surgery and missed 30 games – and we still rolled up the league’s best record by the All-Star break. Even if we don’t bring home the title this year, even if KD doesn’t win the MVP, there’s no denying this season has been an utter blast to watch so far.

Making a Personal Investment
Editors’ Choice

Online commerce might be awesomely convenient, but even if you could have the whole world delivered to your doorstep, you wouldn’t
want to if you had access to shopping options like these.
Here’s where to go when you want to get down to business.

 

Best Place to Find Stuff You Didn’t Know You Couldn’t Live Without

Most Saturday mornings will find the masses awaiting entry to the best locations, a la Best Buy’s Black Friday sale, as estate sales go mainstream. Every sale is different, meaning the inventory is constantly fresh and you never know what you are going to find, but you will rarely walk away empty-handed. Much of the macabre mystique has dissipated with the recognition that used items are an environmentally conscious way to reduce the amount of “stuff” going to landfills, plus the sales are actually helpful to families and they are a way to find really interesting and unique items with a treasure-hunt twist.

Best Movie Theater

An art deco cinema palace with top-tier equipment and plenty of style, the Warren excels at offering options: a concession stand, diner and bar outside the theaters; films in 2D, 3D or IMAX; the choice between stadium seating, a cry room for parents with infants, a plush balcony with reserved seats and menu service, even a lavishly appointed, full-service, private Director’s Suite. If sitting in complete comfort, eating cheese fries and drinking a giant beer while watching a movie is wrong,
we don’t want to be right. 

Photo by Simon Hurst

Readers’ Choice

Mockingbird Manor Antiques
4417 N Western Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73118
405.521.1212

Bob Moore Auto Group
16 locations in the metro
bobmoore.com

Schlegel Bicycles
900 N Broadway, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405.232.4040
schlegelbicycles.com

The Health Club
3720 W Robinson St, #124, Norman, OK 73072
405.329.5050
thehealthclubnorman.com

Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design
109 E Main St, Norman, OK 73069
405.321.1818
misterrobert.com

B.C. Clark Jewelers
3 locations in the metro
bcclark.com

Uptown Kids
5848 N Classen Blvd, #3, Oklahoma City, OK 73118
405.418.8881
uptownkidsstyle.com

Cayman’s
2001 W Main St, Norman, OK 73069
405.360.3969
caymanscollection.com

Steven Giles
5850 N Classen Blvd #1, Oklahoma City, OK 73118
405.607.4633
stevengilesclothing.com

Best Bookstore
Readers' Choice
Full Circle Bookstore
50 Penn Place
1900 NW Expressway,
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
405.842.2900
fullcirclebooks.com

Photo by Simon Hurst

Dr. J. Ashley Hancock,
Classen Dental
4900 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73118
classendental.com

Dr. Tim R. Love
11101 Hefner Pointe Dr, #104, Oklahoma City, OK 73120
405.563.9948
drtimlove.com

New Leaf Florist
2500 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
405.842.2444
newleafflorist.net

Chad Taber, Salon W
7304 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73116
405.608.0692
salonwokc.com

Revel Eight Salon
201 NW 10th St, #125, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
405.702.1688

Lucky Dog Lodge
420 NW 70th St, #A, Oklahoma City, OK 73116
405.848.5733
luckydoglodge.biz

The Webb
2001 W Main St, #103, Norman, OK 73069
405.321.8289
shopthewebb.com

Cottonwood Salon Spa
35 E 33rd St, Edmond, OK 73013
405.340.1700
cottonwoodsalonspa.com

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September 2017

Join us for "From Plant to Paper to Page," a three-day workshop by our upcoming exhibiting artist Megan Singleton! Participants will learn the basics of making paper by hand from local...

Cost: $350

Where:
[Artspace] at Untitled
1 NE 3rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: [Artspace] at Untitled
Telephone: 405.815.9995
Contact Name: Holly Hodge
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A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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This portrait of early Oklahoma revolves around photography from the decades of shots archived by Land Run settler Henry Wantland.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
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This portrait of early Oklahoma revolves around photography from the decades of shots archived by Land Run settler Henry Wantland.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
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A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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This portrait of early Oklahoma revolves around photography from the decades of shots archived by Land Run settler Henry Wantland.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

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This portrait of early Oklahoma revolves around photography from the decades of shots archived by Land Run settler Henry Wantland.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

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A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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OKCMOA’s Roof Terrace gives visitors the ultimate downtown experience every Thursday evening from April through October with live local music, the best views of downtown OKC, a relaxing...

Cost: $5

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Organizations making a positive impact on the health of Oklahomans will be honored at the 2017 Champions of Health Gala. All proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Caring Foundation, a non-profit...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Cox Business Center
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Caring Foundation
Telephone: 855.628.8642
Contact Name: Ben Johnson
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In this installment Jerrod Smith, creator and owner of The Society and Weldon Jack talks about how he balances art and his businesses followed by a performance by Gall.

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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This portrait of early Oklahoma revolves around photography from the decades of shots archived by Land Run settler Henry Wantland.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

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Come find your lost shaker of salt on the Oklahoma River - Hawaiian print shirt optional but recommended! View the evening ferry schedule online for evening departure times, and pay regular...

Cost: $6-15

Where:
All OK River Cruise Landings
Oklahoma City, OK  73109


Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Ever wanted to go to church with your favorite Christian artists? The Big Church Night Out Tour is not your typical tour - it’s going to be a time of meaningful worship that also will include...

Cost: $18-$100

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 South Lewis
Tulsa, OK  74171
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This portrait of early Oklahoma revolves around photography from the decades of shots archived by Land Run settler Henry Wantland.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

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A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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Walk A Mile in Their Boots will help bring awareness to childhood cancer. At The Toby Keith Foundation/OK Kids Korral, we see children fighting the battle of their lives. We are asking our...

Cost: Race $25-$35, Activities: Free

Where:
Chatenay Square
10600 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
, OK  73170
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Sponsor: The Toby Keith Foundation
Telephone: 405-271-6552
Contact Name: Lauren Polchinski
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Join a weekend of the arts in Guthrie, Oklahoma's landmark historic district! Stroll among the artists, taste fine wines from featured wineries, listen to live music at the two bandstands,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Guthrie
Guthrie, OK  73044


Telephone: 405.282.7778
Contact Name: Tera Dahlby
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Saturday cartoons aren’t just for the children anymore. Share the classics with your crew every Saturday on an Oklahoma River Cruise. Kids 6 and under ride free.

Cost: $15 (free for kids 6 and under)

Where:
Exchange Landing
1503 Exchange Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Come find your lost shaker of salt on the Oklahoma River - Hawaiian print shirt optional but recommended! View the evening ferry schedule online for evening departure times, and pay regular...

Cost: $6-15

Where:
All OK River Cruise Landings
Oklahoma City, OK  73109


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Website »

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Witness the miracles at The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital at our inaugural gala event: Miracles on 39th Street. Join us to celebrate our beautiful new four-story, 100,000 square...

Cost: $500

Where:
The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital
6800 N.W. 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK  73008
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Sponsor: The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital
Telephone: 405.789.6711
Contact Name: Melissa Richey
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This portrait of early Oklahoma revolves around photography from the decades of shots archived by Land Run settler Henry Wantland.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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