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Best of the 405 2018

Readers and staff select 101+ metro favorites



 



The results are in – and then some. We asked readers to vote in åour 6th annual Best of the 405 survey, and they responded with enthusiasm, obliterating the previous record for highest number of responses. And when more people register their opinions, the results are even more of a vote of confidence for the winners. We’re delighted to share with you this summary of readers’ top picks for the highlights of life in OKC, Edmond, Norman and surroundings … and we added a few of our own Editors’ Choice selections, as well.

These are the places, people, taste sensations and overall examples of greatness that you (and we) love best about the 405. Enjoy!
 

Dining


► Editors’ Choice
 

The Press

How much deliciousness can you pack into an area that can’t be more than half a square mile, anyway? The pull of the Plaza District grew even stronger in 2017 thanks to the addition of this thoroughly tempting comfort food haven, the third restaurant from the team behind The Mule and Anchor Down. It gets extra points for offering brunch options all day, and for including several vegetarian options alongside its fried chicken and pork belly. (Vegetarians need comfort food, too!) Overall, the environment is cozy, the portions are large and the food is delicious. What more could we want?

 


 


► Readers’ Choice
 

Elemental Coffee Roasters

 

Anthem Brewing Co.

 

Hatch

 

The Jones Assembly

 

Charleston’s

 

Mahogany

 

Pie Junkie

 

Big Truck Tacos

 


 

Molly Murphy’s

 

The Garage

 

The Butcher BBQ Stand

 

Hideaway

 

The Drake

 

The Ranch

 

Sushi Neko

 

Loaded Bowl

 


 

Stella Modern Italian

 

Chae Modern Korean

 

Ted’s Cafe Escondido

 

Cafe Kacao

 

Jason Campbell, Mary Eddy’s

 

Aunt Pittypat’s

 

The Jones Assembly

 

Michael O’Hara, Mary Eddy’s

 

The T Room at The Jones Assembly

 

Cattlemen’s

 



► Editors’ Choice
 

Sean Cummings’ Irish Restaurant

As Best of the 405 time approaches, our staff tends to converse about the readers’ choice categories – hey, we read the magazine, too – and one of our evergreen topics has been the out-of-business restaurant we wish would make a comeback. Turns out we’re going to need a new selection, because the oft-lamented loss of chef Sean Cummings’ eponymous pub is being rectified by the universe. Look for Guinness, boxty and black pudding in a joyfully noisy community atmosphere when it opens in just a couple of months … and for several of us to be front and center. Coming soon to 7628 N May, OKC

 


 

Okies


► Readers’ Choice
 

Mayor Mick Cornett

 

Positive Tomorrows

 

Russell Westbrook

 

Kyle Dillingham

 

My So Called Band

 

Susan Riley

 

Corbyn Rhodes

 

Lance McDaniel

 

Marshall Hawkins, Sundance Photography

 

S. E. Hinton

 



► Editor's Choice
 

Terry Clark

Painting isn’t a new pastime for Dr. Clark; he’s had 18 years of practice and has exhibited watercolors in Santa Fe and Oklahoma City. However, he does have more time to devote to that endeavor these days. After 27 years of helping students develop and hone their journalistic skills as a professor and former chair of UCO’s Mass Communications department, as well as assisting grads in getting journalism, PR and advertising jobs, the distinguished Dr. Clark retired in May 2017. He’s unlikely to stop writing – it’s a hard habit to break after a lifetime of contributing to newspapers and magazines – but now the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Famer should be free more often to blog (Coffee With Clark), tweet (@okieprof), play chess, paint … and drink coffee. Black.

 


 

The Lost Ogle

 

Spencer Hicks

 

David Payne

 

Kelly Ogle

 

Scott Hines

 

Berry Tramel

 

Ferris O’Brien, KOSU

 

Mayor Mick Cornett

 



► Editor's Choice
 

Mick Cornett to David Holt

In OKC’s century-plus history, the average length of a mayoral term is a shade under four years; a child born on Mick Cornett’s first day in office would be finishing up his or her freshman year of high school right about now. The only person to be elected OKC mayor four times is leaving some pretty big shoes to fill.
So it feels like a good sign that his successor will enter office on a tide of public confidence: Former State Sen. David Holt won the mayoral election by a margin of more than 60 percentage points, receiving 78.5 percent of the vote. That’s a solid mandate, and hopefully the beginning of a similarly long and illustrious tenure.

 


 

Shopping


► Readers' Choice
 

BC Clark

 

Jackie Cooper BMW

 

Mathis Brothers

 

Plenty Mercantile

 

Tony Foss

 

Mode

 

Blue Seven

 

Schlegel’s Bicycles

 

Blue Seven

 

Betsy King

 


► Editor's Choice

Commonplace Books

You can walk in and buy a book, yes, but much of the appeal of Commonplace is that it’s uncommon in the best way a bookstore can be: It’s more concerned with individuals, experiences and conversations than moving the most possible copies of a mass-market paperback. Depending on when they arrive, visitors may find live music, kids’ storytimes, an unscheduled group conversation about the difference between spiritualism and religion … or just a quietly snoozing dog. Throughout, the store is permeated with genuine thought and care for the printed word and its power to affect our lives. We’re big fans of Full Circle and Best of Books, but more thriving local bookstores are unequivocally a good thing. 1325 N Walker, OKC, 405.534.4540

 


 

Bad Granny’s

 

Plaza District

 

Midtown Optical

 

Four Star Fitness

 

Ryan Few

 

Crossfit 405

 

405YOGA

 

Dr. Castel Santana, Morfit Medical

 

Nathan Guilford, Toothbrushers Dental

 

Dr Corbyn Rhodes

 

Dr Erik Nuveen, Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates

 

Elyssa Jones, His and Hairs I

 

► Editors' Choice

Lindsey Street, Norman

This was not an overnight success story. Widening Lindsey between the interstate and Berry took more than a year to complete (and the state’s revamp of the I-35 exit stretched on longer than that), and navigating the area ranged from difficult to impossible for much of the duration – which had a severely painful effect on local businesses suddenly stuck in virtually inaccessible areas. But if you haven’t been by lately, go look at Lindsey Street now. Extra lanes, new streetlights, medians, clearly delineated bike lanes, adequate drainage … it’s a whole new road, and one that should be good for the city going forward. Plus, it gives some hope to those of us currently creeping around traffic cones along the new OKC streetcar’s route.

 


 

Chad Grounds, Midtown Barbershop

 

The Cut Salon, Yukon OK

 

Udånder

 

Dr. Leonardo Baez, Midtown Vets

 

BancFirst

 

Align Wealth Management

 

Homes by Taber

 

Keller Williams

 

Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C.

 

Mercy Hospital

 

Emory Anne Interiors

 

Modern Environment

 


Diversions
 

► Editors' Choice

Tower Theatre

New things are great. Sometimes giving vintage things a new lease on life is even better. The efforts to revitalize OKC’s classic 1930s-era Tower Theatre have encompassed a decade and then some, involving multiple combinations of people and principals; that means the operating trio of Stephen Tyler, Chad Whitehead and Jabee Williams can’t quite take all the credit. But in their hands, the venue is humming again with concerts and community events, and it’s difficult to overstate what a boon the impressive results have been for the Uptown 23rd area and beyond. When a November screening of 2001 marked the first film shown here in 32 years, it cemented even more strongly Tower’s triumphant return from squalor to splendor. 425 NW 23rd, OKC, 405.708.6937

 


 


► Readers' Choice
 

JRB Art at the Elms

 

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

 

Festival of the Arts

 

Civic Center Music Hall

 

Lyric Theater

 

Festival of the Arts

 

Red Tie Night

 

The Jones Assembly

 


 

Riverwind Casino

 

Warren Theatre

 

OKC Thunder

 

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

 

21c Museum Hotel

 

21c Museum Hotel

 

Riversport Rapids

 

Beaver’s Bend

 

 

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June 2018

The Salvation Army, in conjunction with Westlake Ace Hardware, is sponsoring a fan drive to benefit needy families in the Oklahoma City area. A kickoff event is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westlake Ace Hardware
11801 S. Western
Oklahoma City, OK  73170
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Sponsor: Salvation Army
Telephone: 913.485.5656
Contact Name: Elaine Symanski
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After Sash is the official after party for YWCA OKC's Purple Sash Gala! Guests will enjoy wine, a cash bar, photo booth, snacks by Whiskey Cake and live music by Drive.  All...

Cost: $30

Where:
The Criterion
500 E Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: YWCA Oklahoma City
Telephone: 405.948.1770
Contact Name: Sami Grega
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Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options, visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Telephone: 918.495.6000
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 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options, visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Telephone: 918.495.6000
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Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options, visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
View map »


Telephone: 918.495.6000
Website »

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Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Join us every Thursday this summer for morning yoga practice while enjoying the beautiful sunrise over Will Rogers Gardens. This class is designed for all skill levels, so grab your...

Cost: $5 per class

Where:
Will Rogers Gardens
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Sponsor: OKC Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 405.297.2279
Contact Name: Becca Leon
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 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options, visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
View map »


Telephone: 918.495.6000
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Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options, visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Telephone: 918.495.6000
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Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
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The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
Website »

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Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
Website »

More information

The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
Website »

More information

Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
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