2021 Best of the 405 Winners

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The results are in! 

We asked our readers to vote for their favorite businesses, parks, restaurants and more, and you answered. We have tallied 128,436 votes to give you. the Best of the 405. We’ve thrown in some of our favorite as well! Keep scrolling to see the winners!

 

Arts, Culture & Entertainment 

Art Gallery – Oklahoma City Museum of Art

While its focus is modern art, OKC’s main visual showcase has eclectic traveling installations.

 

Best District – Midtown

A combination of walkability, retail, dining and bars makes this OKC’s most beloved district. 

 

Casino – Riverwind Casino

Tons of tables, as well as a huge theater on the edge on the metro. 

 

Comedian – LaTasha

Mother Mabel Lean is the stage persona of real life comedian LaTasha Featherstone, who riffs on the tensions of life in church vs. streets.

 

Cultural Event – Festival of the Arts 

A sprawling event that celebrates art, music and food. 

 

Dance Studio – Elevate

This studio specializes in training young dancers.

 

Family Attraction OKC Zoo

Not just for families; it’s also a great first date location. 

 

Interior Designer – Jennifer Welch 

Oklahoma City’s celebrity designer is versatile enough to handle any project from very elegant to very livable. 

 

Local Celebrity – Emily Sutton

Her skill on social media has made her a star in more than meteorology. 

 

Local Musician – Edgar Cruz

An immensely talented instrumentalist, Cruz is an OKC institution. 

 

Museum – Science Museum Oklahoma

Hands-on fun and learning for all ages.

 

Music Venue – Jones Assembly 

Country to hip-hop, The Jones has it all, plus booze. 

 

Oklahoma Influencer – Jabee

He has parlayed a music career into influence in many areas of interest, including community advocacy. 

 

Party DJ – 405 Productions

Wedding specialist with great equipment and energy. 

 

Portrait Photographer – Adoralee Boudoir Studio

Tasteful boudoir photography for all women. 

 

Radio DJ – Joey and Heather

celebrating 20 years of excellence on the morning show. 

 

Tattoo Artist  – Shawn Hamm

Exploding in popularity, Hamm handles everything from photorealism to custom designs. 

 

Performing Arts Venue  – Civic Center Music Hall

Still beautiful. Still the best acoustics. Still where you’ll find the ballet. 

 

Videographer – Rachel Findley 

Beautiful professional work from weddings to commercial projects. 

 

Vocalist – Samantha Crain

Crain is a combination of hard work, musicianship, fierce songwriting and a memorable voice. 

 

Staycation Location – Bradford House

Close enough to downtown to be convenient and far enough away to feel like an escape. 

 

Wedding photographer – 405 Brides

Your go-to choice to make sure your wedding is handled. 

 

EDITORS’ PICKS

Best Transformation

Prairie Surf Studios

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To many in the 405, the former Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma

City felt like nothing more than a large, light grey building, often used as a

landmark to guide people to other places. As of Jan. 1, 2021, this building became

home to Prairie Surf Media. Hollywood veterans, actor Rachel Cannon and writer/filmmaker Matt Payne are the minds behind the downtown Oklahoma City production facilities, converting the mammoth building into the largest ClearSpan sound-stage facility in the Midwest.

-Brandon King

 

 

Best Mural 

Abstract Passages by artist Kris Kanaly 

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Kris Kanaly’s use of bold colors and abstract shapes can be seen across OKC and in prints he sells on his website; however, his classic Abstract Passages, located under the railway bridge at E.K. Gaylord Boulevard and Main Street, is an amalgamation of stand-out colors, shapes and designs that provide the viewer with an immersive art experience. No focal points, just the construction of the bridge’s underbelly to provide structure to the varying landscape. By making perception the guide for what an individual sees, Kanaly manages to keep the viewer’s attention both restless and ambitious to see the next thing – a running motif of what defines the Oklahoma spirit.

-Brandon King

 

 

Health & Beauty

Barber Shop Midtown Barbers

Boutique care for men, by men.

 

Cosmetic Surgeon – Tim Love

Oklahoma’s trusted surgeon for small enhancements and complex procedures. 

 

Day Spa – Udander

Comfortable elegance in the heart of the city, inspired by Scandinavian simplicity. 

 

Dentist – Farrow and Dewbre

Orthodontics with state-of-the-art technology, a commitment to hard work and genuine care for patients.

 

Esthetician- Brows by Rylea 

An experienced esthetician specializing in brows & lashes.

 

Eye Lashes Lash by Lash

Lashes on fleek. 

 

Hair Salon – Hair + Co. 

Large enough to be awesome, small enough to care about you. 

 

Hair Stylist Lacey San Nicolas

More an artist than a stylist. She can do it all.

 

Makeup Artist – Brooklyn Henry 

A range of services from date night to competitive events. 

 

Massage Therapist – Jodi Fritts

Licensed medical massage therapist in a soothing setting. 

 

Med Spa – RefineU 

Full service med spa by extremely well trained specialists. 

 

Optometrist – Innovative Eyecare

Handling everything from exams to eyewear for a decade. 

 

Pet Boarding/Grooming – The Paw Spa Elite

Pamper your pet with the best.

 

Unique Fitness – Cyclebar Classen Curve

Oklahoma’s premier cycle spot for all fitness levels. 

 

Veterinarian – 405 Vet Animal Hospital

Worry-free vet care for furry family members.

 

Yoga/Pilates/Barre Studio – Barre3

A challenging and integrated workout for the body and mind. 

 

Chiropractor – Young Life

Genuine care for the patient as well as the person of all ages. 

 

Nail Salon – Polished 

Creativity, simplicity and efficiency live here. 

 

Personal Trainer – HIIT Fitness

Personalized training for athletes of all fitness levels. 

 

Pharmacy – Flourish

More than just a pharmacy; they treat the whole person. 

 

Sports/Orthopedic Rehab – PT Central

Pain management and reduction so you can live the life you want. 

 

Urgent Care – Mercy

Fast, compassionate care when it really matters

 

EDITORS’ PICKS

Best Organic Beauty Products

Salt & Water

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Chelsey Ann opened Salt & Water in 2019 after a successful run as a pop-up in Midtown.  More a holistic wellness boutique than a make-up shop, the Film Row space caters to those who want “your outsides to match your insides” as Chelsey Ann puts it. She thinks of the beauty products she offers as aids to “gentle beauty,” and all are conscientiously sourced, and include nationally recognized brands like Goop, Agent Nateur, and Haoma.

-Emiley Sexton

 

 

Best Hangover Cure

Restore Hyper Wellness

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The driving principle behind Restore at Classen Curve, is that customers should feel better right away. While many of the services are focused on everyone from serious athletes to aging adults who want a more active life, the hangover cure via IV is not to be minimized. We are a nation of chronically dehydrated adults, and overindulging doesn’t help. Restore combines hydration with micronutrients in IV form so you’re ready for whatever the hangover-free day has in store.

-Emiley Sexton

 

 

SHOPPING & SERVICES

 

Antique Shop – Dead People’s Stuff

Go for the name, stay for the stuff. 

 

Auto Shop – Beck’s Garage

A classic garage with excellent customer service. 

 

Body Shops – Collision Works

Nobody is better at getting your car back on the road. 

 

Boutique – Lush Boutique 

Trendy clothing for every budget. 

 

Caterer – Abbey Road Catering

Choose Abbey Road so you have one less thing to worry about.

 

Dispensary – Stability Cannabis

The best combination of knowledge, experience, product and commitment to the community. 

 

Designer Clothing – Balliets 

Oklahoma’s spot for premier designer fashion, accessories and beauty. 

 

Eyewear – Forma

When you believe that eyewear should be art. 

 

Gift Shop – Plenty Mercantile

You’ll find things you didn’t know you needed. 

 

Hotel – 21c Museum Hotel

More than a hotel, it’s food, art and comfort. 

 

Jewelry Store – BC Clark

The Oklahoma standard for more than a century. 

 

Landscaper Total Environment

Family-owned with a focus on your family’s needs. 

 

Heating & Air – Air Comfort Solutions

Reliable, trusted and local. 

 

Law Firm – Seda Law Firm

Specialist in complex transactions, energy and family needs. 

 

Men’s Shoes & Mens Clothing – Blue Seven

The popular choice from gifts to clothing.

 

Pool Company – Caviness Landscape

When you want your pool to be a part of the landscape and not a hole in the ground. 

 

Home Decor Store – BC Clark Lifestyle

You already know you can trust the name.

 

Thrift Store – Bad Granny’s 

An eclectic collection of stuff you haven’t fallen in love with yet,  but will. 

 

Women’s Clothing – Lush Boutique 

 

Women’s Shoes – Betsy King

Shoes you can’t get anywhere else in a setting that you love. 

 

Condo – West Village Apartments 

Interior designed by Best of winner Jennifer Welch and in the heart of downtown’s energy.

 

Custom Closets – BeeNeat

Your Marie Kondo in Oklahoma City.

 

Electrician – Innovative Electric

Twenty-five years of expertise in commercial and residential electrical installations.

 

Furniture Store – Mister Robert

One of the most trusted names in the metro, combining taste, style and fine furnishings. 

 

Roofing Company – Salazar Roofing

They do it fast and they do it well. 

 

Real Estate – Gilchrest Platinum Producers

Trust your home sale to one of the top producing teams in Oklahoma. 

 

Pest Control – Moxie Pest Control

Expert pest control company so you can relax at home. 

 

Plumbing Service – Herman’s Plumbing

Expert work from plumbing to HVAC. 

 

EDITORS’ PICKS

Best Place to Buy Gifts You Won’t Find on Amazon

Black Scintilla

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Black Scintilla opened in 2015 at 1112 N. Walker Ave., in Midtown. Since that time, it has wowed OKC with its collection of clothing and gifts that range from quirky to laugh-out-loud funny to utterly novel. Owner Rachael Gruntmeir built her retail venture on the concept that “no matter the budget size or the body size, every person deserves to feel and look their best.” To that end, sizes run from small to 3X and are available at affordable prices. 

 

-Melissa Mercer Howell

 

 

 

Best Place to Buy Sneakers

The Laboratory OKC

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There’s a scene from the classic movie, The Big Chill, when actor William Hurt’s character puts on running shoes for the first time and declares he’s had a life-altering experience. Good sneakers, indeed, can be life-changing – a fact not lost on the staff of The Laboratory, a local purveyor of rubber-soled bundles of foot happiness. Located in Midtown Plaza Court, The Laboratory carries a variety of brands to satisfy personal style and comfort including Jordan,

Supreme, Nike, Adidas and Travis Scott. And the best part? It’s a consignment shop, so you can share the love when you’re ready to graduate to a new pair of sneakers. 

-Melissa Mercer Howell

 

 

FOOD & DRINK

Bakery – La Baguette

The finest in french pastries and other sweets for nearly a half century. 

 

Barbecue – Swadley’s World Famous Bar-B-Q

Family-owned and operated with a deep commitment to OKC. 

 

Best al fresco (outdoor seating) – Redrock Canyon Grill

Delicious food and a beautiful view of the lake. 

 

Brunch – Neighborhood Jam

The new kid on the block is also the best kid on the block. 

 

Burger – The Garage

Delicious, affordable burgers with outstanding house-made chips. 

 

Chinese – Grand House Asian Bistro

Too many options to list, but show up for the dim sum. 

 

Cocktails – The Jones Assembly

From craft to classic, but try the Disco Nap for sure. 

 

Coffee Shop – Stella Nova

Consistent quality with five locations throughout the metro. 

 

Craft Brewery – Stonecloud

The gold standard in local craft beers. 

 

Diner – Sunnyside Diner

A classic diner with a modern twist. 

 

European – La Baguette

Chef Alain Buthion consistently delivers some of the metro’s best food. 

 

Fine Dining  – Ranch Steakhouse

Great steak and excellent service with an expansive wine list. 

 

Happy Hour – The Jones Assembly

Already a hot spot for several reasons, so it makes sense to add happy hour. 

 

Ice Cream/Frozen Treats – Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Store

It’s about as Oklahoma as it gets.

 

Italian – Gabriella’s italian Grill & Pizzeria

Rustic family-style comfort food.

 

Latin American – Cafe Kacao

Guatemalan with a twist, great coffee and an energetic vibe. 

 

Mediterranean – Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine

One of the oldest, most trusted names in the city for Mediterranean food. 

 

Mexican – Ted’s Cafe Escondido

The metro’s choice for Tex-Mex for decades. 

 

Bartender  – Olivia Perez

Fast and friendly in a high-volume environment.

 

Pizza – Empire Slice House

The Serena Williams of pizza in the 405.

 

Sandwiches – The Mule

Creative, delicious comfort food with an excellent patio. 

 

Seafood / Cajun – Pearl’s

An Oklahoma favorite for more than 30 years.

 

Soul Food – Off the Hook Seafood & More

Rightly famous for their Soul and Southern cooking.

 

Steakhouse – Cattlemen’s Steakhouse

If you get it, you get it. It’s an institution for a reason. 

 

Sushi – Sushi Neko

Selections from very traditional to very modern.

 

Thai – Panang 

A go-to spot for curry and other Thai specialties. 

 

Vietnamese – Pho Lien Hoa 

Truly the mothership of pho in OKC.

 

Wine list – Broadway 10 

Country-club-style options with a slant toward California. 

 

Bar – The Jones Assembly 

A venue with two choices: fun and fast downstairs and slower craft upstairs. 

 

Chef – Andrew Black

His Grey Sweater tasting menu is the pinnacle of elegant dining in OKC. 

 

Takeout – Charleston’s 

From salads to chicken tenders, they do everything right. 

 

Tacos – Big Truck Tacos

Chef Kathryn Mathis is a master at creative flavors and exceptional service. 

 

EDITORS’ PICKS

Best Onion Rings 

Ned’s Starlite Lounge

Philly Homa

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The first rule is the most important rule: the batter has to hold its form. If the batter crumbles, you’re eating onion strings, not onion rings. This was going to be a slam dunk for one of these two, but it just seems fair to categorize them as big onion rings and traditional onion rings. The big onion ring winner is Ned’s Starlite Lounge. They toss them in a dry rub, but they’re delicious without, and you get ranch and barbecue ranch for dipping. The traditional goes to Philly Homa because the form is perfect, the batter is delicious, and one order just isn’t enough.

-Greg Horton

 

Best Swirl

Revolucion!

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It’s always frozen drink season, but they definitely do better in the summer. Next time you’re at Revolucion! for Taco Tuesday (or any other day), ask for the RC Party Punch – yes, the RC is for Rachel Cope. It’s not on the menu, but the ingredients are always there: frozen margarita and frozen sangria swirled together and kept just shy of slushie temperature.

 

-Greg Horton