Best of the 405 2018 - 405 Magazine

Best of the 405 2018

You voted we counted – and we’re delighted to present more than 100 highlights of life in the 405. Cheers!


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!


► 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.




The Jones Assembly






Pie Junkie


Big Truck Tacos



Molly Murphy’s


The Garage


The Butcher BBQ Stand




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




► 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




► 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.




► Readers' Choice

BC Clark


Jackie Cooper BMW


Mathis Brothers


Plenty Mercantile


Tony Foss




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




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




Dr. Leonardo Baez, Midtown Vets




Align Wealth Management


Homes by Taber


Keller Williams


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


Mercy Hospital


Emory Anne Interiors


Modern Environment



► 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