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Change is in the air.
Uh, huh, we know what you're thinking. So, how many times have you heard the "C" word during this Great Big Election Year? Yea, us too. But look around. Already things are changing. Status quo, for one thing, is on its way out.
There's a new lifestyle brewing out there.
It's all in your way of looking at the current state of affairs. Economic indicators are delivered in downer terms where everything is half-empty.
Let's look at it from a different direction.
The economy isn't tanking, it's re-tooling. The dollar is down, but American optimism is up. The country is looking for something different. We'll find it.
Tulsa is different. We, us, you, our readers are looking for something new all the time. But lucky us. Sure it's Summer, it's hot and it's not letting up.
But so is the Metro Area economy, hot, and raging progressive. These are the good times. Gas is expensive, but we've got the jobs. Salaries are going up, but housing is still reasonable. Areas of the country need rain. We've got more than we can sell.
Downtown, we've got a shiny, bright, new, 18,000-seat arena opening in a few weeks and the prospect of a new baseball stadium right where we said it should be 8 years ago.
We find a lot to celebrate this time of year. Our 18th anniversary, etc.
There's a lot more to celebrate, and this issue is what, simply put, being the Absolute Best of Tulsa means. Your favorite alternative newsweekly is affecting change downtown, on the entertainment scene and affecting the growth and development of the city--for the better.
Year after year, Urban Tulsa Weekly asks our readers to vote on who and what they think are Absolutely Best in Tulsa--the best local celebs, the best bars, the best restaurants and the best merchants. Some of these winners continue to win, year after year, proving they are permanent fixtures in our city. Others come and go. New businesses open with the promise to be just what Tulsa needs, win an award and are gone again the next year.
Regardless of longevity, all on our Best of list have somehow affected Tulsa, enough for UTW readers to take notice and honor them with a vote.
We've figured out that those who win year after year do so, not only because they are such mainstays of the city, but also because there is no real competition for those businesses. Sure, there are hundreds of bars in and around Tulsa, but there must not be a bar comparable enough to some of our winners to provide any real competition--otherwise, the same bar wouldn't win year after year.
Not all of the categories were won by landslides, though. Some of the votes were very, very close, with only a handful of ballots separating the winners from the runners up. We're excited when that happens because it means, in certain venues, Tulsans have plenty to choose from. And they know who they like. These Tulsans have some pretty strong opinions.
So, newbies, take note--find out what these guys are doing right and apply it to your own business. And if you don't find yourself on this list this year, keep truckin'. Maybe we'll see you next.
Without further ado, we give you the biggest, the most complete, the most thorough, the most extensive, the real, the one and only Absolute Best of Tulsa.
The Urban Tulsa Weekly website is the digital version of Tulsa's only independent news weekly, so it's got all the news, entertainment and commentary that have made the weekly paper so great, along with numerous web-specific bells and whistles. For instance, you can read archived articles for background on today's news and events, use the search engine to dig up dirt on specific topics, and leave comments about issues important to you.
Tom Kivisto is the CEO, president and co-founder of the Tulsa-based international crude oil service company SemGroup. He was featured in one of our cover stories in May, just after his company sponsored the LPGA Championship. Along with his business acumen and golf patronage, Kivisto is also a modest but avid benefactor of Project Single Parent, the Tulsa Ballet and a host of other endeavors in both charity and art.
City Councilor with Most Potential
Newcomer Eric Gomez won election to represent Tulsa's City Council District 4 last spring. The Republican defeated incumbent Democrat Maria Barnes after running on a platform of street repair, code enforcement and economic development. Since Gomez represents a district that includes downtown and midtown--both hot-spots of past and potential development--it will be interesting to see how the freshman councilor carries out his own potential.
Michael Bates, Urban Tulsa Weekly's own uber city news geek and pundit extraordinaire, is the man. With his encyclopedic knowledge of Tulsa's history and of the inner workings of city and county government and his piercing insight into the goings on of the city's elite, his weekly columns are often a source of both dread and delight to local leaders. The man is a machine, though, so a weekly column is hardly enough of an outlet for him to say all that he has to say, nor for readers to get their regular fix of his words and wisdom. So, there's always his blog at Batesline.com.
Favorite Radio Personality
Phil and Brent, 97.5 KMOD
Really? Are you surprised? Two years ago, we threatened to do away with this category completely because these two morning mouths have won it so many times it seems almost futile to continue to allow our readers to vote on it. But we received such an outpouring of angst in response to our proposal to retire the category that we continue to let you nominate and elect these guys as your favorite radio personalities. And we know why you do--they're rude, crude and f*ing hilarious. Congrats, guys, again.
Chuck and Greg, Z104.5 The Edge
Rich Fisher, Public Radio Tulsa KWGS
Most Annoying Public Person
Know what dad won't do? Congratulate his little girl for being one of the most irritating characters in the city. Nominated last year but beat out by our honorable mayor, Kristin received enough votes to send her to the top, surpassing the likes of Mayor Taylor, Paul Tay and Biker Fox. She should be excited, though, to know that her presence as a spokesperson for her dad's car lot has boosted her celebrity status enough to land her on this list.
Mayor Kathy Taylor
Most Generous Corporation/Business
The best gifts are the ones that keep on giving. QuikTrip does exactly that with its numerous gifts dedicated to the city each year. Most recently, Chet Cadieux and the gang over at QT are building a new park at 41st and Riverside. Of course, they also give the gift of quality gasoline, quality fountain drinks and quality taquitos each and every day of the year.
Pro Sports Team
The Drillers are proof a team can come home again. Even if they never left. Catch'em at the 15th and Yale location for old time's sake.
Radio Station for Music
Z104.5 The Edge
Not only is KMYZ the only Modern Rock station left in Tulsa, it was also the top-rated station of it's kind in the US during the first quarter of 2008. Where else can you hear anyone from Metallica to Alkaline Trio or new bands like Carolina Liar? Add the fact that The Edge is a long-time supporter of local music with programs like HomeGroan on Sunday nights and the launch of TulsaOriginalMusic.com within the past six months and it's easy to see why T-Town loves The Edge.
Radio Station for News
The conservatives have it again, winning Best News Radio Station yet again. Tune your dial here to listen to the likes of Neal Boortz, Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and even Paul Harvey (three times a day, like any square meal).
Radio Station for Talk
National Public Radio's local station at 89.5 FM broadcasts from the University of Tulsa campus. They bring Tulsans coverage of local and national issues, as well as all the staples, like "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition" and "Day to Day" that have made NPR an internationally renowned source of news and commentary.
True Public Servant
Mayor Kathy Taylor
Mayor Kathy Taylor has often stated that Tulsa, and downtown Tulsa in particular, won't be recognizable in five years. At the rate she's going to infuse her "new kind of energy" into the city, she might be right. Between her plans to turn the One Technology Center into the new City Hall, to build a new Drillers baseball stadium at the hub of the Brady, Blue Dome and Greenwood districts, as well as various and sundry other plans and projects, Tulsa might be seeing a new skyline and economic fortune before her time in office is through.
TV Channel for Entertainment
American Idol, The Simpsons, Family Guy and even Seinfeld reruns. All this and you don't have to give your left arm to the cable company. Maybe UTW needs a show on this channel...
KOTV Ch. 6
KTUL Ch. 8
TV Channel for News
KOTV Ch. 6
They've got local news, sports and weather, but the News On 6 team doesn't stop there. They also have Trav's Backyard Barbecue and "Gimme the Mike!" The news crew at KOTV 6 also has SkyNews 6--the only station-owned television news helicopter in Tulsa.
KJRH Ch. 2
KTUL Ch. 8
Provisions and Purveyors
Tulsans agree--downtown is somehow getting cooler. The Tribune Lofts are a good option for those who really want to commit to this whole "new urbanism" thing. The lofts are a mix of historical character and modern convenience--they're housed in the former home of the Tulsa Tribune. Though the building went up in 1924, it's been fully renovated and has proved a popular introduction to urban loft-style living.
Vintage on Yale
Westport on the River
Jim Norton Toyota
If you've got a Toyota and you need it repaired, Jim Norton Toyota is apparently the place to get it done. Whether body work from a fender bender, routine maintenance or repairs for wear and tear, Norton boasts "the industry's best factory-trained technicians along with the highest quality equipment to service your vehicle."
And by the way, just to clear up some long-standing confusion--this is not the same Jim Norton running Downtown Tulsa Unlimited, the private, non-profit group responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the city's central business district.
Bill's Quality Automotive
Bed & Breakfast
Located at the meeting point of downtown and midtown, the McBirney Mansion is Tulsa's favorite for getaways, weddings, and corporate retreats. Its elegant rooms and suites preserve the historical character of the mansion, which was built in 1927, while also providing guests with modern amenities and a scrumptious breakfast.
Cedar Rock Inn
Inn at Woodward Park
In a world of $4--and rising--gasoline, we might all have to fall back on an alternative mode of transportation in the not-too-distant future. Lucky for us, we've got Lee's Bicycles here in Tulsa. With a crack team of bicycle experts, Lee and his crew have the mechanical know-how, equipment and enthusiasm to service Tulsans into the beginning days of the post-gasoline era.
Andy B's Riverlanes
Recently renovated (like, super recently), Riverlanes is a place where a strike is a good thing, a turkey is a really good thing and bed posts are exceptionally bad. With a full bar, snack shop and a new go kart track, it's hard to beat Riverlanes.
With 13 years of quality service and the best in mobile audio equipment under its belt, Car Toys has become THE go-to store for car audio and electronics. Whether you're looking for a decent sound system for your jeep, tweaking out Mom's Lexus or building a competition level street machine, you need not look any farther than 68th and Memorial. Labor Day weekend will even see Car Toys host the T-Town Invitational with a regional USACI soundoff on Saturday, August 30 and the $10K Sound Quality Challenge on Sunday.
Who has time to clean anymore? The Merry Maids of Oklahoma do, and they are happy to customize their services to suit your cleaning needs. Since 1983, the Maids have been working with your schedule to find a time to clean all those nooks and crannies that have been gathering dust since 1982.
Cooking Supply Store
The Stock Pot
For 22 years, The Stock Pot/Smalley Equipment Co., has been in the business to not only outfit the home chef, but Tulsa's professional chefs as well. This winner is the perfect place to find all the pots and pans, gizmos and gadgets for anyone interested in cooking, baking and entertaining.
Tulsa Teachers Credit Union
TTCU offers banking, investment and loan services to all Tulsans--not just teachers. Online services, helpful tellers and low interest rates make this credit union our readers' Absolute Favorite.
We've got to hand it to the Mathis brothers. They've taken the "big box store" idea to heart, and Tulsans love 'em for it. A huge selection of in stock furniture items makes it hard for anyone else in town to even compare. Not in love with a certain entertainment center? Well, walk around the next corner. Don't like that one? Keep going, you'll find one.
Game Shop for Video/Computer
Sure, you can get used video games from other places, but why would you? The prices are generally better and the selection... The selection! Doesn't matter how old your video card is or whether or not you're running the original Xbox or the N64, you can get games and gear for it at Vintage Stock. It's a no-brainer to catch this award.
Southwood Landscape & Nursery
With 25 years under its belt, Southwood is Tulsans' favorite spot for keeping their yards up with the Jones's. Want your house to look like Philbrook? Southwood can help. Well, not with the giant mansion thing, but your garden will look pretty awesome.
Ted and Debbie's
Under the Sun
LaFortune Park Golf Course owns this category. It bludgeons the competition with a precise 4-iron. Let's compare the scenery--sexy joggers or stuffy straw hats. Choose your course wisely.
Southern Hills Golf Course
When buying a new hookah or other, um, smoking accessories, Tulsans love Starship. With the huge selection of pipes, flavored rolling papers and novelty lighters this is where Tulsa gets groovy. They even have an adult novelties section. Beam us up.
Voted best jewelry store, Moody's offers Oklahoma's largest selection of diamonds, precious gems, and custom-designed jewelry. Whether you're seeking to placate your significant other, indulge yourself, or pop the big question, Moody's probably has what you're looking for.
Bruce G. Weber
Local Clothing Store
Chrome Clothing Co.
They may have changed locations, but Chrome hasn't changed whatever it is they're doing that keeps you shopping and voting them number one. It's now at 1338 E. 15th and still offering great buys for guys and girls. Especially their denim selection. Are they winning by word of mouth or is it a hot ass in a pair of Chrome jeans that's doing all the talking?
At AMC, there are a lot of really big screens with comfy chairs, cold auditoriums and sound systems loud enough to make your ears bleed--there's no better place in Tulsa to immerse yourself in a movie. That, and it's not hurting for cinematic selection, either. You can catch everything from the latest blockbuster to the adored independent film. It's not the new kid on the block anymore, but it's still got it where it counts.
Music Store for Instruments
Saied Music Company
Saied Music is the Absolute Best when it comes to helping kids (and adults) fulfill their musical dreams. Since 1946, the store has been uniting possible prodigies with piccolos. Whether you need a beginner flute, a drum kit, or a $40,000 Bechstein grand piano, Saied can help you out.
Music Store for Vintage & Vinyl
Let's face facts--if you're still into collecting records, yours is a vanishing people, a minority. So it's important then that you find someplace that takes your fetish seriously, that takes pains to collect your drug of choice and present it with variety and order. Vinyl collectors, you know beyond a certainty where to score your next hit, even if it was from 20 years ago... Vintage Stock. After all, they don't call it vintage for nothin'.
Under the Mooch
Salacious, sensual, seductive or downright sexy--it's all behind the doors of Priscilla's... and possibly behind the bedroom doors of the UTW readers who voted it the naughtiest business. There are trois locations in Tulsa. (That means three, but we're sure you kinky people already knew that.)
(tie) Whole Foods and Petty's Fine Foods
Everyone loves a good neighborhood market. Whole Foods and Petty's Fine Foods serve this niche by offering quality food products and home items in a warm and inviting environment. Both grocery stores also guarantee friendly, smiling faces from their employees.
Place to Buy a Motorcycle
(tie) Myers-Duren Harley Davidson and Route 66 Harley Davidson
Anything that ain't a Harley ain't worth having, apparently, according to UTW readers. Both Harley Davidson dealers were worthy of readers' votes for Absolute Best. Both offer a fine selection of Hogs and play host to various events around town.
Place to Buy a New Car
Jackie Cooper Imports
You know, readers aren't the only ones who love Jackie Cooper Imports. The parking lot at Urban Tulsa Weekly mirrors the lot at the Jackie Cooper dealership in south Tulsa. When you need a Benz, possible a Porsche, a reliable Volvo, or a classy Infiniti, swing by 93rd and Memorial.
Don Carlton Honda
Jim Norton Toyota
Place to Buy a Used Car
(tie) Jim Norton Toyota and Jackie Cooper Imports
They've got Tacomas and Tundras, Land Cruisers and 4Runners, Siennas, Camrys and Corollas. And if you're in the market to buy a used or. . . ahem! pre-owned Toyota model, Jim Norton's got fleets and fleets of them.
Place to Buy Strong Beer
Fred Parkhill's Liquor & Wines
Until Oklahoma lawmakers decide to loosen up on the liquor laws a bit, Tulsans will continue to be forced to buy warm beer from a liquor store before 9pm if they want to get any kind of buzz outside of a bar. Our readers have obviously scouted the best places to buy said beer, and Fred Parkhill's is it. Really, the place is so big, you could probably find just about anything with alcohol content there.
Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits
Place to Buy Undergarments
Is it the semi-annual sales that make Victoria's Secret so irresistible when it comes to undergarments? The convenience that it's located in both Promenade and Woodland Hills Malls? Or maybe it's just the lure of finding a store to indulge in nice items for all your naughty parts.
Tru to You Bra Salon
Place to Buy Wine
Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits
Tulsans love Ranch Acres for its giant selection of literally thousands of labels from around the world. But having a gigantic selection isn't enough to win the hearts of true wine aficionados. Ranch Acres prides itself on customer service. Wanna know a good wine from Chile to go with that chicken linguini dish? They'll hook ya up. You can even fax them your dinner party menu and they'll come up with some great pairings.
B & B Liquor Warehouse
Real Estate Company
Since 1977, Patterson has been the realtor Tulsans have trusted with their home buying and selling needs. In fact, Patterson tried to find a place for the Golden Driller to live but he decided to stand perfectly still outside the fairgrounds forever. To each his own, or whatever.
McGraw Davisson Stewart
Chinowth & Cohen
Gas prices? Not cool. Saving gas money by owning a scooter? Super cool. Tulsa Scooters, 3024 E. 15th St., takes the wheel (or should we say handlebars?) on this ABoT category year after year. They buy, sell and service scooters from all different makes and models. Take off, Tulsa, and don't forget your helmet!
Vespa of Tulsa
Owner Mary Beth Babcock works hard to bring a unique collection of gifts, home décor and furnishings to her downtown boutique. More importantly, she fills her shop with as many locally created and designed goodies as possible. Dwelling Spaces is a great place to find that one-of-a-kind gift or plenty of "I Love Tulsa" tees.
Sporting Goods Store
Academy Sports and Outdoors
Hunting, fishing, athletics? You name it, they've got it. Academy is like the Wal-Mart of sporting goods. That's a good thing.
Bass Pro Shop
Sun & Ski Sports
VCA Woodland Central
VCA Woodland Central was Tulsa's resounding choice for the best veterinary clinic to help sick or injured pets. The clinic is convenient too, with early drop-offs and late pick-ups. They even do acupuncture!
Hecht Vet Clinic
Stone Bluff Cellars
Owner/vintner and chief wine maker Bob McBratney applies his personal touch to every grape, barrel and bottle at Stone Bluff, creating the flavorful, award-winning wines so unique to Oklahoma. Stone Bluff not only woos crowds with the wine, but the scenic sights which surround the vineyard are cozy, romantic and relaxing--taking the visitor away from the world, even if for just a brief time.
Vintage Clothing Shop
Vintage is so in right now and Tulsans are totally up on the trend. Cheap Thrills is the go-to spot for all things classic and timeless. Why own what everyone else is wearing when Cheap Thrills has all the old school patterns, materials and labels you need to look totally emo and totally hip. Records, posters, shoes and other accessories abound the colorful walls of this 15th Street hotspot.
Deco to Disco
Ankle Biters, Ma & Pa
Philbrook Art Museum
Philbrook is the leading institution for art education programs in the city. Children (and adults!) should always have the option of fostering those creative skills that exercise the right brain. What better setting to do this than the picturesque surroundings of Philbrook?
Tulsa Girls Art School Project
Highly competitive and internationally distinguished, the Tulsa Ballet trains and showcases some of the finest ballet dancers in the nation. Tulsa Ballet has crossed the finish line of a long and successful three-phase construction plan, reaping the rewards of new studios, classrooms, and other facilities. With the addition of Studio K, Kivisto Hall, no other dance school is better prepared to showcase its students' talent, either!
The Dance Pointe on Cherry Street
Jenks Dance Academy
Miss Shelley's School of Dance
Local Summer Camp
A police officer, American Indian chief, cowboy, construction worker, leatherman and military man walk into a gym. Lucky for them, the Y offers amenities ranging from ball courts to swimming pools for their inner macho man (or woman).
Saied Music Company
For Tulsans, Saied isn't just a music store, it's an icon. Established in 1946, Saied offers quality service and products, whether you're looking for pianos, drums, guitars, band instruments or lessons.
Barthelmes Music Conservatory
Brook Fine Arts
Place for Family Fun
All-you-can-eat pizza, indoor go carts, video games, bowling and put-put. Family fun. Look it up.
School, Specialty Tutoring/Remedial
Sylvan Learning Center
Whether it's long division or SAT prep that's stymieing your student, the Sylvan Learning Center has a tutor to help. Sylvan is Tulsa's favorite resource for rescuing reluctant readers and inspiring students to reach their potential.
Kumon Math and Reading
Tunes, Arts & Culture
Living Arts of Tulsa
Living Arts continues to be ahead of the pack in offering the cream of contemporary art in Tulsa. Where else can you find a festival celebrating genre-bending forms of art, a summer camp for children, 24-hour video races and bizarre installations? Nowhere.
M.A. Doran Gallery
Of all the Tulsa-area organizations poised to catapult our city into the limelight, none is more on point than Tulsa Ballet. The organization taps talent from all over the globe, making artistic partnerships with many big ballet names and lending credibility to our fair city. It helps, too, that they put on one heck of a show.
Few things suck more than cancer. This favorite local charity is dedicated to fighting cancer with an attitude. With events like the Tulsa Big Wheel Race and annual Poker Runs, Cancer Sucks is a charity to get behind
Waltz on the Wild Side
When locals are looking for a guaranteed party and good time with live music, The Plumbers always deliver. Whether you're looking to hear "Brick House" the gazillionth time, rockers like Rage Against the Machine and Lenny Kravitz or the top dance numbers by Kanye West, these guys have got all bases covered.
Beer. Beer. Beer. Brats. And more beer. As long as the tents stay put, the chicken will dance, the almonds will roast, the Ferris wheel will turn and good times will be had by all. Every year Tulsa celebrates one of the largest, most authentic German festivals in the country. Prost!
Blue Dome Arts Festival
Tulsa's favorite female vocalist has no limitations. Although she's best known for her vocal jazz stylings and an occasional foray into bluesy numbers, this veteran of the annual "Divas" concert at the PAC can burn down a pop number in her own way and has proven her worth standing next to three generations of Tulsa's First Ladies of music. If you haven't heard her yet, all you need to do is open your ears.
Live Theater Group
Eye Candy Burlesque
Eye Candy Burlesque
Ooh, la, la. These ladies have been dancing in Tulsa for two years now, putting the tease back in striptease and garnering a fan base big enough to fill Drillers Stadium (meanwhile, the Drillers themselves are having trouble filling Drillers Stadium). It's funny, though, that the same readers who voted conservative KRMG Best News Radio Station also voted Tulsa's only burlesque troupe Best Live Theater Group. We know, we know--you're complicated.
Local Jazz Musician
Although Grady has worked with artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Sting and Chris Botti, he's still a Tulsa boy at heart. In fact, he even opted to work on his latest CD, Take Me With You, right here in T-town with Zac Maloy, expanding his musical palette to blend jazz, pop and rock sensibilities.
Local, Indie Produced Album
No other established band in Tulsa is as hard-working as Callupsie. And their particular brand of indie jazz-punk is one of the most unique sounds to emerge from the city in quite some time. Produced by Stephen Egerton over just two sessions (the entire album took a total of several days to record), the debut is a ridiculously catchy collection of pop tunes (pop in the best sense) that is just waiting to be played on college stations across the country. To boot, they're four of the nicest musicians you'll ever meet. You all chose well on this one.
PDA: Act II
Surprise, surprise. Tulsa's favorite adopted son not only won American Idol, he overthrew perennial favorite Ben Kilgore to take this honor, making him an ABoT winner for two years in a row (last year he won Best Local Indie Produced Album for his solo release Analog Heart). Between this and American Idol (and we all know which is the more distinguished honor--Idol is for the birds), he's on top of the world.
After 2007, DFest should be synonymous with pushing the boundaries of the local music landscape. After a banner year that included a victory lap by Oklahoma cult heroes The Flaming Lips, what could the Festival possibly have up its sleeve for 2008? How about The Roots, All American Rejects, Zappa, Paramore and Helmet? And that's just the beginning. No self-respecting music fan in Green Country will miss DFest this year.
They may be young, but the boys of Crooked X are no strangers to the spotlight. Besides appearing on TV, signing a media development deal with legendary managers Doc McGhee and Spencer Proffer and sharing the stage with the likes of Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper and Kiss, the band even landed a song on the breakout videogame Rock Band and has been rumored to be negotiating a reality show deal. None of that wouldn't matter, though, if these guys didn't know how to rock.
First Lady Assassins
These guys make commercial modern rock look good (as much as that's possible). Though they've been around for a few years, they're just starting to hit their stride, and now's the perfect time to honor them with the "up-and-comers" award. The sky's the limit from here.
I Said Stop!
Heart & Soul
Just Another Hole
Psychology plays an important role in human decision making. It is therefore safe to assume that Tulsans like Just Another Hole because of its disarming, non-threatening name. If it were called "Needle in Your Face," the place just wouldn't be that popular. Oh, they also have a great staff and sweet selection of body jewelry.
Brookside Body Piercing and Tattoo
Gym or Health Club
St. John Siegfried Health Club
Reason No. 47 you should work out at St. John: If you keel over from exhaustion, some of the city's best doctors are merely moments away.
Sky Fitness & Wellbeing
Thornton Family YMCA
Marilyn Ihloff Salon and Day Spa
Marilyn Ihloff winning this category for the gazillionith year in a row is not nearly as exciting as getting a great haircut. Summer is here. Cool off with a good trim by some seriously talented professionals.
Health Foods Store
Akin's Natural Foods Market
For some people, food is a matter of convenience--for others, choosing what to eat is a little more serious. Akin's is voted the Absolute Best health food store for its selection of organic produce, soy-free and gluten-free foods, and its huge variety of vitamins, supplements, and natural and organic bath products.
Massage and Day Spa
Spa at Southern Hills
Spa at Southern Hills, within the Southern Hills Marriott Hotel, is Tulsa's favorite destination for facials, hair removal, hydrotherapy, massage and more. The spa's elegant and soothing atmosphere is a luxurious antidote to, well, life.
Marilyn Ihloff Salon and Day Spa
Dr. Zoellner and Associates
It seems that UTW readers really love Dr. Z. For the sixth year in a row, this optometry and glasses emporium is Tulsa's favorite. Considering their two convenient locations, friendly staff, and $99 specials, it's no surprise that Dr. Z and his crew are so beloved.
Dr. Greg Ratliff, Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa
Before plastic surgery, those unhappy with their appearances had to either deal with them or try to improve them the au naturale way--with lots of exercise and makeup. Now, with the swish of a knife or a laser, you can look any way you want. But you want someone with a steady hand, a keen eye for detail and a commitment to excellence. Tulsa, you voted, and Greg's your guy. So if you need new boobs, a nose, or something--anything--lifted, call him.
Dr. Mark L. Mathers, Center for Plastic Surgery
Shortest Wait in Hospital ER
We trust our readers here at UTW and we know you would never just randomly vote for the shortest ER wait without trying all of the ERs in Tulsa first. Kudos to Southcrest. When you've got a nail in your foot you really don't want to have to wonder if they'll have good reading material for the wait. We suggest keeping a copy of the newest Urban Tulsa Weekly on your person at all times. You never know.
St. John Medical Center
At the Beach
While the commercials really do "annoy the freak out of me," readers disagree, voting At the Beach top spot again. Yes, there are six (nearly seven) locations throughout Tulsa and Broken Arrow, but it might just be the names of the equipment that make you love At the Beach. Mega, Extreme, Turbo--whatever your skin can take, it all sounds badass.
Just Another Hole
Those once aching for a d-bag tag or tramp stamp had to cross state lines. Now, not only can you get some impressive ink in some unique places, tattoo enthusiasts only have to go far as 1320 W. Kenosha in Broken Arrow to Just Another Hole. Any doubters need only check their online portfolio at www.justanotherhole.com. Three cheers to the owner of the Conan O'Brien tattoo.
Hangouts & Booze
18th & Boston Bar
Even if Merc hadn't won Best 18th and Boston Bar, we'd have voted it Most Original Venue, with its unapologetic inclination toward all things rockabilly, its juke box that plays everything but Top 40, its concert calendar packed with bands you've either never heard of or probably wouldn't see anywhere else and its cold, cold beer. Probably all the same reasons you voted it Best.
Bar for Girlie Drinks
Full Moon Café
And that's why the girlies go there. That, and Ben Kilgore on Sunday nights.
Loren Lee, Crawpappy's
Miss Loren enjoys the smell of stale beer, drunk men hitting on her and the all-you-can-eat spaghetti on Tuesdays. Well, she must, right, to bartend at Crawpappy's? And it's a good thing she does because Crawpappy's--and our readers--love her. Quick with a Bud and a smile, Loren's been slinging beer at Pappy's for more than a year now. You can usually catch her at lunch or on the occasional weekend. And, the more you tip, the better bartender she is.
Lelan Harry, Blue Turtle
P.J. Evans, Buckaneer Bar
James E. McNellie's Public House
Yes, the beer menu is a little intimidating but isn't that kind of the point for this category? Tulsans love selection and McNellies' has got it. Bit of advice: pick two or three obscure beers that you like and just order them every time. Make sure one of the beers comes in a giant bottle. Your friends will think you're an old pro.
Crow Creek Tavern
For yet another year in a row, Crow Creek Tavern is Tulsa's favorite Biker Bar. When the weather is warm, the stretch of Brookside pavement in front of Crow Creek is crowded with souped-up bikes, and the bar overflows with cold drinks and plentiful food. The Tavern's motto is "Eat No Crow," but luckily they provide plenty of onion rings and quesadillas to satiate your hunger instead.
Ed's Hurricane Lounge
Blue Dome District Bar
This was a close one, so many good bars to choose from. Arnie's does actually have a blue dome, which helps for this category, plus it has a laid back atmosphere and live Irish music all the time. A winning combination? Tulsa thinks so.
Brady District Bar
With a motto like "Helping Ugly People have Sex since 1995," who could resist Caz's in the Brady District? Apparently, plenty of Tulsans share Caz's sentiment, since it's been voted a favorite. Seriously, though, Caz's has nightly specials, is conveniently near other downtown entertainment and has a live in-bar webcam that's updated every 30 seconds. What more could you want?
Lola's at the Bowery
If you can't seem to shake all the good times you had in high school, swing on by Brookside Bar. Weekends play host to high school reunions for Tulsa's private school graduates. Weekdays bring in all types of people looking to quench their thirst with a mini pitcher of ice cold Blue Moon. Serving a variety of crowds is working out well for the Absolute Best Brookside bar.
Casino for Live Entertainment
Cherokee Casino and Resort
Last year, Cherokee took all of the casino categories, hands down. While readers spread their love around this year, Cherokee still won by a landslide for its live entertainment, and it's no wonder. With four bars boasting local live music and something going on every night, Cherokee is definitely a hotspot, even for the non-gambler. Check Urban Tulsa's Live Music listings to see who's playing tonight. (Cherokee will also host Urban Brew Rendezvous 2008 in September. Talk about entertainment. But, more on that later.)
Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino
Casino for Table Games
Cherokee Casino and Resort
Whether it's poker, roulette, craps, Texas Hold 'em, Seven-Card Stud or blackjack, the Cherokee Casino is UTW readers' favorite place for casino table games. With its 36 poker tables, the Cherokee Casino boasts the "busiest and best poker room in the mid-south," along with 37 other tables, including a variety of other games.
Creek Nation Casino
Casino to Play Slots
Creek Nation Casino
They know why you play--because you're addicted. Just kidding. Because, apparently, they have the best slots in town. Whether you bet a penny, a quarter or all of last month's rent, Creek's slots will keep you entertained, even if they don't make you rich. (And, if you are addicted, don't worry--you're not alone. Hundreds of folks voted in this category, so chances are, you're in good company. But the number's 1-800-GAMBLING, if you need it.)
Cherokee Casino and Resort
Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino
Depending on the day, bottles of beer start at $1.50 and cans can run you a buck or more. Drink prices vary, though, depending on the day, but something is always on sale. P.J. invents the daily shot specials, and we're pretty sure she invents the shots, too. Our favorite? Something called "Snarkleberry" . . .
Full Moon Cafe
Cherry Street Bar
Full Moon Cafe
We're pretty sure Full Moon built its cool new outdoor patio/bar just so it would win this category (last year Gray Snail had the upper hand). Congrats, guys, it worked. Oh, you built the patio to better serve your customers? Well, whatever. Congrats anyway.
Gray Snail Saloon
Club for Blues
When looking for a live blues club, Tulsans in the know head to Blues City Bar and Grill at 31st and Mingo, where the weekends regularly feature local blues stalwarts like the Bluehemians, David Skinner, Ricki Preston, Scott Ellison and Steve Pryor. The Absolute Best of Tulsa, yet again.
Club for Cover Bands
Whether you're there to find a fight or a hook-up, one thing's for sure: you'll have some kickass Nickelback covers providing a world-class soundtrack. Fishbonz is the south Tulsa spot for beer, babes and, according to UTW readers' votes, cover bands. Its popularity is evidenced by its packed house every weekend.
Club for Jazz
SoChey Jazz Cafe
Having opened less than a year, this first time ABoT winner is bringing Tulsans back to downtown. SoChey not only offers exquisite dining in a cozy setting in the basement of the Wright Building on South Cheyenne, but also the smooth sounds of jazz. Local entertainers perform Thursday through Saturday, bringing the dining experience to a higher level.
Jazz Hall of Fame
Club for Original Live Music
Without a stage, hardly any room for a band, rather poor acoustics and a PA system that could use a tune-up, Soundpony pulls off some of the best original shows Tulsa has to offer. The energy in the bar during a live show is undeniable, not to mention contagious. The Main Street bar holds out a hand for young up-and-coming bands to grab onto as they work hard on earning a spot on the cover of Urban Tulsa Weekly.
Exit 6C/Blank Slate/Capella's
Damn, our ears are still ringing and our hips still aching from all the techno-listening, ass-shaking fun we had last night at Club Majestic. Seriously, though, four nights a week, non-stop dancing. Worth the win.
Tulsa's master mash-up artist was a shoo-in for this honor. Between his monthly Revolution gig at Soundpony and his reputation as Tulsa's best party DJ, Moody has been able to cross-pollinate the indie-underground with the radio mainstream, and for this feat alone, he deserves the honor.
This is not a surprise. The dynasty that is Elliott Nelson's began with this First Street pub. It's a solid bar that offers solid beers, solid bar food, solid games, occasionally solid tunes and a solid headache the next morning.
Happy Hour is just happier at the Elephant Run. With two-for-one drink specials and inexpensive appetizers, it's Tulsa's favorite place to unwind after a grueling day.
Hip Hop Club
"I said a hip, hop. The hippie, the hippie to the hip, hip hop. You don't stop the rock it to the bang, bang boogie. Say up jumped the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat," said Sedrick Bateman.
Hole in the Wall Bar
Don't blink or you'll miss it. The Buck is home to TU students and lifetime drinkers alike--no matter what night you patronize the place, you're bound to be astounded by the diverse crowd you find. Somebody must have let the cat out of the bag, though, because this is the second year Buckaneer's been voted Best Hole in the Wall. Soon, it'll be "Best Place Everyone Knows About But Still Looks Like a Hole in the Wall."
Karaoke should be this bar's middle name but "Elephant Karaoke Run" just sounds funny. When you are ready to make a drunken fool of yourself onstage, Tulsa agrees that there is no better place than Elephant Run. Maybe everyone is just too distracted by "The Run Girls" to care about the guy butchering "More Than a Feeling" on stage.
SoCo's Sports Bar and Grill
Gray Snail Saloon
The Gray Snail is Tulsa's favorite destination for Ladies night. Thursday is the night to come for cheap drinks and classy women. Be prepared to elbow your way to the bar, though.
The great thing about the margaritas at Café Ole, just off Brookside, is that the staff doesn't fuss too much over the darn things. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a whole lotta something potent and-voila!-let the fiesta begin. Their refreshing 'gitas go great with their white queso and tortilla chips.
El Guapo's Cantina
Although the Continental is getting ready to close its doors for good, the sophisticated nightspot serves some deliciously smooth martinis. The atmosphere adds to the whole "I'm a classy gal in a glassy bar drinking a classy martini" image that so many Tulsans dreaming of life in a bigger city yearn for. Good thing Elliott Nelson owns both The Continental and second-place winner Tiny Lounge. He can ship his martini-making bartenders over to the Lounge on 818 E. 3rd St.
In the Raw
Dammit, Nelson. With this win, every bar you own should be covered by Absolute Best. The Colony is good for a dim atmosphere, cheap Old Style beers, new bathrooms, a so-so jukebox and carving vulgarities on the wood bar and tabletops.
Tulsans are happy to see this Third Street location back in action. The owners of Plan B have things in order. Bands and a good old-fashioned bar atmosphere on the first floor, hip-hop music, a dance floor and bright flashy lights on the second floor, and a sweet back patio where plenty of good local tunes can be heard on the weekends.
River's Edge Cafe
What good is a patio if you don't have a serene lush landscape to marvel at? River's Edge Café offers food, drinks, live music and that wonderful smell from the Arkansas River. The Café is about as much river development as Tulsa has right now. Enjoy.
El Guapo's Cantina
Full Moon Cafe
Place to Shoot Pool
We'll try to keep the jokes about balls out of this one. Magoo's has 30 billiards tables and hosts "pool parties" as well as professional pool parties. Don't worry, though. They won't kick you out if you're not a professional. They will probably laugh at you every time you miss a shot. Just kidding. Balls.
South Tulsa Bar
Soco's Sports Bar and Grill
SoCo's just opened last year at 81st and Harvard, and they must be doing something right to already earn your vote for Best South Tulsa Bar. With 11,000-square feet of pool tables and dance space, a stage that plays host to local live music and karaoke and a full kitchen sporting late-night eats, SoCo's is a fine place to drink and play in south Tulsa.
Fox & Hound
Teetering on the fine line that separates Tulsa and Broken Arrow at 71st and Garnett, Fox and Hound has been one of the favorite sports bars since it was built a few years ago. With TV screens galore and food and drink aplenty, it's no wonder sports fanatics flock there whenever there's any kind of game to be watched. You don't have to be a sports fan to hang here, but it'd be a lot cooler if you were.
UTW readers' favorite place to kick back with a glass of vino is Vintage 1740, a wine bar at 18th & Boston. With a menu of more than 60 types of wine, a wide selection of cocktails, and a swanky non-smoking atmosphere, Vintage 1740 is a great place for before- or after-dinner drinks.
Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar
Authentic Mexican Restaurant
For the second year in a row, Señor Tequila takes the spot as the Absolute Best in Authentic Mexican Food. Everyone is an amigo at Señor Tequila, and the home-cooked Mexican cuisine served here will have you coming back for more. From burritos to beans, tortillas to tacos, the food is the Absolute Best authentic Mexican this side of the Rio Grande. And, the Margaritas rival all others in town.
El Rio Verde
Elmer's wins hands-down for its "Badwich," two slices of bread barely holding together every meat on the menu. Top it with Elmer's secret sauce in sweet or spicy and you've got yerself a meal.
Brookside by Day
Brookside by Day continues to be an ABoT winner year after year by just being what it is. The Brookside location is home to easy dining inside among the hustle and bustle of the locals or outside sidewalk dining enjoying the scenes of Brookside. The home-cooked meals, the atmosphere and the casual and friendly service bring customers back time and time again. Breakfasts are the classic meals here--basic breakfasts and the omelets just taste better when they make 'em.
Blue Dome Diner
Normally, White Lion wins the British category because it's the only British restaurant in the city. This year, though, the 'ol Lion had some competition--and still managed to come out on top. We love this place for its authentic European beers and grub and, most of all, for the atmosphere. The place is divided into various rooms, giving it a cozy, homey feel.
Laughing Wench Pub
Since 1975, Ron's has been serving up some of the best burgers in the city. Not only has Ron's chili been awarded four stars by the International Chili Society, but Urban Tulsa Weekly readers have voted it the Absolute Best Hamburger in Tulsa for years. Try one and you'll see why. The many locations across the city and surrounding areas have not diminished quality of the burgers served here. The classic taste that only they can produce on the grill is what brings hamburger lovers back for more.
Americans are in love with the classic American diner, and Red Robin does its best to offer a modernized glimpse to that bygone time. This ABoT winner treats people right with fun, food and fantastic service. Lots of loudness and energy is what Red Robin is about, as the old classic is modernized to entail busy wall details (framed photos of classic and modern movies), TVs situated in various strategic locations and decorative seating (booths and tables in a non-conformist dining room design).
Chicken Fried Steak
You know what goes good with this dish? Gravy. You know what the Bros. serve with basically every dish? Gravy. These guys are really onto something.
Local boy Todd Kramer's home-grown venture Te Kei is the Absolute Best local Chinese food in the city. Te Kei, meaning "special guest" in Chinese, announces perfectly the feeling each customer has when dining here. Kramer has worked with world renowned Asian food consultants to develop a menu full of original dishes that combine authentic Asian flavors in a bold, new American way.
Coffee House on Cherry Street
There is nothing like a soothing soy chai latte in the morning. Why not make it dirty by adding a shot of espresso? Of course, hot summer days require these beverages be served on ice and--if you want to sit on the patio--require you to drink them at night. Coffee House on Cherry Street just barely won this highly competitive category. Check it out and decide for yourself why this coffee shop is the Absolute Best.
Shades of Brown
This isn't the first time this local chain has won in this category. Its speedy and reliable service is key in making it Tulsa's favorite delivery pizza. After all, after a long day at work and a grueling drive home, we all deserve a gooey cheese pizza and cinnamon sticks--it's practically an inalienable right.
This ABoT winner simply does what people enjoy: home cooking like mamma used to make. Located on Historic Route 66, Tally's is always hopping with customers from around the city and beyond, taking in breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Basic is good, and basic cooking with the basic foods is what Tally's is famous for.
Blue Dome Diner
Tulsa's preference is clear: when it comes to fast food, we love our Bueno. This Texas-based company has been feeding hungry Oklahomans since 1972. After all, what would life be without the Muchaco?
Big Al's Health Foods
Big Al's Healthy Foods is one of those restaurants where you stare at the menu and have no clue what to order. Everything sounds so good, so satisfying, and most importantly, so healthy. Established in 1972, Big Al's uses fresh ingredients prepared at the start of each day. Enjoy wraps, salads, smoothies and more at Tulsa's Absolute favorite place to not eat a bunch of crap.
Hot Dog or Coney
Like snowflakes, no two hotdogs are alike. Okay, really? We didn't know you could tell hotdogs apart, but, apparently, you can, and Coney Island has the best. This downtown eatery has been around forever, serving good 'ol coneys the way they should be--cheap and fast. Pour on the chili and onions and yum, yum.
Authentic from the first step inside the door, diners' taste buds will be put to work with the explosion of flavors. Indian cuisine is as diverse as its culture, languages, regions and its climate. Every major region of India brings its own unique dishes and subtle variations to popular dishes.
Kolam Innovative Indian Cuisine
Kilkenny's offers a unique combination of a genuine Irish pub atmosphere coupled with a dining experience filled with authentic pub food. Where else can you feast on Boxty dishes, Cottge Pie, Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage, Bangers and Mash or a traditional Irish breakfast?
Zio's Italian Kitchen
UTW readers' pick for best chain Italian is local favorite, Zio's. This regional chain might not provide the most authentic Italian cuisine, but it's still a good pick for a fast, fresh and flavorful meal. Entrees are rich and dessert is decadent--plus you get to draw on the tablecloth.
Authentically Italian and a long-time Tulsa tradition since 1989, Ti Amo offers diners a Mediterranean experience in cuisine from the old country in an elegant décor setting. Dishes are made fresh each day and are rich with authentic Italian flavors and rustic spices. From the tender pastas to the juicy grilled choice meats and bold sauces, customers return again and again making it the Absolute Best in local Italian.
Kids (and adults) can eat and play at the same time at Incredible Pizza. Or, at least, they can play very soon after eating. With go-karts, arcade games, and more there's always plenty of fun to be had.
Yet again, Hideaway's scrumptious pies have been voted the Absolute Best. Whether you're in the mood for a Pizza of the Gods or a Sooner Schooner, Hideaway has what you need--namely, amazing pizza at reasonable prices in a friendly atmosphere. And kites. Lots of kites.
Helen of Troy
Tulsa's favorite Mediterranean restaurant is Helen of Troy. Between the restaurant's Baba Ghanoush, Kabob, and Baklava, we suspect that Tulsans might be onto something.
Urban Tulsa Weekly readers deem this new Brookside restaurant the highlight of the year in terms of all things tasty and delicious. Find out what food writer Katharine Kelly thought of Oliver's Twist in her online review "Please, Sir, I Want Some More" at urbantulsa.com.
Kolam Innovative Indian Cuisine
New York Style Pizza
Real New York-style pizza, with its thin crust and tasty toppings, is a rarity in Tulsa. Mario's has been making it right for 20 years. If pizza's not your thing, try a calzone, pasta, or one of Mario's tempting desserts. Be sure and check out their second location in Broken Arrow!
Place for Late Night Eats
Sure, IHOP is a chain, but when it's 2am and you need to get your grub on you don't want to have to decipher a menu from a place that you haven't stumbled into a few times before. Plus, Never Empty Coffee Pot, don't get much better than that.
Restaurant, Before the Theater
Fish is good brain food. Tulsans like to give their neurons a fighting chance before the show and this is the place they do it. Also, it's an easy walk to the PAC. Brain food plus exercise equals a good night at the theater.
Lola's at the Bowery
SoChey Jazz Café
The Brook, housed in a converted movie theater, is Tulsa's favorite place on Brookside yet again. With late hours, tasty food, plentiful drinks and a chill atmosphere, this isn't so much a restaurant as it is a local tradition.
In the Raw
Restaurant, Cherry Street
A Tulsa tradition since 1988, the Full Moon is the place to go any time of day, be it for breakfast in the morning or drinks after dark. On the weekends take in "Tulsa's Only Rock & Roll Dueling Piano Show," on weeknights take in some spinach & artichoke dip or chicken margarita, a house specialty.
El Guapo's Cantina
El Guapo's has the taste and feel of being a downtown staple, but it's still a baby in restaurant years. Yet another Elliott Nelson production, it has quickly become famous for its convenient downtown location, rooftop patio and to-die-for margaritas.
Baxter's Interurban Grill
This year's favorite overall restaurant is the traditional and classic McGill's. Its extensive menu of steaks and seafood is sure to suit nearly any palate, and the subtle and elegant dining room is the perfect backdrop for a special night out.
In the Raw
Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
Everything at this south Tulsa gem is so choice... at least Tulsans seem to think so. Prime steaks steal the show as warm, gooey side dishes accompany the entrees. The Mahogany House Salad, Au Gratin Potatoes and Key Lime Pie will round off one of the most beautiful meals you will ever have. It's also a popular place to celebrate a special occasion or to take that lucky someone for a romantic date.
The Melting Pot
Michael Fusco's Riverside Grill
Restaurant, Wine Selection
Polo Grill is used to winning awards: In 2006, Polo Grill won the Absolute Best of Tulsa for the "restaurant to celebrate a special event," and now it's voted best in town for its spectacular wine selection. For its effort put forth in the wine selection it has received the Wine Spectator Award for nine consecutive years and been given the honor Best of Award of Excellence for the past six years. Wine strengths, according to Wine Spectator, are for the California, Bordeaux. Selections of wine include 750 with an inventory of 21,105.
Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar
All you fans of rabbit food must really love the salads at Jason's Deli. The popular lunch spot swept this category. Keep on eating healthy, Tulsa.
The new site of Bodean's continues to soar in popularity. A great seafood tradition in Tulsa, Bodean is a known in seafood circles as the best seafood in the city. Whether selecting fish from Bodean's seafood market or having it exquisitely prepared for you in the restaurant, this place offers the best of fresh seafood and the best service for elegant dining and casual lunches.
Bone Fish Grill
White River Fish Market
Need a healthy snack but have no time to chew? Jamba Juice knows how you feel and Tulsa has picked it yet again as the best berry blenders around. Still hungry? Try a brownie infused with Omgega-3. This place just won't let you do something unhealthy.
For more than 50 years, locally owned and operated Jamil's is Tulsa's oldest steakhouse, serving thick, grilled steaks at affordable prices. Garnering the prestigious award as Tulsa's Absolute Best steaks in town, diners will know why with their first bite. Just check the customer line-up over the years, for Jamil's has served such notorieties as Mickey Mantle, Muhammad Ali and Zsa Zsa Gabor, but ya don't have to be anybody to be served like a star here!
Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
In the Raw
In the Raw pretty much sets the sushi standard around here. They set it high too. Not too filling and always fresh, the rolls, rice bowls, salads, appetizers and more make for a fine, exotic dinner or lunch... that is, if you can get a table.
Fuji Japanese Bistro
Voted the Absolute Best in Tex Mex for the first time is Los Cabos. Combining the traditional tastes of Mexican food with a modern twist, the menu provides diners a unique blend of tastes and textures.
Mexicali Border Café
Yet again, Tulsa had the good taste to vote for Lanna Thai in this category. The restaurant's delicious food, huge variety, and attentive and accommodating staff set it apart from the competition. Then again, it may have won on the merits of its coconut sticky rice alone.
Big Al's Healthy Foods
Two words: Zadzekee Wrap. This Big Al's vegetarian favorite comes served on a herb garlic tortilla with avocado, sunflower seeds, provolone cheese, hard boiled egg, tomatoes, leaf, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, seasoning and the famous Zadzekee dressing. Hummus, fruit smoothies and grilled vegetable wraps and paninis are also meat-free options for the herbivores in Tulsa.
Kolam Innovative Indian Cuisine
Nothing like a good, old-fashioned family establishment. Ri Le's satisfies the masses when the masses get mass cravings for massive amounts of Asian cuisine at anything-but-massive prices. Try the Sesame Soy-it's the latest hit at Ri Le's. Massive.
Wings to Go
With extra-hot "Suicide" wings and even hotter "Homicide" wings, Wings to Go is Tulsa's favorite for mouth-scorching snacks. Plus, the chain has multiple locations for convenient wing acquisition.
Buffalo Wild Wings
The best news we've heard this month... Garth won't be opening the BOK Center.
You are so Tulsa if you... you constantly complain about road construction--and about the four potholes you drive over every day on your way to work.
If I were mayor, I would... work with the city councilors, not in spite of them.
The Absolute Best thing that could happen to Tulsa... more downtown development--retail, retail, retail!
The Absolute Best thing that could happen to Tulsa... real mass transportation.
You are so Tulsa if... you wonder if Elliott Nelson is planning a secret takeover of the city. How many bars does that guy own now?
You are so Tulsa if... you know how to navigate Brookside and Cherry Street via neighborhood streets alone.
The Absolute Best thing that could happen to Tulsa...
If I were mayor, I would... try to get myself into as many photos as possible. Wait...
You're so Tulsa if you... were a bartender less than a year ago and now you're an American Idol.
Wouldn't it be great if Tulsa's young talent stayed in town and made it better instead of booking it the first chance they get? Just saying.
If I were mayor... I'd build the Golden Driller a girlfriend.
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