A-LIST 2018: Editors' Picks
Our editors got in on the fun, too. We called out our picks for Dine Local, Fun, Services, Shop Local and Head to Toe.
A lot of people and a lot of opinions make up Tulsa. But, one thing is for sure: It’s home, and we can’t deny our love for it.
The following pages are the results of the 2018 A-LIST readers’ choice voting. Readers named their favorite businesses in 100 categories. The top five winners in each category are listed, with exceptions made when a tie occurred.
Nibbles, beverages and dishes the editors can’t get enough of
7 Terrific Taco Joints
1028 N. Sheridan Road
514 S. Boston Ave.
Tacos Don Francisco
4008 E. 11th St.
Mr. Nice Guys
111 E. M.B. Brady St.
Calaveras Mexican Grill
2326 E. Admiral Blvd.
1342 E. 15th St.
Tacos San Pedro
1402 N. Harvard Ave.
Most Clever Restaurant Name
I Don’t Care Bar and Grill
11015 E. 590 Road, Catoosa; idontcarebarandgrill.com
Most giggle-inducing drink order
Ediblend Superfood Cafe’s “Sexy Yowza” made-to-order blend,
2050 Utica Square; 10115 S. Sheridan Road, Suite C; ediblend.com
Where the ambiance is as good as the food
Amelia’s Wood Fired Cuisine
122 N. Boston Ave., amelias.us
Best new pizza
Prairie Fire Pie’s meatball pizza — a taste sensation.
1303 E. 15th St., prairiefirepie.com
Best new thing I didn’t know I wanted
Lone Wolf’s soft serve ice cream at its downtown location. Rotating weekly flavors that we can’t lick enough: toasted marshmallow and salted caramel. 203 E. Archer St., lonewolftulsa.com
Best vegetarian and vegan options
Chimera’s menu bursts with veg-friendly options, starting at breakfast with the Twinster’s Vegan Plate. It’s a tofu scramble with mushrooms, potato and adzuki strips over arugula and adorned with avocado. You can’t go wrong with their take on grilled cheese, the Monsieur Fromage, for lunch. 212 N. Main St., chimeratulsa.com
Ice cream lovers rejoice! Rose Rock Microcreamery always has four vegan options in its case. 502 E. Third St., Unit 35; roserockcreamery.com
Ri Lê’s has been around for more than 30 years. It’s dedication to flavor and freshness — and no doubt its dedicated vegetarian section on its menu — has kept customers coming back. 4932 E. 91st St., 918-496-2126
Robust salads, perfect pita sandwiches and succulent smoothies have been a mainstay at Big Al’s Healthy Food for 40 years. 3303 E. 15th St., 918-744-5085
Polo Grill has been culinary couture since 1983. The Utica Square mainstay is known for its impeccable service, flavorful fare and extensive wine list. The restaurant’s wine inventory totals more than 22,000 bottles and 1,100 labels. 2038 Utica Square, pologrill.com
Drink with a view: Some of our favorite spots to sip at sunset
502 E. Third St., Unit 39
The Penthouse Bar at the Mayo Hotel
115 W. Fifth St.
In the Raw South
6151 S. Sheridan Road
214 S. Main St., Broken Arrow
Bodean’s salmon pate and crostinis, 3376 E. 51st St., bodean.net
Tableside guacamole (or bacon guacamole!) from Bravos Mexican Grill, 4532 E. 51st St., 8010 E. 106th St., bravosmexicangroup.com
Smoke. Woodfire Grill’s bacon jam, 1542 E. 15th St., smokewoodfiregrill.com
Andolini’s Pizzeria garlic knots, 1552 E. 15th St.; 500 Riverwalk Terrace, Suite 100, Jenks; 222 S. Main St., Broken Arrow; 12140 E. 96th St. N., Owasso; andopizza.com
There are no lack of ice cream options in Tulsa, but Sweets and Cream at 1114 S. Yale Ave. is special. It might be the kindness of the staff or affordability of the treat. To us, it is the simplicity of DIY ice cream sandwiches combined with the endless options. Try mint-chocolate chip ice cream between two chocolate-chocolate chip cookies, or vanilla inside lemon and strawberry cookies. sweetsandcream.com
Worth the wait
Torchy’s Tacos: The line’s long, but the tacos are legendary. 3330 S. Peoria Ave., torchystacos.com
Best use of cheese
Bakeshop’s ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwich made with fresh sourdough bread. Find it at the new Mother Road Market, 1124 S. Lewis Ave, when it opens this summer. bakeshoptulsa.com
Cheese Whiz never tasted so good. Phat Philly’s does it classic PA-style with its cheesesteak sandwiches. 1305 S. Peoria Ave., phatphillys.com
Don’t be a dip. Dip into cheesy goodness at The Melting Pot. 300 Riverwalk Terrace, Suite 190, Jenks; meltingpot.com
The Brook’s cheese fries are legendary … and delicious. 3401 S. Peoria Ave., 7727 E. 91st St., brookrestaurant.com
Decor for the win
Tally’s Good Food Cafe takes Tulsans on a trip down memory lane as they eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the classic diner favorites are served, with neon and vintage vibes courtesy of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.
6100 S. Sheridan Road, 1102 S. Yale Ave., tallyscafe.com
Burn Co.’s baby back ribs, grilled potato salad, and mac and cheese.
1738 S. Boston Ave.; 500 Riverwalk Terrace, Suite 135, Jenks burnbbq.com
Chicken fried steak, smothered in creamy gravy, courtesy of The Bros. Houligan.
4848 S. Yale Ave., 2508 E. 15th St. broshouligan.com
Prime dry-aged rib-eye steak cooked to perfection at Fleming’s Steakhouse.
1976 Utica Square, flemingssteakhouse.com
Editors dish on their favorite finds.
All things stationery
The Inviting Place
3525 S. Harvard Ave.
Find your next heirloom
Buying quality furniture is an investment. Big box accessories come and go, but quality pieces are passed down through generations. Many would find an Ethan Allen stamp on their most cherished pieces. Tulsans can shop the 86-year-old brand at Castleberry’s Ethan Allen, locally owned and operated by the Castleberry family for decades. The shop, located at 6006 S. Sheridan Road, boasts a showroom of timeless pieces with a modern spin. Plus, their design team is second to none. 6006 S. Sheridan Road, ethanallen.com
Where to get framed
Ziegler Art and Frame
6 N. Lewis Ave.
A mug to love
Joe Staskal is a potter, painter and sculptor whose FatCityClay mugs boast a collection of one-liners. The painted and stamped hand-thrown mugs are made in Tulsa. You’ve likely seen Staskal at the Tulsa Farmers’ Market. He has been a vendor there for 19 years. We love “Mug life,” “Namaste bitches,” “Tulsa AF” and various other Okie themes. The Nest also carries Staskal’s line, like the one pictured. 918-855-1632
The right stuff
The old Archer Building along East Archer Street between North Detroit Avenue and Martin Luther King Blvd. is the “new kid on the block” when it comes to downtown revitalization. The building underwent millions of dollars in renovations thanks to the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and is now home to some of the hippest digs in downtown. Magic City Books, Lone Wolf, Press, Made are open on the ground floor, with artist studios filling the top level. A board game cafe, Shuffles, will soon join the lineup.
Where to get registered
On A Whim
9146 S. Yale Ave.
Most curiosity-inducing store
The Hussar, 6029 S. Sheridan Road, sells military miniatures, military history books, diorama supplies and much more. www.thehussar.com
Best local source for kilim pillows
Jo and June
2313 E. Admiral Place
5 date-worthy shopping destinations
With a helpful staff, these five shops help us in our time of need — whether we’re prepping for a dinner date or a romantic weekend getaway.
1701 S. Boston Ave.
10051 S. Yale Ave.
8007 S. Sheridan Road, Unit G
On the Corner
106 S. Main St., Broken Arrow
8303 S. Memorial Drive;
1722 Utica Square;
870 Hillside Drive, Broken Arrow
Favorite longtime shop
2058 Utica Square
These local shops are keeping our offices and homes stocked with live plants that provide a dash of color and good ol’ oxygen.
1216 S. Harvard Ave.
Southwood Landscape and Garden Center
9025 S. Lewis Ave.
Ted and Debbie’s Flower Garden
3901 S. Harvard Ave.
1502 S. Cincinnati Place
There are plenty of furniture options in the Tulsa market, but where do we go when we want something customized for our home? Luxe Furniture and Design’s staff take customers through the steps of designing custom home furnishings to match any style or existing pieces. The locally owned store at 9922 Riverside Parkway is a mecca for the design inclined and a refuge for those in need of help. luxetulsa.com
Treat yourself with these editors’ picks.
Healthiest way to get glowing: Slate Organic Tanning
Sun-kissed, beach-vacay skin: Good! Skin cancer and premature aging: Bad! Slate can transform even the pastiest among us into bronze goddesses, just in time for summer. With its brown-sugar derived formula, Slate delivers an airbrush tan that looks natural, and never orange. 3638 S. Peoria Ave., 918-992-5192, slatetulsa.com
Best salon experience for the littles: Kuts for Kids
Mr. Will of Kuts for Kids is a legend among Tulsa parents. He can convince even the wiggliest toddler to hold still for a haircut, and he’s fast. His brightly colored salon offers kids their choice of vehicle — car, firetruck or motorcycle — to sit on while getting their “ears lowered.” 8122 S. Lewis Ave., # A; 4936 W. Kenosha St., Broken Arrow. www.facebook.com/Kuts4kidsBA/
The most fun you can have at -220 degrees
Here’s where to find cryotherapy, which safely uses liquid nitrogen to cool a user’s skin and environmental temperature. Proponents say health benefits include reducing inflammation and increasing circulation.
4785 E. 91st St., Ste. B; cryomedclinic.com
Cryo in Motion
a portable cryosauna based at Oklahoma Fit, 820 W. Main St., Jenks; cryoinmotion.com
three locations in midtown, south Tulsa and Broken Arrow; recovertherapy.com
Men’s pick for pampering: Elephant in the Room
Members of this locally owned men’s salon receive a monthly haircut and treatments such as a scalp massage and a hot towel treatment. An Xbox room makes this salon feel part man cave, part zen oasis. Three locations, eitrlounge.com
Favorite fragrant fizzies: Bombdiggity
These Tulsa-made bath bombs will ruin you for all other brands. Throw one in the tub and watch your worries fizz away. They’re kid friendly and use natural products. Find Bombdiggity at select local retailers or at bombdiggityok.com.
For real results: BA Med Spa and Weight Loss Center
When exercise, diet and determination just aren’t getting you the results you want, the specialists at BA Med Spa know what to do. A consultation might direct you to some of the most innovative techniques known today, like CoolSculpting. 510 N. Elm Place, Broken Arrow; baweightspa.com
Best way to rejoin the conversation: The Hearing Doctor
Are your conversations a rendition of “Huh?” or “What?” Perhaps it’s time to talk to an audiologist who can help you rejoin the conversation. The Hearing Doctor, Dr. Brandy Vowell, urges those with hearing issues to schedule an appointment. It’s the first step toward better communication with the people you love most. Don’t miss out on your grandchild’s laugh anymore. 521 E. Main St., Jenks; thehearingdr.com
Best reason to give up waxing: Best Threading Place
Threading is a method of hair removal that has been used for centuries in Eastern countries. A skilled technician, like Best Threading Place owner Sandy Patel, twists cotton thread rapidly over a row of hairs, removing them quickly and by the root. It’s (mostly) pain free and perfect for facial areas. The shop is clean, quiet, affordable and quick — everything you want in a salon experience. 731 W. New Orleans St., Broken Arrow; facebook.com/bestthreadingplace
3 feet treats
Drop into Sole Massage’s new Center 1 location (pictured) for a seated foot massage with organic massage cream and optional essential oils, 3509 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 200; solemassagetulsa.com
The Elemental Nature Pedicure at Ihloff Salon and Day Spa isn’t your regular pedi. An additional massage, exfoliation and foot masque bring your feet back into balance. Three area locations, ihloffspa.com
More than a foot soak, the Ion Detox Foot Bath at Emerge Medical and Well Spa is said to pull out toxins and restore the body to optimal health. 9124 S. Sheridan Road, emergemedicaldayspa.com
Where to train up
Fleet Feet Sports
5968 S. Yale Ave.;
418 E. Second St.;
303 S. Main St., Broken Arrow
Where to tone up
525 S. Main St., Suite 101
Editors divulge who they call when in need.
Easy way to win dog mom of the year
Groomingdales Pet Salon
8162 S. Harvard Ave.
Relive the past
Gone are the days of VHS. But what do you do with all those home movies and tapes of important family events? Take your VHS tapes to Video Revolution. A/V experts will digitize your tapes to DVD. 7030 S. Lewis Ave., videorevolution.com
11th hour saviors
Your computer crashed, and your presentation is tomorrow morning. Who you gonna call? Mobile Macsters. 4817 S. Peoria Ave., Suite A; mobilemacsters.com
Find your best color: House of Colour
Should you avoid or embrace the color blue? Oklahoma’s House of Colour consultant, Tulsan Crystal Smith, helps clients determine which colors make their eyes pop and their skin dazzle. A color analysis and makeup session uncover which shades are right for you. An optional personal style consultation helps clients match a new wardrobe to their color recommendations.
Girls just want to have fun, not be made to feel stupid
Besides having one of the catchiest local jingles, Robertson Tire is King of the Road when it comes to service. Several of us ladies have taken our cars in for service or repair and felt like the friendly folks at Robertson weren’t trying to haggle with us or make us feel like we’re road hazards. Plus, they just do a good job. What more can you ask? 14 stores across metro Tulsa, robertson-tire.com
Complimentary gift wrapping
These local shops do more than just sell us great merchandise. They generously save us from gift wrapping. That’s service!
3525 S. Peoria Ave.
Summer Snow Gifts and Decor
4111 S. Harvard Ave.
3815 S. Harvard Ave.
The Perfect Touch
4932 E. 91st St.
With these businesses, your vehicle is sure to sparkle and shine from the inside out.
EcoGreen Mobile Detailing uses nonabrasive, environmentally friendly products to detail your vehicle. The best part? They come to you. ecogreentulsa.com
Rocket Lube and Wash has friendly staff, gives a comprehensive clean and has a gift shop to peruse while you wait. 4529 S. Peoria Ave., rocketlube.net
Sure, Travers Mahan is known for exquisite men’s apparel and casual attire. But it’s more than just the name brands that has kept customers returning for decades. It’s the service. From complimentary beverages and snacks to a rose for your darling on Valentine’s Day, the service at Travers Mahan harkens back to a familiar time. 8146 S. Lewis Ave., traversmahanapparel.com
The editors name their faves.
Our summer ‘must’ list
Live horse racing June 7-July 28; family-friendly fun. 4145 E. 21st St., exposquare.com/fairmeadows
Tulsa Geoscience Center
An appointment-only museum in the middle of downtown Tulsa. 610 S. Main St., Suite 200; tulsageosciencecenter.org
A summer isn’t complete without a trip to Tulsa’s award-winning zoo. 6421 E. 36th St. N., tulsazoo.org
Sno-cone from Josh’s Sno Shack
A cool-down treat that comes in 20 exclusive flavors, plus dozens more. Multiple locations, joshssnoshack.com
Folds of Honor FreedomFest
Celebrate America with the largest fireworks display in the area. 2100 S. Jackson Ave., riverparks.org/freedomfest
Inexpensive, yet educational
In Tulsa, we’re lucky to have Gilcrease Museum and Philbrook Museum of Art, both with free weekend events that boost our culture quotient. Philbrook’s Second Saturdays boast free admission and themed kid’s activities, including a fantastic LEGO exhibit. Funday Sunday at Gilcrease is the third Sunday of the month. The family-friendly event includes art-making stations with teaching artists. Gilcrease Museum: 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, gilcrease.org | Philbrook Museum of Art: 2727 S. Rockford Road, philbrook.org
Get out of town and discover the great state of Oklahoma. These daytrip destinations are easy jaunts from Tulsa and offer a
little something for everyone.
Sequoyah State Park
1 hour southeast of Tulsa near Hulbert
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve/Pawhuska/The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile
1 hour northwest of Tulsa in Osage County
1.5 hours east of Tulsa
1.5 hours northeast of Tulsa
Talimena Scenic Drive
3.5-hour drive from Tulsa to Mena, Arkansas
Best temporary art display
“Prairie Schooners” by Patrick Dougherty at the Chapman Centennial Green, East Sixth and South Main streets. The whimsical structures will remain until March 2019.
Best behind-the-scenes art
Get a first-hand look at artist studios in The Refinery at Tulsa Artist Fellowship, 109 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., tulsaartistfellowship.org
#Tulsa never looked so good
Grab your friends and your phone. Here are some great Instagram-worthy spots around T-Town.
Civic Center courtyard mural (as you enter Cox Business Center via parking garage), 100 Civic Center, coxcentertulsa.com
The white block walls near The Vault, 620 S. Cincinnati Ave., vaulttulsa.com
The greenhouse at Tulsa Garden Center is filled with succulents and other tropical plants, 2435 S. Peoria Ave., tulsagardencenter.com
Soundpony’s women’s restroom with its graffiti-laden walls and dramatic lighting, 409 N. Main St., thesoundpony.com
The Boxyard’s shipping container shops have a modern, industrial vibe, 502 E. Third St., tulsaboxyard.com
The shops at Center One provides a minimalist backdrop on Brookside, East 35th Street and South Peoria Avenue, center1tulsa.com
Our favorite feline: The CASHnip Kitty
Strolling down East Third Street, you’ll see folks passing dollar bills through the doors of GuRuStu. The dollar bills attract CASHnip Kitty, who resides inside the marketing company offices. Donations are collected and donated to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. So far, CASHnip Kitty has donated $3,507.09 to the nonprofit. 628 E. Third St.
Paw-casso perfection: Project pet
Our fur babies deserve the royal treatment — a portrait, that is! Pinot’s Palette offers Project Pet, a class specifically designed to help you paint Fido. Instructors help with tips and tricks to painting perfection. 1621 E. 15th St.; 212 S. Main St., Broken Arrow; 300 Riverwalk Terrace, Suite 160, Jenks; pinotspalette.com
Places we miss
Since it closed in 2011, we’ve been itching to go back. Nothing says the Sooner State more than a live performance of “Oklahoma!” under the stars. Rumors have swirled about its revival, but nothing official has surfaced.
Petty’s Fine Foods
In 2016, the doors to the third-generation business closed for good. Gone are its impeccable customer service, easy grab-and-go commodities and its neighborhood appeal.
The three-story department store, its high-end fashions and its warm customer service hearkened back to yesteryear.
The colors of Tulsa
Tulsa is a vibrant city. Just check out the plethora of murals that have cropped up all over town.
East 25th Street and South Harvard Avenue
A scissortail flycatcher and Indian Blanket wildflower cover the Harvard Square shopping center’s north façade.
Hader’s Gonna Hade
Tucked behind Two Guys Bowties at East Sixth Street and South Peoria Avenue is a mural dedicated to showman and Tulsa native Bill Hader.
Soul City Gastropub
The gastropub and music venue at 1621 E. 11th St. exudes its cool on its façade. tulsasoul.com
First Street Flea/Gateway building
Home of the original Habit Mural Festival, numerous murals and tags adorn the multi-purpose building at 860 E. Admiral Blvd.
The original Tulsa flags
Tulsa’s mural craze dates back to 1984, when artist Jim Corlett painted 17 colorful flags across from the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
The mural says it all. Kiddlestix Toy Store’s colorful mural displays the energy inside Tulsa’s toy store at 3815 S. Harvard Ave. kiddlestixtoys.com
Habit created a collage dedicated to one of Tulsa’s most famous products, Hanson. Located outside their studio at 209 N. Main St. 3cgrecords.com
Pearl District Revival
Reinvention is the theme of the massive mural on the Tulsa Beef and Provision Building at 1537 E. Seventh St.
Culture comes to TIA
The Tulsa International Airport has a dose of color and whimsy in its wall of murals at the departure terminal. tulsaairports.com
Celebrating all forms of love and unity, this adorns the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center at 621 E. Fourth St. okeq.org