By Greg Elwell, Ben Luschen, Laura Eastes, Candice Macis, Jennifer Chancellor and Brittany Pickering Photos Gazette staff, file and provided
Cuppies & Joe
727 NW 23rd St.A coffee shop is more than just a place to get hot java. Its a meeting place and a studying spot. Its where people find laughter and heated debates. At Cuppies & Joe, drinkers become diners when they see the selection of perfectly baked and decorated cupcakes with names like Horse Bite and Mary Poppins. It also could have been voted best place to find an OCU student that isnt OCU, because this shop packs them in day and night.
Favorites: The Red Cup, All About Cha, Elemental Coffee Roasters, Urban Teahouse
Put A Cork In It Winery
115 E. California Ave.Oh, you want wine? Well Put A Cork In It! Its not rude; thats the name of the winery. Put A Cork In It Winery is an Oklahoma City establishment that makes a variety of meritage wines blends that combine different varietals to create a more balanced flavor. With names like Dustbowl, Thunderhead and Redbud, you will savor the Oklahoma love in every glass.
Favorites: Waters Edge Winery, Tres Sueños Winery & Vineyard, Native Spirits Winery, Clauren Ridge Vineyard & Winery
COOP Ale Works
4745 Council Heights RoadThe competition for local beer dollars is constantly on the rise. It seems like theres always a new brewery coming online. But this years winner is an original. COOP Ale Works has only been around for seven years, but it has become the de facto local beer for many in Oklahoma City. Whether its hoppy F5 IPA; boozy, delicious Belgian-style DNR; or another bestseller, COOP makes beer Gazette readers love to drink.
Favorites: Anthem Brewing Company, Bricktown Brewery, TapWerks Ale House, Mustang Brewing Company
TapWerks Ale House
121 E. Sheridan Ave.What the ale? Craft beer bars have popped up all over the city, but one of the first is still the best for Gazette readers. TapWerks Ale House is a Bricktown institution and one of the best spots in the metro to taste a wide variety of beers. Keep an eye on those taps because they constantly change. The waitstaff knows the beer selection forward and back, too, so whatever you crave, you can find it at TapWerks.
Favorites: James E. McNellies Public House, Oak & Ore, Republic Gastropub, Bricktown Brewery
Lunch Box, Ednas
5137 N. Classen CircleWhy do people love Ednas Lunch Box so much? Is it the sweetness of the amaretto? The tartness of the orange juice? The light and smooth Coors Light? Or maybe its the smile they get from Ednas bartenders. The bar offers visitors the right mix of intoxicating libations, friendly service and raucous regulars to make any night of the week a fun one. Its why Ednas has sold more than 1.5 million Lunch Boxes and counting
Favorites: S&B Bloody Mary (S&Bs Burger Joint), Sooner Swirl (The Mont), The Black Betty (The Pump Bar), Fire on the Pineapple (Guyutes)
several metro locationsIf breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then its time Mayor Mick Cornett handed the key to the city to Jimmys Egg, which took the Best Breakfast category again this year. Theres a reason this Oklahoma City original has captured the hearts and bellies of diners across the state (and into a few others). Whether you come in for a stack of pancakes, a gourmet waffle or just a simple plate of bacon, eggs and toast and a cup or two of hot, fresh coffee, Jimmys delivers every time.
Favorites: Waffle Champion, Cafe Kacao, Classen Grill, Kitchen No. 324
2409 N. Hudson Ave.Make your reservations now. Actually, make them a few weeks ago because Cheevers Cafe isnt the kind of brunch spot one rolls into unannounced. This upscale restaurant fills to capacity for lunch and dinner, but its weekend brunches are truly crazy. With a menu including French toast bread pudding, fried chicken and waffles and the always-popular Cheevers chicken-fried steak, the venue has earned its brunch stripes.
Favorites: Picasso Cafe, Kitchen No. 324, Cafe Kacao, Packards New American Kitchen
Empire Slice House
1734 NW 16th St.Lunch has always been bitter about the way people fawn over breakfast. Its truly the middle child of the Daily Meal family. But that was before lunch found Empire Slice House, which Oklahoma Gazette readers agree is the best lunch spot in Oklahoma City. A great place for a couple pieces of pizza in a hurry or a long, luxurious lunch with a fine selection of beers, Empire captured a place in our hearts by making itself at home in our stomachs.
Favorites: The Mule, Cafe 501, Saturn Grill, Thai House Restaurant
Beverlys Pancake House
3315 Northwest ExpresswayWhen Beverlys Pancake House says it serves breakfast all day, it means all day. There are locks on the doors, but good luck finding this 24/7/365 diner closed even for a minute. Whether its 3 p.m. or 3 a.m., theres always a friendly face inside Beverlys, waiting to take orders for pigs in a blanket, ham steak and eggs or the famous Chicken in the Rough fried chicken. The location has changed over time, but Beverlys is always a winner.
Favorites: Empire Slice House, Waffle Champion, The Pump Bar, Guyutes
The Garage Burgers & Beer
several metro locationsThrow a rock in Oklahoma City and itll probably hit a contender for the citys best hamburgers. This years winner is no surprise The Garage Burgers & Beer is opening new locations to meet the demand for the restaurants menu of specialty burgers and fries. Those who havent been should fire up their engines and pull into The Garage for a Huevos Rancheros burger and a big ol basket of Thunder Fries.
Favorites: S&Bs Burger Joint, Nics Grill, Tuckers Onion Burgers, Irmas Burger Shack
1630 N. Blackwelder Ave.Visitors to Oklahoma City who skip a visit to The Mule will kick themselves for missing out on this gourmet grilled cheesery. Dont be fooled by the laid-back feel of this restaurant and bar as fun and free as it is in the dining room, the kitchen staff are pros at making delectable sandwiches. Take a bite of Macaroni Pony and customers will find themselves melting like cheese for The Mules tasty treats.
Favorites: City Bites, Someplace Else A Deli & Bakery, Neptune Submarine Sandwiches, The Sandwich Club
Iron Star Urban Barbeque
3700 N. Shartel Ave.It may have lost an R when it recently updated its name, but Iron Star Urban Barbeque kept the most important thing: high-end smoked meats. Party planners should check out the full racks of ribs and family-size sides of decadent macaroni and cheese. And those looking for a lighter option need Iron Stars salmon salad in their lives. As winter comes, be sure to remember the best warm-up deal in town is Iron Stars $6 bowl of Range Chili.
Favorites: Earls Rib Palace, Swadleys Bar-B-Q, Backdoor Barbecue, Bedlam Bar-B-Q
several metro locationsKing James editorial team did a real number on The Bible. Not only did they cut an additional eight disciples and delete the part where Noahs ark fights pirates, but they put apples in the Garden of Eden instead of the only food tempting enough to get Adam and Eve kicked out: pizza! Even so, anyone interested in experiencing the pleasures of pizza need look no farther than Best Pizza winner Hideaway Pizza. It makes pies so good, it ought to be a sin.
Favorites: Empire Slice House, The Wedge Pizzeria, Upper Crust Pizza, Pizzeria Gusto
1309 S. Agnew Ave.Want to meet the meat? Head down to Stockyard City, where ranchers bring cattle to market. Then make a more personal connection with a stop at readers choice for best steakhouse: Cattlemens. This venerable beef base has been serving metro diners the finest steaks since 1910. There are steaks for every budget, including some fancy dry-aged prime beef for connoisseurs. Its been open this long for a reason, folks.
Favorites: Ranch Steakhouse, Red PrimeSteak, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse
4318 N. Western Ave.Meow! Literally translated as sushi cat, Sushi Neko once again tops the polls for Oklahoma Citys best sushi. Its a posh spot to gobble the freshest fish in the city. The service is purr-fect and the menu gives sushi fanatics pause as they peruse the entrees, both cooked and raw. Just be sure to reserve your seats, because Sushi Neko is popular with all the cool cats in OKC.
Favorites: Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, The Sushi Bar, In the Raw Sushi Bricktown, GoGo Sushi
several metro locationsGoldilocks and the three bears put on a lot of porridge weight over the years, so its no surprise they started looking for a healthier option. Hotgreens was too hot. Coldgreens was too cold. But Coolgreens? As Gazette readers will tell you, its just right. Salad, soups, sandwiches and flatbreads are on-point and the results are easy to see on-scale. No matter your diet, this fast-casual eatery has something for you.
Favorites: Picasso Cafe, The Loaded Bowl, The Red Cup, Guyutes
The Bleu Garten
301 NW 10th St.The menu is always changing at The Bleu Garten because there are always new trucks parked inside, serving up the best in mobile meals to hungry diners. Even during the hottest swaths of the summer, crowds grow inside the Garten. Voted the citys best patio dining venue, its a fine spot for parties big and small. And those who get tired of talking will have plenty of fun with giant Jenga sets and a people-watching.
Favorites: Sauced on Paseo, The Pump Bar, The Mont, Flint
Byrons Liquor Warehouse
2322 N. Broadway Ave.If Lord Byron were still with us, no doubt he would gladly write an Ode to Byrons Liquor Warehouse. The Best Liquor Store winner inspires loyalty as well as verse with great prices on a ridiculous variety of liquors, beers and wines. The parking lot always seems full. Anyone who is thinking about drinking is probably planning a trip to Byrons in the near future.
Favorites: Sams Warehouse Liquor, Broadway Wine Merchants, Freemans Liquor Mart, Moore Liquor
Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar
1845 Northwest ExpresswayEven though Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar isnt locally owned, it is still locally sourced with plenty of produce. Heck, the restaurant even grows herbs for dishes and drinks in its outdoor garden. The small chain is opening up new stores all over Texas, but Oklahoma City remains the only current Oklahoma location. Cocktail lovers can find an ever-evolving menu of drinks and plenty of great food to enjoy with them at Whiskey Cake.
Favorites: Panera Bread, BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse, The Cheesecake Factory, Chilis Grill & Bar
The Drake Seafood and Oysterette
519 NW 23rd St., Suite 111Like its namesake, Sir Francis Drake, The Drake Seafood and Oysterette attacked Oklahoma Citys appetite for fresh seafood like a pirate ship. Buckles were swashed and oysters were shucked as the restaurant that tells customers to Stay Gold took the citys local fish game to the next level. One of The Drakes signature features is an always-rotating lineup of fresh oysters, giving diners a chance to taste the world right here in OKC.
Favorites: Pearls Oyster Bar, Hefner Grill, The Shack Seafood & Oyster Bar, Off the Hook Seafood & More
1711 NW 16th St.Once again, readers voted this Plaza District favorite as their top spot for desserts. Just like nearby Empire Slice House, Pie Junkie offers fans a chance to enjoy a slice or take home an entire pie. The selection is impossible to beat, with creamy chocolates, luscious fruits and even some savory quiches thrown in for good measure. Those who love food on a crust will find Pie Junkie a must.
Favorites: La Baguette Bistro, Ingrids Kitchen, Browns Bakery, Cuppies & Joe
Teds Cafe Escondido
several metro locationsHola, amigos! Its time to give the Best Mexican Restaurant honors to Teds Café Escondido again. This popular local restaurant does fajitas, enchiladas and tacos so well, its almost loco. With a focus on Tex-Mex-style food, Teds kitchen loves to drape silky sour cream sauce and chunky chili sauce over meat- and veggie-packed tortillas. As difficult as it is to put down that last bite, youre almost legally required to save room for a sopapilla.
Favorites: Chelinos Mexican Restaurant, Abels Mexican Restaurant, San Marcos Mexican Restaurant, Cultivar Mexican Kitchen
Cafe do Brasil
440 NW 11th St. Suite 100If the Rio Olympic Games have inspired a craving for the cuisine of Brazil, the best Latin restaurant winner is the perfect spot to visit. Cafe do Brasil is home to a bevy of authentic Brazilian dishes and drinks. Some flavor combinations might seem unusual until you try them. Trust owner Anna Davis to present dishes that are as beautiful as they are tasty. Start the meal with a caipirinha for a boozy kick from the Southern Hemisphere.
Favorites: 1492 New World Latin Cuisine, Cafe Kacao, Zarates Latin Mexican Grill, Chiltepes Latin Cuisine & Bar
Flips Wine Bar & Trattoria
5801 N. Western Ave.Readers would have flipped their lids if last years returning champ didnt make a return appearance. Flips Wine Bar & Trattoria is an old-school Italian restaurant with one of the citys best patios. Sip a glass of Italian wine and look out as Western Avenue rumbles past. Slurp some whole wheat spaghetti marinara or order a crispy thin-crust pizza and enjoy the ambiance and camaraderie that has made Flips a favorite since 1985.
Favorites: Gabriellas Italian Grill & Pizzeria, Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, Vitos Ristorante, Victorias the Pasta Shop
several metro locationsSay Ingrids Kitchen and watch the ears perk up around you. Thats a group well-versed in one of the citys best spots for European breads, sausages and schnitzels. The ever-popular restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the weekends are when it really gets hopping, with The Silvertops jazz sets 2 p.m. every Saturday and a boisterous brunch buffet offered every Sunday.
Favorites: Fassler Hall, La Baguette Bistro, Old Germany Restaurant, Royal Bavaria
Zorbas Mediterranean Cuisine
6014 N. May Ave.Zorbas serves so much more than gyros. Its unfortunate that Mediterranean cuisine is so often written off as gyros and kebabs, but thats only because other cuisines would kill to have a top two like that. And then, out of nowhere, comes falafel. Its like the 1992 Dream Team of delicious foods. So maybe youll keep getting a gyro at Zorbas, but theres nothing wrong with that.
Favorites: Basil Mediterranean Cafe, Mediterranean Imports & Deli, Couscous Cafe, NuNus Mediterranean Cafe & Market
Gopuram Taste of India
several metro locationsA shocking number of Oklahomans first experienced Indian food with Gopuram Taste of India. Some are introduced at Festival of the Arts. Others walk into the eatery to see a massive buffet of delights both sweet and spicy. The uninitiated need only visit once before theyre hooked on delicate jasmine rice, spicy chicken tikka masala and pliant, pillowy circles of naan.
Favorites: Taj Cuisine of India, Himalayas Aroma of India, Sheesh Mahal, Ajanta Cuisine of India
4315 N. Western Ave.The air is filled with the scrape and sizzle of spatulas moving steak, shrimp and chicken across the blazing-hot teppanyaki table, but listen a little closer. Hear that crinkling sound? Those are the smiles of everyone at Musashis when they watch the chef prepare their dinner in front of them. Yes, the best Japanese restaurant winner is so good, it makes smiles audible. That sounds like a place everyone needs to try.
Favorites: Sushi Neko, Shógun Steak House of Japan, Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, Shiki Japanese Restaurant
Dot Wo Garden
6161 N. May Ave.If nobody has registered Garden.Wo, theyre missing out on a great opportunity. After all, Dot Wo Garden is one of Oklahoma Citys premiere Chinese restaurants, which might be why readers have once again crowned it best Chinese restaurant. Since 1989, Dot Wo has been Dot Wowing customers with a menu of American classics like beef with broccoli and true Chinese favorites, including clay hot pots.
Favorites: Grand House Asian Bistro, Golden Phoenix, Fungs Kitchen, Chows Chinese Restaurant
Thai House Restaurant
500 NW 23rd St.Thai-red of the same old food? Then its time to make your way to Thai House Restaurant, even though the name is misleading. Yes, it serves great Thai food. Yes, its a well-run restaurant with happy servers and a fully-stocked lunch buffet. But if its a house, would anyone look askance at someone who shows up wearing pajamas and fuzzy slippers? Thai House Restaurant is a tasty place to be.
Favorites: Thai Kitchen OKC, Panang Thai Restaurant, Sala Thai, Tana Thai Bistro
2518 N. Military Ave., Suite 101Which came first: Lido or Oklahoma City? Sure, the elites up in their ivory towers will say that Oklahoma City was founded in 1889 and Lido didnt appear to be here during the Land Runs. Whenever it got here, theres a reason this Asian District mainstay has long been a resident of Best of OKC lists. Theres traditional Vietnamese food alongside Chinese favorites and even a small menu of French cuisine if youre so inclined.
Favorites: Pho Lien Hoa, Mr. Pho, Golden Phoenix, Pho Cuong
Pho Lien Hoa
901 NW 23rd St.Eating a punch bowl-sized serving of pho from Pho Lien Hoa is basically mandatory for anyone new to Oklahoma City. Volunteer community patrols are stationed at every intersection on the outskirts of town, stopping motorists and asking if theyve been to Pho Lien Hoa. Though its the perfect dish for fall and winter, its not hard to find people craving a piping-hot bowl of beef and noodle soup in the middle of the steamiest summers. Its just that good.
Favorites: Mr. Pho, Phoever, Pho Cuong, PhoNomenal Vietnamese Noodle House
The Drake Seafood and Oysterette
519 NW 23rd St., Suite 111A Good Egg Dining Group did plenty of research before opening The Drake Seafood and Oysterette in Oklahoma City last year. The long-awaited restaurant paid off dividends quickly as diners went wild for its assortment of seafood options, oysters and the impossible-to-resist squid ink black mac. The brightly lit sign beckons customers at night, and its wonderful service and immaculately cooked menu keeps them coming back.
Favorites: Guyutes, Sunnyside Diner, Chae Modern Korean, Cultivar Mexican Kitchen
2409 N. Hudson Ave.Cheevers Cafe is a beloved institution of finer dining in Oklahoma City, and its menu is affordable. What readers voted for was an enduring quality that started with Keith and Heather Paul back in 2000. Cheevers is the rare restaurant that serves as a both a special occasion spot and a place to enjoy a great weeknight dinner with friends. Its more proof that dining doesnt have to break the bank to be fine.
Favorites: Red PrimeSteak, Vast, Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse, The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro
The Pump Bar
2425 N. Walker Ave.Theres plenty of parking behind The Pump Bar, and even though its a destination spot for many, its also common to see crowds rolling in from nearby neighborhoods. Located at the top of the Uptown 23rd District, this come-as-you-are bar serves strong drinks and tasty meals with a smile. Its not a place people go just to be seen, but its almost impossible not to run into someone friendly when you pull up a chair on the patio.
Favorites: James E. McNellies Public House, Henry Hudsons Pub, Saints Pub, Guyutes
5137 N. Classen CircleIts almost impossible to have anything but a great night at Ednas. There are too many people happily hoisting the famous Lunch Box, singing along to the jukebox and milling about the room, meeting new friends to stay upset for too long. Edna isnt dancing on the bartop anymore, but her spirit lives on in a tavern that takes it easy and makes every customer feel like a regular, which is a pretty darn effective way to make more regulars.
Favorites: Cock O the Walk, The Pump Bar, HiLo Club, Cookies
5830 N. Classen Blvd.The best place to be when your team wins (or loses) is Republic Gastropub. Either you can celebrate with an expertly crafted cocktail or drown your sorrows in a beer from the restaurants massive selection. Even if you dont like sports, Republic is a great spot to find food that puts most bars to shame and enough people that theres always somebody new to meet. Just get there early a whole lot of people love Republic.
Favorites: O Bar at the Ambassador Hotel, Vast, Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar, Rockford Cocktail Den
The Pump Bar
2425 N. Walker Ave.Sometimes, the only way to salvage a rough day is with an adult beverage. How fortuitous, then, that The Pump Bar is an adults-only establishment with a wide variety of drinks. You might consider checking to see if Uber is available or theres a designated driver nearby before diving mouth-first into the bars plethora of Tiki drinks. Ians Zombie wont reanimate your corpse, necessarily, but it might have you chowing down on some Okie Poutine like it was a bowl of braaaaaaains.
Favorites: Republic Gastropub, Ednas, HiLo Club, Guyutes
730 NW 23rd St.It took no time at all for Guyutes upstairs patio to become a must-visit hotspot for local alcohol enthusiasts. There is a great view of bustling 23rd Street, the soundtrack is ridiculously, almost suspiciously great and the drinks are tasty and affordable. Strapped for cash? Theres a quality $2 beer on the menu. Feeling extravagant? A Sweet Pete is $9 but tastes like a million bucks.
Favorites: Fat Dog Kitchen & Bar, Rockford Cocktail Den, Anchor Down, Cultivar Mexican Kitchen
5124 N. Classen CircleIf everybody in the club enjoyed themselves last night, its a fair bet theyll be standing in line for Classen Grill today. This perennial favorite does everything needed of a diner and more. Recovery tastes so much better when its made of pancakes, sausage patties and scrambled eggs. Be sure to order the biggest pitcher of the fresh-squeezed orange juice available, because it always goes too fast.
Favorites: Jimmys Egg, Beverlys Pancake House, Nics Grill, The Diner
The Saucee Sicilian
mobileServing some of the best pizza in the metro all across the metro is The Saucee Sicilian, where Gannon Mendez and his Nonna, Priscilla Jones, toss pies in the oven and jokes at customers. The lines might get long, but dont stray too far the blazing-hot cooker keeps these pies coming out at a rapid clip. Get there early if you can, because once the dough is gone, so is the truck. Havent found them yet? Keep an eye on Twitter.
Favorites: The Loaded Bowl, Taqueria Sanchez, Taste of Soul Egg Roll, The Halls Pizza Kitchen
2409 N. Hudson Ave.Despite fierce competition that seems to grow every year, Cheevers Cafe once again nabbed the citys best Uptown 23rd district restaurant honors from the hungry pack. It is saying something, though, that a street that is quickly becoming OKCs food mecca leads back to Cheevers every time. Maybe its the comfy atmosphere, the chicken-fried steak or the seafood enchiladas, but theres no doubt this one-time flower shop continues to bloom for diners.
Favorites: Pizzeria Gusto, Guyutes, The Drake Seafood and Oysterette, Thai House Restaurant
Empire Slice House
1734 NW 16th St.Its hard to argue with the thousands of Oklahoma Gazette readers who chose Empire Slice House as their No. 1 Plaza District restaurant. This always-busy pizza parlor makes slices from the traditional to the unimaginable and quickly serves up beer and cocktails to thirsty diners. And if you ever get bored unlikely in a spot so popular the walls are covered in comic books that deserve to be perused.
Favorites: The Mule, Oak & Ore, Saints Pub, Chiltepes Latin Cuisine & Bar
2909 Paseo St., Suite AWhether its a business lunch or a nobodys business dinner, Paseo Grill is the king of Paseo Arts District. The cozy tables and dimmed lights are as intimate as can be. And those seeking a little privacy can request a table behind a curtain. The food remains, after all these years, steady and stellar. Like the Room of Requirement in Harry Potter, this funky little spot can be casual or special whatever you need it to be.
Favorites: Picasso Cafe, Sauced on Paseo, The Red Rooster Bar & Grill, The Other Room
Grand House Asian Bistro
2701 N. Classen Blvd.Its not a nice house. Its not a fancy house. Its Grand House Asian Bistro, where diners come from across the metro to partake in expertly cooked Chinese favorites and the grandest of traditions: dim sum brunch. The expansive menu holds something for everyone. Though its known for Chinese food, theres even a sushi menu for those who cant get enough of that Japanese delicacy. And the service makes Grand House feel like Grand Home.
Favorites: Golden Phoenix, Lido Restaurant, Pho Cuong, Fungs Kitchen
901 N. Broadway Ave.Theres nothing hidden about Hideaway Pizza. Even as locations multiply across the city and suburbs, the Automobile Alley restaurant is still a destination, with its classic interior and glorious neon sign. Hideaway pulls in patrons searching for a pizza robust enough to handle the most toppings allowed by law. Get the Hideaway Special to experience a slice of everything that makes this pizza joint an enduring favorite.
Favorites: Iguana Mexican Grill, Red PrimeSteak, Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse, Cultivar Mexican Kitchen
1 N. Oklahoma Ave.When Oklahoma comes to party, the destination is Bricktown. And for Gazette readers, Bricktown Brewery is the epicenter of the fun-quake. Home to locally brewed beer, big burgers and big flavors, this rapidly expanding concept busted out of Bricktown and made its way to Edmond, Shawnee and Wichita. But the original is still where visitors to OKC come to find a great meal before catching an Oklahoma City Dodgers game.
Favorites: Chelinos Mexican Restaurant, West, Jazmoz Bourbon St. Cafe, KDs Southern Cuisine
5830 N. Classen Blvd.The Curve emerged in the last few years as a dining hotspot. Even as a few places have come and gone (We miss you, Tamazul!), one Classen Curve mainstay has gotten even better. Republic Gastropub remains one of the best restaurants in the area with a killer list of beers in the bottle and on-tap and a menu that gives new meaning to the idea of pub grub. Save room if you can, because Memes Donuts are the perfect cap to a night at Republic.
Favorites: Tuckers Onion Burgers, Upper Crust Pizza, Cafe 501, Flips Wine Bar & Trattoria
The Wedge Pizzeria
230 NE First St.If handmade eats with a gaggle of locals sounds like a fun night, wedge yourself into this crowded, cozy pizza place in Deep Deuce. Lunches pack in guests with an $8 personal pizza and salad combo, or you take the whole office and split a few gourmet pies. Vegan? Vegetarian? Gluten-free? Something they havent even discovered yet? Good news! The Wedge has a pizza for every palate and a great selection of beer to wash it down.
Favorites: Deep Deuce Grill, Slaughters Hall, Urban Johnnie Bar & Grille, Anchor Down
Best Midtown District Restaurant
1212 N. Walker Ave., Suite 101The winner and still champion! Waffle Champion earned this coveted prize again with an updated menu and updated hours. A heads-up to late risers: The breakfast lines are still kinda insane. Theres better news, though: The late-night waffle window means you can still be a champ before you end a night on the town. New selections like pizza grilled cheese and cheeseburger mac join old favorites, including the always-tempting buttermilk fried chicken in a waffle.
Favorites: James E. McNellies Public House, Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, 1492 New World Latin Cuisine, GoGo Sushi
The Wedge Pizzeria
4709 N. Western Ave.The original location still draws big crowds at The Wedge. Oklahoma Citys original gourmet pizzeria was a hit as soon as it opened its kitchen, but at nearly 10 years old, it still grows its popularity by serving up the best flavors and adding plenty of new ones. One of the best secrets, though, is the antipasto platter. Tons of roasted vegetables, cheeses and a smattering of meats can make one of the best appetizers in town a must.
Favorites: Sushi Neko, VZD Restaurant & Bar, The Drum Room, West
Best Downtown Restaurant (Includes Arts District, Film Row District and Farmers Market District)
Kitchen No. 324
324 N. Robinson Ave.With breakfast, lunch and dinner, Kitchen No. 324 has once again won the No. 1 prize for downtown restaurants. Breakfast is still the big draw, but dont sleep on dinner, when the chefs at Kitchen serve a short rib ragu that gets tongues wagging and desserts that might even have some skipping the meal. And for those who cant decide between breakfast or lunch, try some of both, as its brunch menu is served 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Favorites: Museum Cafe, Joeys Pizzeria, Power House, Flint
Big Truck Tacos
530 NW 23rd St.Theres something about those tacos and burritos that hypnotize readers into ringing up Big Truck Tacos for a pick-up order. As much as everyone loves the beef al carbon and the Crispycado, theres nothing like rolling the dice and unwrapping a mysterious 5th Amendment. It could be anything, but its always delicious. Big Truck Tacos also creates more than delicious tacos. Surprise! Try a burrito, cobb salad or a side of potatoes, guacamole or refried black beans with your to-go order.
Favorites: Hideaway Pizza, Empire Slice House, The Garage Burgers & Beer, Thai House Restaurant