Best of OKC 2018

OKC's original readers' poll

Best of OKC is Oklahoma Gazette’s opportunity to get truly type A on you, to extol the virtues of getting to the top of your game in Oklahoma City. When you reach No. 1 in your category of the 2018 Best of OKC issue, it means that a sizeable percentage of more than 1 million votes chose you above your closest competitors. That gives you, your organization, your restaurant or your place of business bragging rights all the way through next year. In this fair city, winning Best of OKC makes winning the Good Housekeeping seal of approval, getting an acrylic trophy from J.D. Power and Associates or earning a Best New Music rating on Pitchfork seem like extremely small, almost microscopic potatoes.

OK, so perhaps that was a little too type A, but for Gazette readers, Best of OKC is an invaluable fail-safe guide to the coolest things about living here. Most people have friends who can point them to the best places to eat, drink, shop or experience great performances, but with Best of OKC, you have hordes of readers giving you the best advice about the best things. Best of OKC is also the best issue to find the most uses of the word “best” and the best uses of the word “best.”

With this Best of OKC issue, Oklahoma Gazette has ventured into the realm of bests 34 times, and every issue gets more difficult because Oklahoma City just gets better, or “bestier.” We’re not complaining, though; we’ll take all these enormous strides toward excellence. Keep doing what we’re doing, and we’ll have to change the lyrics to the official state song to “You’re doing best, Oklahoma.”

So be best.

By Gazette staff. Cover by Kimberly Lynch. Photos by Alexa Ace.