Best of OKC 1996


Best Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love – Dean Blevins

Best Television Personality – Jenifer Reynolds

Best Morning Radio Team – Rick & Brad

Best Newcomer – Heather Unruh

Best Local Sports Figure – Shannon Miller

Best Local Hero – Oklahoma City Firefighters

Best Local Villain- Timothy McVeigh

Best Ex-OU Jock Still Living in Norman – Bart

Best Government Official – Gov. Frank Keating

Best Straight-Laced Moralist – Larry Jones

Best Person Who Knows How to Have a Good Time –
Barry Switzer

Best Person to Get Run Out of Town – Lynn Hickey



Best Meal for Less Than $10 – City Bites

Best Coffeehouse – Java Dave’s Coffee

Best Brewpub – Bricktown Brewery

Best Service – Pepperoni Grill

Best Outdoor Dining – Pearl’s Oyster Bar

Best Vegetarian Menu – Lovelight

Best Lunch – City Bites

Best Brunch – Jimmy’s Egg

Best Greasy Spoon – Jimmy’s Egg

Best Upscale Dining – Bellini’s Ristorante

Best Barbecue – County Line Barbecue

Best Burgers – Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler

Best Deli – City Bites

Best Fish & Seafood – Pearl’s Oyster Bar

Best Asian – Hunan’s Chinese Restaurant

Best German – Old Germany

Best Healthy Eating – The Earth

Best Indian – Ajanta

Best Italian – Bellini’s Ristorante

Best Mexican – Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant

Best Steakhouse – Cattlemen’s Steakhouse

Best New Restaurant – Zio’s

Best Restaurant to Open in the Past Year –
Abuelo’s Mexican Restraurant and Cantina

Best Restaurant in Edmond – Café 501

Best Restaurant in Norman – The Mont

Best Dining Experience in Bricktown – Chelino’s

Best Restaurant – Outback Steakhouse



Best Car Dealer – Jackie Cooper

Best Locally Owned Eyewear – Eyes, Ltd.

Best Internet Service – America Online

Best Locally Owned Bookstore – Bollinger’s Books

Best Home Accessories – Pier One Imports

Best Tanning Salon – At the Beach

Best Travel Agency – Bentley Hedges Travel
Service Inc

Best Bed & Breakfast – Stone Lion Inn

Best Career Clothing for Women – Dillard’s

Best Career Clothing for Men – Harold’s

Best Casual Clothing for Women – The Gap Store

Best Casual Clothing for Men – The Gap Store

Best Bicycle Store – Al’s Bicycles

Best Liquor Store – Byron’s Liquor Warehouse

Best Tobacco Shop – Ziggyz Smoke Novelty Shop

Best Non-Mall Shopping – Casady Square

Best Used Records, CDs & Tapes – CD

Best Birthing Center – Mercy Health Center

Best Antiques – Spivey’s Used Furniture &

Best Hand-Crafted Jewelry – B.C. Clark Jewelers

Best Engagement Rings – B.C. Clark Jewelers

Best Facials – LeVisage

Best Scuba Shop – Frank’s Underwater Sports

Best Financial Institution in Norman – Boatmen’s

Best Shopping Experience in Edmond – Downtown

Best for Gifts in Edmond – Paper Lion

Best New Business in Norman – Café Plaid

Best New Business in Edmond – Café 501



Best Gay Bar – Angles

Best Strip Bar – Cover Girls

Best Honky Tonk – In Cahoots

Best Place to Hear Live Music – VZD’s

Best Roller Hockey Rink – Billy Balloo’s

Best Place for Cocktails – Flip’s Wine Bar &

Best Indoor Attraction – Movies

Best Local Attraction – Oklahoma City Zoo

Best Place to Indulge a Guilty Pleasure –
Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores

Best Place That Symbolizes Oklahoma City –
National Cowboy Hall of Fame

Best Place Where College Students Don’t Go in
Norman – Class



Best Undeveloped Treasure – Paseo District

Best Replacement for Cross on Edmond’s City Seal
– Nothing

Best Name for the Bricktown Ballpark – Nothing

Best MAPS Project That ought to Be Dropped – All
of Them

Best Performing Arts Group – Oklahoma City

Best Non-Profit Group – Feed the Children

Best Community-Spirited Business – Mathis
Brothers Furniture

Best Thing That Happened This Year – The Return
of the Festival of the Arts

Best Disappointment – MAPS

Best Public Art – Crystal Bridge at the Myriad

Best Eyesore – Belle Isle Power Plant

Best Thing Oklahoma City Needs That It Doesn’t
Have – An unbiased Newspaper

Best Thing Oklahoma City Has That It Doesn’t
Need – Gangs

Gazette staff

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