Best of OKC 2020: COVID


Best restaurant you feel COVID-safe dining in

Picasso Cafe
3009 Paseo

Pearl’s Oyster Bar, 5641 N. Classen Blvd.
Pizzeria Gusto, 2415 N. Walker Ave.
Taj Cuisine of India, 1500 NW 23rd St.
The Jones Assembly, 901 W. Sheridan Ave.

Best COVID-safe gym

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City
several metro locations

Gold’s Gym, several metro locations
Lifetime Fitness, 2563 W. Memorial Rd.
Union Performance, 7994 N. Olie Ave.
VASA Fitness, two metro locations

Best local fitness livestream

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

405 Yoga
Aalim Dance Academy
Soul Yoga
This Land Yoga

Best garden shop

Marcum’s Nursery
2121 SW 119th St.

Calvert’s Plant Interiors, 5308 N. Classen Blvd.
Organics Okc, 2800 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
The Green House Inc., 1708 24th Ave SW, Norman
The Plant Shoppe, 835 W. Sheridan Ave., Suite 100

Best outdoor home improvement specialists

TLC Garden Centers
two metro locations

Brassfield Landscaping
Forest Lumber Company, 300 N. Mat Ave.
Garden Ponds Unlimited, 310 SW 1st St., Moore
Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity ReStore, several metro locations

Best COVID-safe dispensary

The Classen Collective
2717 N. Classen Blvd.

Likewise Cannabis, several metro locations
Stars and Stripes Dispensary, 7213 S Council Rd.
Tegridy Market, 2811 Dorchester Dr.
UWD Dispensary + CBD, two metro locations

Best COVID-safe barber or salon

The Iron Rose Salon
3124 N. Classen Blvd.

Hair by DeRae, 2814 SW 104th St.
MK Willow, 4200 N. Western Ave.
Saving Faces Salon/Spa, 2912 Lakeside Dr., Unit 11
Sustain Salon, 1624 Linwood Blvd

Best COVID-safe tattoo shop

Atomic Lotus Tattoo
409 NW 23rd St.

Black Magic Tattoo, 29 NE 9th St.
Fallen Angel Tattoo & Body Piercing, 916 SE 89th St., Suite B
Ink Plug Tattoo Co., 409 E. California Ave.
Keepsake Tattoo, 2519 NW 23rd St. Suite 110

Best local grocer, deli, or specialty food shop

Paseo Farmers Market
3020 N. Walker Ave.

Easy Freezy Freezer Meals, 9309 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Mediterranean Imports & Deli, 5620 N. May Ave.
N D Foods, 2632 W. Britton Rd.
Urban Agrarian, 1235 SW 2nd St.

Best local arts & culture program to go online

deadCenter Film Festival
701 W. Sheridan Ave., Suite 110

Adèle Wolf Productions
Art Moves
Arts Council OKC
LIVE @ Mix-Tape, Factory Obscura, 25 NW 9th St.
Oklahoma Contemporary, 11 NW 11th St.

Best local music livestream (program or musician)

Twilight Summer Concert Series @ The Jones Assembly, Arts Council OKC

Kyle Dillingham
LIVE [STREAM] From Ponyboy
Superfreak From Home
The Hosty House Sunday Night Show

Best continuing ed that had smoothest online transition

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
900 N. Portland Ave.

Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May Ave.
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, 900 N. Portland Ave.
Rose State College, 6420 SE 15th St., Midwest City
University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N. University Drive, Edmond
University of Oklahoma, 660 Parrington Oval, Norman

Best local park for social distancing meet-ups


Scissortail Park
300 SW 7th St.

When I-40 was relocated a few blocks south, what once was an ugly bunch of dilapidated buildings and junkyards was suddenly the gateway to downtown.  City planners saw an opportunity and with the generous aid of taxpayers, the third round of MAPS provided the funds for a completely new 40-acre park.  The park has been a smash hit with paddle boats, an outdoor skating rink, a great lawn and many socially-distance events.  It’s simply a great place to get out and walk and be outside and when the lower park is complete in two years, it will connect the central business district to the Oklahoma River.

Bricktown River Walk Park, 400 E. Reno Ave.
Mitch Park, 1501 W. Covell Rd., Edmond
Myriad Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave.
Will Rogers Park, 3400 NW 36th St.

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