Bethany doesn’t seem like a big town even though it’s surrounded by Oklahoma City. On old Route 66 you can still find a small downtown area that is thriving with small shops and local businesses. You can also find the Stray Dog Café, a great place to enjoy breakfast or lunch.
This is a small café- not much room, so it gets full quickly. We try to visit on off days, tried once to go on a Saturday- no, too many people. Usually we seat ourselves and the wait staff is quick to bring menus and a dog dish filled with fresh popcorn. Seems a bit odd but it follows the theme. I’m always too late for breakfast (can’t get up that early) but the menu items look good. All I’ve had is their lunch menu- burgers and hot dogs. I’ve tried several of the burgers and liked them all. The fries are good as are the onion rings. My favorites are the hot dogs- Mae always gets the mac and cheese dog. Yes it is smothered in extra cheesy mac and cheese and just for fun you can get it with a side of mac and cheese (yes Mae did that one visit). I had a bite, it was good I really liked the extra cheese melted on top. My go-to hot dog is wrapped in bacon and deep-fried. Really is as good as it sounds.
The staff is always friendly and attentive. I’ve never had a long wait for food. The only problem is the location on Route 66 (or NW 39th St, which ever you want to use) is hard to get in and out of if you park in front. So just go around the block and you’ll find a huge parking lot with an entrance on the back of the café as well. Also check their Facebook page, the hours change with them closing early some nights and staying open later on others.
Address: 6722 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK
It’s no secret that there are a lot of Tex-Mex restaurants in the OKC metro but one of my favorites is San Marcos. I was first introduced to their food in 2002, one of my husbands’ co-workers took him there for lunch. A few days later, my husband thought I would enjoy their food as well. At this point I was pregnant and would eat anything spicy (which is interesting since the child now hates everything spicy). I really like their chips- the queso isn’t bad and even though I haven’t had it in a while, I remember their salsa being good as well.
Now if you’ve been reading me for a while, you know that once I find one thing to eat at a restaurant, I stick with it. I have been eating their chimichangas with sour cream sauce for ever but one night I got wild and tried their Pizzadilla De Lujo. Wow, was this good and different. Between 2 huge flour tortillas there was cheese, fajita beef, onions, peppers, and bacon. I really love this but you need to have a big appetite to eat it. Yes it does come with rice and beans. It was truly a different way to mix up pizza with Tex-Mex cooking. Their chimichangas are also good, but I have had better at Zarate’s in Edmond. I love their rice but really don’t care much for their beans, a bit too runny for me. At the end of the meal you do get a sopapilla, so try to leave some room.
The first location I visited was on the southside of OKC but they have expanded to NW OKC and I frequently visit the North Rockwell location. A few years ago they took over an old closed up Burger King and turned it into a colorful representation of a Spanish villa. I have always had good service at the locations I’ve visited and the food has always been good. I’m giving them 5 strips of bacon just for that pizzadilla.
Address: 2301 SW 59th St; 4024 N May Ave.; 12201 N Rockwell Ave.; 4101 N MacArthur Blvd.; 1732 S Meridian Ave., all in Oklahoma City.