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
The NW 63rd and Meridian location is now closed as of October 2018, wonder why?
The whole purpose of my Food Friday’s on this blog is to introduce you to new local places and tell you what it’s like to eat there, that way you can make a decision if you would like to try it or not. Most places are great and I don’t have many complaints but every once in a while I come across a restaurant that is just horrible. Well that happened to me and Mae a few weeks ago when we stopped at Jim’s Diner on NW 63rd and Meridian. I have wanted to try Jim’s Diner for years, the location at NW 39th Expressway and Council is always busy so it must be good, right? Well maybe that location is because their new location on NW 63rd isn’t.
Let’s start this tale on a Saturday morning, I had to take Mae to Pender’s Music for some new clarinet reeds, while we were there I suggested Jim’s Diner for breakfast. We were seated quickly and since it was around 10:30a, there weren’t many people left in the dining room. So that’s why it was unusual to me that it took the waitress a while to get to us. That should have been a red flag. After she took our order, she brought our drinks and vanished. I’m not joking about this, gone for almost 30 minutes. 27 minutes to be exact, that’s how long it took from placing our order to when she brought the order to us. I was just about to leave, when she brought Mae’s pancakes and part of my order, the hash browns and bacon. What was missing was my spinach and Swiss omelet. She seemed surprised when I asked about it, and away she went again. Took her 5 minutes to come back with this sorry excuse for an omelet. First of all it was sitting in water, what’s up with that? There were a couple leaves of spinach inside and on top were 2 slices of that cheap “Swiss” cheese that is really just white American cheese. I managed to choke down this pathetic excuse for an omelet without anything to drink because the waitress didn’t refill our drinks. After I finished, we sat there for another 20 minutes until the waitress brought the check. At this point I asked for a to go box for Mae’s pancakes, long story short Mae got her own box because we didn’t see the waitress again. I was going to pay the check with a card, but since she never came back I used cash. Lucky for me I had exact change, because there was no way in hell I was leaving a tip.
This whole experience took about an hour and a half, easily the worst customer service I had dealt with in a long time. So I’m not giving any strips of bacon. In case you’re wondering, no the hash browns, bacon, and pancakes weren’t much better. So if you’re looking for some place to have breakfast, skip Jim’s Diner on NW 63rd and Meridian. Because of this experience I will not try the location on NW 39th Expressway, so if it’s better, I’ll never know.
Address: 6317 N Meridian, OKC.