A few weeks ago we had a nice weekend, so we went east on old Route 66. After a quick drive through Wellston, we found The Butcher BBQ Stand where 66B joins Route 66 on the east side of town. I had read about them online and knew if you weren’t in line early, you might not get any food. It was already after noon but we decided to stop anyway.
There was no line outside, so I thought that was a good sign until we got inside and saw the line that went around the dining area. Since we had come that far we decided to stay and see how long it would take. Now to be honest, the line did move pretty well but it still took us 30 minutes before we got to the front to order. Fortunately, they still had quite a bit of food still available, Big K got the rednexican nachos and I got a 2-meat plate with sausage and burnt ends. Before we even got to a table, our dinner was ready. I was surprised by the amount of food on the plate, there was a lot. Not just the 2 meats but sides of potato salad and mac and cheese as well as a huge piece of Texas toast. I jumped right in with the sausage, it had a smoky flavor, quite good. Now the burnt ends were great, melted in my mouth. Perfect combination of fat and meat, and crisp but tender. These were true meat candy and I highly recommend them. The potato salad was good as well but the homemade mac and cheese really stood out. Spiral pasta in a rich cheese sauce that had a sharpness to it that gave it a bit of a kick. Now the rednexican nachos that Big K got were the same way, lots of food piled on a tray. He got his nachos piled high with pulled pork, with creamy queso and barbecue sauce over top. He thought they were some of the best nachos he had ever eaten. Very flavorful with the different combination of food.
So I will highly recommend a drive up old Route 66 to Wellston for The Butcher BBQ Stand. It’s even worth the wait to stand in line. This was easily the best barbeque I’ve had in Oklahoma in a while. The service was great, very friendly employees. I will give the 5 strips of bacon with some of those burnt ends.
During a recent trip to Tulsa, we decided that we wanted to try something different for breakfast. It was this desire for difference that led us to 918 Coffee. I ordered a ham and cheddar bagel sandwich and a hot Heath Bar Latte. The bagel sandwich was perfectly toasted and provided the morning fuel that I needed for the rest of our trip. The latte was warm and satisfying, and the baristas even took the time to create a latte art leaf on the top. It was called a Heath Bar Latte as it tasted like a Heath Bar. I highly recommend 918 Coffee to anyone in the Tulsa area. Written by Mae.
From the backseat Mae suggested this place and her dad was a second on this, so I turned the Jeep around and we stopped. Located in an old service station right along Historic Route 66, I was pleasantly surprised. You can go in either the older section or through what was once huge garage doors. Up to the counter where the young ladies working there were super friendly. We all got bagel sandwiches with ham and cheddar. Miss Mae got the latte while me and Big K wanted something cooler. We both went with frappes, I had a peppermint patty and he had a Reese’s peanut butter. They were really good, mine was cool and minty, perfect for the hot day ahead. The sandwiches were also really good, toasted. The atmosphere was great for automobile history fans like us (Big K is also a mechanic so he loves this stuff), sitting in the old bays of the shop. They also had nice automobilia with signs and an old tool cabinet. The entrance was built in 1928, with the shop part built in 1946. It became a coffee shop in 2013. Just really cool to sit on Route 66 and eat in a former gas station and auto shop. I will go back the next time I’m in Tulsa. 5 strips of bacon.
Address: 2446 E. 11th St., Tulsa.
I’ve gone through El Reno many times and have always seen Sid’s Diner sitting on a corner of Route 66 but never stopped. Finally, this past summer, the crowds looked manageable so on a hot afternoon we stopped for lunch. This is place is a straight up diner, so it is very small but we got a good seat at a small table in the back. They do have other items to order but since they are known for their onion burgers, that’s what at least 2 of us got (my daughter doesn’t like fried onions, no she’s not human). The burgers were good, lots of fried onion mixed with the meat. A downside was that I couldn’t find the condiments so it was a bit dry but not a deal breaker. The sides are just standard fare- fries and onion rings, nothing really special. The service was good but like I stated, it is small, so if you are claustrophobic like me, this isn’t the best place to be on a busy Saturday afternoon. One of the main reasons it gets so busy is because it does sit on a corner of Route 66 though El Reno. This diner has been on many different national tv shows which has boosted it’s popularity. It opened in the late 1980’s and was previously the location of the historic El Reno Hotel, which now sits on the grounds of the Canadian County Historical Museum. I will give it 3 strips of bacon, because I thought with all of the hype, it could have been much better.
Address: 300 S. Choctaw Ave., El Reno, OK
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