Athens relishes hotdog joints

It’s 2 p.m. on Friday. Because of this silly switch to semesters, not only do OU students have class on Friday, there is no longer such a thing as Bobcat time. With students in and out of class at different times, there never really seems to be a rush at restaurants uptown. While this may not be beneficial to the businesses, it’s perfect for the student looking to grad a quick bite before rushing off to class.

Photos of dogs hanging above the counter top at O’Betty’s on Union.

Without a consistent time of students out of class, there is no lunch rush in restaurants, allowing customers a quick in-and-out to grab something to eat. But if the fast food joints aren’t appealing to you, then head on over to O’Betty’s. Well, head to one of the O’Betty’s; as of winter 2012, O’Betty’s on Union opened, enabling students and Athens locals alike to partake in the delicious dogs.

O’Betty’s on Union is a tad bit larger than the original O’Betty’s Red Hot! located on West State Street, but both have the flair of a burlesque show that the restaurants were named for. Each dog on the menu is named after a famous burlesque dancer, such as the Gypsy for Gypsy Rose Lee and the Dixie for Dixie Evans. Each dog is as unique as the dancer who it shares names with.

The full O’Betty’s menu.

With countless toppings, O’Betty’s can also make any dog sans the toppings. Don’t worry; vegetarians can indulge in a dog as well. O’Betty’s can make any dog into a “shy dog” for a veggie option. Also, customers can add “Show (S)toppers” to their dogs ranging from free to 75-cent toppings. For those picky eaters out there, the Hootchy-Kootchy dog is the perfect choice. The Hootchy-Kootchy lets customers “make their own burlesque show” meaning customers can choose whatever toppings they want. If that’s not your favorite, any dog can be ordered without certain toppings.

If this isn’t enough to draw you into O’Betty’s, then the deals will. During the early afternoon, from 11-2, O’Betty’s offers a Matinee Special: customers can get a hotdog, drink and a side of fries all for $6.25. For those who may argue this is expensive, just walk across the street to Buffalo Wild Wings and the meal will be a similar price, if not more expensive.

O’Betty’s on Union also offers Boxcar Burlesque Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 9-2. All the dogs are available then, of course. However, taking a bite into these breakfast items is worth getting up early for. Patrons can order steak and eggs, omelettes, potato pancakes and a vegetarian scramble. While these items don’t have burlesque names like the dogs, they’re just as unique and delicious as the hotdogs O’Betty’s serves on a daily basis.

The faux-fur lined booths at O’Betty’s on Union.

Next time you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, take O’Betty’s Red Hot! and O’Betty’s on Union into consideration. With two locations, getting a good hotdog isn’t too far out of the way for anyone. These dog stands need to be on all OU students’ bucket lists.

O’Betty’s on Union is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 a.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. O’Betty’s Red Hot! is open Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 a.m. and Sunday noon-8 p.m. Items range from $2.75-$6.25.


[NOTE: At the time this post was written, O’Betty’s on Union was open. Since then, the Union location of the hot dog joint has since closed.]


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