Bad Brad’s Not Too Bad
Bad Brad’s BBQ is located at 700 West Main in Historic downtown Yukon, 20 minutes west of Oklahoma City. Open for lunch and dinner, you can contact them at (405) 354-2122, or visit their website.
What was once a poor man’s meal has become a rare delicacy in the world. Though my own granddad may have bought it for a nickel at the general store each week, it’s not something one sees regularly anymore. Yet one place dares to serve it, not apologizing for its brazen attempt to bring back what was once thought extinct. Ladies and gentlemen, I am speaking of thick-sliced, moist, smoked bologna!
Just past the quaint, but well kept, downtown Yukon grain elevator and old-fashioned brick buildings is the best “west side” barbecue anyone could ask for. Standing in stark contrast to the over-smoked, dried-out meats of other BBQ joints in west Oklahoma City (I won’t name specific places, but one rhymes with Moklahoma Nation), Yukon’s Bad Brad’s serves up moist, tender cuts of bologna, turkey, chicken, and ribs. They carry the standard BBQ love affairs – beans, potato salad, baked potatoes. It’s not innovation, but execution that makes Brad’s stand out amongst the masses. Their food is, in a word, delicious!
If you can get past the kitchen staff’s love of chaos (somtetimes slow) and the waitstaff’s precocious, direct attitude, you will love the home cooking that Bad Brad’s brings to Oklahoma. On top of that, it is actually more affordable than most BBQ restaurants in the area. Most meals are under 10 dollars. Try the cobbler a la mode, in multiple fruit options. Brad’s is worth the drive. Just take historic Route 66 through Bethany. Who knows? You might see something new…