The small Central California city of Oakdale refers to itself as "The Cowboy Capital of the World," which is a fact, as Oakdale is as "country" as a town can get, and Oakdale hosts one of the best rodeos on the West Coast, annually, on the second weekend of April. If you're "country," and you want to "cowboy-up" for some of the best food in town, head over to Cahoots Corner Cafe, located at the corner of "F" Street and North First Avenue in downtown Oakdale.
Photo: "Cowboy up" and head to Cahoots Corner Cafe in downtown Oakdale, where there the parking is free, and the food is delicious. If you're looking to enjoy breakfast, you've come to the right place, as Cahoots is opens at 0500 for breakfast, and the restaurant is open until 3 in the afternoon for lunch. Cahoots is serious about breakfast, as breakfast is served whenever the restaurant is open. Cahoots is a favorite of Oakdale locals, and of the many tourists who pass through Oakdale, on the way to Yosemite National Park.
Today is May 05, 2016, a.k.a. "Cinco de Mayo," and it's 0930, so I'm in the mood for... breakfast... or perhaps an early lunch? Breakfast won out.
Photo: The main dining room, and counter, when you walk in the door from "F" Street. There is another door that opens to the parking lot, on North First Avenue. The main dining room is a mixture of booths, tables, and the very spacious counter, which I love. In keeping with the "western spirit" that the town of Oakdale offers, the decor could be described as "country." The restaurant is very clean, comfortable, and the patrons - mostly Oakdale locals - and the staff are very friendly.
Photo: Another view of the dining room, as seen from the entrance on North First Avenue. The restaurant is a "seat yourself" place, and if you care to, you can grab a menu from the rack, located at the door. Speaking of menu, it offers an extensive variety of "comfort food" and diner fare, which is tops in my book. I really want to stop by for lunch and enjoy one of their burgers, or an order of fish and chips. If you're a fan of breakfast, you're in luck, as Cahoots Corner Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch only, and breakfast is available anytime the restaurant is open.
Photo: There are many funny signs posted on the walls. This sign, posted above one of the entrances to the kitchen, really grabbed my attention. No, I didn't have to pay the $5.00 charge, as there is absolutely nothing to complain about at Cahoots Corner Cafe. As a disclaimer, all of the signs are in fun and give the great sense of humour that abounds in this wonderful restaurant.
Photo: When I dine alone, I prefer to sit at the counter - if a restaurant has one - in order to observe the action, and chat with the staff. As I sit at the counter, and snap this photo, I'm able to watch both of my friendly servers, Jessi Ann and Becky in action, as they pick up orders from the kitchen window. Note the "old school" menu wheel, as the servers still pin the paper orders to the wheel, and rotate it towards the kitchen, just the way this same action was performed, when I was a kid, in the 1960's. The "country" decor of the restaurant is pretty noticeable in this photo.
Photo: Friendly Becky, one of my servers, takes an order from a fellow diner seated at the counter. Becky actually took my order, but it was delivered to me by Jessi Ann, and when I was finished, Becky rang me up at the register. I assume my tip will go to both of these friendly gals.
Photo: My breakfast is delivered by a smiling Jessi Ann in less than 10 minutes after placing my order! That's fast... I wasn't in a hurry, as it was about 0945 in the morning, and when I dine at a fine restaurant, I'm never in a hurry. However, I was impressed by the fast service, as I was barely starting on my second cup of coffee when my breakfast arrived.
Photo: As I was enjoying my breakfast, I flagged down Becky as she walked by and asked to take her photo. Of course she was happy to indulge me. Both Becky and Jessi Ann were absolutely wonderful, as they're both friendly, efficient, and great "people persons." The same can be said for every other staff member that I talked to in this great restaurant.
Photo: I smile, as I'm about to enjoy one of the best breakfasts that I've eaten for a long time, and I'm already on my third mug of fantastic coffee.
Photo: Cahoots Corner Cafe features an extensive breakfast menu, and it took me a couple of minutes to figure out what I wanted, as everything on the menu sounded wonderful. However, I settled on three eggs, potatoes and toast, which seems to be my de facto standard breakfast. When my friendly server asked if I wanted meat, I decided to "go for it" and order sausage. I had the choice between hash brown potatoes, or country potatoes, so I went "country," and when asked if I wanted diced onion and bell pepper in my potatoes, it was an "of course" moment.
My breakfast arrived less than 10 minutes after placing my order. As the photo shows, it was cooked to perfection, and the presentation was beautiful. I really don't need to describe how delicious this breakfast was, as it tasted even better than the photo makes it look. This was one of the best breakfasts that I've enjoyed in a long time.
I LOVE this restaurant! I love the rodeo-theme decor, the friendly staff, and the friendly Oakdale locals. Cahoots serves one of the best breakfasts that I've enjoyed in a long time. You can't go wrong visiting this friendly restaurant when you're visiting Oakdale, California, the "Cowboy Capital of the World."
Cahoots Corner Cafe
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