A Howling Good Time

El Coyote – a new bar and cantina in OKC’s Britton Town – is inspired by the aesthetic and flavors of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The joint is helmed by chef Jonathon Stranger, who has led other OKC-based culinary concepts including Osteria and Bar Cicchetti. For El Coyote, Stranger’s goal was to bring an authentic Southwest cantina experience to diners.

The restaurant, open seven days a week for dinner as well as Saturday and Sunday for brunch, has a menu that will surely entice. Start with apps that range from red chile rib tips to green chile chicken nachos, guacamole or posole. Tacos are a star of the menu, and you can order them a la carte or with a heartier platter. Options range from chicken verde to pork adovada and shredded beef, all served on house-made blue corn tortillas.

Other entrees will get you mouth watering; try the green chili double cheeseburger with sauteed onion, lime crema, cheese and lettuce, or the roasted mushroom chile relleno with beans, shredded cheese, pickled onion and queso fresco. Finish off with a Mexican hot chocolate cake or a sopapilla sundae. And brunch lovers get an additional menu to enjoy, with highlights like chorizo breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros and cinnamon and caramel flan. 

It wouldn’t be the full cantina experience without a selection of margaritas, and El Coyote doesn’t disappoint. Try the Devil’s Canyon with reposado tequila, raspberry-jalapeno syrup, lime juice and Tajin, or the Taos Desert Heat, with green chili and strawberry-infused tequila and triple sec. Alongside a selection of beers and wines, El Coyote also offers craft cocktails like spiced apple sangria and horchata. 

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