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Beverly Ferree

The Lazy Donkey Opens Their Second Location Within a Year

Sep 22, 2017

The Lazy Donkey, located at 1224 N Broadway St. in Moore, now has a sister! Owners Jose and Xochitl (pronounced Sochi) Martines opened their second store in less than one year, just west of I-35 on 12th St., between I-35 and Santa Fe, and business is booming.

The Martines’ family came to Oklahoma by way of Georgia, by way of Mexico, and now they consider Moore home.

“The people of Moore have really accepted us,” explained Xochitl. “We were surprised at how good the people of Moore were to us. It humbled us. We were not expecting that.”

Opening a restaurant is not easy, and no one knows that better than Jose and Xochitl. They remodeled their Broadway location by themselves before they opened. And they’re sharing their good fortune and the hard work with their family.

“This is a family business,” said Xochitl. “Everyone working here is related to us; it’s not a chain. And we try to provide good customer service. We want the people of Moore to know how much we appreciate them.”

The Lazy Donkey has a lot of variety on their menu, from the typical Mexican food like tacos, enchiladas and burritos to the more unique plates like chile colorado and chile verde. And everything they serve is fresh including the flour tortillas, rice and beans, salsa, tamales and chile rellenos. And they also have several vegetarian options.

And according to Jeff Albertson at the Moore Monthly, “OMG the queso! It’s the best I’ve ever had!”

But the queso is just the beginning.

“Everything is made fresh here,” said Xochitl. “We love what we do. We love to cook! We have some things that are unique. We serve white queso (cheese) dip. The Lazy Donkey Special is popular. It is shrimp served on a bed of rice with cilantro cream sauce. Hawaiian fajitas are also popular. We take a half a fresh pineapple and fill it with chicken, steak, shrimp, bell peppers and melted cheese. People are really embracing that dish.”

When asked about the name, Xochitl said they just wanted the name to be funny to attract customers.

“You never see donkeys hanging in hammocks!” said Xochitl. “It’s meant to be funny!”

You can visit their Facebook page for more information. 

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