Our trip down The Mother Road
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We cruised north on I-44 (Historic Route 66), which became I-35 (still Historic Route 66), and then turned west on
We pulled into the restaurant and got our first impression. It looked to me like a 1950’s entrepreneur time traveled to the 21st century and build his dream restaurant. In the red corner, wearing a 66 foot pop bottle, residing on Route 66, and sporting a diner theme is 1955.
Pops is predominately a restaurant serving diner style food. It also in true classic Route 66 fashion, caters to the car bound traveler. Out front is a six station fuel island and inside is a convenience store. But, the big draw to Pops is 500 different kinds of bottled soda pop. They have modern stuff like the various flavors of AMP, Full Throttle, and Monster Energy drinks. They have to classics; Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, ect. They have classics with a twist; Dr Pepper from
We had to wait about 10-15 minutes to be seated, because even on an early Wednesday night, Pops was hopping. We spent our time checking out the soda for sale in the glass doored coolers, and the soda for decorating, that lined the glass walls. Those bottles are glued to glass shelves, set in front of the glass walls. The bottles are arranged by color to form very eye catching displays.
We were seated and ordered our fare.
Just because we skipped a bottled soda with dinner does not mean we would be ignoring them. Margo and I decided to pick up a few for ourselves and a few for the people back home. We got a couple different kinds of Nehi, Bubble Up, a couple of different kinds of Root Beer, a Ginger Ale, a couple of Orange Cream Sodas, and a Cream Soda. In all we got 12 bottles. Even with a $40 price tag, we were still happy.
We weren’t about to leave without taking a picture of the pop bottle outside.
As we were leaving OKC in the morning, and we were at a gas station, I filled the SUV before we left. We had one more, previously unscheduled, stop. Once we turned onto Route 66 and saw a sign for
We pulled to side of the road and parked. I’m not sure if they have tours or an admission. I would guess they do, but it was after 7 PM and we didn’t see any other cars around. So we just took a few pictures and wondered how and why it was here. I haven’t gotten those questions answered. But, I did find out it has been around for over 100 years, even before Route 66.
We thought about heading back to the Oklahoma City Memorial, to see the Field of Empty Chairs at night. They are lit up, and it supposed to be something to see. But after two major museums, Pops restaurant, and the Round Barn, we were tired. We drove back to our hotel and called it a day.