August 19th, 2009 by Whitney Shae – Comments (6)
Vrrrooommm Vrrrooommm…Road Trip!
After an afternoon drive to Oklahoma City and a visit to my Alma-mater, UCO, in Edmond, we decided to take an alternate route and head down Route 66 making our way back to Tulsa. As we drove down this famous historic roadway, we recalled that this road was the main form of traveling for many people during the Dust Bowl in the 1930′s. Established in 1926, the famous highway ran from Chicago, Illinois through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California before ending in Los Angeles. Just think of how many great restaurants line this 2,448 miles of highway!
In case you haven’t heard of the world-famous, Pops, this multi-dimensional station was started in none other but Arcadia, Oklahoma! This ultra-modern and innovative restaurant/gas station/drink stop is a landmark in the middle of a few grass fields right off of the world famous Route 66. Pops is known for many things, but I’m sure that you can guess the top reason that people from all over the world stop here! POPS’ #1 signature is just that – soda pop – with a record-breaking selection of more than 500 ice-cold sodas and beverages. Like root beer? POPS has 60 varieties. Or cream soda? Find more than 40 flavors.
In my college days , Pops was a great hangout place for a refreshing drink after a day at Lake Arcadia. It is a great place to take an out-of-towner! An onlooker may think that a rocket ship from another planet has just landed when inching closer and closer to this must-see landmark. Rising into the sky 66 feet is a swirled soda bottle and straw. Night-time is the best time to see this site, as LED lights transform it into a dazzling light show. Beside the soda bottle is an very unique, eye-catching building, uniquely structured with all glass walls/windows/doors that expose a rainbow of glass soda-pop bottles lining the shelves. Almost all of the drinks are in glass bottles with aluminum old-fashioned pop-tops. There is plenty of seating both indoor and outdoor. The outdoor seating displays an immaculate view of rows and rows of beautifully blossomed trees. Indoor is an awesome experience also, like being inside an old-fashioned soda-shop! My favorite place to sit is in the black swirly chairs lining the bar.
For dinner, I had the Crispy Chicken Salad sprinkled with crisp bacon, diced eggs, soft cheddar cheese, and paired with a Vanilla Diet Dr. Pepper. My friend had the amazing Signature burger with crinkle cut fries and Boylan’s Root Beer! Pops is known for their burgers, made from one of Oklahoma’s best organic producers. The NoName Ranch produces all-natural beef, raised and processed in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. The goal of NoName Ranch is to raise a unique breed of cattle known for their leanness and great flavor, using organic techniques. Free of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics, NoName Ranch beef is a healthy home grown alternative. POPS Signature burger is made with 7ounces of No Name Ranch all natural ground beef!
We decided to order a cookies-n-cream milkshake on our way out, but took a few bites of it and decided to toss it. I can honestly say I have never thrown a milkshake away before this trip! It tasted good, but didn’t explode with flavor like we expected, so the disappointment led us to the trash can.
We just wanted to give a shout out to our awesome server Chase. What a great attitude and great ability to serve guests at Pops!
I can’t wait to go back! Next time I will order the Signature burger, and feel good about eating it!
660 W Highway 66
Arcadia, OK 73007-9148