Friday, January 11, 2008

Get Your Soda Fix On Route 66

During our recent trip to Oklahoma, the Franklin Avenue crew checked out a brand new Route 66 landmark: POPS, an unusual restaurant/convenience store/soda farm/gas station hybrid.

Located in Arcadia, near Oklahoma City, the new attraction is the talk of Route 66 fans (who aren't used to new roadside spots on the storied road), and appears to be consistently packed.

Outside, The futuristic building features a massive 66 ft. soda bottle, which lights up at night in neon colors.

Inside, hundreds of soda bottles line the walls, while refrigerated cases boast tons of exotic sodas from the U.S. and abroad. (It's a collection that rivals our own Galco's Soda Pop Stop, but in a much more modern setting.)

We didn't bother trying to eat there; the wait for a table was long. We also didn't pump any gas. But we did buy a ton of soda. (Which, sadly, we left at my parents' house.) I was intrigued by a natural banana soda, and a honey root beer, among others.

Above, the soda fountain even featured Dublin Dr. Pepper-- the version of Dr. Pepper that is still made with sugar cane.

POPS is northeast of Oklahoma City, just east of Edmond.
660 W. Highway 66, Arcadia, OK 73007

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