One of the highlights of my summer has always been the annual road trip that I take with my mom. For the past 14 years we’ve made the trek through Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas visiting with relatives and stopping any time something unique catches our eye. Several years ago my cousin encouraged us to take a short trip out to Arcadia, located just outside of Oklahoma City, so we could visit Pops. I have to say, it’s one of the coolest places I’ve been introduced to in a long time.
Located on Route 66, Pops is more than a gas station with great architecture. They have the largest selection of glass bottled soda I’ve ever seen. It lines the walls of the store, casting a colorful rainbow as the sun shines through the huge windows that run the length of the building.
I make it a point to stop in and peruse their selection of over 600 varieties of bottled soda every time I visit. It’s a great place to pick up favorites like Cheerwine, RC Cola, or Dog n Suds Rootbeer. They’re also one of the few places left that sell Dublin Dr Pepper made with Imperial Cane Sugar. They rotate their stock frequently, so there is always something new to discover.
Up until my latest trip I'd never stopped long enough to do more than drink my weight in soda from their bottomless fountain. This trip we decided to change that.
Let me tell you, I've been missing out! The burger was one of the best I'd ever had and I don't say that lightly. Anyone who has been around me longer than a day knows I am incredibly selective about my burgers. I need quality toppings and a good bun to burger ratio (some might call me picky, but I hate it when the bun eclipses the burger.) This burger had everything a girl could want, plus it was topped with a delicious house made BBQ sauce.
Have I made you hungry yet? The Pulled Pork Quesadilla and Fried Okra were pretty darn tasty too (you know I had to sneak a bite.)
There is a Kid's menu, but I forgot to write down what is on it, other than the corn dog and fries we ordered. At that point I already had my mind on dessert, which is not to be missed. We tried the Root Beer Bread Pudding... I think it was at this point that I died and went to junk food heaven.
In case you were wondering...
The entire bill for 3, including bottomless drinks and dessert ended up being $32 plus tip. The portions were generous, the prices were reasonable, and the food absolutely delicious.
As I've said, I've been missing out by not eating lunch here.
Before I left I walked around the soda ranch in hopes of finding Dog n Suds Root beer. They didn't have it this trip, but I did stumble across something I thought I'd never drink again— Dublin Dr Pepper.
I have a self imposed 2 case limit for taking soda with me. I want to drink all the soda all the time if I don't limit myself. It was hard to narrow down my choices to 12 bottles, but here is what I brought back:
- Americana Honey Cream
- Cool Mountain Strawberry
- Dang! Thats Good Butterscotch Root Beer
- Dublin Dr Pepper
- MacFuddy - Infused with Luck - 12oz for 24 Hours of Favorable Outcomes
- Red Ribbon Almond Cream Soda
- Rocket Fizz Chocolate Soda with Strawberry & Real Cocoa
- Route 66 Sodas - Black Cherry
- Taylor's Tonics Chai Cola - select herbs, tea & fizz to life your spirits
- The Original Firemans Brew Black Cherry Soda
- Virgil's Black Cherry Cream Soda (my new favorite cherry soda!)
- Virgil's Dr Better
10 out of 12 are sodas I'll be trying for the first time, but I couldn't resist picking up bottles of Dublin Dr Pepper and MacFuddy (which reminds me of what Dr Pepper would taste like if it had cherry in it.)
Address: 660 OK-66 | Arcadia, OK 73007
Phone: 405-928-POPS (7677)
Lunch/Dinner 10:30am - 9pm
Breakfast Saturday/Sunday only 7am - 10:30am
Store Hours: Open Daily 6am - 10pm
The full menu is available on their website
It's the effervescent essence of Route 66: colorful, free-wheeling, fun. POPS answers the call of the road: our unquenchable thirst for adventure.
Gas Station • Restaurant • Soda Ranch • Shake Shack
RESTAURANT: Take a front-row seat at the counter where the sights include bubbly POPS fountain service and hand-dipped ice cream milkshakes. Or choose a booth, a window table or, weather permitting, a table on POPS' patio. Way cool.
From mouthwatering Chicken Fried Steak, to tasty burgers and sandwiches, POPS Restaurant has it all! Come in and try our signature burgers, made with 100% Certified Angus Beef and a variety of toppings and sauces!
SODA RANCH: Any given day, a FEW choices in a beverage selection of over 600 will be temporarily unavailable. Let our soda gurus guide you to a refreshing alternative. That's the adventure!
SHAKE SHACK: Choose from 10 signature flavors to enjoy the shake or malt of your dreams! Plus, seemingly endless float combinations from our huge soda selection! Our premium Blue Bell ice cream is hand-dipped and simply sublime. You see why POPS shakes are giving sodas some serious competition!
Caramel • Peanut Butter Cup • Chocolate • Salted Caramel • Coffee • Vanilla • Pumpkin Pie • Cookies 'n' Cream • Strawberry • Double Chocolate