If you ever find yourself anywhere near Oklahoma City, check out Pops, a combination gas-station, cafe, shake shop and “soda ranch.”
Just a short 30-minute drive from Oklahoma City, this roadside oddity shrugs-off the historic Rt. 66 dust and beckons tourists with a gleaming steel and glass building. A 66-foot-tall soda bottle sculpture (illuminated at night with LED lights) stands post out front — a monument to the store’s offering — a selection of more than 600 types of soda pop.
Note: The address is Albuquerque, but it’s a bit past the city’s west side. Look for Exit 140 W (Rio Puerco) or —- E. Do not rely on your GPS to find this! It is in one of those infamous New Mexico alien zones or something.
Quick Take: Tasty, hot, and fresh. Not necessarily fast, but the hand-shaped burgers are cooked to order. Relax and do some people watching while you wait.
We ate a lot of burgers this year. Heck, it’s late in the year and we are still eating burgers. We traveled a lot too — from New Mexico to Alabama (a couple times) and from Florida to Ohio and back again. Plus, there were a ton of day trips around Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Frankly, we did so much traveling that sometimes the hope of finding the next great burger was what kept us driving. For now, we focus on best burgers New Mexico. (It’s a great state. If you haven’t been, you should get there!) Continue reading Best Burgers We Ate This Year