When we were brainstorming our Spring Issue 5, we decided it would be fun to take Prairie Hive on the road. And just like that — Prairie Hive Travels was born!
Our first stop was along the country’s most famous highway, Route 66, where we stopped to recharge before hitting the state capitol, Oklahoma City.
We had such a fun adventure traveling to and from the city, which is about 100 or so miles west of Tulsa. We shopped, took in the sights of some famous buildings and monuments, and we ate.
Boy, did we eat.
First stop was a little gas station/restaurant that’s become quite famous in our region — a spot called Pops in Arcadia, just outside of Oklahoma City.
Image via drivingroute66
It’s impossible to miss this unique spot on Route 66 — the 66-foot tall giant pop bottle is a landmark for the working gas station, convenience store, and restaurant. You can stop to get gas, eat a yummy hamburger at the restaurant, and shop for pop. What else?
Pops has some 500 different sodas to choose from. We had a blast stocking up on favorites from root beer, to orange and grape sodas to classic Dr. Pepper. Yum!
The funny part of our trip was the weather — it was freezing! We had just been experiencing typical Oklahoma weather schizophrenia, so it was supposed to be warm-ish. And none of us were prepared for the chilly weather that day… we needed heavy coats.
But we soldiered on…to Zorba’s.
By this time, we were starving. It was tempting to eat some fries at Pops, but we wanted to try this Mediterranean restaurant instead.
And trust me, it worth it!
I’m still hungry for my chicken kabob dinner, the delicious hummus and the unbelievable appetizer sampler and pizza the other ladies tried. I was so hungry, I could barely sit still as Dawn, Alayna and Roxanne took photos. Food blogging is tough work.
But my favorite part of the lunch was the tabbouleh. You can tell in one bite that the restaurant has been in OKC for more than 20 years. Lemony and fresh, it’s hands-down the best tabbouleh I’ve had. I’m still dreaming of it.
If you can’t pack in the car and head to OKC, here’s a delicious Greek Panzanella salad from the Barefoot Contessa to tide you over.
Image from Channeling Contessa
Look for lots more from our Prairie Hive Travels trip to OKC in the coming weeks! We’ll feature cupcakes, coffee and lots of shopping.