Wednesday, October 3, 2007
West Plains Time Warp at the Suds N'.
A short distance across the border from Mammoth Spring, you'll find the town of West Plains, MO -- home of the Zizzers. This small metropolis is home to many wonders -- but none that surprised me more than the Suds 'N'.
Traveling through the area on a Friday night in September, craving a banana split, my traveling companion and I found this wonder along Business 63 downtown. The neon lit up the moonless night like a beacon into the past. We pulled up for a try.
It was 8:45 on a Monday night, when all rational people should be home watching football on TV. Instead, the parking lot was half full of happy, talkative customers.
Had to be pretty good, right?
Your order can either be prepared to eat there, or to go. There's even a dining room full of memorabilia inside.
And then there's the root beer -- ho boy. Mighty fine.
But our treat this night was a classic banana split. And at $2.49, we couldn't go wrong. It didn't take long for our carhop to deliver the goods. And what a classic -- a banana, split lengthwise in half, with squirts of soft serve ice cream alongside -- with gobs of strawberry, chocolate, and pineapple topping. And it was divine -- especially on a night where it was about 65 degrees out.
Oh, and they were served in banana boats! How cool!
To find this blast from the past, travel up Highway 63 from Mammoth Springs. When you get to West Plains, take the business loop. The restaurant will be on your right -- about a block past another (yes, another!) drive in. The physical address is 301 W. Broadway. And you can call in your order in advance to (417) 256-6128.
UPDATE: Suds N' closed for good in October 2013.
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Labels: Dog N' Suds, Suds N, West Plains
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That looks like an old "Dog n Suds"ReplyDelete
I was thinking the same thing, but I wasn't 100% sure, and the carhop had no idea.ReplyDelete
Indeed, I believe it is. Note the shape of the arrow on the sign, plus the "sawtooth" design that matches the "fencepost" on the Dog n Suds sign (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Dognsudssign.jpg ).ReplyDelete
Plus the shape of the building & related neon on it makes be think it IS an old Dog n Suds. I think there's still one in Paragould. I know there's one at Cherokee Pass, MO on US 67 (or was 2 Summers ago)
It is an old Dog N Suds. I wish the older operators were more willing to regroup and rebuild the name. Dog N Suds is expanding in Michigan currently. A new (old building, renovated) was opened in Norton Shores, MI in 2007. Pictures can be seen at www.dog-n-suds.com .ReplyDelete
I lived, for decades, in Douglas County, 45 mi. west of West Plains, Mo. I often went there to visit Russ Cochran's Business in the Zorn Building to buy E.C. comics reprints and also to see another friend, record collector, Larry H. who ran the Radio Shack and then the first McDonald's in W.P. Larry loved McDonald's and began eating 3 meals a day there.ReplyDelete
The Dog N Suds was operational throughout this time period, 1970-2005 and I used to stop at the friendly sign for a meal. They had a hard time keeping it going; changed owners often. A real blast from the past tho!ReplyDelete