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.