November 2019 (Vol. 33, No. 11)

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Top-quality ingredients and flat-top crisped beef combine to create a delicious throwback burger that ,s well worth every calorie. Add a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade to your order and revel in the classicAmericana combo. By Donna Leahey Photos by Sarah Eliza Roberts

A few decades back, you could hop in your convertible with your friends and cruise the Mother Road, Route 66. The possibilities were as endless as the road unrolling before you and the big blue sky above. And when you got hungry, you’d pull into a roadside hamburger stand for a classic cheeseburger. Add some fries and an ice-cold lemonade to go with it, and life didn’t get much sweeter. Then life sped up. The interstate highway system took the place


of Route 66, and those great hamburger stands faded away, replaced by fast-food joints that typically did not squeeze their lemonade fresh. Of course, Route 66 is still there; it cuts across Tulsa’s midtown going east to west along 11th Street. The Mother Road is now lined with small businesses, many paying homage to the famous historic highway. Right at Lewis Avenue and 11th Street is one of Tulsa’s most significant and newest monuments to the

old highway: the Mother Road Market. The sprawling space houses over 20 restaurants and shops. There’s plenty of great options to enjoy at Mother Road Market, but their newest shop, Howdy Burger, harkens back to the days of those old roadside stands along Route 66, with burgers you have to try to believe, old-fashioned fries, and sweet-tangy fresh, hand-squeezed lemonade to go along with it. Howdy Burger opened at Mother Road in mid-September.