Elkton, Ky— There’s a unique little restaurant nestled in the town square of Elkton, Kentucky that’s a throwback to the good old days. Remember when you could settle up to the counter and watch them build your banana split, or mix your favorite milk shake? Well, you can relive those days at the L&R Soda Bar.
Bikers know this place all too well. A quick trip up highway 181 lands you in Todd County, and smack in the middle of the town square, where the L&R Soda Bar faces the beautiful County Courthouse.
The city was founded by Major John Gray and established by the state in 1820. The population is currently just under 3,000 and agriculture dominates the area.
Elkton Ky is the home to George Street Boone, constitutional scholar, Benjamin Bristow, the first Solicitor General of the United States and former U.S. Treasury Secretary.
The first American-born golfer to win the British Amateur, Jess Sweetser, was a Todd County native.
As you walk into the restaurant, you’re greeted by the sounds of the music of the fifties and sixties. Elvis Presley, Righteous Brothers, Motown, and more.
The decor is classic soda shop, with Coca-Cola signs along the walls, and pictures of some of the greats of the era, like James Dean, Elvis Presley, poodle skirts and more.
A popular lunch spot with the locals, their menu features hamburgers, french fries, grilled cheese sandwiches, and daily specials with all the trimmings. The Bar B Q is fabulous and during the cold winter months, their Chili is delicious.
But, you must come for the ice cream. All of your favorites whipped into your favorite shake, or banana split and more. When’s the last time you had a fresh home-made “Coke float?”
L&R Soda Bar is also a popular spot for the area teens to work. In a community where the opportunity for a part-time job, other than
working on the family farm, is scarce, the kids are friendly and the service is great.
During the summer, they have rally’s featuring Classic Car clubs and Biker Nights, where they fill up the town square to just hang out and listen to live music.
Even if you don’t fit into one of those categories, it’s worth the short drive to just “hang out” at the old soda shop and enjoy a walk down memory lane.
I highly recommend a visit.