11 Oct Waylan’s Ku Ku Burger, Miami Oklahoma
We were cruising along Route 66 at a rapid pace when we slowed down for Miami (pronounced “my-am-uh”) and after driving down the main street for a few minutes found Waylan’s Ku Ku Burger. This place was just so vintage and thank you for parking that great 1960’s car out front! I really want to paint this one! And I so wish I could see this neon sign lit up at night, but the task of driving Route 66 in two weeks means we have to keep pushing on as we have lots of miles to travel today.
When I got home I did a little research online and discovered that in the 1960’s there were over 200 Ku Ku Burger joints in the Midwest. Evidently the owner of this franchise was named Gene Waylan and he loved the people of Miami, and loved flipping burgers for them, and then Route 66 took off and the rest is history. He has found his nitch in Route 66 fame, as he meets people from all over the world and loves sharing his burgers to his adoring fans. He has a great collection of memorabilia, which of course is the hallmark of all good Mother Road establishments. And has also created a replica of the original Ku Ku bird near the drive-thru window for anyone who needs a selfie with a ku ku bird! Just as an aside, they serve fried green tomatoes and fresh cherry limeade!