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Tally’s Good Food Café, Tulsa, OK

Tally’s Good Food Café, Tulsa, OK

Open 7 days a week for breakfast (served all day), lunch, and dinner, Tally’s Good Food Café has become a fixture for locals and Route 66 travelers passing through Tulsa. Although not an original historic diner the interior of Tally’s embraces the classic fifties-era design and the exterior boasts some impressive neon. Famed for it’s… Read More

Boomarang Diner, Chandler

Boomarang Diner, Chandler

Well known for it’s great small-town atmosphere and friendly staff, the appeal of the Boomarang Diner covers all ages – great fast food will never go out of fashion. People not only talk about the best burger they have ever eaten but they speak of the genuine service and spotless restaurants. The decor is fun and… Read More

The Windy Cow Cafe, Wildorado, Texas

The Windy Cow Cafe, Wildorado, Texas

This diner-style restaurant is located just off I-40 and about 15 miles west of Amarillo. The menu includes a variety of creative salads served with your choice of homemade dressing, an assortment of sandwiches and burgers, and a range of dinner choices including gluten-free options. What really grabs your attention though are the delicious homemade desserts. The… Read More

The Joliet Route 66 Diner, Illinois

The Joliet Route 66 Diner, Illinois

The Joliet Route 66 Diner is a great retro diner featuring wall signs from the 50’s and 60’s, offering a traditional diner breakfast and lunch menu. Located within walking distance of the Joliet Historical Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, the diner boasts a wide range of dishes including Mexican, crab, Florentine or country Benedicts for… Read More

Pops, Arcadia, OK

Pops, Arcadia, OK

Pops opened in the summer of 2007 but despite it’s relatively new status struck a chord with many new and old fans of Route 66 alike. It may be more glossy than the usual Route 66 restaurant or soda bar but the 66-foot illuminated soda bottle out front (the worlds largest soda bottle) certainly gives the place… Read More

Uranus Missouri, St Robert, Missouri

Uranus Missouri, St Robert, Missouri

Uranus Missouri, often called simply “Uranus,” is a tourist attraction located in the rural area of Pulaski County, Missouri. It is a shopping mall featuring a sports bar, nightclub, tattoo shop, festival food truck lot, and an outdoor store with a gun range and pro-shop. It’s also home to a Fudge Factory and General Store. A welcome… Read More

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, Willowbrook

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, Willowbrook

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Illinois, started life as a simple sandwich counter in a gas station on Route 66. In 1946, following the purchase of the building next door, it was up-scaled to it’s current form and has been boasting excellent food and service to Route 66 travelers ever since. This iconic restaurant… Read More

Tumbleweeds Grill, Texola, Oklahoma

Tumbleweeds Grill, Texola, Oklahoma

The Tumbleweeds Grill is located in Texola, Oklahoma, in the world famous Water Hole #2 building. The owners have completely renovated the original structure into the oldest building on Route 66 operating as a restaurant. Tumbleweeds is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am to 7pm. The restaurant is very clean… Read More

Lou Mitchell’s, Chicago, Illinois

Lou Mitchell’s, Chicago, Illinois

Lou Mitchell’s restaurant has earned it’s nickname “the first stop on the Mother Road” due it’s huge popularity with Route 66 roadies. Many folks stop at Lou Mitchell’s for a good breakfast and a caffeine injection prior to heading off on their Route 66 adventure. The restaurant is known for it’s quality food and generous… Read More

Waylan’s KuKu Burger, Miami, Oklahoma

Waylan’s KuKu Burger, Miami, Oklahoma

Famous for its giant yellow fiberglass cuckoo bird emerging from the front wall, Waylan’s KuKu Burger is an authentic Route 66 hot spot. Located just off Route 66, this restaurant remains the only surviving location of an original fast food drive-in chain from the 1960s. Believe it or not, there used to be close to 200 KuKu’s in… Read More

Pappy’s Smokehouse, Missouri

Pappy’s Smokehouse,  Missouri

Pappy’s Smokehouse is a very well respected BBQ restaurant in St Louis and has been voted the number one restaurant in the city on Urbanspoon. Pappy’s pork ribs – cooked dry and slow over apple and cherry wood – have been making mouths water since 2008. It’s frequently voted the best barbecue restaurant in the state and… Read More

The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo

The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo

The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, comprises of a Western-inspired motel and steakhouse restaurant, and is a must-stop along Route 66. The motel itself is designed to look like a main street in a Wild West town, complete with shuttered windows and an actual area for the horses! However: you don’t visit The… Read More

Lucille’s Roadhouse, Weatherford

Lucille’s Roadhouse, Weatherford

Lucille’s Roadhouse is inspired by the original Lucille’s historic gas station not so far down the road near Hydro, Oklahoma, including the vintage gas pumps just outside the entrance. The Route 66 themed restaurant is designed in the style of a 1950’s diner complete with brightly colored motifs, colored lighting, glass bricks and polished chrome.… Read More

Cafe Daily Fare, Flagstaff, Arizona

Cafe Daily Fare, Flagstaff, Arizona

“This is a great place to stop for lunch and is only a block off of Route 66 in downtown Flagstaff. Prices are a little higher, but the servings are big and you could easily make two meals out it. We ordered fish tacos and the Big Fatty Tri-Tip sandwich. The sandwich was so good,… Read More

The Ariston Café, Litchfield, Illinois

The Ariston Café, Litchfield, Illinois

The Ariston Café was founded by Pete Adam, a Greek immigrant, in 1924 and has now been placed on the National Registry of Historic places. The Ariston Café is believed to be the oldest café on Route 66 and holds a spot in the Route 66 Hall of Fame. A family-run restaurant, the staff are friendly and genuinely interested in… Read More

Judy’s Place, Devils Elbow, Missouri

Judy’s Place, Devils Elbow, Missouri

“Such a fantastic, friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We are considering making the journey there again!!” Follow Route 66 to Judy’s Place – a home town bar that serves beer only. Kindly recommended by Nicola Beacham, UK 21754 Teardrop Rd, Devils Elbow, MO 65457 Find Judy’s Place on Facebook Read More

MidPoint Cafe, Adrian

MidPoint Cafe, Adrian

If you have made it to the MidPoint Cafe in Adrian then congratulations – you have made it exactly half-way along Route 66! The MidPoint Cafe is located at the exact “geo-mathematical” centre of Route 66 – 1139 miles from both Chicago and Los Angeles. I found the cafe to be very welcoming and the food was… Read More

Launching Pad Drive-In & Gemini Giant, Wilmington

Launching Pad Drive-In & Gemini Giant, Wilmington

Situated in the small town of Wilmington, the launching Pad Drive-In has been feeding Route 66 travelers since it first opened it’s doors in 1960. The colourful interior has had a recent makeover courtesy of new owners Tully and Holly and makes the diner an inviting stop between Chicago and Springfield. Recent posts on social… Read More

Cozy Dog Drive-In, Springfield

Cozy Dog Drive-In, Springfield

The Cozy Dog Drive-In is the home of the one and only “Cozy Dog.” The Cozy Dog is a delicious hot dog on a stick that is found nation-wide at many county and state fairs and is a speciality of this Drive-In. The restaurant features Route 66 memorabilia and it also features a gift shop… Read More