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Recommended Places To Eat

Postby swa » Mon May 14, 2012 12:01 pm

Please find below the recommended places to eat.

This list was nominated by forum members.

The list is maintained using nominations and seconds with a few simple ground rules:
  • No self promotion
  • You only nominate what you have eaten in yourself in recent years.
  • Avoid as much as we can franchised chains as we can't list them all anyway, there are simply too much of them - but if anything stands out tremendously ...
  • It's a positive list (not being included means nothing, included means we have had enough recommendations)
  • We don't try to list all places you could stop to eat, just those that we think others will remember

Many thanks to all those that contributed to this list.
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Illinois recommended places to eat

Postby swa » Mon May 14, 2012 12:02 pm

Illinois

  • Giordano's in Chicago, Illinois: Chicago style stuffed pizza in Chicago! It's a long wait to cook, but well worth it. They have multiple locations and there's one on Jackson Blvd. near the Willis tower (aka. sears tower)
    http://www.giordanos.com/
  • Lou Mitchell's in Chicago, Illinois. A must for many a roadie traveling Route 66 to start it all here with a big breakfast. Tip: They don't take plastic, but there's an ATM at the entrance.
    http://www.loumitchellsrestaurant.com/[/url]
  • Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket, Willowbrook, IL. It’s a little off the beaten path and not on a heavily traveled section of Route 66, but the signature fried chicken is hard to beat as is the rest of the menu in this full-service restaurant which has been feeding Route 66 travelers since 1946.
    http://www.chickenbasket.com
  • White Fence Farm in Romeoville, IL. Although it specializes in chicken, this full service restaurant which has been on Route 66 for 58 years, has a wide range of menu items and beautiful decor.
    http://whitefencefarm-il.com/
  • Polk-a-Dot Drive-In in Braidwood, IL: ideal for having a sundae on a hot day in a unique surrounding. Tip: Do visit the bathroom!
    http://www.polk-a-dot.com/
  • Dixie Truckers Home in McLean, IL. Almost as old as Route 66 itself, this full-service restaurant has been a Route 66 favorite since 1928.
    http://www.roadrangerusa.com/travelcenters/dixietruckershome.aspx
  • Cozy Dog in Springfield, IL: - Opened in 1946 by Ed and Virginia Waldmire, their signature menu item, the Cozy Dog - a hot dog encased in corn meal batter - popularized the corn dog and it has become a staple at fairs, carnivals and festivals across the country. In addition to enjoying a Cozy Dog or other menu item, a stop will give you the opportunity to enjoy some of the art work of Bob Waldmire who traveled the Mother Road in a VW bus for many years prior to his unfortunate death in 2009 and created what is the finest collection of Route 66 art in existence.
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    .The Home of the Corn Dog: Cozy Dog Drive-In on Route 66 (Video)
    http://www.cozydogdrivein.com/
  • Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois: A landmark in it's own right on Route 66. The Adams family will welcome with open arms any Route 66 traveler. It's also a popular place with the locals!
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    http://www.ariston-cafe.com/
  • Luna Cafe in Mitchell, Illinois. This reputed Al Capone hangout is a great place to get a sandwich or a couple of cool ones and the newly restored and re-lighted neon is an added treat.
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    http://www.il66assoc.org/attraction/luna-cafe
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Missouri recommended places to eat

Postby swa » Mon May 14, 2012 12:03 pm

Missouri


  • Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis, MO. They’ve been serving marvelous frozen custard deserts on Route 66 since 1941 and in St. Louis since 1931. The specialty of the house is a “concrete,” a malt like creation so thick that you can turn the cup upside down and it will not fall out. It’s not only a Route 66 tradition but a St. Louis tradition as well and, if you stop on a Friday or Saturday night, you will see everything from cutoffs and tank tops to formal evening wear and while you’re there, there is a good chance a tour bus will stop.
    http://www.teddrewes.com/
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  • Missouri Hicks Barbeque in Cuba, Missouri. If you like barbeque, you’ll like Missouri Hicks. With good food and an interesting decor, it’s a great stop.
    http://www.missourihick.com/
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  • Lambert's, Springfield, MO. Has a great combination of incredible food in quantities you won't believe.Skip breakfast, eat a late lunch at Lambert's, then no dinner or a light snack. Yes, it is that much food. http://www.throwedrolls.com/shopcontent.asp?type=Ozark
  • The Pancake Hut, Carthage, MO. Nice friendly staff, good food, right in keeping with Route 66! Right next to the iconic Boots Court.
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_R ... souri.html
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  • The Sirloin Stockade, Carthage, MO. This is part of a smaller chain, but they have great food. Kind of a cross between table service and buffet.
    http://www.stockadecompanies.com/OurRes ... pMissouri/
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Kansas recommended places to eat

Postby swa » Mon May 14, 2012 12:05 pm

Kansas

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Oklahoma recommended places to eat

Postby swa » Mon May 14, 2012 12:06 pm

Oklahoma

  • Waylan's Ku-Ku Burger in Miami, OK. With good burgers and a great sign, it’s worth the stop.
    http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.8424
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  • Clanton's Cafe, Vinita, OK. An excellent Route 66 place to eat with a full-service menu of home-style food. Great service, well worth the stop. If you order any pancakes, you better be hungry, they are big and tasty.
    http://www.clantonscafe.com
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  • Rock Cafe in Stroud, OK. With a nice menu and it's unique stone architecture, this Route 66 mainstay is worth a stop if you are in Stroud at mealtime.
    http://www.rockcafert66.com/
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  • POPS in Arcadia, OK. In addition to a good meal, you can enjoy checking out their inventory of over 1,000 different kinds of pop (soda in some parts of the US) from all over the world as well as their huge, lighted pop bottle sign. Makes for a nice stop after a visit to Arcadia’s Round Barn.
    http://www.pops66.com/
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  • Jimmy's Eggs, Oklahoma City, OK. If you spend the night in Oklahoma City then breakfast should be here. All kinds of favorites, great omelettes with biscuits and gravy. There are several in OKC but one is on 66 just west of I-44 and not far from Ann's. Another is in Yukon just south of I-40.
    http://www.jimmysegg.com/
  • Lucille's Roadhouse in Weatherford, OK. It's "new" but has a 50's diner and a BBQ restaurant in one. Also a second floor with a sort of back-in-the-days exhibition. A mini museum. Might not have been the cheapest place but the owner greeted us and was the friendliest around. Wonderful food as well.
    http://lucillesroadhouse.com/
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Texas recommended places to eat

Postby swa » Mon May 14, 2012 12:07 pm

Texas
  • Blue Sky in Amarillo, TX. "Best Hamburger in Amarillo" every year since 2003 and well deserved.
    http://blueskytexas.com/
  • Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Home of the "free" 72-ounce steak (if you can eat it in an hour). Also serves rattlesnake and "mountain oysters" ... which are definitely NOT seafood!
    http://www.bigtexan.com/
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  • Midpoint Cafe, Adrian, TX
    Can't miss the ugly crust pie. It's really good!
    http://route66midpointcafe.com/
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New Mexico recommended places to eat

Postby swa » Mon May 14, 2012 12:08 pm

New Mexico
  • Del's Restaurant in Tucumcari, NM. With a nice menu of both southwestern and traditional American cuisine, and within walking distance of the Blue Swallow and Teepee Curios, Del’s can’t be beat in Tucumcari. A stop would not be complete without trying the marvelous “fried ice cream.”
    http://www.delsrestaurant.com/
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  • Kix On 66, Tucumcari, NM. A great place for breakfast or lunch.
    http://www.kixon66.com/
  • Joseph's Bar & Grill in Santa Rosa, NM. An old favorite. Fairly good food and service and lots of Route 66 mementos posted around the tables. Also the smiling "Fat Man" from the old Club Cafe painted over the entrance. Like Del's in Tucumcari, it advertises "Since 1956".
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  • 66 Diner in Albuquerque, NM. With it’s well-rounded menu, great milkshakes and impressive display of neon, this eatery on Central Avenue is worth a stop.
    http://www.66diner.com/
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  • The Red Ball Cafe in Albuquerque, NM. Historic restaurant that closed and was resurrected. Amazing hamburgers -- order the Wimpy Burger and get both kinds of chile, green and red (which are like salsa), as dipping sauce on the side. But last time I checked, the place closed on Sundays and Mondays and opened only for breakfast and lunch on other days.
    http://www.redballcafe.com/Red_Ball_Cafe/Welcome.html
  • El Rancho Restaurant & Bar in Gallup, NM. With a well-rounded menu of Mexican and American Cuisine, you can enjoy a decent meal as well as the wonderful decor of the hotel lobby and mezzanine and, if you like Native American jewelry, Ortega's shop has some of the finest.
    http://www.elranchohotel.com/restaurant_bar.cfm
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Arizona recommended places to eat

Postby swa » Mon May 14, 2012 12:09 pm

Arizona

  • Romo's, Holbrook AZ. Possibly the best Mexican I've had. Such friendly service, very local and family run feel.
  • The Turquoise Room in Winslow, AZ. Located in La Posada, the most elegant hotel on Route 66. Even if you can't stay there (it books up far in advance), you can eat there.
    http://www.laposada.org/turquoise-room.html
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  • Galaxy Diner in Flagstaff, AZ. Everytime we pass through Flagstaff we eat at the Galaxy Diner. Another great 50's themed place with good food. May have a car show or sock hop going on.
  • Granny's Closet in Flagstaff, AZ. Moderately priced, great service, friendly staff, offstreet parking.
    http://www.grannysclosetflagstaff.com/
  • Rod's Steakhouse in Williams, AZ. This upscale Route 66 landmark has steaks that rival the best Kansas City or Chicago has to offer. Be sure and try the coffee – it tastes like coffee smells.
    http://www.rods-steakhouse.com/
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  • Cruiser's Cafe 66 in Williams, AZ. A back to the 50's themed restaurant featuring a large Betty Boop on the counter for those inside.
    http://www.cruisers66.com/cafe.html
  • Twisters in Williams, Arizona. Terrific 50's-style atmosphere, fantastic burgers, excellent shakes and malts, and a nice little gift shop too. This is the place to have lunch in Williams.
    http://www.route66place.com/Twisters_50_s_Soda_Fountain_s/32.htm
  • Red Raven Restaurant in Williams, AZ. The Red Raven is more upscale than your typical Route 66 restaurant but casual attire is fine. The food is absolutely fantastic. Everything—from the appetizers to the desserts—is some of the tastiest food I've ever eaten. The Basil Butter Salmon is amazing! We've taken more than a dozen friends to the Red Raven and all of them agree it's one of the best meals they've ever had!
    http://www.redravenrestaurant.com/
  • Snow Cap Drive-in in Seligman, Arizona. A colorful (literally and figuratively) Route 66 classic, with wacky signs proclaiming such offerings as "Hamburgers Without Ham" and "Dead Chicken." More of an ice cream stand than a restaurant, but you can order burgers, tacos and other fast-food items and eat them on the tables outside. And the behind-the-counter gags are not to be missed!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delgadillo's_Snow_Cap_Drive-In
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  • Roadkill Cafe in Seligman, AZ. “You kill it, we grill it” reads the sign. Full service restaurant specializing in char-broiled burgers, steaks and ribs plus an “all you can eat” salad bar.
    http://www.route66seligmanarizona.com/The_Roadkill_Cafe.php
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  • Westside Lilo's Cafe in Seligman, AZ.
    Huge portions of very tasty food served by nice friendly staff. The carrot cake was big enough for at least two people, maybe three.
  • Mr D'z Route 66 Dinerin Kingman, AZ. A well-rounded menu can be enjoyed in a great Route 66 atmosphere.
    http://www.mrdzrt66diner.com/
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California recommended places to eat

Postby swa » Mon May 14, 2012 12:10 pm

California

  • Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Needles, CA. Another Rt 66 cafe where portion sizes are apparently determined by how much food one can pile on a plate and still be able to carry it!
    http://www.wagonwheelneedles.com/
  • Ludlow Cafe in Ludlow, CA.
    Simple American style food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The stained glass windows add a bit of color to the place.
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  • Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, California. The backdrop for the namesake movie. Popular with international tourists. Order a buffalo burger and get a taste of the Old West.
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    http://www.newberrysprings.com/bagdadcafe/
  • Summit Inn Restaurant at Cajon Summit, CA. This is an oft overlooked gem. Ever had an Ostrich Burger?
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  • Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain in South Pasadena, CA. Great burgers, milkshake and ice cream. It's also a real pharmacy, but the food is excellent in itself.
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    http://www.fairoakspharmacy.net/index2.html
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Re: recommended places to eat

Postby swa » Mon May 14, 2012 12:18 pm

To see the current list of nominations in need of a second or otherwise discuss the list, check the discussion thread in the travel forum

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