Route 66 Dining

Road trips are synonymous with fast food drive throughs. When you’re spending hours a day in your car it’s only natural to want something quick, easy, and convenient that doesn’t involve finding a place to park. Burgers, fries, tacos, and chicken nuggets are all popular options for eating in the car. But, when it comes to a road trip on The Mother Road, there are plenty of other options for Route 66 dining that you won’t find anywhere else.

Yes, there are plenty of fast food drive throughs on Route 66. And some of them are unique to their location (like Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger in Oklahoma). But there are also vintage diners, steakhouses, food trucks, eat-in restaurants, coffeehouses, and local bars that serve a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Looking for the best Route 66 dining options to add to your road trip itinerary? Use the filters below to search our dining directory by location, type, or keyword to fill your travel plan and your stomach. Whether you’re visiting just one of the eight states on The Mother Road (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, or California) or driving the entire journey from Chicago to Los Angeles (or vice versa), there are plenty of places to stop for a good meal. And don’t forget to top it off with a classic milkshake, even if you take it to go!

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66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico

66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Craving that classic diner experience while road tripping Route 66? This Albuquerque restaurant has it all: vintage design, neon lights, memorabilia, photos ops, an exemplary menu, and some of the best milkshakes on The Mother Road. Pull over for lunch or dinner and step into the 1950s at 66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 66…


Pops 66 Soda Ranch in Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops 66 Soda Ranch in Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops 66 Soda Ranch on Route 66 is a soda shop, restaurant, roadside attraction, and gas station all wrapped into one. Get a meal, taste one of the more than 700 varieties of soda, fill up your car, and check out the world’s largest soda bottle while you’re there. Aubrey McClendon (1959 – 2016), a former…


Route 66 RoadRunner in Seligman, Arizona Route 66 Cafe and Restaurant

Route 66 RoadRunner in Seligman, Arizona

Housed in the renovated 1936 Olsen’s Chevrolet dealership and garage building, Route 66 RoadRunner in Seligman, Arizona is a cafe and gift shop. Relax inside this revamped building or outside under the covered patio. The cafe's menu features a variety of items for breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner including hamburgers, Nathan's hot dogs, paninis,…


Tally's Good Food Café in Tulsa, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant

Tally’s Good Food Café in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tally’s Good Food Café in Tulsa, Oklahoma opened on historic Route 66 in 1987. Despite the fact that that was a full two years after the famous route was decommissioned, it is now a must stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for road trippers stopping in Tulsa. The restaurant was founded by Tally Alame, who…


Henry’s Drive-In in Cicero, Illinois Route 66 Restaurant and Roadside Attraction

Henry’s Drive-In in Cicero, Illinois

Henry’s Drive-In in Cicero, Illinois is a Route 66 institution, having served fast-food fare to hungry travelers (and locals) since the 1950s. Stop in for lunch or dinner on your Route 66 road trip and admire the neon sign outside, featuring a neon arrow declaring Henry’s as “It’s a meal in itself!” topped with that…


Mr D’z Route 66 Diner in Kingman, Arizona Route 66 Restaurant

Mr D’z Route 66 Diner in Kingman, Arizona

Mr D’z Route 66 Diner in Kingman, Arizona is a quintessential stop for a breakfast, lunch, or dinner on The Mother Road. Mr D’z Route 66 Diner is housed in a building that had originally opened as Kingman Café and Kimo Shell Station in 1939. Roy Dunton and his family bought the former gas station…


Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Neon Sign

Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico is known for its fun neon sign, tasty chili cheese dogs, Route 66 location, and television cameos. Opened in 1948 by the Frank Mead family, the Albuquerque Dog House was originally located at 10th and Central. In 1967 Jimmy Hartley took over the restaurant and eventually…


Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Restaurant

Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois

Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois doesn’t sell corn dogs, they sell Cozy Dogs. Yes, their signature item is a battered and fried hot dog on a stick, but they make it clear that Cozy Dogs preceded the modern corn dog and are superior in quality and taste to your normal cornmeal dipped fair…


Dowd's Catfish and BBQ in Lebanon, Missouri on Route 66

Dowd’s Catfish and BBQ in Lebanon, Missouri

Dowd's Catfish and BBQ in Lebanon, Missouri casual Bayou-themed restaurant on Route 66. Dowd's is best known for their delicious southern fried catfish, available in both standard and spicy varieties. But the full menu also offers barbecue dishes, burgers, steaks, seafood, salads, and chicken along with sides such as fries, cheesy corn, fried okra, coleslaw,…


Dairy King in Commerce, Oklahoma

Dairy King in Commerce, Oklahoma

You can’t travel Route 66 without stopping at this vintage service station turned restaurant: Dairy King in Commerce, Oklahoma. Come for the vintage decor and stay for some ice cream and a famous Route 66 cookie. Built into an old cottage-style gas station, the Dairy King location started its life as a Marathon station in…


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