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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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,…


Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store

Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson’s BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson’s BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico is an old-fashioned town and country store that’s home to the best barbecue in Tucumcari. Tucumcari Ranch Supply opened at its current location in 1980. The souvenir shop, supply store, BBQ restaurant, and museum is owned by Jimmy and Stella Watson who have operated the…


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