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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Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas

The Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas was built in 1936. Located along Route 66, the art deco gas station and restaurant is sometimes referred to as “the Taj Mahal of Texas.” And it is easy to see why. The historic structure is made from concrete, stucco, glazed brick, and terra-cotta…


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,…


Route 66 Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas - Route 66 restaurant in Texas

Route 66 Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas

When you’re here, you’re halfway there! And where is there? Either Chicago or Los Angeles, depending on whether you're driving eastbound or westbound on Route 66. The Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas is located at the halfway point of The Mother Road and is a must stop for breakfast, lunch, or a slice of pie…


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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