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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Pancakes and bacon at Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois Route 66 Diner

Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois

Start your Route 66 road trip off right with a good breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. Lou Mitchell’s opened in 1923 and several factors contributed to its continued success. Besides their delicious breakfast and lunch fare, its location at the start of Route 66 made it a quintessential stop before traveling the…


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…


Miz Zip’s in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Diner and Restaurant

Miz Zip’s in Flagstaff, Arizona

Miz Zip’s in Flagstaff, Arizona is a popular Route 66 diner that has been feeding hungry travelers since 1952. The restaurant has a solid menu of hamburgers, hot and cold sandwiches, and entrees like chicken fried steak and enchiladas. They also serve breakfast favorites such as pancakes, waffles, omelets, and huevos rancheros. Miz Zip’s is…


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…


Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, Illinois

At the Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, Illinois you can find their famous big pink elephant roadside attraction and also so much more. The Pink Elephant Antique Mall is an old converted gym from the Livingston High School building that now serves as a flea market with more than 50 antique dealers. Located on…


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…


Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Illinois Route 66 Restaurant

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Illinois

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket is an iconic Route 66 restaurant in Willowbrook, Illinois. Located just off of historic Route 66 (now Interstate 55 (I-55)), this chicken joint has been serving fried chicken to travelers and locals since the 1930s. In the late 1930s/early 1940s Ervin ‘Irv’ Kolarik started selling chicken sandwiches at a gas station.…


Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma Route 66 Diner

Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma

The Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma is a nostalgic road trip stop, with delicious food that you just have to pull over for on your Route 66 road trip. Rock Cafe was built in 1936 and opened on Route 66 in 1939. Roy Rives built the restaurant using local materials, such as a distinct sandstone,…


Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 DIner

Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico is best recognized for its owl-shaped building. At the corner of Eubank and Lomas Boulevards you’ll find a striking orange-tinted southwestern stucco building with a giant owl head protruding from the ceiling. If you drive by at night, you’ll see the animal’s eyes glowing in neon lights. But this…


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