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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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…


Red’s Giant Hamburg in Springfield, Missouri Route 66 Drive In Restaurant

Red’s Giant Hamburg in Springfield, Missouri

Red’s Giant Hamburg in Springfield, Missouri first opened its doors on Route 66 in 1947. The tiny restaurant was run by Sheldon “Red” Chaney (May 20, 1916 – June 2, 1997) and was located in a former Sinclair gas station. It had one unique feature never seen before: a drive-though window. The restaurant was allegedly…


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…


Delgadillo’s Snow Cap in Seligman, Arizona Route 66 Restaurant

Delgadillo’s Snow Cap in Seligman, Arizona

Where on Route 66 can you get a cheeseburger with cheese, some “dead chicken,” and a mustard surprise, all served with a smile (or, at least a potato smile)? You can get all that and more at Delgadillo’s Snow Cap in Seligman, Arizona, a Route 66 institution that has been slinging burgers, milkshakes, and a…


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