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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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…


Patriot Cafe in Sapulpa, Oklahoma Route 66 restaurant

Patriot Cafe in Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Patriot Cafe in Sapulpa, Oklahoma offers a taste of America to locals and Route 66 travelers. Dine on a menu of American comfort foods, including grilled and fried offerings and a variety of hamburgers, cooked to order for lunch and dinner.    


La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant

La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Hungry in Tucumcari? Look for the giant sombrero. La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico serves tasty New Mexican favorites tucked away behind a sombrero-shaped entrance on Route 66. The La Cita Restaurant opened in 1940 on Route 66. Tucumcari was a popular stop for travelers on The Mother Road and became known for its…


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,…


Loyola's Family Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 restaurant and Breaking Bad filming location

Loyola’s Family Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Need a stop for breakfast or lunch on Route 66? Loyola's Family Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico has been a favorite for locals, road trippers, and location scouts for over thirty years. Loyola Baca opened Loyola's Family Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1990, and quickly earned a faithful following for her delicious food and…


Neon sign with cow at Del’s Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant

Del’s Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico

If staying in “Tucumcari Tonite” on your Route 66 road trip, you’re going to need to eat. Del’s Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico has something for everyone, offering a a satisfying lunch or dinner with a nostalgic twist. Just look for the iconic neon sign topped with a cow! Del Akin built Del’s Restaurant in…


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