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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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…


Rich & Creamy in Joliet, Illinois Route 66 Ice Cream Shop

Rich & Creamy in Joliet, Illinois

Rich & Creamy in Joliet, Illinois is a small ice cream shop with big ties to Route 66. This little ice cream shop in Joliet, Illinois originally opened as Creamy Delight in the 1970s. The building itself was built in 1965 and served as an office before it became a place to get soft serve.…


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…


SuperTAM on 66 Ice Cream Parlor And Superman Museum in Carterville, Missouri Route 66 Attraction

SuperTAM on 66 Ice Cream Parlor and Superman Museum in Carterville, Missouri

If you’re taking a Route 66 road trip and looking for a sweet treat with a side of superhero, SuperTAM on 66 Ice Cream Parlor And Superman Museum in Carterville, Missouri is the place for you. SuperTam on 66 is a small ice cream parlor and Superman museum on Missouri’s Route 66. For many years…


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