If there’s any piece of America we wish we could get back, Route 66 would definitely be in our top ten. There are few places that create a feeling of freedom, adventure and American identity quite like it. Thankfully, Arizona is home to one of the largest stretches of the highway that still exists and we decided that a good way to honor it would be through food.
Here are 13 restaurants that have either stood the test of time—managing to survive the low points many towns along Route 66 suffered when the Interstate replaced the highway—or that recreate that atmosphere of the old highway.
1. Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In, Seligman
There’s no better way to start such a list than with this historic little burger joint in the tiny town of Seligman. Delgadillo’s manages to combines tasty fast food with one very eclectic atmosphere that will be difficult to find elsewhere.
Address: 301 West Chino Avenue, Seligman
2. Diamond Creek Restaurant, Peach Springs
Route 66 passes through a sliver of the Hualapai reservation and this little restaurant, found in Hualapai Lodge, is the gem of the area. You’ll find mouthwatering fry bread meals and some pretty tasty diner offerings.
Address: 900 Highway 66, Peach Springs
3. Kicks on Route 66, Williams
If you’re on the lookout for Route 66 dining that might be a little more upscale, then this restaurant named after that famous Nat King Cole song will be just the place you’re looking for. Enjoy a scrumptious meal after a long drive and, if you’re feeling a little less fancy, then get a sandwich on the patio.
Address: 2550 Historic Route 66, Williams
4. Miz Zip’s, Flagstaff
Looking for a traditional diner along Route 66? One mainstay to check out is Miz Zip’s, a historic little restaurant with that old school flair. In fact, I believe this place is still cash-only!
Address: 2924 East Route 66, Flagstaff
5. Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner, Kingman
When traveling along Route 66, you’re sure to find plenty of restaurants that offer a romanticized version of the ‘50s and ‘60s. This happens to be one of those places. You’ll find burgers, shakes, and even homemade root beer on the menu.
Address: 105 East Andy Devine Avenue, Kingman
6. Oatman Hotel, Oatman
One of the last remaining restaurants in this almost abandoned mining town, the restaurant and saloon in the Oatman Hotel gives you a peek into the past along with a full belly. You might even get a chance to spot the resident ghost, Oatie!
Address: 181 Main Street, Oatman
7. Ranch House Cafe, Ash Fork
Get the small town treatment at this little restaurant in Ash Fork, sitting about 20 minutes west of Seligman. You’ll find classic diner food in a cozy atmosphere here.
Address: 111 West Park Avenue, Ash Fork
8. Roadkill Cafe, Seligman
Their motto is “you kill it, we grill it” but that is probably against the health code. Here, you’ll find some pretty standard roadside diner meals with interesting names, like “Roadside Revenge” (steak and eggs) and “Splatter Platter” (a croissant sandwich), plus an atmosphere that definitely says you’re out in the boonies.
Address: 502 West Highway 66, Seligman
9. Romo’s Restaurant, Holbrook
Need some Mexican food while you’re on the road? You might want to give Romo’s a try. It's a local favorite where you can one tasty chimichanga or a wet burrito smothered Christmas style.
Address: 121 West Hopi Drive, Holbrook
10. Salsa Brava, Flagstaff
Another favorite local Mexican restaurant, Salsa Brava is one of the few Mexican restaurants in this mountain city. If you’re looking to enjoy a margarita with your meal, then you’ll want to try out one of their
many creative varieties with flavors like cranberry and blackberry.
Address: 2220 East Route 66, Flagstaff
11. Sipp Shoppe, Winslow
This old fashioned soda shop is one of a couple located along Route 66. You can find it just a quick walk away from the Standin’ On The Corner Park. You’ll find sandwiches, crepes, shakes, and delicious espresso drinks.
Address: 101 West 2nd Street, Winslow
12. Twister’s 50’s Soda Fountain, Williams
Another soda fountain spot, this one in Williams has a more distinct ‘50s vibe, complete with checkerboard floors and Coke memorabilia. It’s a great place to grab a burger and shake!
Address: 417 East Route 66, Williams
13. Westside Lilo’s Cafe, Seligman
If you’re looking for a hearty meal, then you’ll love the German-American dishes here! The burgers are good but definitely give the jäger schnitzel or bratwurst a try.
Address: 22855 West Route 66, Seligman
How many of these restaurants have you visited? Are there any we missed that you think should receive its own share of fanfare? Be sure to share your thoughts with us!
If you’re looking for more Route 66 themed articles, you might want to head over to our recent article about
one famous little motel that is still standing.