Saturday, 22 October 2016

Where To Eat On Route 66

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may know that in September me, Chris and two of our friends went travelling in America for three weeks! Flying into Chicago and then hiring a car we drove the whole of old Route 66 (one of America’s most iconic roads) all the way to Santa Monica, California. We then also drove up Highway 1 to San Francisco which was epic and I would definitely recommend adding to your trip if you have time!

As a foodie, I was very excited about the food options along the route! I have come back a little fatter, but it was completely worth it. I thought I’d share a few of my favourite places I found along the way if anyone is looking to do the trip!

Giordano's Chicago

Giordano’s Pizza – Chicago, IL
When in Chicago you HAVE to try a Chicago pizza pie. Giordano’s is one of the most famous chains in the city, and the queues for multiple locations were out the door. Beat the queues and go for a late lunch/early dinner like we did (around 3pm, we still had to wait half an hour…), grab a beer at the bar and wait to tuck into the cheesiest pizza you’ll ever have. You won’t regret it…

Lou Mitchells

Lou Mitchell's - Chicago, IL
The official start of Route 66 brings you to this busy cafe. Get in the queue and grab a coffee and a hobo skillet before you start the long trip. I went for some kind of sausage and feta cheese omelette with fried potatoes (aka a hobo skillet), it was huge but extremely good - soft fluffy omelette packed full of fillings.

Dell Rheas Chicken Basket

Dell Rheas Chicken – Willowbrook, IL
Travelling on Labor Day can be hard work as unlike the UK, most things actually shut. We heard Dell Rheas in Willowbrook (our first stop on the old Route 66) was serving up their famous Labor Day BBQ buffet so we went along. It was incredible. Fried chicken, macaroni cheese, corn pudding, salads and homemade desserts were just some of what we sampled.

Ted Drewes

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard – St Louis, MO
Oreo Frozen Custard. Do I need to say any more? Don’t make our mistake, you definitely only need a small pot!

Missouri Hicks BBQ – Cuba, MO
Home style BBQ food, decent portions for a cheap price is what you get here. Go for Sample Platter Smoked Dinner and try their famous pulled pork, brisket and ribs PLUS get two sides and Texas toast with your meal. It comes on an old school tray that's split into sections.

Old Riverton

Nelson’s Old Riverton Store – Riverton, KS
What I found in America is that it's really hard to get a sandwich, like a normal sandwich for lunchtime. So when we came across the cutest little store and deli in Kansas we were so excited to try the sandwiches. It was incredible, I went for pastrami & swiss cheese on white - yum.


POPS – Arcadia, OK
After a soda? This is the place to go! Hundreds of different flavoured sodas available for you to buy. I went for Peaches & Cream. There's also a giant pop bottle outside because why not!

Big texan steak ranch

Big Texan Steakhouse – Amarillo, TX
When is Texas... eat steak! We had so much fun visiting the Big Texan Steakhouse and I would definitely recommend for anyone to go there. As well as good food the atmosphere is great with long tables for you to mingle with locals and other travelers - you might even get to watch someone take on the 72oz steak challenge!

Midpoint CafĂ© – Adrian, TX
You have to get out of the car when you reach the midpoint of Route 66 for the great photo opportunities but whilst you're there, grab a slice of pie from the Midpoint Cafe. Quite pricey but worth it. We went for a slice of Coconut Cream Pie between the four of us and wanted more - best pie ever!

Galaxy Diner – Flagstaff, AZ
After a while burgers and fast food can get tiresome. If you're stopping in Flagstaff check out Galaxy Diner. No alcohol, but great shakes and a wide range of home-cooked foods including pasta dishes, hot pots and chicken.

Snow Cap Drive In

Snow Cap Drive In – Seligman, AZ
You have to stop at this place! The original owner was known for playing practical jokes on his customers, and his family have carried on this tradition. The Snow Cap Drive In is completely wacky but a must see. Surprisingly good hot dog too.

In N Out Burger

In N Out Burger – Santa Monica, CA
Hands down the best burger I have ever had in my life. Yep I said it. I went there. If you're ever on the West Coast of America then try out In N Out Burger. They have a not so secret menu listed on line, go for the animal fries, you won't regret it.

Have you done Route 66? Tell me about your favourite places to eat and drink! 

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