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AZ Roadside Restaurants: Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Take a step back in time to the days before strip malls and chain restaurants were king – and mom and pop still ruled the roadways. The longest stretch of historic Route 66 is in Arizona – and while there’s a lot to experience, the good eats that span the route from the town of Oatman on the west to Holbrook on the east, offer an experience all their own. Here are just a few great places to hop in your rental car…and get your culinary kicks on Route 66:

  • Oatman. Make your way past the staged gunfights and wandering burros in this former mining town, to a place called Olive Oatman Restaurant & Saloon. From its hearty, rib-sticking chili to its peach fry bread, you’ll experience home cooking – Old West style.
  • Kingman. Boasting the best burgers on historic old Route 66, Mr. D'z Route 66 Diner does not disappoint. Wash them down with a homemade root beer and you’re good to go. This one-time gas-station-turned-burger-Mecca has gained notoriety around the globe.
  • Peach Springs. This peaceful town of 600 has a lot to be proud of. The Frontier Motel & Café has great eats (homemade pies, tasty sandwiches and burgers) and some of the friendliest servers along Route 66.
  • Seligman. This one-road town is the place to get your Route 66 kitsch. But The Roadkill Café is the hotspot for some of the most uniquely named menu items around. With a slogan that reads, “You Kill It, We Grill It,” it’s no surprise to find menu items such as the Splatter Platter, Highway Hash, and Fender Tenders. But don’t worry, this place is really known for its burgers, ribs, steak and all-you-can-eat salad bar.
  • Ash Fork. Any town with the word “fork” in its name should have some great places to eat – and this little town doesn’t disappoint. The Ranch House Café serves up unique, delicious menu items like hash browns with green chile pork stew and daily specials like shrimp alfredo.
  • Williams. “The Gateway to the Grand Canyon” boasts a bevy of historic properties, like the Route 66 Place – a converted Texaco Station that’s now home to the Route 66 Café and Twisters 1950s Soda Fountain. The red and white booths and ‘50s music sets the tone for ice cream treats and burgers from a bygone era.
  • Flagstaff. This popular college town has the longest stretch of Route 66 that’s still being used today. While it’s difficult to choose just one great eatery here, Miz Zips is the epitome of a classic Route 66 roadhouse. Comfort food like chicken-fried steak, roast beef, hand-cut fries and homemade pancakes and pies have greeted travelers here since the mid-1950s.
  • Winslow: “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona”…there are many fine eateries to see. The Falcon Family Restaurant may look like a greasy spoon, but the food is amazing, with your choice of American and Mexican favorites.
  • Holbrook. With great, slow-roasted prime rib, ribs, grilled halibut and steaks, the Butterfield Stage Company, named after the 19th century mail carrier/stagecoach line, really delivers. You’ll also enjoy the quirky atmosphere, fresh soups, salad bar and great service.

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