66 Diner

Diner | New Mexican | Soda Fountain | Southwestern
excellent
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The 66 Diner looks like a Mother Road classic, and in some ways it is. You can come here and eat a hamburger or a sloppy Joe with French fries and an expertly made milk shake. Or have a pounded-tender chicken-fried steak smothered in cream gravy with mashed potatoes on the side – both examples of immemorial roadside fare. There is a different blue-plate special every day, including chicken pot pie on Tuesday and hot turkey sandwiches on Saturday. The meat loaf is dandy, the liver ‘n’ onions is a truck-stop delight. The black and white tile floor has a built-in hopscotch game, and bright red ceiling lamps hang over aqua-blue counter stools. The staff of uniformed waitresses breezes through the dining area to the beat of rock-and-roll hits from the Elvis era blasting on the juke box.

Beyond its hash-house qualifications, the 66 Diner also is a good place to taste food unique to New Mexico. First and foremost is the green chile cheeseburger, in which chopped-up spicy green chilies supplement the usual package of meat and melted cheese. You also can have enchiladas made with chile, and good ol’ green chile stew, served with wheat tortillas on the side. On Saturday and Sunday (the only days of the week breakfast is served), the menu features huevos rancheros, egg burritos, and cheese omelets supercharged with green chile.

We definitely recommend getting something from the soda fountain. If the “rich thick shake” so accurately described by the menu is too much and your appetite is waning, the kitchen also offers an item billed as the “teeny-weeny hot fudge sundae.”

What to Eat
66 Diner, Teeny Weeny Sundae
Teeny Weeny Sundae
Must-Try
The Teeny Weeny Sundae is the perfect $.99 dessert when you've already indulged in some of the famous 66 Diner meals. One little condiment cup holds a pool of thick fudge sauce, topped with a small (1/4 cup?) scoop of ice cream, then finished with whipped cream, peanuts, a drizzle of fudge, and a cherry.
66 Diner, milk shake
milk shake
Chocolate milk shake.
66 Diner, Southwestern Burger
Southwestern Burger
Open-face Southwestern burger. Didn't realize it was an open-face sandwich when I ordered it, but I still enjoyed it.
66 Diner, Blueberry Pie
Blueberry Pie
Homemade blueberry pie.
66 Diner, Chocolate Creme Pie
Chocolate Creme Pie
Chocolate creme pie.
66 Diner, 66 Burger
66 Burger
Route 66 burger.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 10pm
Monday11am - 10pm
Tuesday11am - 10pm
Wednesday11am - 10pm
Thursday11am - 10pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday8am - 11pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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