While magnificent scenery along Route 66 in Arizona and California is abundant, good meals can be scarce. But it isn’t necessary to take a major detour down to Sedona or Palm Springs to eat well; here are a handful of restaurants on or close to the old Will Rogers Highway that provide excellent food and memorable local color.
In Holbrook, Arizona, Joe & Aggie's serves a uniquely Southwestern mix of Mexican & American fare. It's a taste of vintage Route 66.
A bustling café in an otherwise unremarkable Flagstaff strip mall, Brandy's is a #1 breakfast destination for locals as well as travelers along Route 66.
Steak sandwiches and hamburgers are grilled over mesquite coals in Bun Huggers, a happy Arizona Route 66 restaurant with colorful frat-house decor.
Donut Man in Glendora on Historic Route 66 is one of the country's best donut destinations. Summer-only fresh fruit-filled donuts are truly peerless.
Beautiful fruit and meringue pies are made fresh daily; burgers are classic California: thin with crisp edges, loaded into squishy buns with pickles & onions.
Beer store, sandwich counter, and candy shop in Los Angeles, Galco's is first and foremost a one-stop warehouse of hard-to-find sodas from around the world.
Dinah’s has been a Glendale institution since 1967, known for fried chicken, fried liver, and fried chicken gizzards.
Cooked-to-order fish and shrimp tacos are the only selections at this small Los Angeles-area restaurant, and they are utterly fantastic. Payment is cash only.
A Los Angeles landmark, serving great burgers and fries since 1947. Apple Pan's pies are the best, baked daily and from-scratch excellent.
Choose either Seoul's Galbi, an all-beef sausage served with minced kimchi dressing and aioli sauce, or a Spicy Pork topped with slaw: a Korean slaw dog!
Crazy, over-the-top, iconoclastic sushi is the specialty at this Los Angeles restaurant's very American rendition of Japanese classics. Huge sushi rolls!
With no real signage, Ramenya is easy to miss. But the menu, full of interesting takes on long-lost ramen dishes, will make you glad you've come.