6 Places to Eat Along Historical Route 66


One of America's most iconic roads, Route 66, originally stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica. It passed through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. It served as a major highway for those migrating west, especially during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. Although it's no longer in use, there are parts of the route, including diners, that still stand as reminders of its significance as one of the U.S.'s original highways.

Here are six places worth stopping for a bite along Route 66.

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket (Illinois)

Known for their fried chicken, this restaurant has been serving hungry customers since 1946. They are so crucial to Route 66's history that they have been inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame.

Donut Drive-In (Missouri)

Voted as having the best donuts in Saint Louis, this drive-in should not be missed. Fans say that the chocolate frosting on the donuts is so good, it's worth making the trip alone for this.

Cars on the Route (Kansas)

A quirky BBQ joint that is located in the old Kan-O-Tex service station. Outside, cars are displayed, including the mining boom truck that inspired the character "Tow Mater" in the Pixar movie Cars.

Clanton's Café (Oklahoma)

A classic dinner that is the oldest continually family-owned restaurant in Oklahoma, serving customers all the way back to 1927. Gourmet Magazine voted their chicken fried steak as one of the best dishes on Route 66.

66 Diner (New Mexico)

A '50s dinner that is known for its burgers, blue plate specials and creamy milkshakes. A signature dish is the Pile Up, which is a mash-up of pan-fried potatoes, chopped bacon, cheddar cheese, two eggs, a chopped green chili and a red or green chili sauce on top.

Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In (Arizona)

This historical eatery is a great place to grab a burger and their well-known milkshakes. The owner is known for playing jokes on customers and has decorated the place with various Route 66 memorabilia.

Julia is a freelance writer and native San Franciscan, born and raised. She is the founder of Small World This Is, and has written for Matador, Roads and Kingdoms, and USA Today.