In an old gas station remodeled as a typical American restaurant of the '50s, is the Cruiser's Café 66, which as its name suggests, is located on the very Route. Its walls are decorated with objects that remind us of those years and that route, as well as the menu and furniture. It also has an outdoor space, from where you can see the passing ships that abound in this area, while sampling some traditional "Ribs" with sweet and sour sauce. It has a fixed souvenir shop which is accessible from inside the room and from there go directly to Route 66.
On the road trip between Phoenix and Las Vegas, and circulating the legendary "Route 66" (almost 40 km from the Grand Canyon), we stopped at this pure American restaurant, where we enjoyed a fantastic meat in two different ways and they were both tasty and delicious: the famous T-bone and filet mignon, plus the usual starters of chicken wings, onion rings ... and beer brewed in the town itself. This place is highly recommended at a price of about of about $ 50 per person. I have uploaded some pictures with the local history collection on the tablecloths and there is even a sign that warns not to enter if you are armed. Kind of funny.
The Canyon Breeze Restaurant is located in Sedona, about 200km north of Phoenix and 50km south of Flagstaff. It's more or less a fast food restaurant with a huge menu of burgers, hot dogs and salads, all served in generous portions. It is one of those restaurants where you receive a device that starts buzzing when your order is ready and the you go pick it up. Another peculiar thing about the Canyon Breeze is that there's a counter where they sell t-shirts of the program Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe on the Discovery Channel.
Driving for hours on the arid, desert Highway 93 that bisects the state of Arizona, we were hungry! The sun was overhead and it was 42 degrees that day. The summer is hard even for us Brazilians who are used to the tropical climate. Suddenly a sign appears on the road: Arizona Last Stop! Do not hesitate: stop! Who would lose the last stop in Arizona? And how could it be otherwise, the place is really unusual! When you park the car, it already has that sense of American Westerns.
There is a fuel station and the desert sand floor on one side of a house and a shooting range on the the other. There are also some abandoned aircrafts and many other cars laying around!
In the middle of all this is a house that has a typical cafeteria of the old American West, with those swinging doors that make you afraid to enter. But do not worry, many places in Arizona are sure to leave you in satisfaction or surprise. In the cafeteria, I had the feeling of being in a movie! The typical scenario of Route 66, many images of motorcycles, and scraps of travelers cover the walls. In the lounge there are weapons and statues in a position for combat. These and many souvenirs are what you see in the movies!
The attendants are friendly and helpful, but firm like in the old west (do not you dare touch the statue which you are cautioned against). Do not expect much from the food, we were not so happy with our request, the fries were horrible and the sandwich was tasteless! Moreover, this is the Last Stop of Arizona for over a hundred miles! But the place itself is worth to be seen. It is a super fun experience and a good way to learn a little of the region's culture. I would go there again just to sit at the counter and have fun with passersby. And if you like photography (as I did because I did not bother with the greasy fries), you can spend your time taking pictures of the interesting things around, just like I did! It was difficult to choose a few to post here because I actually took enough for a whole album there!
JB's Restaurant is a nice little diner in Kingman, Arizona, not far from Route 66. They serve a pretty decent breakfast buffet all day long for only $8.00. They have scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, bagels, french toast, fresh fruit, jams...everything! It's a traditional diner where everyone seems to know each other and it's a good way to get a little glimpse into the true American heartland.
We Cook Pizza and Pasta is a diner-style restaurant located just before the entrance to the Grand Canyon. It stands out for having more reasonable prices than a lot of the other nearby restaurants, with a decent pizza or pasta dish going for $12-15.00. For every dish you order, you also get access to the unlimited salad bar. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and it's a good place to fill up on a cold Arizona winter night.