Recommendations – Recomendações

(under update on a regular basis, so don’t forget to stop by from time to time!)

ENG – Below you’ll find recommendations of places, such as landmarks, restaurants, cafés, burger joints (big fan!) and the most important of all in Route 66. The people… So, in case you need any advice, don’t hesitate and get in touch!

POR – Fiz questão de incluir recomendações em inglês, de locais que ao meu ver, valem a pena visitar e conhecer – restaurantes, Cafés, melhores casas de hambúrgueres (como grande fã que sou) e o mais importante da Rota 66: As pessoas que fazem parte dela! Caso tenham alguma dúvida, entrem em contato!

ILLINOIS
Ariston Café: Located in Litchfield, Illinois and family owned since 1924, I believe the Ariston Cafe to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest restaurant on Route 66. Founded by Pete Adam, a Greek immigrant, in the small town of Carlinville, in 1924, the original cafe was located on Route 4, the predecessor of Historic Route 66. In 1929, the Cafe was relocated to Litchfield, Illinois and moved into its present location on Route 66 in 1935. In 1992, The Ariston Cafe and the Adam family were inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame. Since 1966, Pete’s son Nick and Nick’s wife, Demi, have continued to offer the traditional service expected of a family-owned and operated restaurant. Paul, eldest son of Demi and Nick, and his wife, Joy, joined the family business in 2004. I was recommended by my dear friend Dan Rice to try this place and say hello to Nick and Demi for him!
MISSOURI
Meramec Caverns: Never been to this one YET though, but I can strongly recommend anyone to visit the Meramec Caverns, between St. Louis and Rolla – according to some, one of the most enjoyable and charming roadside attractions along the entire Mother Road! This landmark is also known as one of Jesse James‘ hideout, one of America’s most notorious outlaws.
– Route 66 Museum – Pontiac, IL
OKLAHOMA
– Route 66 Museum – OK
– Sid’s Diner – El Reno, OK
– Pop’s – Arcadia, OK
– Round Barn – Arcadia, OK
– Jerry McClanahan’s Gallery – OK
– The Rock Café – Stroud, OK
– The Blue Whale – OK
TEXAS
– MidPoint Cafe – Adrian, TX
– Big Texan Steakhouse – Amarillo, TX
– Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, TX
NEW MEXICO
– El Rancho Hotel – Gallup, NM
– Blue Hole – Santa Rosa, NM
– Route 66 Auto Museum – Santa Rosa, NM
– Old Town – Albuquerque, NM
– Route 66 Hostel – Albuquerque, NM
Tim’s PlaceAlbuquerque, NM: Although this place is not on Route 66, it’s close by and definitively worth the visit! Tim Harris, the owner of Tim’s Place was born with Down Syndrome and in the course of his great life, has won dozens of gold medals as a Special Olympian, graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and created “his place”, called Tim’s Place, with a key differential in his business model: free hugs! Yes, FREE HUGS! According to Tim himself, “food is food” and his place does it very good though, but, nobody gives hugs like he does! And for free! If you want to fell welcomed at the “world’s friendliest restaurant” and have a wonderful experience, just stop by on your next Route 66 trip! Watch this CBS news report on Tim or this CNN one!
ARIZONA
– Driving through Oatman, AZ
– Cool Springs – Oatman, AZ
– Shaving with Angel Delgadillo – Seligman, AZ
– Holbrook, AZ
– Williams, AZ (train ride to the Grand Canyon)
CALIFORNIA
– Driving through Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills – Beverly Hills, CA
– End of the Trail sign – Santa Monica, CA
– Hollywood sign – Los Angeles, CA
– Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA
– Driving through Amboy and Essex, CA
– Juicy’s Cafe – Needles, CA

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