We’ve wanted to do a Route 66 series for awhile, and there’s no way to do it except start with one. So, for all of you who used to get your kicks on Route 66, here’s one place to try.
Route 66 Cafe, at 2204 West College Street in Springfield, MO, is easy to miss. Even if you are driving the old highway, it’s hard to distinguish it from all the other ageless buildings that make up the business part of the Route. Many of them along the highway are made from a mix of stone and brick, still standing after all these years. In fact, Route 66 Cafe is right next to one of the old hotels that used to be a staple for travelers.
Once you find it, though, you’ll go back. It was just about a year ago that the husband and wife team of Victoria and Robert took it over and began adding their own touches. Robert is a “car guy,” for one thing, so copies of hot rod magazines and artwork of the cars you might have seen on Route 66 in its glory days are all around. Or, step into the back room to find a framed newspaper from the day Will Rogers died, or tin signs advertising Elvis movies, and even personal photos of some of the regulars with their cars or motorcycles.
Then there is the food. You can get a pretty darn good breakfast here, in good portions—and the biscuits and gravy are down home tasty. This may be where good ol’ boys come for breakfast and a little story-telling, but don’t let that color your idea of what the food is like. You’ll be surprised at some of the items, such as their signature Banana Nut Pancakes, or the Almond French Toast that is literally coated with chopped almonds and served with raspberry preserves.
Go ahead; take your Corvette.
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