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Grand Canyon Cafe
Flagstaff, AZ
Photo courtesy M.C. Morrissey

Route 66The Grand Canyon Cafe is famous for its Chop Suey among other dishes. Playing off of the name of the big ol' canyon to the North, this roadside cafe is located along Route 66 in downtown Flagstaff. This Flagstaff institution opened in 1942 and went through a remodel in the 50's.

(Near left) A close up of the famous neon sign

(Far left) The cafe features bubbled out windows along the busy Route 66.

 

UPDATE 05/20: Here are more photos of th Grand Canyon Cafe. The cafe which had been around for over 70 years closed in May 2018 after undergoing renovations and reopening in summer 2017. The building is now home to a butcher shop called Proper Meats and Provisions. 05-2020

Grand Canyon Cafe marquee
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

View from the right
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Another view of the cafe
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Horse Shoe Cafe
Benson, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Horse Shoe Cafe in Benson, AZ features an interesting horseshoe shaped sign out front. Not sure if this means that the meals here are dead ringers or just "almost".

 

Horse Shoe Cafe
Benson, AZ
Photo courtesy Larry Glass

 

UPDATED 04/09 : Here's another shot of the Horse Shoe Cafe, this view showing off the horse image on the wall of the building. Word is the cafe is "closed for good" as of July 2008 (see below, the cafe is "open"). With this news, another of Arizona's roadside institutions will disappear into the desert. 04-09

UPDATED 09/10 : Stopped by the Horse Shoe Cafe in July 2010 and the place was open and busy. 09-10

 

 

El Charro Cafe (Gone)
Flagstaff, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Welcome to the El Charro Cafe near downtown Flagstaff. This cafe features excellent home style Mexican food and may even surprise with some evening entertainment.

 

UPDATE 04/17 : The El Charro Cafe and its home style food is gone. The Patio restaurant took over sometime in 2013 or 2014 and now a place called The Mayor bar is in the location today. 04-17.

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Gold Nugget Cafe
Wickenburg, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Gold Nugget Cafe in Wickenburg, AZ features a rooftop marquee that looks like it belongs in Vegas.

 

 

Frontier Motel Cafe
Peach Springs, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Route 66Ever hear about the long armed reach of the law? How about interstate commerce? In this case, how about the long armed reach of a chef? This stretch of a chef is found on the wall of the Frontier Motel's wall along the Route 66 loop.

 

 

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