There are few things as romantic as the idea of cruising Route 66 through the American southwest, stopping at every dive bar and hole-in-the-wall diner along the way. Amarillo has captured a concentrated dose of that feeling along the city’s 6th Avenue corridor, a dense collection of bars & restaurants, most with deep historical routes. The GoldenLight Café
lives here, the oldest restaurant in the city and one that conjures up imagery of a Wild West prison (in a good way).
The recommendations below dot this Route 66-dominated stretch of Amarillo road, surrounded by countless other options playing off the nostalgia of what Route 66 represents. Admittedly, there’s a little too much food on this itinerary to be taken down in a single afternoon, but what better challenge is there than a dive bar drinking, diner eating endurance race.