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“Mediocre at best...and that's a compliment...”
Review of Route 66 Diner

Route 66 Diner
Ranked #6 of 69 Restaurants in Saint Robert
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Description: Take a step back into a simpler time full of rock n' roll, poodle skirts, and leather jackets when you come to the Route 66 Diner. Our authentic 50's diner aesthetic transports you back in time to offer you a dining experience that is unlike any other. Route 66 Diner offers the same great food you'd expect from a 50's diner, with big juicy burgers, thick and creamy handmade shakes transport your take your taste buds on trip that will leave you craving more. Complete your burger with either crinkle cut or hand cut fries that are always fresh, crisp and hot. Bring the whole family Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights when kids eat free. Work off those post work blues with half price beers during our daily happy hour from 4 to 6 pm. Route 66 Diner is here to take you back in time by offering your great food, fun, and fifties.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Mediocre at best...and that's a compliment...”
Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

This aluminum boxcar dining room is located behind the Cracker Barrel, where the parking lot was full the evening we drove through town. The parking lot for this little place was absolutely empty, so we decided to try it out as we'd never heard of it before. After the meal, we realized why the parking lot was empty. Poor food is the reason. My husband had the vegetable soup, which the menu said was made fresh daily. LOL it was canned, trust me. I ordered the fried fish, which the waitress said was cod and delicious. It was NOT delicious...it was coated with too much hard crust that was fried too long. Yuck, I pealed off the coating and just ate the thin piece of fish. The wilted cole slaw was swimming in dressing that was not tasty. Really disappointed with this meal.

Although the place was empty, there were three waitresses standing around, with one training a new employee. Two young male employees were there, possibly the cooks. Six employees and the place was empty, except for us. After the bland food was served, five of them came out to the counter and stared at us, then some started complaining about their paychecks, as if the place was still empty and customers weren't within earshot. The employees were young, and it seemed like no one was in charge. We will not stop here again, and neither should you.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Sometimes Simple is Better”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

While passing through St. Roberts, MO [home to the Army's Ft. Leonard Wood], we stumbled upon the 5 & Diner restaurant. Hidden behind the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, the shiny aluminum 'Diner' sat lonely in an empty parking lot!
Had we entered 'The Twilight Zone' and discovered a lost railroad dining car from the 'Santa Fe Chief'? My traveling companion from New York City immediately bonded with the facility. After all, she had grown up with urban diners just like it.
We left our vehicle and entered a long room of chrome booths and bar stools, red upholstery, and posters of 1950's train scenes. The cook and waitress were talkative, welcoming, and happy to have two mid-morning guests. They quickly prepared and served the food [reminiscent of International House of Pancakes], while we took in the fantasy.
We received a wonderfully-cooked, in-expensive, large breakfast. It was simple, fresh, and quick; and, we were back on the Interstate in record time.
The 5 & Diner is all about good food and good value. Check it out.

  • Visited October 2012
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Leavenworth Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice Little Diner”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was another one of those places where it is proven that good food and fair prices still exist. The portions were large and the service was great!

Visited November 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 306 helpful votes
“Step back in time at the 5 & Dime”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

Shakes, Burgers, & Fries with style. Rather than settleing for Cracker Barrell, give this place a try

Visited August 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Normally good, new cook terrible”
Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

This is usually a good place to eat. The new cook is super slow and burned my food after waiting forever. The poor waitress tried her best, I would avoid it til they get a new cook.

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