There’s something quite joyful about an American Diner. I have fond memories of the ones I visited during holidays in Florida. The bright colours – the booths to sit at and the memorabilia around the walls. Now, as the only themed American diner in Pattaya, Route 66 Diner is aptly named sitting as it does alongside the big overpass on the approach to Mabprachan lake.

It has been in existence about 3 1 ⁄ 2 years now and during that time has had to survive the pandemic, enforced takeaway only restrictions and road works, whilst the aforementioned overpass was being constructed. So it’s a tribute to the owner’s resilience and the quality of the food served here that has ensured this eatery has survived all the setbacks.

Recently, when Discover Pattaya went to Route 66 we were pleased to see a steady stream of customers visiting. From single diners, to couples and families with kids being treated to some great Americana fayre. The owner lived in Florida for 20 years which is where he developed his love for American diner food. This is also why the decor and general ambience is so spot on. I personally would prefer the music played to be a little louder and obviously American rock and roll classics would sit very well with the energy of the place. But then I would also like to see waiting staff on roller skates although, I realise that could just be a disaster waiting to happen!

What does sit very well with my memories of American food is the amazing selection in Route 66’s menu. The breakfasts look amazing and unsurprisingly are extremely popular, as are the smoked meats, sandwiches, tex mex food and desserts. So much so that a few months ago the selection of desserts was extended to include pies including classics such as Pecan and Apple. Also ice cream dishes such as Sundaes and Banana splits (if you’re a Brit) or Banana boats (as I’ve found out they’re called if you’re American). There are also specials available every day such as a great Meat Loaf on Mondays, Tacos on Tuesdays, Chicken Parmesan on Thursdays.

The special on the Friday we visited was a classic Pork Hot Dog with Fries which at just 99 baht had to be tried. You can choose from either Cajun or Hand Cut fries and your dog comes with plenty of mustard and tomato ketchup and a portion of homemade coleslaw plus for me a special request for mayonnaise which was excellent. The Route 66 Burger was succulent and very juicy as the burgers at Route 66 are all made from USDA choice beef, inside, I am delighted to say a Sesame seed bun – I am no lover of the brioche burger!. Chilli Con Carne is available as a bowl for 190 or a cup for just 95 baht which with Nachos adds an interesting side dish.

There are also soups, salads, pancakes, bagels, omelettes. Thai food, pasta, steaks, chops, ribs, BBQ chicken and smoked brisket. You could literally eat here for months and keep trying something new which is great if you have kids as every Wednesday a kid per paying adult can eat free. Route 66 is indeed a treat for Kids…………..of any age!


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