While traveling from place to place in the bright-yellow Jay’s Dee-Lux Taters food truck, cooks fry up hand-battered tenderloins, wings, and fresh-cut fries. The mobile eatery’s signature dish, Jay’s Dee-Lux Tater, challenges mouths with a mammoth amalgamation of battered and fried potato wedges sprinkled with cheese, chopped scallions, and other toppings. The food truck also doles out daily specials that change every day of the week except for Opposite Day; the specialties include homemade meatloaf, hand-battered fish ‘n’ chips, and tacos served with rice and beans.
Constructed 80 years ago on a familiar stretch of Route 66, the building that houses Tubby's Diner has also held a pool hall, a gas station, and a hotel. Owner Jason Russell recently remodeled it, though, and now visitors can dine on classic American food in a revamped setting with 1950's-style booths.
In the morning, chefs flip pecan pancakes and douse hand-breaded steaks with sausage gravy. Later in the day, diners sink teeth into open-faced roast beef sandwiches or filets of beer-battered fish, washing it all back with sips of hand-dipped milk shakes.
The Alli's Family Restaurant building has been refilling tanks along Historic Route 66 for 80 years. It began as a gas station, but then took on the mantle of restaurant and has never looked back or at the sun. The eatery's Facebook page contains sneak peeks from the full menu and includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes. Chicken-fried chicken and its menu companions are hearty enough to sustain patrons on road trips, whether their road trips are from Chicago to LA or the result of a stick in the middle of the highway.
Quincy Magoo's culinary team whips up award-winning wings doused in 12 sauces and racks of ribs slathered in Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce. During each feast, more than 40 flat-screen televisions keep diners abreast of the latest sports scores and the latest laundry-detergent commercials. Elsewhere, a big-screen TV presents games for up to 16 guests in the private VIP room, which comes equipped with its own sound system. In the game room, an iTunes jukebox plays pop hits as guests compete in rounds of skee ball, billiards, and Golden Tee.
City Mexican Cuisine serves dishes named after Mexico’s cities within a modern, upscale atmosphere. Diners dive into house queso and homemade chips or pastel de tres leches—one of several decadent desserts made in-house by chef Raul. Open every day of the week, the restaurant almost always has something extra to offer including a daily happy hour, a weekday lunch express, and a Sunday Mexican-style brunch. It also features the Chrome Lounge where visitors can watch a big game or host a private party.
TLC Hair Designs owner-operator Tracy Chapman transforms damaged, overgrown, or outdated hairdos at her work station in Salon Brands. Using her steady hands and knack for matching styles based on her clients' skin tones and facial features, Tracy cuts, layers, and shapes both men's and women's hair. Matrix and Logics Color DNA aid her as she adds accentuating highlights or all-over color to strands that need a new hue or a touchup of their natural green hue.