A look at Cruiser’s Route 66 Cafe

Cruiser's Route 66 in Williams, AZ

AAA Highroads recently posted this video about Cruiser’s Route 66 Cafe in Williams, Arizona.

I haven’t been to Cruiser’s in a few years. One thing I didn’t know about Cruiser’s is Grand Canyon Brewing Co. basically is attached.

Williams: Cruiser's Route 66 Cafe from AAA Highroads on Vimeo.

The food looks mostly good, but I have one rant.

I find it hard to believe the barbecued beef ribs are worth ordering. I’ve traveled all over the South, checking out some of the best barbecue shacks in the nation, and I’ve never found one pitmaster who thinks beef ribs are worth the trouble. Beef brisket, yes. Beef ribs, no. Also, the Cruiser’s ribs have way too much sauce on them. A good pitmaster will put the sauce on the side or dollop a squirt or two on the meat. A full coating of sauce indicates the chef isn’t too confident in his smoker.

Rant over.

(Image of Cruiser’s Route 66 Cafe by Kent Kanouse via Flickr)

5 thoughts on “A look at Cruiser’s Route 66 Cafe

  1. Amen, Ron. I have to remember, when ordering barbecue in benighted regions of the country, to tell them “sauce on the side,” and even then they’ve often cooked the sauce on the meat. These people haven’t discovered the joys of a good dry rub and low-and-slow smoking.

  2. I ate lunch there last month during a 3-day trek across northern AZ following old Route 66. Didn’t have the ribs so can’t comment on that, but what I had was great. Neat place to have lunch in a very interesting and historic town along the old Mother Road.

  3. Thank you for providing this info, now people can make an informed choice.
    There are many types of BBQ…. just because you don’t care for one type or other doesn’t mean it is bad or otherwise, just not to your liking. Depending on my mood I like several different ones.

  4. I had lunch there 3 years ago. I had a good lunch, but the best came next. I returned to my car to download the memory stick from my camera. My laptop battery died in the middle of this. I returned to the restaurant, explained my dilemma, and they charged my laptop for me. I was both pleased and impressed. Awesome people work there.

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