Kingman is perhaps best known as the biggest city on the longest uninterrupted stretch of America’s historic highway, Route 66. From long-standing culinary landmarks to modern diners, here are the top ten restaurants in Kingman that are worth sticking around to try.
A Kingman landmark, the Dambar & Steak House was originally built during the 1930s. According to local legend, a 1960s construction worker constantly argued with his wife about buying the bar, which she came to refer to as that ‘damn bar.’ The bar’s unusual name is also a reference to Kingman’s former nickname as the ‘Gateway to the Hoover Dam.’ Today, the Dambar is also a steakhouse, offering huge steaks in its Old West-style interior. The restaurant’s prime rib is slow roasted, and its biscuits are baked on-site. Dambar also features its own microbrews as well as wines from 14 Hands Winery.
Set in a restored 20th century house, Mattina’s Ristorante Italiano specializes in traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant’s chef trained at Portland’s Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and the menu reflects her goal of making Mattina’s the top Italian restaurant in the region. The menu includes traditional pastas dishes, along with lamb, beef, veal, chicken, and seafood entrées, which are served with a choice of Sicilian angel hair pasta, roasted red potatoes, or the vegetable of the day.
Headed by a mother-daughter team, Sirens’ Cafe is a quaint café specializing in gourmet sandwiches, paninis, salads, and desserts. The café emphasizes fresh, local ingredients, with their sandwiches prepared on freshly baked bread using house-made beer cheese, ricotta, and spreads. The café’s soups, desserts, and sauces are also made in-house. In addition to the regular menu, the café offers daily specials ranging from pastillas to quiches. Sirens’ charming interior features brick walls painted white, a bright blue counter, chairs with cute star cutouts, and plenty of quirky artwork.