From long-standing culinary landmarks to modern diners, here are the top ten restaurants in Kingman / Pixabay
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.
Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner is a 1950s-style diner that serves up classic comfort foods, including house-made root beer, milkshakes, burgers, and all-day breakfast. The restaurant’s vintage interior is decorated in hot pink and turquoise, with Route 66 memorabilia and tributes to Marilyn Monroe and Elvis on the walls. The diner has attracted a few celebrities over the years, including Oprah and Gayle King who stopped here during their cross-country adventure in 2006. The restaurant’s onion rings, cheeseburgers, and root beer received Oprah’s unofficial stamp of approval.
The Garlic Clove focuses on affordable Italian cuisine. Located in downtown Kingman, the restaurant’s interior is no-frills yet cheerful, with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and an attractive wall mural. The menu includes a crowd-pleasing selection of build-your-own pizzas, as well as pastas, salads, and sandwiches. Start with the Italian sausage stuffed mushrooms, and then go for the chicken parmesan, which is served with house-made meat sauce and a choice of roasted potatoes or pasta. A great spot for family dinners, the restaurant also offers a kids’ menu.
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Redneck’s Southern Pit BBQ specializes in smoked barbecue, which is prepared using a Tennessee family recipe that has been passed down over six generations. Originally a catering BBQ trailer, this family-owned business expanded to its current location in the Central Commercial Building in 2009. The menu features plenty of Southern-style appetizers like deep-fried pickles, along with pulled pork sandwiches, platters of ribs, and smoked chicken breasts. Save room for dessert because the venue also has an ice cream shop. The shop’s soft serve ice creams pair perfectly with Redneck’s house-made peach cobbler.
Cellar Door Wine Bar is a cozy bar that offers 140 labels of wine by the bottle and around 30 by the glass. The menu focuses on light accompaniments for the wine, such as cheese platters with varieties such as Danish blue and smoked gouda. There are also a number of seasonal dishes, including sauerkraut and smoked salmon. The bar features live music Thursday through Saturday nights, as well as Art Uncorked paint nights in which participants are guided step-by-step through a featured painting as they enjoy a bottle of wine.
Oyster’s Mexican & Seafood combines a number of traditional recipes passed down in each of the owner’s respective families. Expect the standard tacos, burritos, flautas, and enchiladas, along with fresh seafood dishes like pescado zarandeado (grilled red snapper fish seasoned with spices and sauces, served alongside veggies, guacamole, and tortillas). The restaurant’s interior is festive and colorful, with seating at wooden tables and booths. Drinks include imported Mexican beers, and, of course, tequila and margaritas.
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.
Calico’s serves up simple, American classic fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant’s décor is simple and pleasantly old-fashioned, with seating offered at basic wooden tables and deep green booths. The walls are decorated with Western-themed photographs and paintings, all of which are available for sale. There are also high-tops along the counter for guests who just want to grab a quick coffee. The menu includes everything from seafood and steak to sandwiches and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant’s Sunday breakfast buffet and Thursday’s make-your-own-sandwich bar are particularly popular. Calico’s also sells a variety of Arizona and Route 66 souvenirs.
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.
Ma & Pa’s Hot Rod Café is decorated with eclectic roadhouse memorabilia and serves up hearty portions of comfort food, including burgers, sandwiches, and classic breakfast specials. Try one of their speciality sandwiches, such as the Big Block Chevy that features a slice of homemade meatloaf topped with lettuce and tomato and served on grilled bread. The café is also known for hosting regular special events, ranging from 1950s costume contests to hot-rod shows.
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.