a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Monday, April 4, 2016

Cruiser's Cafe

A/Z Theme: Sights and Sites of Arizona

C - Cruiser's Cafe

Cruiser's Cafe is located in Williams, Arizona, which is in the northern part of the state.  Williams is often billed as "Gateway to the Grand Canyon" since it is close by (about an hour's drive away).  Williams is also about 30 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona.  Williams is located on Route 66.



We ate at Cruiser's Cafe twice during our stay in the area this past October. Both times the food was delicious, once for dinner, then our last morning we had breakfast there.  The first time was a warm day and lots of people were sitting outside. The next day the weather changed to windy, cool, and rainy.  



A look at its menu.



A statue of Elvis outside by the front door.



A look inside


Definitely a fun place to visit with delicious food.

Were you an Elvis fan? Do you even know who Elvis was? 

Me, I wasn't much of an Elvis fan, but my best friend in high school was. I thought he had a nice voice though. 

56 comments:

Elizabeth said...

My friends and I stopped at a restaurant in Williams called Pancho McGillicuddy's on the way home from the Grand Canyon two years ago. I remember passing that Coca Cola car :)

I work with a man who is obsessed with Elvis, he even impersonates him!

stefani said...

Looks like a fun Cafe. I remember Williams as being a pretty small town. Of course, I am going by a visit that was many many years ago (maybe 10 years).

Stefani | Dreams of Nyssa

Lux G. said...

I think it's a brilliant idea that you feature sights of Arizona for the challenge. A good way to learn about the place.

Thanks in advance for the whole tour. :)

TARYTERRE said...

What a cool place to eat. Love the decor and the menu looks yummy. Never been a big Elvis fan myself but I like him just the same.

shortybear said...

would enjoy eating there.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

OKay, what on earth is an Arizona Toothpick? :)
I have to admit I have never been an Elvis fan - sorry. His music just never grabbed me, even though I grew up with my parent's record collection which had a few of his hits in it.
Tasha
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Nilanjana Bose said...

I too am intrigued by Arizona Toothpicks!

I know who Elvis is, who doesn't?! But not a huge fan, admire the quality of voice though, rich and spellbinding.

Best,
Nilanjana
Madly-in-Verse

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I was an Elvis fan for sure. I was among the screaming teenagers at the movie theatre during his performances and then on into my adult years. I still have several of his recordings on my iPod and listen to them regularly. Route 66 is famous and I think that restaurant represents it well. Glad you enjoyed your visit there.

lyndagrace said...

We have a Stewart's Rootbeer that has a similar theme. In fact,t it has that same Elvis statue.
I liked Elvis. He was one of those bigger than life personalities.

Intense Guy said...

My mom was an Elvis fan. He was a little before my time though.

With all the decor, I am glad they focus on food!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Looks like such a fun place. I would visit even if it was only to grab some interesting photographs! I was never a big Elvis fan but I like some of his music.

Jo said...

No, I wasn't a big fan of Elvis although I did enjoy the one or two films I saw.

Interesting bits and pieces in that Cafe. The car parts are fascinating.

Keith Hillman said...

Having run trendy bars and bistros myself for many years it's always great to see what others have to offer. This looks great - except possibly for the Elvis statue! Never much of a fan myself!

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DMS said...

I like Elvis and his songs, but am not a "super" fan- as I know he has lots of them still.

This looks like a fun place to eat and visit. Glad you shared it with us. :)
~Jess

Maria Zannini said...

My mom is an Elvis fan. For her 80th birthday my sisters got her an Elvis impersonator to sing for her. She was in heaven!

Denise said...

I was not an Elvis fan but I have been to Williams. How did I miss this cafe???

Crackerberries Anderson said...

What a great idea and I love your bench for sitting a spell, kicking back and enjoying the view! Thanks for the tour, will be sure to visit again through the month. Cheers

Eileen T said...

I'm quite selective in the Elvis songs I'll listen to. Like you, I think he had a nice voice but I find it very difficult to watch him singing and dancing. Whatever he was supposed to have had, just doesn't do it for me!

Pat Hatt said...

Looks like a neat place to eat. Good food is a grand indeed. I know who Elvis was, that count? lol

Stephanie Bird said...

What a wonderful piece of Americana. Love dinners!

My Cozy Book Nook said...

I love quirky places like this. Always fun to visit and usually great food as well.

jack69 said...

We haven't eaten there. I do hope we can make another Route 66 trip, I would love to try it. Good one. I wasn't an Elvis fan, but my girl was, of course! hahahaha

Bijoux said...

I've been on portions of Rt 66, but I think we hopped on 40 the times we left Grand Canyon for Vegas. That diner looks like a lot of fun. Yes, I know all about Elvis. My mom was a telephone operator and once called for a limo for Elvis when he was in her hometown.

JEN Garrett said...

This is going on my list of places to eat when I'm down that way in a few years. :)

JEN Garrett

Keebles said...

My aunt was obsessed with Elvis (and still is), so I've had a lot of him in my life. That place reminds me of Flo's in Cars Land (from Pixar's Cars movie and the California Adventure version). Bet this is where they got the inspiration for the movie!

T. A. Miles said...

What a classic place! :) Nice photos.

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Sarah Allan said...

Holy cow, what a fun place! I'd love to go there sometime. I saw the comment about Rt. 66, too! :-)

Saleslady371 said...

No I wasn't taken in by the Elvis craze. I liked his voice too. However, I worked with an Elvis impersonator. Now that was fun and a story for another time. Now I want to go to Cruiser's. Cute place but you said the food is good. I'm in.

Sunday Visitor said...

The Café seems like a quaint, delightful place. I especially like the car on top and the Elvis statue. Lovely pictures

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I wasn't a big Elvis fan but he had an amazing voice. Loved hearing him sing hymns. That looks like a great place to visit.

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Anoosha said...

Looks Like a Lovely Place to eat and Spend time with our Family and Friends. Also Lovely Pictures :)

Paula Kaye said...

Oh my, yes, I was an Elvis fan. I loved his music and I thought he was the most handsome man I had ever seen as a teen girl. And his movies were to die for!! Now, as an adult, I see how horrible his acting really was. But I still love his music. And I still think he was handsome. Even when he got fat!

joeh said...

Does look like a nice place.

Of course I liked Elvis, he always made the girls a little friendlier.

Michelle Wallace said...

It looks like a fun place to hang out in...relax...meet friends...
Writer In Transit

Mandy Justin said...

I'm not much of an Elvis fan, but that looks like a really cute cafe. :) Then again, I adore old style diners. I do find it odd that they serve BBQ and wings there; I expected burgers and milkshakes from the way the pictures look.

Jerralea said...

Looks like a fun place to go!

No, I am not an Elvis fan. At. All. I once had a boyfriend who would call me nightly to play Elvis songs over the phone line. He would do that for hours, so now I'm no longer a fan. Of Elvis or the boyfriend, LOL.

I discovered he was the exact same age as my dad, and for some reason, it made me like Elvis even less. I guess I thought he should act more responsibly!

netablogs said...

Interesting learning more about Arizona. I've only been to Phoenix once (last March) and didn't really venture out of the city. I hope to visit it again and explore more! Elvis - yes, I did enjoy some of Elvis' music, but I was always more interested in his life and motivations than his music. I do remember the day he died, and being quite shocked and sad about it.

Mevely317 said...

I've never been to Williams, but that cafe looks like the sort of place that would draw me inside. Are those tin tiles on the ceiling? Neat.

Nope, no Elvis fan here. It was the "British Invasion" that did me in!

Birgit said...

This looks like a cool Cafe. Love the look and I liked Elvis. I can't believe how young he was when he died

Linda Schrankel said...

This would definitely be a fun place to check out! Thank you! The very first movie I ever attended was an Elvis movie. I don't remember it only, that it was Elvis. I do remember Saddle shoes, poodle skirts, cancans, and pony tails!

Cynthia said...

My parents are probably bigger Elvis fans than I am, but yes, I know who he is.

The fried mushrooms and zucchini looks tasty.

Wendy said...

We drove through Williams but did not stop to eat. We were on a mission to get to the Grand Canyon. As for Elvis, I enjoyed his movies when I was younger but I've never been a fan of his music.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

What a fabulous café! I love cafes like that and I usually find they have great food too. I wasn't much of an Elvis fan, but my mother LOVED him. She saw him in concert once not long before he died. My uncle sings his music all the time, and his voice is a dead ringer for "the king."

John Holton said...

I wouldn't call myself an Elvis fan, but he had a fantastic voice and excellent backing musicians, and he did some great songs, especially in the late Sixties ("In The Ghetto," "Kentucky Rain," "If I Can Dream").

John Holton
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Joy said...

That looks like such a fun stop to make.


- Joy C is for Charity

Liz A. said...

That place has great ambiance, at least from the pictures. My brother is big into Elvis. Not sure why, but he's odd that way.

yaya said...

Looks fun and yummy! I wasn't a huge Elvis fan but my best friend was and we always went to see his movies.

Kathryn McKendry said...

Looks like a neat place! My parents were really into Elvis, I liked his music because I grew up with it but I wasn't crazy about him.

Linda said...

A place like that would be perfect in town with Friday Night History Cruze Car Shows! Wonder how many selfies were taken by statue! Elvis had a great voice, both rock & roll and gospel.

Lynn Proctor said...

There is a place here - "river city diner"- has an Elvis like that too- I was never a fan either- I went for his sorta rival Ricky Nelson!

Lynn Proctor said...

There is a place here - "river city diner"- has an Elvis like that too- I was never a fan either- I went for his sorta rival Ricky Nelson!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I would love to visit Cruiser's Cafe! I'm a big fan of Route 66. We lived off of Route 66 back in Illinois and also lived off of Route 66 when we lived in Fontana, CA for 17 years. I really didn't follow Elvis although my dad tells me that I had my bike painted pink and black because of him. I do have a signed autographed photo to my dad from him. My dad would let the fan club meet in his movie theater back in Illinois. My dad was also invited to visit him at his house years ago but he didn't go. I've seen Graceland but haven't been inside for a tour.

Sharon said...

I remember that diner! Williams is a favorite place of ours. Hubby has a beautiful handcrafted silver bracelet that he bought there, and I have a lovely piece of Native American pottery that I bought in a another shop there (and could have easily spent a thousand bucks or more - loved everything!)

Yes, I remember Elvis. My family actually visited Graceland on one of our road trips. It was a fascinating place. Kinda eerie in a way, to walk where Elvis actually lived. Two things came to my mind on that tour - 1) That Graceland wasn't the "luxurious" mansion that I thought it would be - the decorating was kinda weird, IMO - and 2) That Elvis' death was really a tragedy, a needless loss of a tremendous talent.

Oh, wanted to mention, too, that a good friend of ours now has an art gallery in Williams. He does Scratch Art, and his work is really special. His name is Joseph Robertson, and his gallery is named after him.

Loving this A-Z tour!!

YAY ARIZONA!!

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I didn't become an Elvis fan until well into my adulthood. Now I enjoy his music...especially is hymns.

Ole Boy and I love to find restaurants and cafes like this one! We would definitely love it there, and we'd stop, too, if we ever passed it...even if they do cater beer to Bikers and Babes. lol

The Mommies Reviews said...

I have always wanted to travel on Route 66. And if I was able to I would have to stop here as my son would love the car. And I love Elvis. And would want to bring the Statue home with me.

SweetMarie said...

I would love to eat here. :) My grandma saw Elvis in concert, she loved his voice. :)