It was a wet, drizzly night when we stepped into Joe and Aggies Cafe in Holbrook, Ariz., a longtime icon on Route 66 – itself an iconic highway. Recently, my wife Dorothy and I decided to visit some of our favorite places on Route 66.
Joe and Aggies Cafe was opened in 1943 by Jose (Joe) and Augustina (Aggie) Montano. Since 1947 it’s been operated by their four children. Now you can find daughter Alice Gallegos and her family there. Kim is in the kitchen, Troy helps manage and husband Stanley is behind the counter. The Cafe serves American dishes as well as the family’s Mexican recipes.
When Dorothy and I entered the cafe out of the rain we had that old Route 66 feeling.
There are vinyl booths, a retired juke box and Route 66 mementos on the walls.
Stanley Gallegos takes pride in the fact that the producers of Disney’s animated film “Cars” hung out in the cafe while developing the automobile characters for the film. The cafe received mention in the movie credits.
After we finished our tasty meal the couple in the booth across from us looked over and the man said, “I guess we brought this rain with us.” Alan and Marie Jones-Grimsby are from England. He is a government forester and she is a nurse midwife in the National Health Service.
Both are Route 66 aficionados. They had rented a car in St. Louis and were headed to L. A. They looked forward to their meal in Joe and Aggies Cafe, feeling it would be a true Route 66 memory.
Nov. 11 marked the 90th anniversary of the dedication of Highway 66 that led from Chicago to Los Angeles. It was decertified in 1985 when Williams, Ariz., was the last town to be bypassed by the Interstate highway system.
Joe and Aggies Cafe, 120 W. Hopi Dr. Holbrook, Ariz.