September 01, 2016 Arizona USA Americas

Calico's Diner: Exceptional Pancakes!

A diner, very dimmed and old, a customer sitting at the bar reading his newspaper, a baby crying in the background, a family coming from far discovering Arizona for the first time and here I come to try some kind breakfast. Calico's was recommended by Diane back at the area's information center next to the Route 66 museum.


Simply eggs, fluffy omelets, specialty omelets, the scrambles, the lighter side and the daily special steak which is known to be available at $9,99.

The place is dull; empty salad bars, old wooden tables and chairs, not enough lights and dark glass windows. Staff is not as welcoming as they should be but it seems the popularity of this restaurant makes everything acceptable and trendy.

Particular food I was excited to try; Eggs Benedict the country way with sausage gravy, hash-browns and biscuits. Ribs with eggs and the stack of three pancakes.


Delicious food! A new approach to eggs Benedict, with gravy sauce and no hollandaise, a super fluffy pancake with a crunchy border, eggs with meat and hash browns... lovely!  Start with he eggs Benedict before the bread turns into a watery cake. Intensely peppered and vibrant, the gravy is not what I expected but loved it. It gave me many ideas on how to revisit the benedicts. Meat with omelets makes all the difference. They're excellent! And light crust around the pancake and how tender they are makes of them an amazing meal. They're huge! And so good!

Indeed, the decor is not a strong point, but the food is. Recommended stopover on Route 66.






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