They say there are certain things one must venture to at least once during the long and somewhat arduous drive to Las Vegas from LA. One of those includes a stop at Peggy Sue’s Diner. Truth be told, you can’t actually miss this diner because there are numerous vibrantly hued billboards sprinkled along the sides of the freeway. The retro typography and lure of 1950’s whimsy daring you to take the exit and proceed towards a large pink building, ever so contrasting against the rust like tones of the surrounding mountainscape and desert sands.
The experience itself is more out of novel fancifulness than for sumptuous cuisine. And while my travel companion may digress, personally I found the food to be lacking. Edible yes, but not something that leaves you salivating for more. And I think this is general understanding for most. You don’t come here for award winning burgers and fries, you come here for uniqueness and oddity. You come here to peruse the laminated menus and chuckle over burgers named after Hollywood icons. For the 1950’s diner “feels”, of worn out booths and pink walls decked in forgotten memorabilia. For the hospitality of waitresses dressed in muted green uniforms with pink frilled aprons and white tennis shoes. And for the free sticks of old fashioned gum you receive upon payment of your bill (you actually need to collect it at their gift store, but still, novel nonetheless).
PEGGY SUE’S 50’S DINER
35654 Yermo Road,