Start the car, and bring your appetite. Here are the absolutely best places to eat along Western highways
Rod’s Steak House, Williams, AZ. The original Rod was a cattleman and Route 66 entrepreneur in the ’40s. Nods to his legacy are still here in the dinnerware, signage (that’s Domino, the fiberglass steer, glowing atop the roof ), and cow-shaped menu, which serves up steakhouse classics. One deserved favorite is the sugar-charred sirloin, dripping with sweet beefy juices. But don’t neglect the prime rib, equally tasty and substantial. Must-try: The Rocky Mountain trout, if you’re not in the mood for meat. $$$; 301 E. Route 66; 928/635-2671.
Michael's Seafood & Steakhouse, Port Angeles, WA. The clubby interior of Michael’s is festooned with old album covers, vintage bar games, and Euro-bistro posters. Owner Michael Lynch tends bar, mans the phone, and often cooks too—everything from duck confit to Philly cheesesteak flatbread. 117B E. First St.; michaels