It’s closer to what you’d find the Winchester brothers eating in, with Dean stuffing his face full of cheeseburgers. Except in Supernatural, Elvis would probably leap off the wall and try to eat Sam’s soul, or something similar.
Back to the real world Peggy Sue’s! It’s a popular stop –off spot for people driving between Las Vegas and LA. And it’s just around the corner from Calico Ghost town.
It was one of the original 50s road-side diners, built back in 1954 with nine counter stools and 3 booths. But it became so popular with the support of locals, regular truckers, and the military, that they needed to expand it into a large, multi-room diner.
It may be larger, but it still looks like you’ve stepped back in time when you enter Peggy Sue’s. Greeted by checkerboard floors, the sounds of Buddy Holly coming from the stereo, and a lifesize statue of Betty Boop when you enter, this is just the beginning…
Every wall, every surface, every potential blank space is covered in 1950s gear. Around the corner, there’s a life sized Elvis, and the walls plastered with the characters from the Wizard of Oz. On both occasions we’ve visited, we’ve sat underneath a wall covered in Lucille Ball memorabilia.
Apparently it’s constructed out of railroad ties and mortar from the nearby Union Pacific Rail Yard, which is pretty cool! These days it’s own by Peggy Sue and Champ who re-opened the diner in 1987. They had worked at Knotts Berry Farm and in film before relocating to the Californian desert and renovating the diner. Their background in theme parks and film meant they had a load of 50s memorabilia that needed a good home.
The menu is as much a throwback in time as the décor is. Based on Peggy Sue’s grandmother’s recipes, you can order delicacies like:
- The Buddy Holly Bacon Cheeseburger – hickory smoked bacon with American cheese (a hit with North Nomad. I think he’s ordered it both times we’ve been there).
- The Marlon Brando Mushroom Cheeseburger – the classic burger with mushrooms and swiss cheese.
- The Frankie Avalon Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich – grilled steak, onions, and sweet peppers, with melted provolone cheese on a French roll.
- The JailHouse Rock – Chili and Beans served with cornbread.
- The Chubby Checker – sliced lean beef sandwich .
North Nomad has scoffed down his food on both occasions we visited. So much so that you don’t get a photo of his burger, and just my curly fries. If you’re vegetarian, you can order the 50s Hamburger with a veggie patty instead of a beef patty – though this is in tiny writing, so it’s hard to know unless you scrutinise the menu. It’s not vegan friendly, however.
And to top it all off, there’s a dinosaur sculpture garden out the back. How we missed this on two occasions, I’ll never know…
Location: Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner, 35654 Yermo Road, Yermo, CA 92398
Getting There: Diner 10 miles north of Barstow on the I-15 Fwy at the Ghost Town Rd. exit It’s impossible to miss if you’re taking the I-15. There are huge signs giving you warning!
Hours: Open Daily 6:00am-10:00pm
Contact: Contact: Phone: (760) 254-3370 Fax: (760) 243-7023 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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