Tucumcari, New Mexico: La Cita - Mexican Hat on Route 66

A high-peaked sombrero with neon embellishments tops the entrance to this Mother Road retro restaurant.

La Cita

Address:
820 S. 1st St, Tucumcari, NM
Directions:
Southeast corner of S. 1st St. and Route 66 Blvd.
Phone:
575-461-7866
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La Cita Mexican restaurant.

La Cita - Mexican Hat on Route 66

This is definitely not even worth a stop! It's a rundown Mexican restaurant and the hat isn't even that big. Totally lame.

[Sarah, 07/27/2012]

La Cita sombrero.

La Cita - Mexican Hat on Route 66

Tucumcari has been touted as the best concentration of retro-Route 66 buildings on what's left of the old highway. Whether something is an original or a landmark-come-lately can be hard to discern, but the river of eager visiting photographers flows undeterred up and down this stretch of road.

Take the big sombrero atop La Cita Restaurant. Was it here in the 1950s? Doesn't matter, it looks good and that's enough (the restaurant's light-up sign on a pole is equally kitschy). The restaurant itself goes through occasional dormant periods, but is always available for pictures.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 08/24/2007]

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