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Tucumcari, New Mexico: La Cita Sombrero Team Field Report

La Cita

820 S. 1st St, Tucumcari, NM
Southeast corner of S. 1st St. and Route 66 Blvd.
Lit at night. Restaurant M-Sa 11-8, Su 11-2. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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La Cita Sombrero

A high-peaked sombrero with neon embellishments tops the entrance to La Cita, Mother Road retro restaurant. Report... [08/05/2019]

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La Cita.

La Cita Sombrero

La Cita is looking pretty spiffy these days. In addition to a new color scheme on the restaurant and sombrero, there is an art gallery on the premises.

[Rob MacLeay, 11/22/2022]
La Cita - Mexican Hat on Route 66

As with so many of these iconic places, it is now closed.

[Paula Clay, 05/03/2018]

Update - Tipster Michelle: "This location is not closed. We are here on 7-4-18."

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.

[ Team, 08/24/2007]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Blue Swallow Motel: Route 66Blue Swallow Motel: Route 66, Tucumcari, NM - < 1 mi.
Tee Pee Curios on Route 66Tee Pee Curios on Route 66, Tucumcari, NM - < 1 mi.
Roadrunner Lodge: Magic FingersRoadrunner Lodge: Magic Fingers, Tucumcari, NM - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, NM - 55 mi.

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