Sunday, December 7, 2008

Yermo, California: Peggy Sue's 50's Diner: Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue, pretty pretty pretty pretty Peggy Sue




Autographed picture of comedy legend Kaye Ballard




On Interstate 15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is another little barely populated western town, the kind I love so much, called Yermo, California. In it is a wonderful truckstop/dinery place called Peggy Sue's 50s Diner. Nestled in the dusty Calico Mountains, it beckons weary roadside travelers to stop and wet your whistle with a nice Mr. Pibb and fill your tummy with delicious epicurean delights such as the Tina Turner tuna sandwich or a John Denver omelet. The original diner was built in 1954 and was revived in 1987 by Peggy Sue (really) and her husband Champ, both veterans of show biz. They have an extensive memorabilia collection displayed, as well as a 50s dime store, soda fountain, ice cream parlor, and a park outside with funky metal sculptures of dinosaurs and other beasts, making this place not just a great diner but one that should be included on any list of great eccentric roadside attractions. We stopped for lunch and had delicious omelets served to us by authentic diner waitresses: friendly yet businesslike, they're dressed in real uniforms and when they call you "hon," they mean it. The place is located off I-15 on Ghost Town Road in Yermo. How can you not love a place that's on Ghost Town Road? Here's their website: http://www.peggysuesdiner.com/

5 comments:

Viewliner Ltd. said...

A great place. Have visited there many, many times through the years. Great Patty Melt too!

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Taryn said...

Thank you for your great blog! My husband and I are just beginning our road trip travels. In one week, we're heading from Denver to San Francisco down Route 1 through Big Sur to LA and then over to Vegas and back up to Denver. I cam across your blog when I was researching, and I've added many stops to our itenary thanks to you! We're definitely going to have to stop at this one. Thanks! And happy traveling!

Taryn said...

oops, sorry about my misspellings. Lacking sleep from excitable trip planning....haha ; )

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Thanks Taryn! Your trip sounds wonderful. I've always wanted to drive down the coast of California. Don't forget to get a little lost on the way... you see some of the best stuff that way!