Friday, April 23, 2010

Dot's all folks: Retrolicious Dot's Diner of Bisbee, Arizona




These folks were nice enough to scooch over when we arrived so we could get two stools together.

Keep your eyes on the pies.



This is a half-portion, mind you.

Was it good? Guess.
If you didn't have enough of a reason to visit Bisbee, Arizona's Shady Dell vintage RV park (see previous post, and really, what are you waiting for?), they have the perfect accompaniment for the eccentric and retro roadside attraction fan. Dot's Diner is a cute-as-a-button authentic 1957 Valentine model diner, originally located in LA when Dot Bozeman served up the hash and joe. Now it sits as a ray of sunshine in The Shady Dell's parking lot, providing good grub and cheer to retro denizens and locals looking for a bit of friendly Americana served up with with their Two Chicks on a Raft. A counter with nine stools is all they've got, so the atmosphere is warm and cozy. It's the kind of place where, when we arrived and found only two separate stools available, all the patrons grabbed their plates and scooched over so we could sit together. Mighty neighborly. The service was friendly and quick and the food hit the spot in the way only a good Eisenhower-era diner meal can. This place is yet another reason why Bisbee is a must-see destination for happening folks like you and me. Dot's my story and I'm sticking to it.

9 comments:

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Man this is awesome! This kind of stuff drives me crazy. This is Americana at its finest. I love it! Great, great post.

And I swear I am going to visit this place.

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Thanks Richard! Bisbee is definitely worth the trip. It's a cool old mining town with lots of artists and cool people and the landscape in very unusual.

Rick said...

Love the glider out front...

gainesville365 said...

Oh, I'm totally happening, but on a diet. What a cute find this place is, and I presume totally soy-free!

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Suzanne, Believe it or not, they've got tofu scrambled with veggies on the menu! Goes good with a side of bacon, I imagine.

Jeffery Blackwell said...

Wow, great place, and nice work on the photos. I can smell the grease!

Charlene said...

Thanks for the awesome post about Dot's! That's me (the waitress in the unflattering photo...LOL) who waited on you that morning. And, true to Bisbee, I know the people who scootched over so you could sit down and have a bite with us!

By the way, Dot's became "Dot's Diner" when the diner was brought to Bisbee in 1996 by the original creator of the Shady Dell, Ed Smith. He leased the diner first to Dot Bozeman, it having been "Burger Bar #3" in LA for probably 30 years back in the day. Just a bit of trivia.

Glad you had a great time!

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Thanks for stopping by Charlene...it's a pleasure to "meet" you! And thanks for the clarification on Dot's origin. I find all that very interesting. I can't say enough about how great Bisbee is and how nice all the people are there...keep up the good work!

Charlene said...

Alas, after a year working at Dot's, I'm now a server at the new Screaming Banshee Pizza in Bisbee. From early morning shifts to late night dining...nice change, actually. I still eat at Dot's for sure! Thanks for you response!