Summary: This surviving Route 66 restaurant, located in Victorville, serves up good old-fashioned diner food.
Location: 17143 D Street, Victorville; 760-243-9938; http://www.hollandburger.com
Price Range: $$
In 1947, Bob Holland and his wife Emma Jean opened the Holland Burger Cafe, a cozy Americana-style diner in Victorville, tucked along historic Route 66.
Specializing in home-cooked meals like biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak and its famous 1⁄2-pound Holland Burgers, Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe has been a popular haunt of Route 66 fans residents for years.
While you're here, belly up to the bar for a hearty Trucker's Sandwich, chock-full of roast beef, bacon, chilies, and cheese; or wrap your mouth around a thick and greasy sourdough grilled cheese.
“We have a really friendly atmosphere here. Everyone knows everybody,” said Brian Gentry, who has worked at the restaurant for 18 years. “You don’t sit here very long without striking up a conversation with a total stranger.”
You can't have a burger without great sides, and there are plenty of them here. Try out the crisp onion rings, dig in to some chili cheese fries, or revel in the glory of good old-fashioned biscuits and gravy.
Just be sure to save room for dessert. The cherry and peach cobblers are just like Mama used to make.
In addition to serving customers, the cafe has also starred in several movies and television spots, including the independent feature “The Base,” "Kill Bill Volume 2" and Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and "Dives."
Located right off busy I-15 on the route to Las Vegas, this is one diner you'll find is both homey and delicious. Just be ready to blow your diet!