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Joe & Aggie's Cafe

120 W. Hopi Dr., Holbrook, AZ - (928) 524-6540
Posted By Michael Stern on May 4, 2006 8:51 PM
At the front of Joe & Aggie’s, cases and shelves display souvenirs of Route 66: playing cards, key rings, hats, and nostalgic books about the “Mother Road” that took travelers through Holbrook long before Interstate 40 bypassed the town. Despite the interstate, Holbrook remains one of those places where you can get a real feel for what life was like along western roads in the two-lane days. It still has the famous “Sleep in a Wigwam” motel; there are some fascinating pawn shops and Native-American jewelry emporia; and at Joe & Aggie’s you can have a real old-fashioned roadside diner meal.

Tables are outfitted with squeeze bottles of honey for squirting onto sopaipillas (puffy triangles of fried bread); and meals begin with a basket of chips and an empty bowl in which you decant some hot, pepper-flecked hot sauce for dipping. The sign on the front window boasts of “Mexican and American food”; but in fact, the menu at Joe & Aggie’s is not quite either; it is a blend of Mexican and American that is unique to the southwest. After the chips and salsa, you move on to such meals as enchiladas made with red or green chili, big stuffed burros, crisp tacos, or chicken fried steak with potatoes and hot sopaipillas on the side.

Joe & Aggie’s is the oldest restaurant in Holbrook, dating back to 1946, the year Bobby Troup headed west in his Buick convertible and wrote (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66.
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Posted By Hank Miller on September 2, 2011 3:24 PM
Not good! I went here upon reading reviews while I was the artist-in-residence at Petrified Forest National Park.

The chile was good but the tamale was very, very substandard. Besides, the place is a mess and not that clean. The new Mexican spot directly across the street is highly touted by the park rangers and employees, who don't patronize Joe and Anglies now, sorry to say.
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Posted By Robert Gandy on April 24, 2011 8:22 AM
Been a while since I was at Joe & Aggie's but, for sure, I stop whenever I'm passing through Holbrook! I'll always wait for them to open if I get there early.
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Posted By Carol Bayer on April 21, 2011 11:27 PM
Only a half-mile down the road from the classic and wonderful Wigwam motel, Joe & Aggie's is a great place to eat in Holbrook. Our server was wonderful: friendly and attentive as she sang to the radio.

The food was exactly what you want from a place like this: home-cooked Mexican fare swimming in perfectly spiced green chile and cheese. While the rice was a bit dry, the beans more than made up for this. The cheese enchiladas, though small, were delicious. On the other hand, the chili relleno was huge and cooked perfectly. Be sure to get a sopapilla, and take advantage of the honey on the table.

Two big plates of wonderful food, a raspberry iced tea, and a beer for under $20. It's really hard to beat this place.
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