I happened on this place while driving through Needles on the way to Lake Havasu, always looking for fun local places and, when I followed the hand-lettered sign off the highway, I thought I might be going to someone's house. After I turned in, I saw the well-lit corner restaurant. Here, then, is a piece of Route 66 history. This all started in 1952, the restaurant closed for 20 years after Lupe Valenzuela died. When the property came up for sale five years ago, Lupe and Fidel's oldest daughter bought her parent's old restaurant and came home to Needles to revive old times. She, at 79, is cooking in the back, and her eldest son is waiting on me. The salsa is homemade, the tortillas are thin, the chili relleno lightly battered and not too greasy. Dinner ended up with a tiny piece of cake that I didn't order. You have to time this right. They are only open from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. They are also open for lunch 11 to 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a place so much fun to find!
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