trekandshoot / ShutterstockHow To Cruise Route 66 Like You’re Walter White Suzy Guese July 23, 2015 Adventure Travel, Arts & Culture, Food & Drink, Interests 3 Comments Historic Route 66 runs right through Albuquerque under the guise of Central Avenue. While the road signs might say Central Avenue, this stretch of Albuquerque is still very much as it was when the historic route was laid out in the 1920s to link Chicago to Santa Monica. Filled with classic eateries and plenty of glowing neon signs, the Albuquerque portion of Route 66 stretches for 18 miles. Cruising Albuquerque’s stretch of the iconic route should be on any traveler’s itinerary while in town, especially if you’re a Breaking Bad fan! If you’re a Walter White enthusiast, you’ll know that several stops along historic Route 66 were featured prominently in Breaking Bad. So grab your driving gloves and head out on this Route 66 Breaking Bad tour of Albuquerque! Stop 1: Loyola’s Family Restaurant “ABQ2014:” by Rex Brown is licensed under CC 2.0. Want to experience a classic Route 66 diner? Easy! Stop off at Loyola’s Family Restaurant. Just a quarter mile east of Albuquerque’s trendy Nob Hill neighborhood, Loyola’s serves up New Mexican cuisine at its cheapest and most greasy. The classic, no-frills diner offers some of the best chile in town. You’ll also recognize Loyola’s as the spot where Mike and Jesse refueled in Season 5 of Breaking Bad. Stop 2: The Crossroads Motel “Crossroads Motel” by fabulousfabs is licensed under CC 2.0. You might not want to stay the night at the Crossroads Motel, but it’s worth driving by as you cruise down Route 66. This funky motel was featured in a number of Breaking Bad episodes, so much so that it was nicknamed the “Crystal Palace.” While it’s pretty modest looking nowadays, the motel is a real piece of history from the days when retro inns used to line the stretch, welcoming travelers along the monumental route. Stop 3: KiMo Theater “Kimo Theater Albuquerque 1” by Tony Hisgett is licensed under CC 2.0. The KiMo Theater didn’t play a huge role in Breaking Bad—other than being featured as a spot that Walter White happens to look at a few times—but it’s worth a visit for its Pueblo-Deco style architecture and Native American motifs. Opened in 1927, the theater still hosts a wide range of performances and events including plays, movies, and concerts. Pop in from Tuesday through Saturday just to marvel at its interior design. Stop 4: Java Joe’s “Java Joe’s” by teofilo is licensed under CC 2.0. The name might not sound familiar, but the look of the building certainly will! Featured on Breaking Bad as enemy Tuco’s home base, Java Joe’s is a hip coffee shop conveniently located right along Route 66. The area is decidedly less creepy than it’s portrayed on the show. Plus, it actually lends itself to a fine cup of Joe! Stop 5: Dog House Drive-In “ABQ2014:” by Rex Brown is licensed under CC 2.0. Located in Albuquerque’s Old Town, the Dog House Drive-In boasts a flashing neon sign that’s classic Route 66. That giant neon sign is a dachshund, making it one of the city’s most recognizable buildings along the historic route. Throughout the series, fans came to know the Dog House Drive-In as a favorite hangout for Jesse. An icon in Albuquerque for nearly 60 years, the Dog House Drive-In serves up burgers, chili cheese dogs, and even a classic southwestern dish, Frito pie. Don’t ask questions. Just try it. Are you ready to start cruising down Route 66? Which places are on your pit stop list? Tell us in the comments below!