Giant Sombrero at La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Hungry in Tucumcari? Look for the giant sombrero. La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico serves tasty New Mexican favorites tucked away behind a sombrero-shaped entrance on Route 66.

The La Cita Restaurant opened in 1940 on Route 66. Tucumcari was a popular stop for travelers on The Mother Road and became known for its slogan “Tucumcari Tonite” and all the popular Tucumcari motels that came with it. And those travelers were definitely hungry. La Cita offered the expected kitschy charm with their novelty architecture and spinning neon sign along with a good hot dinner to fill up every Route 66 traveler who walked through their sombrero-shaped doors.

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The restaurant moved to its current location in 1961, and constructed the 30-foot-tall, 15-foot-wide stucco sombrero topped entrance along the way. The building and giant sombrero have been painted many colors throughout the years, including pink, yellow, and turquoise. Currently it is painted in a fiery red, black, and yellow.

Stop outside to see this fun novelty building turned roadside attraction and the bright, rotating neon sign. Go inside for a tasty meal full of local favorites like enchiladas, tamale, and chile relleno, served with red or green salsa (or do “Christmas” style and get both!) and a fluffy sopapilla on the side.

Giant Sombrero at La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico - Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Giant Sombrero at La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico - Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Giant Sombrero at La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico - Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Giant Sombrero at La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico - Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Giant Sombrero at La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico - Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Giant Sombrero at La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico - Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Giant Sombrero at La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico - Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Giant Sombrero at La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico - Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Love this New Mexico Route 66 roadside attraction? Check out these other things to see in Tucumcari: the Route 66 monument, the Route 66 museum, Tee Pee Curios, and Del’s Restaurant.

Want to spend the night in the perfect motel in Tucumcari, NM? Book a stay at Motel Safari or Blue Swallow Motel.

Giant Sombrero at La Cita Restaurant

Address: 820 S 1st St, Tucumcari, NM 88401
Cost: Free to See, Food Prices Vary
Hours: Giant Sombrero always visible, restaurant hours vary

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Hungry in Tucumcari? Look for the giant sombrero. La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico serves tasty New Mexican favorites tucked away behind a sombrero-shaped entrance on Route 66. Stop for dinner and a fun surprise! Visit this fun Route 66 roadside attraction on your ew Mexico road trip. Add it to your travel itinerary and road trip bucket list! #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #RoadTrip #NewMexico #NewMexicoRoadTrip #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAmerica
Hungry in Tucumcari? Look for the giant sombrero. La Cita Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico serves tasty New Mexican favorites tucked away behind a sombrero-shaped entrance on Route 66. Stop for dinner and a fun surprise! Visit this fun Route 66 roadside attraction on your ew Mexico road trip. Add it to your travel itinerary and road trip bucket list! #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #RoadTrip #NewMexico #NewMexicoRoadTrip #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAmerica

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.