This diner was fantabulous!! I stopped for breakfast the first day on my road trip and it was well worth it! Definitely not right off the highway, but worth the extra jaunt off the road! Its located in a safe-looking neighborhood with shopping around, so it would be a great stop for multi-purposes. I had the Coconut Creme Latte and the Avocado Benedict. I wanted a million more lattes from them after that, get the large size - you can thank me later! The staff was incredibly helpful and welcoming too. This is a more modern diner that was very clean too! All around wonderful! So glad I discovered it!
A classic. The custard is the same quality and flavor as going to a Culver's. The point of difference is the flavor options. I got the Cinna-Crunch and it was good. It was busy. Even on a Thursday at 3:30 in the afternoon! But yes, service was speedy and the parking lot was big enough that I didn't have to fight for a spot. If I had been staying closer I would have stopped by a second time out of necessity. It was HOT that week!
This is miserable. The only reason worth going is to say that you wasted your time. It is located on a busy winding road. There isn't anywhere to park and get a good photo, so I ended up driving up the hill and parking in someone's driveway. The residents are probably used to it, as I didn't get any strange looks. If you need to see it, go, but I wouldn't add it to my bucket list.
Visiting Paul Bunyon was fun! I went solo, and you'll definitely need a selfie-stick to get the right photo. There is a good informational board next to him, which is good to read. Its located a little off the beaten path, if you're not doing the Route 66 route, so keep that in mind. But there is a near by gas station, so that was a plus! The little antique shop next door had some fun items, but there wasn't anything Paul-themed, so don't expect to get more than just the photo.
The Pink Elephant is a nice place to stop at if you need a break and want to stretch your legs. The prices are a bit higher than the antique malls in my area (near Green Bay, Wi) but I imagine they can do that because it is kitschy. Some of the aisles are tight and showcases aren't clearly marked for the keys needed to open them. The vendors work there as part of their rent, so I cannot comment on the staff in general, but when I was there they were kind and helpful. It was very warm in the beginning of June when I was there. Leave your coat in the car - I don't believe they have air conditioning, and if they do, they use it sparingly. I found some fun items, and wouldn't be upset to go back.