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The Circle Inn Malt Shop, Route 66 Diner

Tuesday, August 12, 2014



missouri route 66 retro 1950s vntage diner circle inn bourbon

missouri route 66 retro 1950s vntage diner circle inn bourbon


missouri route 66 retro 1950s vntage diner circle inn bourbon

One of my favorite things about visiting my parents is stopping at The Circle Inn while we're in town!

The Circle Inn is nestled in the tiny town of Bourbon, Missouri just off historic Route 66. This is an authentic vintage diner, owned and operated by a local family for generations. It's a well-hidden gem and you might miss it if you didn't see the sign popping up over the top of nearby buildings.

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Originally, the building had a drive-thru but the family has expanded the building just a bit over the years to include a game room with a pool table, which I'm sure is usually hopping on a Friday or Saturday night.

missouri route 66 retro 1950s vntage diner circle inn bourbon
The inside is classic Americana and not the strategically planned kind of that you find in kitschy chains. It's authentic and hand-curated by the owners with the grungy vibe of a really delicious greasy spoon joint. The walls are decorated in old license plates, some that customers bring to add to the walls- along with beautiful paintings of local Bourbon historic sites and buildings.

missouri route 66 retro 1950s vntage diner circle inn bourbon
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The air has a smoky haze- partially from patrons having a smoke with dessert but mostly from the deep-fried dishes. 

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We were lucky enough to pop in on a Friday, which is All You Can Eat catfish night! I love catfish but I desperately craved one of their gooey cheese burgers so Pj and I split our entrees, each enjoying a bit of both.

missouri route 66 retro 1950s vntage diner circle inn bourbon
Before our main courses arrived, we enjoyed sharing appetizers with my parents. These are deep fried cauliflower and pickle slices, which were crisp on the outside, tender inside and piping hot. If you're cruising through Bourbon, Missouri, stop at this authentic Route 66 diner for a deep fried bite of wonderful! Check the Circle Inn facebook page for current hours, location and menu.

missouri route 66 retro 1950s vntage diner circle inn bourbon
Outfit
top- Target
pants- thrifted
flats- Walmart
50s cat eye sunglasses- St Louis Spring Fling

6 Responses to “The Circle Inn Malt Shop, Route 66 Diner”

  1. This place is super charming! I wish there were more places like that by me in Ohio! PS- Love your look! So fitting for a vintage diner :)

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  2. Love to see your tour. I am taking my son to college for his Freshman year in Rolla on Saturday.

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  3. So cute! I really love the authentic vibe. It's so unpretentious, and pretty rare these days <3

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  4. Yum!!! Those classic diner dishes sound and look so good. Sometimes it's really nice to return to simple, filling culinary classics like this.

    ♥ Jessica

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  5. Thank you for sharing these photos, the diner looks great. I would really love to go somewhere like that - I'm addicted to Diners, Drive in and Dives on the telly. One day I will make it to America and try as many diners as I can find.

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  6. Oh this place looks like fun and so down-home! One of my favorite vibes!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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