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Outpost Cafe in Oak Hills, California

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Last Saturday while driving through the Mojave desert from Las Vegas to Carlsbad, California, we chanced upon the OUTPOST CAFE and made a pitstop for lunch. We had earlier seen a sign for Franky’s Diner in Victorville but were disappointed to see it all boarded up. I love our roadtrip adventures and eating is such a life’s pleasure. These truckers or roadside diners are as much the highlight of the trip for me, as it is seeing Max the Maximum Dog (who is now ready to come home).

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T and I have previously been to 2 other diners (both in Yermo) and I wrote about them too. Peggy Sue’s and Penny’s Diner were 50s style diners and were basically situated just across the road from each other. We drove quite a while from Las Vegas before we hit the Outpost Cafe and it really didn’t seem like much from the outside. I was so glad we stopped because I was virtually famished and this is the first cowboy-themed diner that we visited. T loved the wagon wheel chandelier and the iron cast finish on the counter seats, while I just wandered around taking pictures of the decor in the entire place. The toilets were spacious and clean. There were many different types of seating – including outdoors, and there was a good selection of food (even for us vegetarians).

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T and I spent under USD35 (including a 20% cash tip) for my breakfast burrito, his Karma veggie burger and fries, our 2 refillable Cokes and a shared slice of Red Velvet Cake. That was not bad in my books. While T thought the patty in his burger and the cakes were “store bought”, I thought the redeeming factor was the small-town feel and their decor! I would definitely love to be back to see what other veggie-friendly options they have.

Ambience 4/5

Food 3.5/5

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OUTPOST CAFE

8685 US Highway 395

Oak Hills, California 92344

Phone: (760) 949 0808

Facebook Page: facebook.com/OutpostCafe

Twitter: @OutpostCafe


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Penny’s Diner in Yermo, California

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When I was writing up the post about Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner, I came across mentions and comparison’s between them and Penny’s Diner (which was just across the street). As we were driving to Carlsbad last Saturday to visit Max the Maximum Dog, I saw a small sign for Penny’s Diner and yelped! T reacted quickly and turned off to exit from the highway so that we could have lunch.

Unlike Peggy Sue’s where advertising billboards (yes, with an “s” cos there were several) can be seen more than a hour’s drive away from their actual location, I don’t recall seeing anything for Penny’s. Penny’s Diner is apparently part of the Oak Tree Inn that’s right next to it. So I guess people who are staying at the hotel would go to Penny’s for their meals and maybe that’s why they don’t need much advertising.

According to T, most roadside diners look like Penny’s – I’m taking this to mean the chrome Airstream exterior and Art Deco interior. There were some booth tables and some seats at the bar counter. We sat near the back in a booth seat, not far from the toilet – which was actually more updated and cleaner than Peggy Sue’s. T got to write and decorate the wall of the diner with some dry erase markers while we waited for our food.

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When it came to taking our orders, we had a very friendly waitress attend to us. We explained that we were vegetarians and she recommended some options, then offered to swop some of the meat ingredients out to customise our meal. I ordered the Hopped Up Hashbrowns, nachos, onion rings and a sweet tea. T had french toast, a side of hashbrowns and a cola. And for desert, we shared a homemade bread pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Our total came up to about USD35 inclusive of taxes and a 20% cash tip – price wise, similar to Peggy Sue’s. What’s different was, we were asked repeatedly if we wanted refills for our drinks – something that T enjoyed because he does love his soda. I didn’t because the sweet tea was too sweet and I instead had a glass of ice cold plain water to wash everything down. I think the hopped up hashbrowns and regular hashbrown were both good. I particularly enjoyed the nachos which were actually deep fried corn tortillas. I highly recommend it!

IMG_9840With both Peggy Sue’s and Penny’s, I don’t think I’ll travel all the way just to eat their food. I do think that Penny’s food tasted less “store-bought” and their service is much better but Peggy Sue’s decor is so much fun. With them both just side by side, I guess if I come this way again, I’ll go to Peggy Sue’s for pictures and to check out their gift shop, then head to Penny’s for my meal.

Penny’s Diner

35450 Yermo Rd

Yermo, CA 92398

Phone: (760) 254-1148


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Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner in Yermo, California

As I write this post, we’re preparing to leave our house to visit Max in Calsbad, California. The nurses have been really nice and sending us email updates with photos or calling to tell us what he’s up to. They told us that Max is very happy whenever they take him out of the kennel for walks. Max is such a sweetie pie and he does love having a human friend around all the time. Anyway, on Monday on our drive home to Las Vegas, we dropped by this diner for dinner.

I saw signs for Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner maybe about 1 hour or 45 minutes before we were even near Yermo, California. The drive through the desert is quite a boring one, if you can imagine a vast expanse of rocks, hills and you know, sky. While the scenery was beautiful, it was same-y after about an hour. Signs for the outlet shopping malls and Peggy Sue’s piqued my interests and perked me up. T said we should go to Peggy Sue’s on our way back, and that was possibly the only thing that distracted me from the sadness of leaving Max behind at the hospital for radiation.

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We arrived at about 6.30pm and it was just about getting dark. The entrance was designed and painted to look like an old jukebox. It was a sight to behold because I love kitsch and colours (and also, the surrounding area was basically just dirt tracks and nothing else). Inside, it was kitsch, movie memorabilia and 50s themed everything I’ve ever seen in movies or old Archie comics! There were many tables and we had our pick of seats before the dinner crowd came in about half an hour later.

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I must say though, their mannequins scared me. There was one dressed as Elvis with a guitar in hand, one woman (I’m not sure if she was supposed to be a character or just a generic person styled in a 50s outfit and gloves) sitting at the bar counter and several others that spooked me when I saw them from the corner of my eye. Other than the dining area, they also had a store in one wing that sold almost everything kitschy – t-shirts, weird games, snacks, candy, postcards, mugs, keychains etc.
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T ordered a veggie burger that came with several choices of sides – he had potato salad and curly fries (is this 50s?). Also, a root beer. I had the deep fried dill pickles (super yum!!!!!) with ranch dressing dip, onion rings (which T said was really good. It’s pretty good to me, but nothing special) and also a rather non-descript corn bread (because other than the corn muffins at Kenny Roger’s, I’ve never had others and T has asked if I could make them). I also had an old fashioned ice cream soda (vanilla of course), just like they had in the old Archie comics (the 50s themed ones, not the updated ones I grew up with in the 80s). While I was full to almost the brim, T still wanted dessert and he ordered a huge-ass chocolate malt ice cream thing with Whoppers for about USD5.

All in all, dinner was so-so.  We paid under USD35 including a 20% cash tip. The food was not bad but I wouldn’t come here just to eat. I love the kitsch and the 50s theme. Even the waitresses had pink/mint green 50s style uniforms! I’d say food 3/5 and ambience 4/5. This was fun though and I can’t wait to check out other roadside diners in future!

Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner

Open Daily 6:00am-10:00pm

35654 Yermo Road

Yermo, CA 92398

Phone: (760) 254-3370