My love of the past run deeps. So deep in fact, I made my sister walk in the desert heat to check out a restaurant that I had seen a cute photo of on Instagram. I steered us down the wrong road by walking on a bike path along a freeway (I swear I usually have a great sense of direction) and finally got us on the right road just as we were both becoming very hangry. I often am swayed by a great photo on the ‘gram, that’s how I discovered Sketch in London. Happily, I am able to report that the majority of my quests that spawned from an attractive photograph have turned out pleasant and have been well worth it. The Welcome Diner is another one of those success stories.


The building, a classic example of Googie architecture, was fully restored by The Welcome Diner in 2016 and if you happen to walk in the right direction, it’s very close to the Hotel Congress. If you’re into classic cars with futuristic design, the space age, and anything midcentury modern, you will definitely be able to appreciate the restoration and design of this diner! It was originally built for the Sambo’s Restaurant chain by Ronald Bergquist in 1964. It is everything I want out of a sixties diner – chrome for days, spacious booths, and the friendliest staff around.

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Let’s talk about the food. THE FOOD! It was all so delicious! I suppose that’s what happens when a diner has a farm-to-table ethos and scratch cooks everything. Of course I had to try the biscuit eggs benedict – can confirm it was yum. Katie had the roasted vegetables which looked like the perfect southwestern breakfast fare. She confirmed it was also yum. Will we return? Short answer: EMPHATICALLY YES.


No classic diner decor would be complete without a few black & white photographs from the original restaurant. Bonus points if those photos happen to be of a streaker who looks like a 70s dad.

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You can find The Welcome Diner Broadway at:

902 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ

Sunday – Thursday
8:00 am — 10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday – 8:00 am — 12:00am

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