Follow the road to “Route 66”, the new value for money BBQ house
Many of Tenerife’s best restaurants are “hidden gems”, usually in not so obvious places and just waiting to be discovered.
The new “Route 66” BBQ House on the outskirts of Adeje town is one of them and this family-run business is waiting to welcome you for a great meal which won’t break the bank. The “eat as much meat as you want” barbecue is just 9.95 euros per person which is fantastic value for money and one of the best around.
There will also be many people of all nationalities who are delighted to hear that chef Zoro and Bobby are back in the south with their fantastic BBQ speciality. They built up quite a following at their previous restaurants, particularly at Chayofa, so the message is: “We are still here on the island so come and see us!”
“Route 66” isn’t in the bustling tourist area but as its name suggests, is alongside the TF-1 near Adeje old town. If you are travelling towards Adeje, it is on the left by the petrol station and just opposite the Hiperdino supermarket and the bright orange Bazar Panda Chinese shop (see directions at the end of this article).
You might think that enjoying a meal whilst the traffic buzzes by is rather strange but this isn’t the case. The restaurant is a little higher up than the TF-1 so when you sit on the covered terrace, you actually get a view of the fabulous Adeje mountains beyond and you aren’t really aware of the traffic noise. In any event, it all adds to the atmosphere and it is not called “Route 66” for nothing.
Having opened just a month and a half ago, this is probably going to become an iconic restaurant where people go to enjoy something different for very reasonable prices and that relates as much to the drink as it does to the food.
The mixed BBQ grill for 9.95 is available each day from noon. You are presented with a platter full of grilled meat such as pork chops, chicken, sausages and lamb ribs and once it is empty, you just ask for it to be replenished. Add chips, Canary potatoes, salad, Mojo sauce and home-made bread (depending on how big your appetite) for between 1.50 and 2.50 euros to create a meal which will really fill you up!
As Bobby explained to us when we visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon, if parents come along with two young children, for example, they might just want to order two and a half barbecues and share.
The bargains don’t stop here. Monday to Friday between 12.30pm and 3.30pm, there is a daily two-course menu for 5.95 euros and the proper-sized pizzas are very cheap.
There’s also a main menu with starters such as padron peppers for 6.50 euros, 7.50 euros for serrano ham with melon or 8.50 euros for garlic prawns. Mains include chicken breast (6.50 euros), lamb shoulder (12.50 euros) and beef tenderloin (16.50 euros).
It’s testament to the quality of the BBQ meat that people have come from quite long distances to see Zoro and Bobby and we can see why. Everything we had was just gorgeous and barbecued to perfection.
The house wine is just ten euros and a Jarra of beer is two euros, with a coke at 1.50 euros, glass of cava three euros and Irish coffee 5.50 euros. This is great because there’s nothing worse that having a good deal on your food only to be stung with the drink prices. Not here at Route 66.
You can also pop in for a coffee and cake and sit inside the attractive large restaurant or on the covered terrace. All sorts of background music is played and Bobby, who speaks perfect English, is very happy to cater for any sorts of groups or special celebrations. Do ring him on 665 039 685 and he will help in any way he can and take advance bookings. Otherwise, just drive up!
The address of Route 66 is Calle Carratera General, Fanabe, Adeje but this is a bit misleading.
Here are directions if driving up the motorway towards Adeje:
Take the turn off signposted to Costa Adeje and La Caleta. You will come to a roundabout so go round it and under the flyover and turn first right signposted to La Caleta and the police station. Follow the road round to the right and you will see the old police station on your left. A few yards later, you will find Route 66 on the right. There is plenty of car parking outside.
This isn’t a place you can walk to so come by car or share a taxi to enjoy a really different wine and dine experience.