If you live in Tucson Arizona, and you are looking for a great escape into the 50’s, then look no more. Locally owned Little Anthony’s Diner at 7010 E Broadway Blvd is where the search for that feeling of malt shops, hamburgers, Elvis and Hot Rods ends. This nostalgic diner really has it all from car shows to great photo ops and the feel and decor make you feel like you stepped in a time machine and walked right into a Happy Day’s episode.
When you first pull in the front parking lot, you will see life sized wooden picture posts for you to stick your head through and pose. From Elvis to Marilyn Monroe, you start your journey into Little Anthony’s with a photo op. As you walk in, the checkered floor and ice cream counter is the first thing you see. The servers and waiters are dressed from the 50’s including polka dot skirts and Bobby socks. The music is playing Elvis, there is oldies trivia going on and you are seated while the server scribbles their name in crayon on your table.
This might be where it gets complicated because this diner offers a huge menu that fairly priced and simply fun.
There is a list called “Things Elvis would not eat” which features lite style eating and salads. They have delicious burgers with names such as Jail House Rock burger, Blue Suede Burger, Hunk-a-Hunk of Burning Love burger, La Bamba burger and yes, they have a Veggie burger. Their hot dogs are equally as titled such as the Aint Nothing Like a Hound Dog hot dog.
They have a large variety of sandwiches including the Elvis’s Favorite, which is a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. Blue-plate specials such as meat loaf, pork chops, fish and chips, and fried chicken makes a complete meal for anyone with a large appetite. They have fun foods such as Deep Fried Mac & Cheese and fried pickles. The menu is endless with choices and each week they have a special from Taco Tuesday to All you can eat Spaghetti and Meatball Monday. Italian food? Of course! This is Grandma Tony’s Pizza and their pizza is fabulous with many toppings to choose from.
It is not their pizza or great burgers that make this large menu divine however. It is the malt shop menu that offers three scoop milk shakes to Black Cows, Cracker Jack Sundae and the Hot Fudge Banana Extravaganza and ice cream flavors such as bubble gum.
It is important to note that this great diner is attached to the Gaslight Theater as well. You can watch a great show and eat from the menu will enjoying some of Tucson’s clever and witty performers. Tony Terry , is not just the owner, but the master mind of this wonderful treasure that Tucson has to offer. The Gaslight Theater is a place within itself and a separate article would be required to capture the wonderful essence of this fine theater.
So if you’re looking for a place to eat, or the theatrics of a 50’s diner, and even enjoy a wonderful show, start your adventures at the locally owned diner that Tony Terry has worked so hard on at Little Anthony’s.