The Space Burger: A Cosmic Experience on the Road to San Diego

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You've seen this, right?

If you've driven to San Diego, you have. Right off the main drag through Gila Bend, the Best Western Space Age Lodge and Restaurant was opened in 1965 by Al Stovall, a friend of President Eisenhower and supplier of metals and plastics to the federal government during WWII. Stovall had a bunch of futuristic-themed hotels back then, but the Space Age Lodge in Gila Bend is the last one to retain its other-worldly look. A flying saucer over the lobby? A geodesic dome by the swimming pool? The Space Burger? Now that's the kind of roadside America worth the price of gas.

How did the futuristic road trip fare of the Best Western Space Age Restaurant in Gila Bend taste to Fry Girl? Find out in this week's column.

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There used to be a Space Age Lodge down the street from Disneyland in Anaheim...Neat place...Stayed there in the 1960's when I was a kid, with my folks on vacation...

John Anderson
John Anderson

I remember that hotel, on Katella aveneue. They had what they said was a copy of the first building that was supposedly to go to the moon, next to the pool. My family and I stayed there back in '69, on a trip to Disneyland. What an era for a kid to grow up in!


John: Yes, you're right....It was on Katella. They had topiary's as decoration around the building and pool. They were the work of the owner, and he did one of my Father's schnauzer. It was a great hotel, and had a super swimming pool...

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