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Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop, Adrian

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The Midpoint Café, a restaurant, souvenir and antique shop on US Route 66 in Adrian, Texas, bills itself as geographically the midway point between Los Angeles and Chicago on historic Route 66. Signage in Adrian proudly declares a 1139 mile distance to each original US 66 endpoint; the café's slogan is "when you're here, you're halfway there".Fran Houser, owner of the Midpoint Café from 1990 until 2012, is the basis for Flo of "Flo's V-8 Café" in Cars.HistoryThe café, built in 1928 and expanded in 1947, operated 24 hours a day during Route 66's heyday and is the oldest continuously-operating Route 66 café between Amarillo, Texas and Tucumcari, New Mexico.Its origins can be traced to a one-room, dirt-floor brick café known as Zella's, built by Jeannie VanderWort and leased to Zella Prin. The restaurant changed hands several times. Dub Edmunds and Jesse Fincher acquired the property in 1956, operating it and an adjacent filling station as Jesse's Café until 1976. It became well known for its hot, fresh home-made pies.Adrian was bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1969, leading to an abrupt decline in traffic through the village. Interstate 40 in Texas replaced US 66 in-place except within individual towns, which were bypassed by retaining the old main street as a business loop. Most of Route 66 in Texas was turned into frontage road for the new Interstate highway or disappeared entirely.
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  • Friendliest, cleanest dinner I have ever been too. A great little place, tucked off the road, make a slight detour to check out the Midway Cafe. A dinner with good burgers, patty melt the old...  more »
  • I wish I could give 6 stars! This place has so much nostalgia. We had an amazing burger amongst so much history. Looking out the window at the midway line in the road for Route 66. The pie is a must.....  more »
  • Fun place to stop if your a Rt.66 fan or history buff. Cute, small, friendly cafe. 50’s style decor. We were there in the morning. Had breakfast. Food was good. Cafe and restroom were clean. Gift shop in the cafe. Service was a bit slow and you really have to be looking for the sign to exit if you are traveling west On I-40. A place across the Rt.66 to take pictures.
  • This was a wonderful diner on Rt 66. Carrie was a fantastic waitress .pleasant and funny . She even told me and my son where to see long horn steers, before we left . The pie is out of this world, good! Be sure and get your picture there and at sign across street , Aiden halfway on , Rt 66.

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