101 Cafe Offers Great Food and a Look
of Days Gone By on the Old Highway 101
There is a lot of history of California that goes along the building and
cruising down the “Old Highway 101”, but one that really stands out is the historic 101 Cafe located on the corner of Wisconsin Street and the Pacific Coast Highway at 631 South Coast Highway.
There are plenty of places that offer nostalgia of the fifties era diners, but none does it better than the 101 Cafe.
The 101 Cafe is the oldest restaurant in Oceanside and the following is a bit of history from the www.101Cafe.net website:
“The 101 Cafe began its life as a small 20-seat diner in 1928, opened by the Ekegren family. It was just the small dining room where the counters are now. As today, the restaurant was noted for its breakfast, which is still served all day. The Cafe was named for the old highway which it fronted Highway 101. The Greyhound bus stopped right in front until the 1940’s when a bus station was located downtown. The diner enjoyed the traffic generated by Highway 101, which was the main access from Los Angeles to San Diego until 1953 when Highway 101 was relocated to the present location of Interstate 5. This changed the nature of the business.
During this time a local businessman had the foresight to adapt to the change. Lucky Lackey, the businessman, added the overhang around the building as it now exists. He found a successful restaurateur in John “Bushie” Graham to operate the latest in eateries, a drive-in called “Grahams” and ran it quite successfully until the early 1970’s. Graham also ran two other drive-ins in Oceanside, located at Seventh and Hill Streets and Clementine and Mission Avenue. Grahams’ reputation as a hot spot for local teenagers spread far and wide. When the new drive-throughs like McDonald’s began to rise to prominence, drive-ins no longer prospered. Graham adapted by selling to-go items and changed the format to a coffee shop. All along, the Cafe has been a favorite of locals and tourists looking for friendly service and great food. About 10 years later, a new owner changed the name to Randy’s Coffee Shop.
We believe the change back to the original name will bring a smile to everyone who might remember the 101 and to all others it will be a look back to the past. We hope everyone will enjoy the experience of eating in such an historic place as the 101 Cafe, the oldest and best restaurant in Oceanside. Please let us know what you think about us. We want to please you.”
The 101 Cafe offers great food at a great price and is a place where classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars can often be seen as car owners have lunch or breakfast.
The 1950 style mural along the side of the building is one of the most recognizable paintings in San Diego County and especially along the 101 Pacific Coast Highway itself.
The restaurant still has the look and feel of a 1950 diner and if you are looking for great food with great service at a great price, this is a must stop.
Make sure you put the 101 Cafe on your map as a place to stop and bring the kids, wife or friends for a great milkshake, breakfast, or in my case an awesome veggie burger!
Visit the 101 Cafe links for more information on this fantastic diner that brings back the gold old day memories of the fifties!
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