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Oceanside, California: 101 Cafe - Highway 101 Museum

Restaurant with a 1950s teen drive-in vibe displays memorabilia from bygone era of Hwy 101. Original 101 Cafe diner opened in 1928, and was a drive-in during the 1950s-'60s.

631 South Coast Highway 101, Oceanside, CA
Interstate 5 to Coast Highway in Oceanside, Coast Hwy 101 at Wisconsin Ave.
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101 Cafe - Highway 101 Museum

If there was a museum, it's not there now -- unless you consider old photos of the area a museum. It's a quaint little diner, nice people, decent food, but other than that it's really nothing special.

[Gregg, 09/25/2021]

101 Cafe.

101 Cafe - Highway 101 Museum

Great place and yes, they do serve malteds! Bathrooms are coin operated outside across the parking lot and they will give you a quarter if you ask the cashier, making it a free pit stop.

[Joe Teeples, 02/15/2019]

101 Cafe.

101 Cafe - Highway 101 Museum

Best old fashioned milkshakes ever! They will let your pet sit on the patio with you while you eat. Huge bonus when you are traveling. The vintage store next door is very cool.

[Rejwa, 01/27/2014]
101 Cafe - Highway 101 Museum

Right next door is a cute little vintage shop with all sorts of oddities. Don't forget to ask for 101 Cafe postcards as well. Restaurant itself is a great little greasy spoon with good prices.

[Kelly C, 07/11/2012]

101 Cafe.

101 Cafe - Highway 101 Museum

We stopped at the 101 Cafe after visiting the giant windmill in Carlsbad. The food was great, classic diner food! And the decor was straight out of the '50s. They didn't have carhop service when we visited.

[Greg Kopp, 04/08/2009]

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