's oldest restaurant
, the 101 Cafe was established in 1928
. The building was last remodeled in the 1950s
and has the authentic, unpretentious feel of a diner
from that era that modern 50s-themed restaurants just can't capture.
The cafe is a low white building on the Pacific Coast Highway about thirty to forty-five minutes north of San Diego and maybe an hour and a half south of Los Angeles. The clientele is varied, ranging from teenagers to families to old bearded surfer guys shooting the breeze. They're open from 6:30 A.M. till midnight and serve excellent chocolate malteds. Whenever we've stopped in we've found the employees to be friendly and courteous, and happy to recommend locations of interest in the city.
631 South Coast Highway