Midpoint Cafe on Route 66. Photo by JymPoiranges on Flickr

First opened in 1928, this cafe and gift shop is located midway on historic Route 66, approximately 1,139 miles from each end. In 2001, a team from Pixar visited the cafe during a research trip along Route 66 while developing Cars. There, they met owner Fran Houser who inspired them to create the character of Flo and base Flo’s V8 Cafe on the Midpoint Cafe (though the film version’s physical design is that of a Ford V-8 engine).

Midpoint Cafe got a shout-out during the credits of 2006’s Cars as “A special thanks to those who inspired us on Route 66, ‘The Mother Road'”. Image ©Disney/Pixar

Though Flo’s in the movie, you can also visit Flo’s V8 Cafe as a quick-service dining location at Disney California Adventure.

Address: 305 W Historic Rte 66, Adrian, TX 79001
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