The Midpoint Cafe on Route 66 in Adrian, Texas, has terrific bacon, great omelets, good sandwiches, and a spectacular gift shop, but all of that is really beside the point.
The Midpoint’s raison d’etre, as far as I’m concerned, is the pie.
Apple pie, coconut cream pie, peanut butter pie, chocolate pie, banana cream pie … doesn’t really matter which kind of pie you order, because it’s all spectacular, and it all elevates this rather nondescript little building in the Texas Panhandle to an international tourist destination.
The Midpoint takes its name from the fact that Adrian is generally regarded as the halfway point of Route 66. (Your mileage may vary, but who needs accuracy when you’ve got a good claim to fame?)
In any case, the Midpoint Cafe’s friendly service, well-stocked gift shop, and decadent “ugly crust” pie (so named by the baker, who says she’s never quite matched her grandmother’s talent for making pretty pie crusts) make it well worth a stop. While you’re there, be sure to browse through the Midpoint’s scrapbooks, which include photos of well-known roadies and articles from local, national, and international publications whose reporters visited the place and found it worth mentioning.
Prices are a little higher than most diners, but the food is so good, you won’t regret spending a little extra for it.
The Midpoint Cafe is located on the south side of Route 66 at the west end of Adrian. For more information, call (806) 538-6379 or visit the Web site.
The Midpoint is open 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week from Nov. 1 to April 1, with extended hours during the summer.
Route 66 spirit: A+