The Ariston Café, Litchfield, Illinois

The Ariston Café was founded by Pete Adam, a Greek immigrant, in 1924 and has now been placed on the National Registry of Historic places. The Ariston Café is believed to be the oldest café on Route 66 and holds a spot in the Route 66 Hall of Fame.

A family-run restaurant, the staff are friendly and genuinely interested in interacting with Route 66 travelers.

The menu incorporates a world of influences, including Italian, Western Favorites, Southern Traditions, South of the Border, and Ocean Catches.

In April 2015 the café was voted the No.1 Restaurant on Route 66 by users of

Kindly recommended by users of Route 66 News!


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