I-5 drive - Oregon
- Miss Seattle May 23, 2005 12:53 PM
Chowhounders: any ideas on places to eat between Portland, OR and Grants Pass, OR ? We will be driving straight through from Seattle to Crescent City, CA this weekend and at some point will need to eat, not too far from the freeway would be nice. Thanks - KD
From a posting from 9/03:
On the way, a friend suggested that we stop at the Rice Hill exit on I-5 (ex. 148) to eat at Peggy's.
Peggy's was perfect for the stop, and about halfway to Medford (our stop that night) from Portland. Sure the drive-in ice cream place down the road has huge cones of Umpqua ice cream in a bazillion flavors, but they don't have sit down service and they don't have a rest room...OK?
Peggy's serves breakfast all day, sandwiches, dinners, the same Umpqua ice cream (even in a cone, if you want, and in about as many flavors), and homemade pies. Among us, we tried the pork chops and the fried chicken. Veggies that came with were out of a can, but the pork chops were good - 2 nicely sized (not thick, but not paper thin, either) and juicy. The 1/2 fried chicken was really good - very, very crispy and not at all greasy. The coconut cream pie was fabulous, the boysenberry pie really good. And the ice cream was good too!
Peggy's is a good stop in the middle of practically nowhere (a little over an hour south of Eugene, I think) and it's easy to get on/off of I-5.
I'm with Jill-O on this. By the way, Rice Hill is close to milepost 249.
I just got back from a trip north which included my very last stop at the Rice Hill Drive Inn--one only one on the west side of I-5.
Forgetting for a second that they don't have public bathrooms, I don't appreciate a $0.25 charge for water. I think their prices for food and ice cream are high. The signs telling you everything you can't do is enough to drive me up a wall. Don't knock, don't stand here, etc. Thier whole attitude is wrong.
This last time we waited over 30 minutes for four hamburgers and milk shakes. No explaination, no acknowledgement, nothing. There were even people waiting longer than us!
One fellow that was served ahead of us complained about the size of his french fry order. Luckily I didn't have to go there as we didn't order them.
Peggy's is for us from now on.
Isn't Cave Junction a decent sidetrack off I-5 from Grants Pass? I've only been there once but I remember it being a pretty good drive from Grants Pass.
Between Portland and Grants Pass, I could suggest stopping at the Glenwood in Eugene. They have a very good breakfast, but the lunch and dinner is good as well. It's nothing really fancy, but it'll be a nice, good meal for the drive. If you can survive another hour past Grants Pass, there are many places in Ashland, OR to eat and a few threads in the forum about where to eat there.
I have a very, very vague recollection of someone once telling me there is a good pie shop in Oakland, OR. Anyone heard of that, or was it another of my hallucinations?
I would definitely say Marche in Eugene. If you don't want to sit at a restaurant, there is a Marche cafe upstairs from the restaurant in 5th Street Market. Great food but more deli style.
Follow it up with a mocha from Full City to take in the car with you; best mochas around.
If you love fresh organic local food, the SeQuential Biofuel Station in Eugene Oregon is your new favorite road trip destination along I-5. Fuel up with fresh coffee, sandwiches and bakery items. Stock up on power snacks, sweet treats, drinks and kombucha on tap at their mini-health food market stocked. Fill your tank with a blend of locally produced biodiesel or ethanol. The bathrooms are clean, spacious and SeQuential even composts the paper towels. The station is powered by a solar panel array and is equipped with a living roof and bioswales.