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Places to eat just off I-5 from South Oregon to North Washington

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It strikes me now, on the eve of our car trip, that driving this distance (and then some) with 2 small children was not necessarily the most well thought out plan. But that's the plan.

Please recommend to me any place good for a dining stop, any meal, so long as it meets the following criteria:
1. kid friendly (i.e., no white tablecloths, no long waits, no big checks at the end)
2. within 10 miles of the I-5.

We love ethnic or standard american, anything but peanut heavy cuisines (like thai), and it can be for any meal b'fast lunch or dinner. Needs not be in a town, so long as it is right off the highway. We are driving 1200 miles w/kids, and I don't want to add more gratuitously. If the place you recommend has limited hours, is cash only, or otherwise quirky, please let me know. Otherwise, thanks so much!

Leaving Sunday am.

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  1. Check out the Woodburn, OR thread. This is right off I5 south of Portland.

    1. What is "north Washington"? How far north on I-5 are you going?

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      1. Just off of I5 in Ashland, you can get a good breakfast at the Wild Goose Cafe:
        http://www.wildgoosecafe.com/

        You'll have lots of options in Portland. For example, the Laurelwood brew pub is just off I84, 2 miles off of I5. The food isn't that special, but it's supposed to have great beer (maybe not so good for a car trip) and is VERY kid-friendly.
        http://www.laurelwoodbrewpub.com/

        If you're hungry as you go through Centralia, WA, you should stop at La Tarasca for really good Mexican food. It's at 1001 W. Main about 1/2 mile east of I5.

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          1. It's too late to help this person, but there are a million places, including some of my favorites:

            Big Stuff BBQ, Cottage Grove
            Aiyara's, Springfield
            Salvador's, Woodburn
            Baker & Spice, Hillsdale
            Thai Little Home, Vancouver
            Jerusalem Cafe, Vancouver
            Galilee, Vancouver
            Taqueria Colima, Vancouver
            La Tarasca, Centralia
            Salumi, Seattle

            Nearly the entire city of Portland, including:

            Bahn Cuon Tan Dinh
            Pho Van
            Bun Bo Hue
            Karam
            Ken's Place
            Pix
            Wong's King Seafood
            Malay Satay Hut
            Ya Hala
            Flying Pie
            And so on...