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I-5 food from southern Oregon to Seattle

I think this particular issue has been brought up before, but I figure there are more folks in here every day so a fresh exposition may be worthwhile...

I am roadtripping up to Seattle from Los Angeles. I already have a thread going on the California board to cover that leg of the journey, so now I need help covering the PNW end of things.

Anyone have any favorite spots to eat along the I-5? We have a two or three day stop in Bend, Oregon scheduled in, but other than that, we are on the road and wanting to stick reasonably close to it. We aren't averse to truck-stop grub (being a big fan of country-fried steak and such) but are hoping to eat things that aren't entirely unhealthy on this trip.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

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  1. La Tarasca, in Centralia. Given that you're coming from LA, it may well not blow your mind like it does mine. Their homemade tortillas are outstanding, though.

    Burgerville is also worth a stop.

    1. there are a lot of cute, tasty little sandwich and soup spots in Ashland, Oregon, right by the California border. Easy access on and off the freeway too.

      1. Are you taking the US97 cutoff at Weed?
        Are you returning via I-5?

        1. In Ashland, have breakfast at Morning Glory. They serve lunch, too, but I've never tried it. Fabulous scrambles with goat cheese, pancakes with berries, stuffed french toast, excellent coffee. It's located across from the university, close to I-5. Be prepared to wait on weekends. Worth it!

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          1. re: leonna

            Seconded (and thirded; their portions are huge!). Lunch is excellent. Highly recommended: the rock shrimp omelet (incredibly dark-savory, with the bacon and pepperjack), also the lamb burger (get it "old style", with the tomato chutney instead of the new mint stuff).

            Also Smithfield's, up on Second Street in downtown, does great brunches and now lunches. "Neil's Brekkie" or anything with their amazing fried chicken will keep you going for many exits up I-5.

          2. bbqboy, We are thinking of hewing pretty close to I-5 most of the trip, although we are now kicking around the idea of using I-99 as much as possible to take advantage of more interesting things/places to eat along the way. And we aren't returning via I-5 since we aren't actually returning! One way trip...we're moving!