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good food near I-80 in ski clothes? [moved from SF Bay board]

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When we come back from skiing along I-80 we're thinking about dinner in Auburn or Sacramento or such, but we're too tired and dressed weirdly to think of anything good. Please help save me from fast food. It just can't be such a nice place that they'd take one look at our fleece clothes and hat hair and kick us out.

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  1. Pluto's (Fresh food for a hungry universe) is right off the freeway on 1st St. in Davis (next to Borders...Olive Dr or Richards Blvd exit)

    Great Salads and sandwiches and a quick stop where no one cares what you look like.

    map:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h...

    website:
    http://www.plutosfreshfood.com/

    1. Thanks, MSK. I'll check the website. Are there any Thai places perchance? Or Mexican?

      1. There are some pretty good reports about Taqueria Guadalajara. Folks like the carnitas and the giant burritos. The location on 417 Mace Blvd. is just South of Highway 80 and has a nice outdoor seating area. They have breakfast items, as well as lunch and dinner.
        Their menu says that they don't use lard .... I'll try not to hold that against them :~)
        Stopped by to check out the place on the way home from skiing but I had lunch already - looking forward to trying it some day soon.
        530.753-6100

        1. Ikeda's in Auburn is a good spot to stop; it's right off of the freeway and there is a big sign so it's tough to miss. Not only do they have good burgers, chicken sandwiches and the like, but their pies are very tasty and they even have a good selection of savory pot pies as well. Attached is a market that also sells a good selection of wine, cheeses and seasonal produce. They are a good spot to get some road-trip munchies and even more substantial fare if you needed to stock a condo for the weekend.

          1. I just can't imagine a place along I-80 turning away people who are in ski- or winter-appropriate clothing -- you're exactly what they need!

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            1. re: Sarah

              Word. Except for a couple of places (such as Biba) I can't think of any restaurant that would turn away customers for the way they dress. Sacto may not be convenient just off I-80, Davis would be more convenient.

              Pluto, as suggested by another poster, is a small chain fast food joint of salads and sandwiches. There are plenty of other restaurant choices in Davis, which has been discussed on this board recently.

            2. Mr. Taco in Dixon gets really good reports, too.

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/337122

              1. My choice would be Hometown Chinese Food in Davis. It's located in the Chevron station on the south side of the freeway at the RIchards boulevard exit. Frankly the ambiance sucks, but the food is great and cheap. They serve up taiwanese style food including excellent beef noodle soup, curry noodles and congee, as well as more americanized stir fries with very fresh vegetables. Owners are super nice too. My only complaint is that they use white meat chicken in the stir fries and I'm more of a dark meat lover. Their menu is on their Daviswiki page http://daviswiki.org/Hometown_Chinese... Definately worth a try, at least as a break from the old in-n-out routine.

                1. Thanks all. I'm going to print this and keep it in my car. I'll keep checking back, if anybody posts later.