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The mister and I are trekking by car (Interstate 5) to Seattle from Los Angeles and are wondering of any must-stop food spots along the way.

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  1. Hi-

    Chowhounds will want to respond here for the leg of your trip that passes through California, for the leg of your trip passing through Oregon and Washington, please post a seperate query on the Pacific Northwest board.

    Thanks.

    1. Sacramento has a lot of good places to try. Waterboy,Biba, the Firehouse, Tapa the World etc....Search for Sac and you find many reccos.

      1. I'm disappointed that I neglected to respond to this post sooner. I live in Washington and just got back from making a trek to Arizona and back on I-5. Unfortunately, I can only recommend two restaurants to you: Lumberjacks Restaurant in Redding, CA. and TJ's Restaurant in Creswell, Oregon (I think).

        1. For the segment between the Grapevine and Tracy, CA this topic has caught most of the previous I-5 recommendations:
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/429931

          Some people will encourage you to avoid I-5 and use Hwy 99 between LA and SF. There are some good topics there if you Search, especially on towns betwen Bakersfield and Sacramento.

          Granzellas in Williams is an interesting place, good deli and a little touristy.
          Nash's Olive Oil in Corning might be worth a stop.

          Have a safe trip!

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          E-Z Does It Farms Nash's Olive Oil
          1210 Solano St, Corning, CA 96021

          Granzella's Restaurant and Delicatessen
          PO Box 1210, Williams, CA 95987

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          1. re: DiveFan

            Okay 99 is not even close to being as fast as I-5. Why people say that is beyond me. On I-5 I can drive LA to Sac in 5 1/2 hours. It takes 8 hrs min on 99.

            On that thread above about I-5 is some good reccos for Los Banos including Wool Growers.

            Harris Ranch (Coalinga) is really good. if you love beef, this is the place. There are two options here, one a pricey fine dining steak house and the other a coffee shop type of place. Both have similar menus.

            Granzellas is nice. The olives and that are all pretty good. The food in the restaurant is so-so and overpriced though. they do have a nice bar for resting up though, or watching a game.

            1. re: bennyboy1

              8 hours? Can't imagine why, it takes 3 hrs from Fresno to LA and no more than 2.5 to Sacto via 99.

              1. re: bennyboy1

                Now that Hwy 99 is almost all freeway, Google and I figure ~35 minutes extra to drive Hwy 132 from Modesto west to I-5.

                1. re: bennyboy1

                  I have to agree with PolarBear, I don't understand the 8 hours comment.

                  Fresno to Sacramento via 99 is under 3 hours for me. Fresno to Los Angeles/Orange County via 99 is 3 to 4 hours depending upon the destination.

                  I checked mapquest.com out of curiousity of its info. It lists Downtown Sacramento to Downtown Los Angeles as 5 hrs 45 mins via I-5 and 6 hrs 14 mins via 99.

                  Google Maps says 5 hrs 48 mins via I5 and 6 hrs 4 mins via 99.

                  So about 20-30 minutes more driving time adds a lot more dining choices.

                  1. re: FresnoFacts

                    Daytimes on 99 are brutal.

                    1. re: bennyboy1

                      Not 8 hours brutal. ;) That would require traffic to average only about 45 mph. I see traffic moving on highway 99 at 80 mph every day.