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Galen Sep 3, 2007 07:12 PM

Driving from LA to SF on Friday on I5. Where's a good place to get a meal midway about 4PM? Lunch/dinner, good and fast? TIA.

  1. PeterL Sep 3, 2007 07:22 PM

    The question comes up repeatedly. Two common suggestions are In N'Out and Harris Ranch. In N'Out is a lot faster.

    1. BernaDiva Sep 5, 2007 12:53 AM

      Honestly? There is nothing extremely "good" between LA and SF - it's 95% fast food joints. I say, stock up on snacks in the car and maybe stop off in San Jose for some food. Or hold out till you hit SF. Seriously.

      1. DiveFan Sep 5, 2007 01:56 AM

        It would help to know what food you would really prefer.
        Are you going to SF via Gilroy or Livermore?

        Here's a recent topic to explore:
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/429931

        Some posts have come up with Avenal recently:
        http://www.chow.com/topics/422871

        The midway point is a toughie...Debbies Place in Avenal or Harris Ranch.
        Earlier, Titas or Willow Ranch at Buttonwillow.

        If you Search on "I-5" or "Hwy 99" you will get some more recos.

        If you want to be adventurous, use the Search Nearby function in Google Maps and browse through Restaurants. In addition to Avenal, Huron and Coalinga have possibilities. Take a chance and report back.

        Find a good sandwich-to-go place near home or the freeway before you get too far out of town. Stock up and drive.

        Hwy 99 really doesn't take much longer and has infinitely more options.

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          Sacto_Damkier Sep 6, 2007 10:56 AM

          Not worth it. There is too much good stuff on both ends and very little in the middle. Stop off at a nice deli in LA and pick up some good sandwiches and drinks. Instead of a fast food place along I-5, stop at a rest stop and have a picnic. About the same price and time and much better and more relaxing. Even grabbing some bread, cheese, and fruit is better. There is a lot more on 99.

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