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Lunch - Oroville to Chico?

rln Dec 9, 2007 10:07 PM

On Tuesday, I'm responsible to plan a lunch stop for 4 people between Oroville to Chico. We have about an hour for lunch. Any recommendations? Good- food and fast/easy enough to get in/out in an hour. Also, one colleague does not eat meat so option are a must.

Thank for any ideas!

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    BN1 RE: rln Dec 10, 2007 02:09 PM

    Lakeview Bar & Grill above Oroville Dam at the Kelly Ridge Golf Course has a good lunch also nice salads. There is a good view of the dam, the lake (almost empty) and the Sacramento Valley. It is very pleasant.
    Lakeview Bar & Grill
    5131 Royal Oaks Dr, Oroville, CA
    (530) 589-2100

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      bukzin RE: BN1 Dec 19, 2011 05:18 PM

      Service up there can be really slow.

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      NoCAFoodie RE: rln Dec 15, 2007 08:59 PM

      I'm sorry I missed this before you had to decide. Tuesday-Friday, a great stop is Checkers. Ok, the wait staff is kids, but it's for a good cause, and the food is great at a cheap price. I've managed in and out in an hour several times. It also has easy access to Hwy. 70.

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        rln RE: NoCAFoodie Dec 16, 2007 10:49 PM

        Thanks for both of these recs. When I return, I'll have to check these out.

        We ended up at Taqueria Maria's which someone directed us to. It fit the bill in terms of time and solid enough food. I ordered the fish taco (fried) and I didn't like the breading. Not what I was expecting. The rice and beans were good though.

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          BN1 RE: rln Dec 17, 2007 07:53 AM

          IMO, Checkers has the best food in Oroville, but it is very busy during the lunch hour and rightly so. Going before or after the lunch hour is more relaxing. Thursday and Friday they serve an excellent New England clam chowder during lunch only. Dinner is full sit-down service with an interesting wine list.

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            NoCAFoodie RE: BN1 Dec 21, 2007 06:31 PM

            You'll have to get reservations for one of their Wine Tasting/Pairing dinners. We went from February until September, when Life got out of hand for awhile. We'll be looking to get back into the swing of things again in '08. Meals were small plate offerings with each wine course...most were truly enjoyable, and wines were available that night.

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            NoCAFoodie RE: rln Dec 21, 2007 06:36 PM

            I'm really sorry you were sent to Maria's. It's not the best by any stretch. For a Taqueria in Oroville, try Taqueria Estrella at Feather River and Montgomery in the strip mall behind the mini-mart. They don't have sit-down space, but the food is loads better; also try the Mexican market La Esmeralda. Their food is fabulous! Still, not much of a place to sit down, but with Riverbend Park right there now, if the weather is good, all will be well! I love their market...and their meat counter!

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              bukzin RE: NoCAFoodie Dec 19, 2011 05:21 PM

              Oh yes, this is a good find.

              Think taco truck in a Mexican market. Very good and super clean, if that matters.

              On Oro Dam Blvd. just east of WalMart Close to Hwy 99

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                bukzin RE: NoCAFoodie Oct 28, 2013 10:31 AM

                Estrella has expanded and now has a few tables.

                Greasy but good.

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              bukzin RE: NoCAFoodie Dec 19, 2011 05:18 PM

              Checkers has closed.

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