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I will be travelling by car in mid- Jan from Vancouver BC to Eugene. I'm looking for recommendations for good restaurants/bakeries/coffee shops etc that aren't too far from the I5 or are easy to get to. I'm not a big food of chain food sludge which is usually the easiest to find at stops off the highway. It's a long drive so would like ideas about places to stop all along the way.

I am planning on stopping at the Daniel Smith art store in South Seattle on the way down and if there is anywhere near there for lunch or coffee that would make it easier for me instead of having to stop there and then backtrack somewhere else.

Other than that one stop at the Daniel Smith store I don't have any ideas about where I will be stopping. Probably Portland for dinner or somewhere near there...

Thanks for any and all help!

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  1. The co-op in Mt Vernon (just west of I-5) is a good place for baked goods or a quick but healthy and hearty lunch.

      1. re: bbqboy

        I second that recommendation...gosh I miss Novak's! (Why doesn't some nice Hungarian family open a restaurant in Seattle...)

        1. re: Jeri L

          I should add this:
          http://www.novakshungarian.com/
          breakfast served too, + great baked goods

      2. Not sure if you're looking for Eugene info, but 5th Street Market for lunch is a good option, along with Belly or Lucky Noodle (across from 5th Street Market). Coffee - I would go to Wandering Goat.

        1. Pecos Pit BBQ is just a few blocks N of Dan Smith on 1st Ave. Yummo.

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          1. re: allisonw

            Good call to Pecos Pit. Also nearby, Pho Cyclo, Jones BBQ, and Stellar Pizza.

          2. Get a cream waffle at the Poodle Dog in Fife and anything, as long as you try their tortillas, at La Tarasca in Centralia.