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Places to eat worth stopping on a Hwy 5 trip from Oakland to Anaheim

bgbc Jul 20, 2010 12:30 AM

Not too excited at the prospect of eating In'n'Out for lunch *and* dinner. Can anyone recommend anywhere simple and tasty to eat on this trip? 580 to 5, all the way... We're expecting to be near Tracy/Patterson for lunch and anywhere from to Anaheim for dinner. Breaks likely around Kettleman City, Santa Clarita, and then anywhere off 5 until Anaheim. We eat pretty much anything, just don't want anywhere serving mostly fried food. Three adults and two young kids, so nothing too fancy...


  1. PeterL Jul 21, 2010 01:08 PM

    Oakland to Tracy is only about 1 hr. Why not just have early lunch in Oakland. There's practically nothing along I-5 (not hwy 5, btw). eat a late dinner when you get to LA.

    1. Stephanie Wong Jul 20, 2010 04:35 PM


      Apricot shake at Apricot Tree. Didn't try anything else.

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        SeaCook Jul 20, 2010 12:29 PM

        Anderson's Split Pea in Santa Nella is always good. The travelller's special offers a salad and a never ending bowls of yummy split pea suop. Pay a little extra and you can get an assortment of garnishes like real bacon bits and sliced green onions.

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        1. re: SeaCook
          wolfe Jul 20, 2010 12:59 PM

          Does anyone else agree with me that Anderson's is not worth the stop no matter how many bowls split pea soup you can get?

          1. re: wolfe
            monku Jul 20, 2010 01:06 PM

            Instead of pea soup you can load up on the free cheese spread samples. The pastries aren't bad either. It beats the fast food options.

            1. re: wolfe
              BN1 Jul 21, 2010 08:11 AM

              When I see Anderson's, I hit the gas to get it out of my sight as fast as I can. That's the worst excuse for soup I ever had with food to match.

              1. re: BN1
                wolfe Jul 21, 2010 08:46 AM

                Can I take that as a yes?;-)

          2. susancinsf Jul 20, 2010 10:10 AM

            Some prior posts to consider:





            (on the last one, I think I linked directly to PolarBear's last post specifically on the five, if not scroll down).

            Personally, I love the detour 10 minutes off the five to Wolfsen's in Gustine.

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              susancinsf Jul 20, 2010 10:15 AM

              and another break option:


              1. re: susancinsf
                Stephanie Wong Jul 20, 2010 04:40 PM

                Re: Wolfsen's/Gustine - there's a park nearby if your young one need to run around a bit.

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