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Aug 1, 2010 01:05 PM

Going to Redding on I-5 from San Francisco?

Taking the family up the Redding this week and looking forward to finding some place to eat for lunch, prefer local establishments. Thank you

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  1. Just asked and some good answers not more than a week or so ago:

    perhaps you and OP in that thread will both report back....

    1. Are you looking for lunch on the way or in the Redding area itself? It's really two different things. Redding actually has a number of good lunch spots and many varied cuisines.

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      1. re: millvillemurphs

        On the way up or in Redding, thank you.

        1. re: atanger

          OK - I don't have anything for you on the way up - when we head to the bay area, we usually just hit In-n-Out in Vacaville or Fairfield because a) we're not ready to eat before then, and b) there's no place that's really called to us yet. I'd love to hear about gems that others have found.

          As far as Redding proper goes (and these are all single restaurants or part of very limited local"ish" chains):

          For soup/sandwich/salad fare, you might try Old Millhouse Restaurant, Carnegie's, or Cheesecakes Unlimited (not part of the Cheesecake Factory chain). Service at Cheesecakes can be spotty - last time I was there it was fine, but I avoided it for quite a while because it was so poor. Also near downtown are Grilla Bites and Maxwell's Eatery (on Market Street). I haven't eaten at either yet - Maxwell's just opened last week; one of the co-owners is also involved with Millhouse, so we have high hopes. Moonstone Bistro also serves lunch and has some interesting options - but I find most of their food to be priced slightly higher than one would find it in the Bay Area.

          We have many good Thai options in town: Thai Cafe, Nipa's, Racha Noodle, Five Thais, and a new entry, Janya's.

          Japanese: Sakura Sushi, Kampai (my favorite - very small, though), or Yama Sushi (they have the floating sushi bar, which is fun for kids). We stay away from Fuji and Tokyo Garden.

          Priya (Indian) has a lunch buffet that suits many. We were there for dinner the other night and they seem to have hit their stride with the food. I wrote before about a bland Masala Dosa, but the one I had the other night was quite good.

          My go-to Mexican option is Taqueria Los Gordos - I prefer the Churn Creek location. Best Carnitas in town, hands-down (They also have a location in Soquel across from Cabrillo College).

          Hope that's enough to get you started - there are other good options that I'm sure I've left out. Do let us know where you eat and how it was.

          Sakura Sushi
          2130 East St, Redding, CA 96001

          Yama Sushi
          40 Hartnell Ave, Redding, CA 96002

          Kampai Sushi
          351 Northpoint Dr, Redding, CA 96003

          Racha Noodle
          2630 S Market St, Redding, CA 96001

          Thai Cafe
          820 Butte St, Redding, CA 96001

          Moonstone Bistro
          3425 Placer St, Redding, CA 96001

          Priya Indian Cuisine
          2937 Churn Creek Rd, Redding, CA 96002

          Taqueria Los Gordos
          5200 Churn Creek Rd Ste L, Redding, CA 96002

          Taqueria Los Gordos
          1400 Pine St, Redding, CA 96001

          1600 Oregon St, Redding, CA 96001

          Old Mill House Restaurant
          4478 Eureka Way, Redding, CA 96001

          Nipa's Thai Cuisine
          2600 Churn Creek Rd, Redding, CA 96002

          Cheesecakes Unlimited
          1080 E Cypress Ave Ste E, Redding, CA 96002

          Janya Thai Cuisine
          630 N Market St, Redding, CA 96003

      2. Not what you're looking for, necessarily, but when we made this drive last week, we ended up just stopping at the In-N-Out in Redding, thinking that it would be the quickest option (we were on our way up to Ashland). It was fine for what we wanted, but I was stunned at how long the line was! Took about 25 minutes to get our food. Apparently, this is the only In-N-Out location this far north in California. We overheard some people on line saying that folks drive all the way down from Oregon just to eat at this In-N-Out. That's craziness!

        The other option we were considering was Giff's Steakburger, based on a recommendation in this old thread:

        Giff's Steakburger
        2827 Bechelli Ln, Redding, CA 96002

        1. I''d rather eat at Bartel's in Corning or Redding than In & Out.

          1. If you have kids with you, and looking for inexpensive, but good, the place to stop is Bartel's Burgers.

            Just to the west at the north exit in Corning. Good burgers, fries, milkshakes.