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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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5024...

        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.

            1. Don't know what time you start and where you'll be at lunch time. But if you are using I-5 you may pass by the Sacramento area. Tuk Tuk in North Natomas is a very good Thai restaurant. Another one is cf cheng, off Arena Blvd before you get to Sac airport.

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              1. re: PeterL

                Sacramento is definitely a significant detour from the San Francisco to Redding route, but obviously going that way opens up lots of eating possibilities....

                1. re: susancinsf

                  Here is another example of more details are better than less details. OP says I-5, so Sacto is not that much of a detour. He does not have to go into Sac itself. the two places I suggested are north of Sac along I-5.

                  1. re: PeterL

                    he's presumably cutting over to the I-5 from 80 on the 505 outside Vacaville. Either that or he is adding almost an additional hour onto the trip (by waiting till he gets outside of Sacramento to pick up the 5).

                    1. re: susancinsf

                      Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll be travelling with 14 people kids and adults and will be using the 505.

                      1. re: atanger

                        then the bartel's in corning is `what you want. You must be heading to the houseboats. :)

              2. When leaving Redding, we usually stop in Cottonwood at the Shasta Livestock Aucton Yard (on the east side of I-5) for breakfast or lunch -- seriously good bacon. I enjoy the BLT while others usually do breakfast (served all day, I think). Can't remember the name of the cafe-diner. Nothing else there to browse through any more since the western wear store closed.

                Have been warned by my brother-in-law (Millville resident) to not bother stopping at Granzella's in Williams (just OK); he says Nancy's Airport Cafe in Willows has good peach pie, but haven't experienced it myself.

                If you should detour through Chico, it's the home of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. very close to Hwy. 99 & our Redding folks enjoy the restaurant there. Once again, haven't tried it.

                Nancy's Airport Cafe
                353 County Road G, Willows, CA 95988

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                1. re: Stephanie Wong

                  I have only bought rice, olives, and beer in 25 + years of stopping at granzella's.
                  We always used to eat at the chinese place in DT Williams. Tomato Beef. Mmmm.

                  1. re: bbqboy

                    On our latest trip to & from Redding (Millville actually), we detoured through downtown Winters for breakfast at Putah Creek Cafe. Because holiday traffic was started to bog down in Fairfield, we actually took Pleasants Valley Rd. off I-80 (between Fairfield & Vacaville) -- very scenic country road through orchards & pastures. Leaving Winters, we got on I-505 at Exit 11 (Grant Avenue).

                    I had the chicken-fried steak (very tasty & not pre-fab!) with mashed potatoes & gravy -- glad I got the small portion! DH had clam chowder (also very tasty) & 1/2 a sandwich (I forget which one). We enjoyed our meal and quick, courteous service at the counter so much, we returned for a late lunch on the southbound trip. We each got burgers. Deelish -- especially since mine actually came rare as requested.

                    Putah Creek Cafe
                    1 Main St, Winters, CA 95694

                  2. re: Stephanie Wong

                    stephanie, does Vic's Branding Iron 3917 Main St. Cottonwood,CA sound right?

                    Vic's Branding Iron
                    3917 Main St, Cottonwood, CA 96022

                    1. re: gordon wing

                      Sounds about right (the Yelp photo is the correct livestock yard) - but the google map puts the diner/cafe in the wrong place. The place I'm referring to is actually in the Shasta Livestock Aucton building. . . not a separate location. So continue driving into the large parking lot, go into the building, see the auction room which is nearby the brand displays. No more browsing Shasta Western Wear Shop,

                      Was there last September, bacon was still delish, but now it's a more normal-sized portion. I don't recall what the CFS was like -- sometimes I remember a dish, but not why (good or bad?) -- but not as good as Putah Creek Cafe's.

                      Putah Creek Cafe
                      1 Main St, Winters, CA 95694

                  3. Again - obviously a late reply, but the now open Kobe is doing a great job for lunch. I haven't had the sushi yet, but have had the teppanyaki and bento box lunches. They quality of their ingredients was better than any of the other Japanese places in Redding. They would also be able to serve a large group.

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                      1. re: bbqboy


                        Kobe Steak & Seafood
                        1300 Market St, Redding, CA 96001