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
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.
2130 East St, Redding, CA 96001
40 Hartnell Ave, Redding, CA 96002
351 Northpoint Dr, Redding, CA 96003
2630 S Market St, Redding, CA 96001
820 Butte St, Redding, CA 96001
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
1080 E Cypress Ave Ste E, Redding, CA 96002
Janya Thai Cuisine
630 N Market St, Redding, CA 96003
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...
2827 Bechelli Ln, Redding, CA 96002
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.