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Dorris California - any decent chow?

ThisNThat Jan 25, 2011 08:45 PM

Looking for any comments on restaurants in the City of Dorris.

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  1. toodie jane RE: ThisNThat Jan 25, 2011 10:08 PM

    Nope, but if you're going through, I hope you'll report back on this 'city' of 800+ population! Man that is some lonesome area--my dad homesteaded during the Depression outside of Montague to the west of Dorris.

    According to the Cof C site, Dorris had one restaurant/bar, a pizza parlor, a drive in and a Mexican restaurant to chose from.

    Are you traveling up 97?

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      BN1 RE: toodie jane Jan 26, 2011 09:28 AM

      This is of no help to the OP because it’s only open on weekends, but Google yielded Hospitality Dinner House & Pub. Open from Friday lunch through Sunday brunch, it appears to feature prime rib.
      http://www.hospitalityinn.org/dinner_...

    2. Tripeler RE: ThisNThat Jan 25, 2011 10:11 PM

      I bicycled through the area in 1972, going from Sacramento to the Canadian Rockies. Lots of Wide Open Spaces up there. I would really be surprised if there are more than two places to eat in Dorris.

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        ThisNThat RE: Tripeler Jan 26, 2011 03:28 AM

        Wow! Thanks for the reply. I will be traveling up 97 (today in fact, from Redding.) Back up plan is bring snacks and eat on our way back in Mt. Shasta, but that makes for a very late lunch. I will report back tonight.

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        karenfinan RE: ThisNThat Jan 26, 2011 08:16 AM

        agree with other posters, that is isolated territory. be careful! that road is very icy ( I know, not a food rec, but still) I don't know of any good food in Dorris, or around Dorris.

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          ThisNThat RE: karenfinan Jan 29, 2011 07:37 PM

          Thanks everybody. We were having unseasonably warm weather last week (70 in Redding/45 in Dorris) which is why we ended up going this time of year. One of my colleagues had eaten at the Mexican place and declared it "horrible" which left the pizza place and the drive in. (The bar had a fire and is now closed.) Faced with what appeared to be a dire situation, we ended up snacking on trail mix and driving back to Mt. Shasta to have lunch at the Billy Goat. Sure it was about 2:30 by the time we ate, but given the scenario we all agreed we made the right choice.

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            toodie jane RE: ThisNThat Jan 30, 2011 08:48 AM

            It takes a regular clientele to make a go of an eating establishment. I'd be surprided of Dorris could support a better restaurant based on a tiny population and the remote road.

            What surprises me, is there is no "coffee shop" where locals gather? Maybe in this community the local gathering spot is the feed store, or other ag-related business.

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              BN1 RE: toodie jane Jan 30, 2011 10:28 AM

              Jane, the Hospitality Inn & Pub is open for brunch today; I called. Despite its size, Dorris (pop. 875) is a regional center, which supports a high school besides several restaurants. Jordan Valley, OR (pop. 629) is the same deal. It has a high school and a pretty decent Basque restaurant. That country is different than the more urban areas of the state. Cowboys are called Buckaroos. I have a friend that runs cattle on over 13 thousand acres out of Lakeview, OR.

              A little further south, Calpine, CA has pop. 320 in their entire ZIP Code. I’ve had a pretty darn good dinner at the Sierra Valley Lodge in downtown Calpine (pop. approx. 39). You have to look at the draw of the entire region to understand a restaurant’s ability to survive.
              http://www.sierravalleylodge.com/

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              Sierra Valley Lodge
              PO Box 115, Calpine, CA 96124

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                ThisNThat RE: BN1 Jan 30, 2011 09:32 PM

                I'm not sure I would call Dorris a "regional center." It's pretty much an outpost. Calpine has a small population, but is just a few miles away from Graeagle and that region's gated golfing communities which bring vacationing patrons with lots of money to spend. I'm not sure there are many people vacationing around Dorris... just lots of cows and lots of 18 wheelers plowing through on their way out of state.

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                  karenfinan RE: ThisNThat Jan 31, 2011 06:12 AM

                  gotta agree! Klamath Falls in Oregon is the regional center for that area.

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                    BN1 RE: karenfinan Jan 31, 2011 09:08 AM

                    I don't disagree about shopping, but the Post Office is not in Klamath Falls, OR and the high school is not in Klamath Falls, OR; they are in Dorris, CA. High school sports and other functions are incredibly important to these rural areas. Dorris is just a spot on the road, but there is a community consisting of the whole valley and the restaurants survive even though everyone could drive to Klamath Falls if they chose.

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                      karenfinan RE: BN1 Jan 31, 2011 10:08 AM

                      oh, I think we are in agreement. I just meant for shopping and most other services K falls is the center. I didn't mean to state Dorris isn't a close knit community. Re: restaurants surviving, I don't know about that. I suspect that it would be very difficult for more than a couple of restaraunts to survive there, but not my area of expertise!

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                    BN1 RE: ThisNThat Jan 31, 2011 09:33 AM

                    The Sierra Valley Lodge in Calpine may get a little spill-over business from Graeagle, but I have not observed much. It is not in the league with some of the excellent choices at Graeagle, which are mostly open seasonably. Most of the resturants in Graeagle are closed for the winter, but Sierra Valley Lodge is open year around. Someone besides golfers and vacationers is dining there. There may be business from Graeagle now that most places are closed and there is local draw from Sierra City, Sierraville, Loyalton and ranches in the Sierra Valley.

                    I vacation around Dorris. It has snowmobiling and hunting. Besides big game hunting, Tule Lake and the National Wildlife Area are one of the foremost duck and goose hunting areas in the state. Wildlife viewing is also important. Dorris is an access to the Lava Beds Notional Monument and the historical sites of the Modoc Indian War. More people should slow down, check out the area and eat at one of the local restaurants

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                    Sierra Valley Lodge
                    PO Box 115, Calpine, CA 96124

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                      toodie jane RE: BN1 Feb 2, 2011 09:47 AM

                      "More people should slow down, check out the area and eat at one of the local restaurants" hear, hear.

                      But we need a reason to stop, like reports here on chowhound. Why would someone stop rather than driving on?

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                  ThisNThat RE: toodie jane Jan 30, 2011 09:25 PM

                  It seems that "the bar" used to be the local gathering spot. It served food as well, so it was functionally a pub in the sense of what a pub would be in say Ireland. It had a severe fire and it didn't make economic sense for the owners to reopen.

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