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Road trip from LA to Tahoe, looking for "guy food"

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The wives are taking a flight, the best bud and I are driving. Looking for the best "guy food" stops up the 5 and over! Love Dives and Drive In's, but could do something totally off the wall too. Give me some good ideas...Quantity over Quality isn't necessarily a bad thing, and all types are welcome. The only stipulation, has to be right off the freeway or immediate vicinity...wives would not be happy with us being late!

Thanks in advance for all the ideas, will post how it went!

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  1. I guess when you say “off the freeway” it means you aren’t going up Hwy 50 to Tahoe. That’s too bad, because you could stop at Poor Red's for a Golden Cadillac and some ribs. You’d probably be late if you stopped there anyway.
    http://www.poorredsbbq.com/

    1. Can you estimate where you will be when you want to pull off the freeway? Will you still be on I-5 or past Sacramento on 80?

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      1. re: PolarBear

        We are willing to work our stops around FOOD! So any places on the 5 or on the 80.

        1. re: Centerline24

          On I-5
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697744

          Here's some more threads, however, other that the above you will most likely have to travel off of I-5 a little until you get to Stockton or Sacramento (do a search on those two cities). There is an In 'n Out between Buttonwillow and Stockton.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/764970

          After Sacto for places off of I-80 do a search for: Roseville, Rocklin, Loomis, Auburn, and Colfax.

      2. Harris Ranch short-ribs are pretty good and a big beef restaurant like Harris Ranch right off Highway Five has to be a good guy thing. http://www.harrisranch.com/index2.php

        Don't overlook taking Highway 99 instead of 5 to Tahoe - more choices, more scenic and almost zero difference time wise.

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          1. re: glbtrtr

            Looking for a thread where I could say something nice about Harris and this seems to be it. Stopped for lunch and ordered the Smoked Prime Rib Caesar. Described as 8oz meat, salad,onion rings(2) and a roll, $19.95 The nice thing is not about the salad or the roll or the onion rings. The meat as ordered was medium rare, tasty and after eating 1/2 I brought the rest home and weighed it, 8.5 oz.

            1. re: wolfe

              We love their Harris Ranch pre-cooked frozen short ribs - check your supermarket or buy them there. Great to have on hand when company drops by (or not).

              1. re: glbtrtr

                Another good I5 thread

                in Kettleman City right off I5. Forget the fast foods joints and try El Grullense taco truck.

                Next to mini mart with cold beers and cheap gas.

                More info found here:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/374743