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Time to update the I-5 Border to Border run. Anything new?

It's the time of year for..."ROAD TRIIIIIPS!"

We will see more queries for information despite dozens of threads about the subject. After all, some of those originated 5,6,7 years ago, and lack significant updates.

So let's chip in with anything new or anything that has closed or gone downhill. The area needing the most input is from the northern border to Sacramento, but also convenient stops through the LA basin, and south to San Diego. There must be hundreds of unmentioned gems. Let's keep families in mind, too, as school is OUT! So fast, flavorful and fun stops, let's post 'em!

(And though Highway 99 has its food fans, most of the requests are for info on I-5, so let's stick with that here. Highway 99 deserves it's own spot in the sun, for more leisurely inland travelers)

I'll start with my favorite mid-section stop, Wolfsen's Meats and Deli in Gustine, just north of Santa Nella/Los Banos; about 8 quick minutes east of I-5, it is a treat for sausage and meat lovers. 70+ types of fresh and frozen sausage (they sell ice too, for ice chests) and handcut meats from steaks to chops. The deli offers meaty sandwiches with a Portuguese twist (grilled peppers and onions on soft rolls) good deli salads, drinks, chips. Very friendly and great food! There is a small park just as you enter town where you can eat your lunch and kids can let off some steam. Gustine is like going back in time to 1955 (almost)

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Wolfsen's Meat & Sausage
358 South Ave, Gustine, CA 95322

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  1. Thanks for the tip, toodie .... We stop often at Santa Nella (split pea soup is OMG good) and hadn't heard about Wolfsen's. We'll try that next trip south.
    For those who have come to love an incredible burger and are accustomed to visiting the "Squeeze Inn" in Sacramento, be advised that they had to relocate.
    You'll find them now at:

    1350 Harbor Blvd.
    West Sacramento.

    Phone #:
    916-371-6779

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    1. re: todao

      The Squeeze Inn *did* relocate, but only around the corner, to 5301 Power Inn Road. The one in West Sac is a NEW location. All told, there are now four Squeeze Inns scattered around the greater Sacramento area (Sac, West Sac, Roseville, and Galt).

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      Squeeze Inn
      5301 Power Inn Rd., Sacramento, CA 95820

      1. re: todao

        some great Russian markets in that area, I think. Think sausage and salami.

      2. Stockton, CA - Toot Sweets: http://www.tootsweetsbakerycafe.com/

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        Toot Sweets
        4755 Quail Lakes Dr D, Stockton, CA 95207

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        1. re: glbtrtr

          +1 for Toot Sweets. Tho I discovered it way too late, during my son's senior year at Univ of the Pacific.

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          Toot Sweets
          4755 Quail Lakes Dr D, Stockton, CA 95207

        2. Stockton--Pho Lucky.. Great Viet dishes, hopping place, nice decor. Reasonable. Hammer Lane, east to El Dorado.

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          Pho Lucky
          8034 N El Dorado St, Stockton, CA 95210

          1. Ok, Northern Ca:
            Yreka, my face is either Nature's Kitchen- nice organic, whole foods. In the opposite food direction, there is Gold Rush Burgers. Made from scratch onion rings, great burgers. They are both on Main st, Take the central exit, go under the freeway, turn left at the light and both restaurants are on the left, about a half mile apart. Both are only open for lunch. Then in Mt. Shasta, there is another burger place, with Prather Ranch meat , great sandwiches and salads as well, called Goat Tavern. Caveat, furniture is ratty, but great outdoor dining. They are right on Mt. Shasta Blvd.
            Several great places in Dunsmuir. Cornerstone cafe has wonderful breakfasts, and Senthong's does excellent Laotian and Thai food. My favorite is Cafe Maddelena. Mediterranean food done very well, as much locally sourced as possible.Hope this helps!

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            Nature's Kitchen
            412 S Main St Ste 1, Yreka, CA 96097

            Gold Rush Burgers
            1240 S Main St, Yreka, CA 96097

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            1. Not new, but worth keeping on the radar:

              Alebrijes Mexican Bistro
              1301 W. Lockdford St. at Ham Lane
              209-368-1831

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              Alebrijes Mexican Bistro
              1301 W Lockeford St Ste D, Lodi, CA 95242

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              1. re: PolarBear

                PolarBear -- what town for Alebrijas? Thnx.