Diners along Route 40: Davis to Reno
- Melanie Wong Nov 2, 2002 04:57 PM
Per my post on the General Topics board (http://chowhound.com/boards/general/m...), I recently came upon a list of diners from coast to coast along US 40, the Coast to Coast Hwy. I've linked to the section for California below.
How chow-worthy are the places included on this list? Are there other diners along this Route 40 that should be included?
re: Melanie Wong
Jim Denny's has long been a favorite of politicians and chamber of commerce types who must have been taken there by their dads as kids. If it were to have closed, there would have been an uproar and a fund drive, and I would have heard about it from my relatives living in Sacramento.
nice to see you on the CA board, Melanie. Are you slumming? Diners on route 40? I have lived in Sac all my life (4th gen) and no one I asked has ever heard of Rte. 40! Weird,, sometimes you just know how to get there but not the route you take. Anyways, i can give you some reviews of those listed on the Rte. 40 site. First off, the Mel's is the same Mel's that is in the city, so take that however you want, but I don't much like it, too expensive for the food. Chubby's is also a chain, usually found in strip malls here in Sac, not really a diner. Not really tasty either. Artie's is a Sac institution here. Rick's dessert diner is the best. Fantastic desserts, all housemade, awesome midtown location. All they are is a dessert place and are not open at the usual diner hours. Jim Denny's is a true diner. 10 stools, with a "skyroom"(a back room where you sit on boxes to eat). Some of my earliest memories are from here. Burgers were a quarter, the staff rude, jokes tacked up all over and a line out the door, all day and night. (think Sam Woos). Now it is only open days till 2:00 I think. Really good diner (greasy spoon) food though. There are a couple of other Sac places that are like diners but don't have the name per se. Little Joe's (Del Paso Blvd.) serves really cheap $1.99 steaks and coffee shop food that I have eaten for years (my father was one of Joe's friends forever). There is also a diner in the town of Sheldon (by Elk Grove on Grant line Rd.) It is in a beautiful retro diner building, and has great food along with a complete mexican food menu too. This town has 3 fantastic places to eat; the diner, Silva's Sheldon Inn and the Taco Truck behind the feed store. Hope this answers some of your questions. Is this a future road trip?
Not slumming at all, just expressing my historical interest about a topic that was related to chowing (original post linked below). My own family roots in Sacramento run deep, which you can read a little about at
But now that you mention it, this would be an excellent road trip itinerary. Hopefully we can inspire a few 'hounds along the way.
I tried a search for Sheldon, CA, and came up empty on yellow.com. But I found this listing for Elk Grove, is this the place?
8972 Grant Line Rd
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Thanks much for your contribution!