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Diners along Route 40: Davis to Reno

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  • Melanie Wong Nov 2, 2002 04:57 PM
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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?

Link: http://www.route40.net/culture/diners...

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    Melanie Wong

    One nomination has come in: Jim-Denny's of Sacramento (picture below). Is it still around or just a memory?

    Image: http://www.roadsidepeek.com/roadusa/s...

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Bryan Harrell

      This is perhaps the most famous classic diner in downtown Sacramento. I saw it about a year ago, and believe it is still there.

      1. re: Bryan Harrell
        Melanie Wong

        Thank you, yes, it appears to be alive. At least it has a listing in the phone directory.

        Jim-Denny's Lunch
        (916) 443-9655
        816 12th St
        Sacramento, CA 95814

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Bryan Harrell

          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.

          1. re: Bryan Harrell
            Melanie Wong

            Earlier today I called, and the man who answered the phone chuckled at reports of its demise. He said they're open Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm.

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              Bryan Harrell

              Just like they were when I worked a few blocks away during 1973-74. Some things never change. However, I spend most of my lunch times in little Mexican places that only served Chile Verde or Chile COlorado for $3. They are gone now, so other things change.

      2. re: Melanie Wong
        Ann Vuletich

        It certainly is still around. Never been there, but it's near my work and when I was taking lunchtime walks, passed by it numerous times but never made it in (too diet conscious at the time). It looked intriguing, like a true diamond in the rough as they say.

      3. 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?

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        1. re: bennyboy
          Melanie Wong

          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?

          Bert's Diner
          (916) 686-6622
          8972 Grant Line Rd
          Elk Grove, CA 95624

          Thanks much for your contribution!

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Bert's Diner, thats the one. I know that it is in Sheldon, but it's a really small community so they must list it as Elk Grove. Thanks for the post, we crave topics over here in Sacland.