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Interesting eats along I-80 between SF and Auburn?

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On I-80 between SF and Auburn, what are some interesting places to eat? I'm talking about a quick stop along the freeway, nothing in downtown Sacramento or anything far off the road.

Redrum Burger in Davis comes to mind.

I hear there was a place called the Vintage Sweet Shoppe which sold cookies using the old Nut Tree recipe, but I haven't been able to find them.

Suggestions of curious places to stop?

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  1. I don't know the cookie place, ( Vintage Sweet Shops at 1663 Monte Vista
    http://www.vintagesweetshoppe.com/

    The strip mall where the Nut Tree used to be?)

    but try

    http://putahcreekcafe.com/ in Winters and

    http://www.pholeehoaphat.com/ in Vacaville

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    1. re: Shrinkrap

      Winters is WAAY off the route requested. Perhaps you are confusing Winters and Dixon? (but Putah Creek Cafe is indeed in Winters. Good choice if heading up towards Redding, however.)

      1. re: Cynsa

        Note that the one in Davis just sells produce, jams, and such. Worth a stop though! The Auburn one has burgers, etc.

        1. re: hyperbowler

          burgers and pie, oh my. This is our road stop between SF and Donner Lake.

      2. Based on when you want to eat, I think the question is more appropriate for the California board.

        One note though--- "Redrum Burger" and "quick" don't belong in the same sentence, or even webpage. It gets a lot more love from out of towners than locals, probably because of its name. There's an In N' Out across the street if you're in a super rush. Davis's better food would steer you a bit more off course timewise.

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        1. re: hyperbowler

          It is true that Redrum is not exactly speedy, but I personally find it to be *much* faster than Ikeda for an actual meal, and I like their burgers better. (and they have ostrich burgers and such.) Redrum's strawberry shakes in season are excellent. And their fries put In N' Out to absolutely shame. However, Ikeda is worth a stop for pie and for roadfood snacks.

          1. re: susancinsf

            One option would be to call in an order to Redrum burger, but I used to do that a few times a year, and even still have to wait 20 minutes or so after it was supposed to be ready. Not sure if the service has gotten any better as of late...

            I definitely agree about Redrum's superior fries. Their ZOOM, deep-fried zucchini, onions, & mushrooms, are also wonderful greasy goodness.

        2. Here's a recent discussion about Vientiane in West Sac.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/876764

          1. About a half mile west of 80 on Arden Way

            Chando’s – mulitas, tacos de rajas
            863 Arden Way Sacramento, CA
            916-641-8226
            http://www.chandostacos.com/chandosta...

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            1. re: PolarBear

              bein picky here PB...west of Business 80, so a bit of a back track from I-80...be forewarned, can be sticky at high traffic commute times.

              1. re: toodie jane

                Stopped in again last trip north, under two minutes each way from 80. One caution, if returning to east (Reno) bound 80 need to pay close attention approaching the on ramp, there is a cross over with Arden Way traffic wanting to get on west bound 80.