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Apr 3, 2013 07:26 PM

Stops on I 5 between San Francisco and the Northern CA border

Will be traveling North on I 5 from the San Francisco area up to Oregon.

Would really appreciate any suggestions for quick lunch stops along the way, not too far from I 5, especially past Vacaville. Either recommendations for restaurants for something casual or places for takeout would be appreciated, since we are traveling with dogs.


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  1. Roberta's Taqueria in Williams - look for the yellow building. Decent carnitas, always has business, tables are outside - you can leave the dogs right in the car.

    Burger Express in Mt. Shasta - takeout or dine in, has outside tables too. They use Prather Ranch beef in their burgers.

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    1. re: millvillemurphs

      I second burger express in Mt Shasta, also Billy Goat Tavern in Mt Shasta, and Gold Rush Burgers in Yreka. Gold Rush makes onion rings from scratch, out of this world, but only open for lunch. I have heard Putah Creek Cafe in Winters is good, but I have never tried it. Stay away from Lily's in Mt Shasta.

      1. re: karenfinan

        Thank you for these ideas! They all sound do able, with dogs. The only downside of traveling with them is that it limits your ability to stop many places for lunch, unless it is cold and cloudy out.

        1. re: karenfinan

          Putah Creek Cafe in Winters is our usual stop between Oakland and Redding. Had great burgers there just last Tuesday, taking advantage of the Tuesday 2 4 1 Burger special. DH had cheddar burger; I had blue cheese. Fries are included. I also like their chicken fried steak with white gravy (bkfst) or brown gravy (lunch). Sometimes we sit at the counter for faster service.

          Usually combine this stop with a gas fill-up (choice of about 4 different gas stations - Arco, Berryessa Sporting, Chevron, & InterState).

          Exit I-505 at Hwy. 128 to Winters.

          1. re: Stephanie Wong

            Most folks don't want to drive too far off Hwy 5.

            Winters is a nice little town which is about 3 minutes West
            of the freeway. It's also home the The Palms, a great small


      2. Dunsmuir Brewery Works is another option - again, outdoor seating and dog-friendly.

        Also in Dunsmuir with some outdoor seating is Conerstone Bakery and Cafe.

        1. Ficelle looks interesting serving tapas/Spanish food.

          Anyone tried it recently; like 2014?

          1. We used to annually make the trek from the Bay to Lake Shasta with our dog and always stopped at Granzella's in Williams, CA for the Big Tom sandwich (basically, your traditional Italian combo with salami, mortadella, turkey, etc.). We always called ahead and ordered them to go and then ate them at the picnic benches across the street in the small "park" (basically a grass strip) adjacent to the parking lot. That way our dog could stretch his legs, too, while we ate.

            With the drought and low lake levels, we haven't been in a few years and I know I read somewhere that they suffered a major fire. Still, assuming they're still there, it's a convenient option. They also have a full sit-down restaurant but we always opted for the deli sandwiches and eating outside.