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

cometraveler Apr 3, 2013 07:26 PM

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. millvillemurphs RE: cometraveler Apr 4, 2013 02:48 PM

    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. www.burgerexpressmtshasta.com/

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      karenfinan RE: millvillemurphs Apr 5, 2013 04:23 PM

      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
        cometraveler RE: karenfinan Apr 8, 2013 03:35 PM

        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
          Stephanie Wong RE: karenfinan Aug 16, 2013 03:01 PM

          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.

      2. millvillemurphs RE: cometraveler Apr 6, 2013 07:50 AM

        Dunsmuir Brewery Works is another option - again, outdoor seating and dog-friendly. http://www.dunsmuirbreweryworks.com/

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

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