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I-5 Greater Patterson … more than apricots? Sausages, coffee, jam, cinnamon rolls, eggs over easy, BBQ chicken, tri-tip … and Caribbean?


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I-5 Greater Patterson … more than apricots? Sausages, coffee, jam, cinnamon rolls, eggs over easy, BBQ chicken, tri-tip … and Caribbean?

rworange | | Mar 17, 2007 08:30 PM

Someone mentioned a restaurant in Patterson yesterday. Has anyone tried the food in this area and nearby towns of Gustine, Newman, Vernalis and Wesley?

Is it possible that one of these joints serves a good apricot pie?

Previous Chowhound mentions … some dating to 1999

34 S Del Puerto Ave,
Patterson, CA
(209) 892-5282
“They have some of the best coffee drinks I've had outside Seattle … Also a good selection of sandwiches for lunch, and some tuely zany decor.”
“Blue's Cafe is a good place to get a jolt of fine coffee for the drive, and they have nice fresh cinnamon rolls and Mexican pan dulce.”

100 S Del Puerto Ave
Patterson, CA 95363
(209) 892-2100
“Mil's is your basic diner, and that's perfect for breakfast. I had eggs, over easy … They were perfect, with firm white and completely runny yolk. With them, an absolutely delicious pork chop …Coffee was typical diner coffee--nothing to write home about.”

2553 State Highway 132 E
Vernalis, CA 95385
(209) 835-8972

This place started as a roadside fruitstand and has grown by accretion to include a flea market, water slides, and the restaurant … I had a waffle which was just about perfect. About my only quibble would be the huge glop of butter on it … But the crowning glory is the toppings … blackberry, pomegranate, apricot, peach, or others … These are Mrs. Bogetti's jams and syrups and they are wonderful. I had apricot jam and pomegranate syrup, and I was in heaven. Made with local ripe fruit, and not too much sweetness, so the fruit flavors really come through. Wow! I'm impressed. By the way, with coffee this feast was under 5 bucks.”:


358 South Ave
Gustine, CA 95322
(209) 854-6456
When you click on the website, you will weep that you ever at fast food on I-5
“we stopped at Wolfsen's in Gustine and selected four of their now over sixty house made sausages. They have two kinds of linguica. The milder flavored one is very flavorful and is probably best used as a condiment than for eating straight up.”
“stop at Gustine, just south of Patterson, for some good deli sandwiches, and on weekends, BBQ's chicken and tri-tip. 70-odd handmade sausages, both fresh cured and frozen to suit any taste. Friendly folks in a friendly little town. Real traditional Portugese linguisa.

Take the Gustine exit, travel east about 5 mintues and turn left onto the highway that runs east through town. Turn left just past the school and at the next stop sign is Wolfsen's. A real valley gem”

“A good stop at the I-5 Westley offramp for Mexican is Antojitos Mexicanos, 7154 S Mccracken Rd # D (east frontage road), next to Subway. Be advised, the Torta Cubano is central Mexican style, not Cuban and substitutes a weiner for the roast pork.”
On the last trip on the 5 the Mrs. and I cruised downtown Patterson, but did not stop, there was a storefron Mexican, a pizza parlor in a former theater and a diner/bar joint. About two miles off the 5 at the Patterson exit.

So … has any one tried any of these restaurants not yet mentioned?

I found there was more than fast food on I-5 if you drive a few miles from the freeway exit. I was traveling with my cats when one got ill and I was forced to spend a few days in Buttonwillow. Turns out there are a few restaurants there including a good pupuseria.

I listed the street address for my own benefit, so I could throw the list in the car for the next trip down I-5.

However, most of these joints are pretty close together in the small towns, so I imagine just getting to the town would get you to the grub. They look like they are just a few miles off I-5.

Who knew there was more than apricot trees around Patterson? And what’s up with St George Carribean Cuisine in Newman?

Probably most of these are average at best, but still has to be better than fast food … at least more interesting.

I-5 might not be a food wasteland after all.


Cheryl's Restaurant 403 3rd Ave
Crazy Café 444 5th St
Good Times Restaurant 475 5th St
Krazy Gal's Café 597 6th Ave
Mariscos Pueblo Nuevo 448 5th St
Ninos Pizza 475 5th St
Paradise Coffee Co 877 Walnut Dr
Perry's More Than Pizza 292 5th St
Taqueria Castillo 1813 State Highway 33
Taqueria Las Grullas 436 5th St


El Campestre DOS Restaurant 1452 Main St
Foster's Saloon & Restaurant 2830 Hills Ferry Rd
Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant 1413 Main St
Las Flores Mexican Restaurant 1417 Main St
Linda's Café 717 Sweetgum Ln
Perry's Casa De Pizza 1446 Main St
Pizza Plus 1420 Main St
St George Carribean Cuisine 1342 Main St
Taqueria Carolina 3 1451 Main St
Taqueria El Mexicano 1405 Main St
Taqueria Los Potrillos 1245 Eucalyptus Ave
The Grille a breakfast joint with supposedly good pancakes 933 Fresno St


Del Lago Steak House 15000 Rogers Rd
Ernie's Taqueria 459 Eureka St
Golden Lion Chinese Restaurant 329 S 2nd St
Hank's Coffee Shop 31 S 3rd St
Junior's Kitchen 25 S Del Puerto Ave
La Perla Tapatia 131 E Las Palmas Ave
Lams'restaurant 36 S 3rd St
Las Gaviotas Restaurant 525 S 2nd St
Manny's Sandwich Shop 25 S Del Puerto Ave
Pizza Plus 40 S Del Puerto Ave
Ranch Burger 2 314 N 2nd St
Taqueria El Mexicano 100 E St
Vallarta Mexican Food 42 S 3rd St


Bobby Ray's Restaurant 7125 S Mc Cracken Rd
Ingram Creek Restaurant I 5 & Westley Exit
Westley Hotel 8615 Highway 33