My family and I are driving down to the Bay Area and then into So. Cal in June. I'm interested in people's favorite stops for food, from Seattle south, that are near I-5 (say within 10 minutes of I-5). I'm especially interested in good places in the little towns; we know a lot of the places in the big cities like Portland, SF, and LA.
I'm interested in any places that people think have really good food; they need not be gourmet or expensive, but that is fine too. But restaurants in the Jan and Michael Stern category are great too; good burgers, fish, Mexican, etc. And if you know of family friendly stops that serve good food, that knowledge will be put to good use.