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I5 chowtip

janet of reno | Jan 9, 2006 04:54 PM

Sometimes chowhounding isn't about the best food, but rather about finding decent food in less than ideal circumstances. That's what this one is about: Our travels found us somewhere on I5 hungry on a Saturday night. We had stopped at the Lost Hills exit, and it looked like our choices were limited to fast food or Denny's. But then I noticed there is a restaurant connected to the ARCO truck stop there that advertised "Mexican and American food." We decided to take our chances. Maybe it was the fact that just about everyone there, including the waitress, was hispanic, or maybe just the fact that when I asked about the soup of the day I was told it was "I'm sorry, its Menudo, do you know what that is?" ...but a hunch told me to go with the Mexican choices. Hunch was right. Hubby and I both had the "three soft taco special", mine carne asada and his chicken. Both came with the requisite two small, fresh white corn tortillas per taco, so-so beans, and some of the best aroz amarillo I've had outside of Mexico. The carne asada was a little tough, but I guess that's to be expected, and they also had some good salsa verde, onions and cilantro on top. The chicken in hubbie's came in a wonderful sauce, strong on the cumin. He wouldn't let me eat it all, imagine that! All came with a big bowl of tasty homemade salsa and some fresh, still warm tortilla chips. We paid $15 including two ice teas, tax and a generous tip for our meal for two, and walked out happy. Worth remembering next time your travels take you that way.....

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