Yeah, well, after all the good recommendations from the Statewide CA Hounds, Shep caved. The trainer at the meeting offered home cookin and family hangin, and I went for it. Two unmemorable breakfasts at that place in the mall up on the hill, where the road cuts off to San Berdoo; and a lunch break at Wild Weenies, where I had a really good pickle dog, I'd say it was worth a detour off the Interstate.
Rumor control: somebody in LA told me Wild Weenies was closing, or had closed. I'd hate to hear that, it's a jewel.
Thanks again for all the suggestions.