It's the time of year for..."ROAD TRIIIIIPS!"
We will see more queries for information despite dozens of threads about the subject. After all, some of those originated 5,6,7 years ago, and lack significant updates.
So let's chip in with anything new or anything that has closed or gone downhill. The area needing the most input is from the northern border to Sacramento, but also convenient stops through the LA basin, and south to San Diego. There must be hundreds of unmentioned gems. Let's keep families in mind, too, as school is OUT! So fast, flavorful and fun stops, let's post 'em!
(And though Highway 99 has its food fans, most of the requests are for info on I-5, so let's stick with that here. Highway 99 deserves it's own spot in the sun, for more leisurely inland travelers)
I'll start with my favorite mid-section stop, Wolfsen's Meats and Deli in Gustine, just north of Santa Nella/Los Banos; about 8 quick minutes east of I-5, it is a treat for sausage and meat lovers. 70+ types of fresh and frozen sausage (they sell ice too, for ice chests) and handcut meats from steaks to chops. The deli offers meaty sandwiches with a Portuguese twist (grilled peppers and onions on soft rolls) good deli salads, drinks, chips. Very friendly and great food! There is a small park just as you enter town where you can eat your lunch and kids can let off some steam. Gustine is like going back in time to 1955 (almost)
Wolfsen's Meat & Sausage
358 South Ave, Gustine, CA 95322