Frank’s Food Trail: Northern California

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Doni’s note: Please join me in welcoming Frank Treadway’s new column to ANC, a place where Frank is a subscriber and enthusiastic supporter. He’s probably best known in the north state as a life-long activist and civil-rights champion, but he’s also a local hero for having spearheaded successful efforts to save a number of heritage north state trees. 

But for his column, Frank is taking a lighter approach, and will share with us places he’s grown to love during his travels around the north state. For this first column, he starts with food. I dare you to read through the entire list and not feel hungry. Be sure to share your favorite eateries in the comments section. 

Thank you, Frank, and welcome to ANC as a contributor. What delicious fun! 

Would you like to go on an eating adventure? Then you’re in the right place with the right person. Over the years I’ve compiled a list of my favorite eating establishments as I travel from Yreka to Nevada County and in between. As you might  notice, I tend to focus on places that have exceptional desserts, as well as fine food.

If you start early with breakfast in Yreka, you could have dessert in Grass Valley, with a jog to Weaverville. Now that’s a driving feat you’ll have to try with your eating partner.

I’ve only provided addresses and phone numbers. This way you can call or Google to see if they’re open, view the menuslibations and ratings. All are family owned and in the 530 area code. Just a note, they’re not listed in any preferential order.

Stay tuned for me next list; of my favorite places to stay and shop and northern California. Some places may surprise you. Until then, happy eating, and please let me know your favorite places.

(By the way, can you guess which establishments go back to the 1930s? Leave your best guesses in the comments.)


Nature’s Kitchen
Organic, vegan and wholesome, all in a home-like setting.
412 South Main St., Yreka

Mt. Shasta

Mt.Shasta Pastry and Coffees
Pastries that melt in your mouth, fav of local Lemurians.
610 So.Mt.Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta


Dunsmuir Brewery & Cafe
Soups galore and a selection of beer made right in front of you; outdoor patio.
5701 Dunsmuir Ave., Dunsmuir

Dough Hook Bakery
I’m on my way back to get those croissants, plain or filled with sausage, egg, spinach, yum-yum.
5863 Sacramento Ave., Dunsmuir


Susie’s Bakery & Coffees
Freebie size cookies, frosting slathered cinnamon rolls, y mas.
1260 Main St., Weaverville


Jack’s Steak House & Bar
Just try it all, steak, prawns, chicken and the salad made in front of you.
1743 California St., Redding

Lim’s Cafe-Chinese/American
Ask for the Lounge, try the battered fish sticks and sip on a creamy milk shake, while listening to 1960s tunes.
592 No. Market St., Redding

Greek Shack-Gyros
Sit down or take out, gyros with huge portions of lamb, chicken or beef. Am I in Athens?
1074 Hartnell Ave., Redding

Wilda’s-Salads/Sandwiches {2 Redding locations}
Buddha Bowls, can’t beat this local fav; both locales
1712 Churn Creek Rd.Redding- 722.9181
1701 California St., Redding – 246.3502

Moonstone Bistro-Fine American Cuisine
My fav for local organic food-table, dining with an elegant touch, the ganache dessert is pure death … and I mean that in a good way.
3425 Placer St., Redding

Trendy’s-Breakfast & Lunch
Very inventive menu, sweet owners, hardy oatmeal w/fresh fruit, yum.
1730 Gold St., Redding

Racha Noodle-Thai
Authentic is the only word; right from Bangkok.
2630 Market St., Redding

Five Thais
Read: Ditto Racha
1003 Dana Dr., Redding

Bonsai Sushi Fusion
Very inventive cuisine, sushi, sashimi and bento with a South East Asia touch.
5200 Churn Creek Rd., Redding

Downtown Java & Cafe-Sandwiches & Pastries
Homemade cookies/energy bars, hearty soups & sandwiches.
1534 Market St. {in the alley}, Redding

The Brasserie-Crepes
Crepes filled with fruit or meat and yummy sauce, accompanied by Edith Piaf, French songstress.
1418 Yuba St., Redding

Champa Garden-Thai/Lao
Great mix of cultural cuisine, always packed.
1107 Hilltop Dr., Redding

La Cabana
Family owned, the essence of Mexico, always tasty and wholesome.
1335 Market St., Redding


Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery
My other fav, the 2 owners know how to make stunning cakes, elegant pastries, wholesome soups and sandwiches; art on the walls.
130 Main St., Chico


La Fortuna Bakery, Grocery & Cafe-Mexican
Longtime family owned, this is Little Mexico right off I-5. Order lunch to go or sit. Check out the store and the daily pastries. Just keep it our secret!
669 F St. Williams

Grass Valley 

Flour Bakery & Eatery
Another pastry palace from another world; great sandwiches and coffees.
109 Neal St., Grass Valley

Frank Treadway
Frank Treadway: Some say baker extraordinaire, some say, 'What is that?' Born in Mt. Shasta with a special sugar sensor, raised in Anderson, Frank has lived in Redding for the last 25 years. He's proud to say that he's found a fine bakery in more than 30 countries. Bon Appetit !
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11 Responses

  1. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    My wife and I liked Peter Chu’s at the airport. Good food, airplane watching and nice view of the mountains. But is it still there?

  2. Avatar Janet Stortz says:

    I have to recommend the chocolate blackberry cookies at Orchard Nutrition, they are so good.

  3. Avatar sue says:

    Definitely Jack’s and Lim’s date back to the 1930’s.
    We have appreciated the consistency at Outback.
    Had a wonderful lunch at The Post Office (Redding).

  4. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    And I thought Racha Noodle was my own private fave!!! Try their fresh (not fried) spring rolls!! the best!!
    And in Weed, give a try to Elle’s Espresso and Bakery.

  5. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    Welcome, Frank. I wasn’t planning to eat until noon, but I think that plan is going down the tubes.

  6. Avatar CODY says:

    Grass Valley – for something different, but good – Marshall’s Pasties (over 50 years).

  7. Avatar Barbara Stone says:

    So glad you are sharing your eating experiences!

  8. Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

    I’ll throw out a few quick-eats/on-the-go favorites:

    Ahi Fire Bowl — Fresh Fire Grill, Deschutes Road, Palo Cedro
    Smoked Carnitas Tacos — Roquito’s Taqueria, S. Market Street, Redding
    Californian Sandwich — Sandwichery, Tehama Street, Redding
    Grilled Shrimp Tacos — Fusion, Hartnell Avenue, Redding
    Honey Sriracha Sapprito — Ma Der Ma Der Sap House — Placer Street, Redding
    Mu Shu Pork — New China Restaurant, Eureka Way, Redding
    Chicken Wings/Burgers — Maxwell’s Eatery, Market Street, Redding

  9. Avatar Tim says:

    Gotta try it at least once:
    Eureka: Bayfront Restaurant
    Chico: 5th Street Steakhouse
    Graeagle: Cuccia’s
    Williams: Granzella’s

    Everyday value type places:
    Arcata: Big Blue Cafe
    Redding: Country Kitchen (wait can be a bit long sometimes)
    Anderson: Chinatown Restaurant
    Red Bluff: Carlito’s Mexican
    Chico: La Familia (have to try their papusas)

  10. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    All of these suggestions are great. Thanks for thinking of this article.

  11. Frank Treadway Frank Treadway says:

    Sue wins the ‘Which restaurants to back to the 1930s’, yep, it’s Lims’ and Jack’s. I and high school friends would go to Lim’s in the 1950s for hamburger and chow mein. The cool rock & roll songs were only .05 cents or 5 for .25 cents on the Wurlitzer. I think we even Jitter-Bugged in the aisles, OK, maybe !