Elk Grove to Grant’s Pass, Oregon.
This place, Annie’s Country Kitchen, a few hours outside Sacramento, was an admitedly risky place to stop, but I was feeling like I needed some risk after the chain store maddness of Elk Grove.
It turned out lucky for me (except for the unfortunate muzak soft-core Jesus rock they played for background music). The split pea soup was just like I make it, with chunky peas and plenty of stringy ham. The potato salad was just like I make it, with skins and a good hit of crunchy bits, easy on the mayo. And the patty melt had so many grilled onions I had to eat it with a fork!