Lets do lunch!  Like I mentioned before, I-5 is a culinary wasteland so to speak.  If you like fast food, I-5 is your Mecca.

The list of fast food joints is respectable.  Each off-ramp includes several on this list:  Mc D’s.  Carl’s Jr.  Taco Bell.  The Colonel. Del Taco.  BK.  Jack’s Place.  Suffice to say, there are no John Ash & Co or Dry Creek Kitchen drive thru’s in this part of the world. There is Harris Ranch, but you know we were just doing a quick LUNCH.  Searching the studded horizon of fast food signs, In and Out Burger stood out and seemed a logical choice in an attempt at avoiding caloric suicide. In reality, I rarely eat hamburgers.  It’s been at least six months since my last one, and will be many more before consuming the next. But it was vacation, so what the heck.

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In and Out Burger in Kettleman City off Interstate 5.

If anything, the burger was fresh, the lettuce was crisp and it wasn’t too greasy.  A Double-Double has 590 calories. A McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with cheese has 740 calories for comparison. What kicks up the count are sides: French fries, 400 calories and a vanilla shake weighing in at a whopping 680 calories. McD’s comes in at 500 and 420 respectively.

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The Double Double at In and Out Burger.

For the most part,  fast food joints are pretty much all the same.  You’re going to get calories no matter what/where you eat.

Don’t like the meat route?  There are several roadside fruit stands, but this time of the year it’s mostly bagged nuts and citrus with a few strawberries thrown in.  We did  see the Avocado Car:

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Kettleman City's Avocado Car

And the Citrus tent which featured incredibly juicy mandarin oranges:

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The Citrus Tent. Somewhere near Gustine on I-5.

Our family makes the trek to the Magical Place once every three years or so, so I don’t feel to guilty eating fast food once in awhile.  What was our first meal when we pulled in to D-Land?  A salad with low fat dressing: 407 calories.

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Disneyland chef's salad.