Saturday, January 14, 2023

Restaurant Review: (Road Trip Edition) Yaks on the 5


Last spring we took a road trip on the 5 freeway to Reedsport, Oregon to visit family. I was searching the internet for a place to stop along the way and enjoy some lunch when I came across Yaks on the 5. Yaks on the 5 is featured on Yelp's top 100 list and serves gourmet burgers and beer among other things. I also hear they are famous for their sticky buns. We stopped in Dunsmuir, CA to try out this spot. Dunsmuir is a small city in Northern California along the I-5, blink and you will miss it, unless you know about Yaks because it was packed when we arrived midday for lunch.  Dunsmuir is quaint and attracts the outdoorsy crowd, specifically for its fishing. 

Above is Yaks menu which consists of burgers, sandwiches, fries their smoked barbecue WINGS, they are big. 

Chris ordered the More Than Just A Peanut Butter Burger with their homemade potato chips and was talked into trying one of their Picked The Wrong Day To Quit Smoking Wings covered in a homemade barbecue sauce and ranch drizzle. The wing was perfectly smoked, tender and sweet with the addition of the barbecue sauce. The burger was covered in a peanut butter sauce, fried onion strings, bacon crumbles, and a house-made lemon ginger marmalade. Very big, very messy and very tasty. 

I ordered the Cilantro Bomb burger and the Garlic Parmesan Fries with their homemade lavender ketchup. The burger is a must if you are a cilantro lover. It is loaded with cilantro, jack cheese, fried onion strings and a house-made lime aioli. I love cilantro and the lime aioli paired well with the flavors in this burger. The Garlic Parmesan Fries were crisp and delicious. 

Penelope ordered the Castle Crags Pastrami Sandwich, and was very happy about it. 

Piled high with pastrami, jack cheese, aioli and grilled onions.

These burgers are quite a meal and can easily be cut in half and shared. I have a feeling this will become our go to lunch spot whenever we make the trek to Oregon. 

4917 Dunsmuir Ave. 
Dunsmuir, CA 

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