I-5 at the Buttonwillow Exit (next to the Chevron station) At the junction with State Route 58 - 26 miles west of Bakersfield
I spend a lot of time on I-5 between the Bay Area/Sacramento and Los Angeles. It’s six hours of mostly culinary wasteland, dominated by Denny’s, McDonald’s and the leathery, seemingly week-old hot dogs spinning on roller grills at a dozen AM/PM Mini Marts. Some people set their sites on Andersen’s Pea Soup Restaurant in Santa Nella, or Harris Ranch, almost exactly at the halfway point of the trip. For me, however, there are a couple of other things to which I look forward.
One is the taco truck (it does have a very nice awning and a few wooden picnic tables) next to the Chevron station at the Buttonwillow exit on I-5 (exactly 125 miles north of Los Angeles, according to the official CalTrans freeway mileage sign). This truck does not offer any unique items. What is unique, however, is the quality of great and freshly-made versions of Mexican street food standards – tacos, burritos, chalupas, etc.