Believe it or not, there are a handful of great restaurants in NorCal that aren't in the Bay Area. Ew... no, not in Fresno, but like, in other places. Here's a look at our picks for the 17 best restaurants from the Oregon border to that one In-N-Out Burger midway down the 5.
Editors' Note: First, so there's no confusion, the "Bay Area" includes the counties of San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Mateo (which means no Sam's Chowder House on this list, sadly). Second, if you're looking for good places below Kettleman City (that aren't in Los Angeles), Thrillist LA did one of these for SoCal, too.