Eating NorCal visited Dunsmuir’s favorite local eater Yaks on the 5 to find out why they were named a “Top 100 Restaurant” in the country by Yelp. Originally opened as a coffee bean roasting company in Redding, Yaks quickly grew and is now a staple in the Dunsmuir community.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in to Yaks in the wonderful smell of freshly baked pastries. You’ll also notice the unique décor and huge coffee roaster in the corner of the restaurant originally used at their first location in Redding.
When you take a look at the menu you’ll notice an entire page dedicated to all of the scratch made items they offer on the menu. I was told “the only things they don’t make in house from scratch are the tater tots and the table mustard.”
We started off our meal with a freshly baked apple sticky bun which was a gift from the Chef (a very nice gift at that) and was easily the tastiest sticky bun I’d ever tried. Definitely a must get when visiting. Our first dish was the “Scott’s Tots” which is a reference to an episode of “The Office” where Michael Scott had to gently let down a high school class that he couldn’t afford to pay for their college tuition (a promise he’d made 10 years prior). A classic Office reference:
These tots were hot, cheesy, crispy, and everything else a tot lover dream of (including bacon).
The next thing we tried was the Uncle Bob’s Barbalicious BBQ Burger. This burger has a secret… If you say “Uncle Bob’s Barbalicious BBQ Burger” three times to your waitress, you get extra fries! The taste of this burger includes the sweetness from the BBQ sauce, the meatiness of the grass-fed beef, and the crunch of the bacon and lettuce. A really delicious burger. And the garlic fries are like a cherry on top!
The final item we tried is the Jalapeno Bacon Burger which is the most popular item on the menu. This HUGE burger will satisfy any jalapeno lover’s cravings. This burger tastes smoky from the grill, has a little heat from the jalapeno, and a crunch from the onions and lettuce. This burger pairs perfectly with their house made fries and wide selection of homemade dipping sauces.
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As if the sticky buns, craft beers and jalepeño poppers weren’t enough, this bad boy rolled out and stopped me in my tracks. The jalepeño bacon burger at Yaks in Dunsmuir, CA was cooked perfectly, piled high and served up with a side of garlic fries. Stop by and tell Nancy that her new friends in Sacramento sent ya! #northerncalifornia #dunsmuir #yaksonthe5 #wander #wanderlust #californiadreameater #food #foodie #foodpics #foodporn #foodlover #foodphotography #foodstagram #burger #burgerjoint #ddd #smalltown #roadtrip #caroadtrip #agency #agencylife #lifeontheroad #augustineadventures #bpcees
Overall, we can see why Yaks was rated a “Top 100 Restaurant” by Yelp. Next time you’re in the Dunsmuir area and are looking to satisfy your hunger, pay Yaks a visit. And for the best service in town, make sure you are in Roxanne’s section!
Yaks on the 5
4917 Dunsmuir Ave. Dunsmuir, CA 96025
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As the Food Editor and Co-Founder of Eating NorCal, Brien O’Brien is one of the most influential foodies in NorCal. After being named the “14th Best Home Cook in America” in 2017 by the FOX television show MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay, he moved to the Napa Valley where he spent a year and a half studying food and wine at the Culinary Institute of America. Now, he resides in the Farm to Fork Capital of America – Sacramento.