“Halfway between Canada and Mexico, along Interstate 5, truckers and travelers pass through history. The trip into the the shadows left by the once-thriving gold rush community of Portuguese Flat, whose bullet-hole-laden buildings have been replaced by a truck stop and restaurant, Pollard Flat USA (continue reading)."
- Enjoy Magazine, March 2015
Pollard Flat was founded in 1922 by Jesse Getchell. After purchasing the 140-acre parcel from the railroad for $750, Jesse built a gas pump and restroom for travelers on what was then the California Highway 99.
Over the years, the gravel roads were paved and the business expanded to include a convenience store and diner. In 1972, Grandma Florence Harsh purchased Pollard Flat from her neighbor, Evelyn Wood.
Generations later, we are still dishing up home-cooked favorites like our Grandma used to make.
We hope you enjoy your visit and your food. Take time to look around at the collected memories from over the years and meet our two famous residents; Ms. Gertie and Mr. Flathead Junior.
We are a family-friendly restaurant with a kid's play area and free WIFI.