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501 N. Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 477-6133, www.papapavlos.com
chef & restauranteurs
Andy and Jennifer Pappas have been enticing the people of Stockton with their delectable fare for over nineteen years. Creating a restaurant that makes its customers feel like part of the family, the Pappases take pride in remaining upscale with their cuisine, wine list, and atmosphere without sacrificing customer service. Papapavlo’s serves continental cuisine with a slight Mediterranean flair. They specialize in chops, steaks, salads, and pasta dishes, with a small portion of their menu dedicated to Greek recipes passed down through the Pappas family for generations. The restaurant recently changed locations, moving to a large, elegant space in Lincoln Center with an open kitchen so patrons can view their dishes being prepared.
Mikasa Japanese Bistro
15138 Harlan Rd., Lathrop (209) 858-1818, www.mikasasushilathrop.com Locals and sushi aficionados alike are impressed with the flavors and freshness of owner and chef Harry Yu’s sushi creations, not to mention the beauty with which they are presented. The dining room here is airy and casual, in addition to a sushi bar where patrons can watch their culinary creations being put together. Offerings from the kitchen include sushi, sashimi, tempura, noodles, soups, sukiyaki, and more, but be sure to try the chef’s hamachi jalapeno or Hawaiian tuna poki for a real treat. For fresh, fulfilling, Japanese cuisine, Mikasa has set the standard in San Joaquin. Try one of Mikasa’s many sake selections to accompany your meal.
236 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 951-2980, www.stocktonjoes.com Born into a family of restauranteurs, brothers Michael and Billy Varni opened Stockton Joe’s in 1976. Styling their cuisine after the original Joe’s concept of exhibition cooking, they created unique and special recipes reflecting their Italian-American heritage. Chef Marcelino has been cooking up Joe’s favorites for thirty years. He and the other dedicated chefs enjoy the preparation of the fare in full view of their guests. In addition, Joe’s offers full service catering and is the exclusive caterer for the Commercial Exchange Banquet Hall and the Commander’s House. We have since lost both Michael and Billy. Their memory and vision live on at the restaurant. In keeping with the tradition of the brothers, Stockton Joe’s continues to support local causes and endeavors in our community. Today, Stockton Joe’s remains in the family and is operated by Michael Varni Jr. san joaquin magazine
San Joaquin Magazine September Issue