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I RESTAURANT GUIDE with peaceful ambiance, seafood specials, and a martini bar to put others to shame, then Magellan’s is the place. Thai Café

614 Central Ave., (209) 832-3800. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

More practical than fussy,Thai Café is the place to go when the craving for good Thai food, fast, strikes.This little place manages to stay afloat despite some stiff competition from surrounding restaurants, perhaps in part to a large following of loyal customers. Regulars rave about the Thai Chicken Salad and Salad Kai, but if you are in the mood for something a little heavier, go ahead and try the Koa Paad—deep-fried rice served with your choice of meats.The colorful Thai decorations set the mood for a fun and flavorful meal where everyone is welcome. Tracy Thai

1035 Central Ave., (209) 833-9703 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Tracy Thai successfully captures the unique and complex flavors Thai food is famous for. Using only fresh, quality ingredients, their food has artistic presentation and exceptional flavor, from mouth-watering appetizers like their heavenly Angel Wings (boneless chicken wings stuffed with silver noodles), to their soups served in a flaming tureen that keeps it warm throughout the meal. Tracy Thai prepares imaginative creations for those with adventurous tastes, and also familiar favorites for those who have never experienced Thai food before. 714 Central Ave., (209) 833-0862, www.thegreatplate.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Looking for the best pizza in town? It’s here! The Great Plate has signature pizzas like Buffalo Chicken, or the Dominic, or build your own. Handmade to order and fired in the brick oven with always fresh dough for perfect crust and a delicious pizza. But that’s not all, excellent burgers, wings, salads, pastas, steaks, seafood, and more. Located downtown across from the Grand Theatre, come and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere. Great Plate offers two full bars and 16 beers on tap, a fine wine list, and Sunday breakfast (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and the NFL Ticket. Or check out the exciting nightlife featuring live music and DJs on both floors. Visit, “Tracy’s Favorite Place to Play.” Banquet rooms available for up to 125 people.

WOODBRIDGE Woodbridge Crossing

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IT’S IN THE GRAPES

VIGNETTE WINE COUNTRY SODA It seems like a simple concept: wine grapes used to create something other than wine. But few have dared to take the leap, until now. Vignette Wine Country Soda has hit the market with a refreshing and sophisticated alternative to your typical beverage. Primarily manufactured in Berkeley, Vignette is non-alcoholic, caffeine free, and only made with winegrapes grown in California. More importantly, many come from right here in Lodi.    Each bottle of Vignette is made with 50 percent winegrape juice, with no added sugar, colors, high-fructose corn syrup, or any other preservatives, so you can enjoy the unadulterated bounty of San Joaquin with each refreshing sip. Vignette also comes in three different flavors: Chardonnay (light with subtle fruit), Rosé (blushes with balanced sweetness), and Pinot Noir (bright with berries), so there’s something pleasing for every palette. —K.B. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO FIND OUT WHERE VIGNETTE IS SOLD, VISIT: www.winecountrysoda.com

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18939 N. Lower Sacramento Rd., (209) 366-1800, www.woodbridgecrossing.net. Full bar. Open for dinner, Sunday Brunch. $-$$

Housed in one of the oldest brick buildings in the San Joaquin Valley, this historic restaurant, formerly Woodbridge Feed and Fuel, provides fine dining in the midst of antiques, Western artwork, and memorabilia. Known for their prime rib and steak, this restaurant strives for great customer service. Woodbridge Crossing diners are treated to live entertainment and dancing on the weekends, and the restaurant also offers private banquet facilities where guests sit in unique old boxcars. [SJM]

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RESTAURANTS of SAN JOAQUIN To be included in our special dining section, please contact San Joaquin Magazine at 209.833.9989

JULY 2011

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