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SANDWICH TO DREAM ABOUT

> THE BLUE MOUNTAINS AT BON APPETIT

1012 W. Lodi Ave., Lodi, (209) 367-5930, www.bonappetitlodi.com

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What do you get when you combine roasted turkey, crispy bacon, fresh Fuji apple slices, lettuce, homemade blue cheese spread, and a freshly baked ciabatta roll? You get the #17 sandwich from Bon Appetit, titled the Blue Mountains. Named to sound “monumental,” this sandwich is a tasty symphony of flavors and textures. Along with about twenty other original sandwich creations, Bon Appetit serves the Blue Mountains up warm and crispy, just how we like it.

SLICE OF SUMMER BERRY CRISP AT MEZZO

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3499 Brookside Rd., Stockton, (209) 473-7300, www.mezzostockton.com

When chef Richard Hyman set out to open an eatery to cater to the Brookside neighborhood, he hit the mark with a small “everyone knows your name” atmosphere. After a wonderful meal, the only thing we can think of is Mezzo’s incredible Berry Crisp. Made with locally-sourced strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries and a brown sugar crumble crisp, it’s melt-in-your-mouth scrumptious topped with Mezzo’s vanilla bean gelato. Kick back on the patio and enjoy—Hyman recommends a glass of Rosa Regale sparkling red wine to complement his signature treat.

PIZZA

MICHAEL’S PIZZA

2300 W. Alpine Ave., Stockton, (209) 462-6668 www.michaelspizzacafe.com

In a land overrun by run-of-the-mill pizza chains, Michael’s Pizza is a diamond in the rough. The pizza dough is made inhouse, mountains of fresh veggies are chopped daily, and flavorful meats and cheeses are sprinkled over real homemade sauce, a treasure for those who appreciate a great slice. The family-owned and operated establishment has been dedicated to making the freshest and most authentic New York-style pizza since 1978. You just can’t beat it.

TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS

BEIGNETS IN FRENCH QUARTER ALLEY, MIDTOWN CREPERIE

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SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE

2311 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 941-9070 www.midtowncreperie.com

New Orleans’s lively French Quarter is the inspiration for Midtown Creperie, where Matt and Melissa Grizzle were looking to bring the same sparkle to the Miracle Mile. Midtown could just as easily be Café Du Monde (of famous New Orleans notoriety), and they have the sugar dusted, puffed doughnut beignets to prove it. Take your beignets with Ghirardelli caramel or chocolate sauce to the breezeway next to the shop. With twinkling lights in the trees, café seating, and a mural of New Orleans sidewalks, you might as well be sitting on Bourbon St. in Louisiana.

JULY JULY 2011 2011

San Joaquin Magazine Best of July 2011  

San Joaquin Magazine Best of July 2011