BEST CASUAL DINING
Looking to keep it casual? Head to Porter’s Pub in Lodi for a friendly atmosphere and delectable dinner options, no suit or tie required. Garlic Brothers is another great option for a laid-back dining experience, especially if you’re coming in from a long day on the water! If you’re looking for a quiet place with quality food in Stockton, head to Market Tavern for a nice dinner in the heart of Stockton’s Lincoln Center.
BEST CHINESE If your impression of Chinese food is take-out, you’ve been seriously misled; have a seat at Dave Wong’s Restaurant in Stockton and get a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine in a fine dining environment. Also in Stockton, Yen Du specializes in Szechwan, Peking, and Hunan Cuisine. Peking in Stockton is another local favorite. Enjoy the warm ambiance of their restaurant as you feast on homemade kimchi, hearty portions of house chicken with fried rice, or in the winter months, their sizzling rice soup!
Best Restaurant Desserts Just when you think you’re so
Nothing says, “I’m ready for the big game” like a plate of saucy, spicy buffalo wings. Grab a basket of delicious wings from Smitty’s Wings & Things in Stockton, and make sure to try as many sauces as possible! Kick up the spice with Fire Wings in Lodi, a wing-paradise offering plenty of taste budinvigorating flavors and sides for you to choose from. If you want to nosh on your wings in a pub-type atmosphere, be sure to bring the gang to Porter’s Pub in downtown Lodi for a fingerlickin’ good time.
Best Burgers Having been irreplaceable as
America’s favorite comfort food for generations, most foodies consider the hamburger sacred—while that’s not (yet) its official status, if it were, you can be sure local temples of worship would include Bob’s at the Marina, where their patties are thick, juicy, and blessed with TLC. If it’s cheese you need, look no further than Squeeze Burger & Brew, where the cheese skirts don patties like golden halos. On your foodie pilgrimage through the San Joaquin, don’t forget to check out Flip’s Burgers, Stockton’s hidden gem of a burger joint. 76
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With a plethora of fantastic restaurants in San Joaquin, there are so many great chefs working hard to provide locals with unique cuisine. Chef Michael Midgley of Midgley’s Public House is Stockton’s very own celebrity chef, having been featured on television shows including Cutthroat Kitchen, a competition from which Michael emerged the victor. Another excellent chef emerged, not from a TV show, but from literal flames. Chef Richard Hymen of the appropriately-named Fenix restaurant is back at it after an oven accident, and business is booming. Executive Chef Chris Isert cooks up creativity on the daily for members of Brookside Country Club— where he also teaches interactive cooking classes with a dash of comedy and, of course, wine.
full you couldn’t possibly eat another bite, out comes the dessert menu. Suddenly, you have just a little more room! After you’ve filled up on their apps and entrées, Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar offers a delicious Baklava Cheesecake, Rice Pudding, and a wide selection of other desserts. Rosewood Bar & Grill in Lodi is another tantalizing dessert-oasis; try their Dark Colombian Chocolate Tart, Five-Spiced Carrot Cake, or Double Rainbow Vanilla Ice Cream! And don’t forget Midgley’s Public House; you haven’t lived until you've tasted their Doughnut Maple Bacon Bread Pudding!
BEST FINE DINING
In the mood to show off your favorite dress and taste some truly fine cuisine? Grab your significant other by the arm and click-clack into one of San Joaquin’s finest restaurants. Prime Table’s high-quality steaks in tandem with their swanky, throwback décor make this restaurant Stockton’s go-to for a fine-dining experience. Feeling a more open, rustic vibe? Try Fenix: Sourced from local farmers, their newAmerican cuisine is made with fresh, sustainable ingredients, and their large windows let natural light in to illuminate the restaurant’s gorgeous design. Towne House Restaurant is another great option; located at the beautiful Wine & Roses, with a seasonal menu that is a true tribute to Lodi’s rich wine and farming cultures.
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