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29 SEEDS OF HOPE Stockton's Ray Baglietto helps distribute


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54 ADULT EDUCATION 101 Your kids are going back to school. Do you know what issues they will be facing this school year? by Jenn Thornton

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89 OLD-WORLD PUB & GRUB The Abbey-A Trappist Pub is the Miracle

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“For you, there’ll be no more crying, For you, the sun will be shining, And I feel that when I’m with you, It’s alright, I know it’s right” — Songbird, Fleetwood Mac

   We aren’t sure why, but September always seems to be a time of change. Leaves starting to change, the weather getting cooler, the kids back in school, getting in the groove of a new season at work. It starts as a rustling, a fluttering, throughout the office and the community, with the excitement and anticipation of new things to come.    Just like any other September, we have this excited, anxious feeling fluttering around San Joaquin. How will our kids do this year, now that they are back in school? Will they be happy? Will our families be happy and healthy into the new year?    Here at San Joaquin magazine, we celebrate everything that September brings: the start of a new season, a new school year. We present you with the tools to refresh your outlook, your wardrobe, your parenting, and your taste buds—among many other things.    For the fall’s newest clothes and accessories, check out our fashion spread from local boutiques and shops, Fall Fashion Uncorked. Lodi’s Van Ruiten Winery invited us to take over their tasting room and vineyards for the day as the ideal backdrop for the colors of our fall wardrobe, all found locally at shops like Theadora and Dennis Shea Shoes in Lincoln Center.    Need a parenting refresher? It can be downright tough to keep on top of all the issues your kids could be facing at school. Children are forced to fight off bad influences at an earlier and earlier age, and all the confusion presented by changing technology and messages from the media is confusing for kids trying to find their way. Our Parenting 101 story addresses these issues and more, and if anything, will start a dialogue in your home about paying attention to your kids and what they are learning when they are outside of the home.    For new flavors in San Joaquin, head to the Abbey Trappist Pub, the newest addition to Stockton’s Miracle Mile. In the spirit of the craft beer movement happening in all the big cities, beer aficionado Ryan Hanyak has eight rotating beers on tap and close to 70 bottled selections. Served up with really simple, really good pub food like a pulled pork sandwich on Dutch crunch roll, or French fries with plenty of unique dipping sauces (chipotle aioli anyone?), this little, old-world pub is a breath of fresh air.   So take a step forward. Embrace change. Find your rhythm. Don’t be afraid to freshen up your home and your life. See you in October.

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Seeds to the World A worldwide effort from our own backyard BY KATY BERRY


As founder of Baglietto Seeds, Stockton local Ray Baglietto has been serving San Joaquin agriculture for over fifty years, but his crops reach much further than the Central Valley thanks to his non-profit organization, Seeds to the World. With his help, millions of pounds of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds have been delivered to impoverished communities in over ninety countries. There, people suffering from food shortages have been able to plant and grow their own food supply, creating hope for a better life. >>








World. It began when Baglietto’s own daughter (who has five children) had an excess of toys in her home after the holiday season. He included a box of forty toys with a shipment of seeds. Upon receiving his cargo distribution report, Baglietto said the recipients were more enthralled by the toys than the $100,000 worth of other goods. “Some of our directors have gone to these countries. We’ve been to Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Jamaica, Philippines, and Serbia over the years. In the Philippines, they saved the toys and had us distribute them so we could see all the kids very happy receiving them,” he says. Today, Toys to the World collects 200 to 300 toys each week. Baglietto says he also has a few connections who supply him with palettes of medical supplies whenever they’re available. “I’ve never had a developing country turn down medical supplies. We don’t really have a ‘Medical to the World,’ but several people know about it and if they get some surplus, they’ll let us know,” he says. Though seeds are his main export, there isn’t much he’ll turn down if it can be used to help those in need. Baglietto says he has received many thank you letters and photos over the years telling him how the organization has helped people. “All these countries are very poor, I’m talking about a 60 to 70 percent unemployment rate. And if you do have a job you’re paid five dollars for a ten hour day, and gas is four dollars a gallon,” he says. “We don’t know how well we have it here.” Aside from the gratification of giving back, Baglietto says he’s just glad to be kept busy.




If you ask Baglietto how Seeds to the World has affected him, he’ll modestly reply that it just keeps him busy. “I’m not good at lying around,” he says. This couldn’t be truer for the former military man, who began his career in 1938 by working at his father’s seed and hardware supply store. Baglietto has spent his entire career in the seed industry, including thirty-two years running his own business. Upon retiring in 1990, he was approached by local missionaries looking for seed donations to be distributed in underdeveloped countries, and from there, Seeds to the World was born. “We started shipping seeds in small amounts to missionaries around the world,” he says. “Over the years we’ve grown considerably. Today we belong to the American Seed Trade Association, the California Seed Association, and the Pacific Seed Association.” He also works with organizations like Food for the Poor, Feed the Children, and Universal Aid to coordinate and receive seed donations in the Baglietto warehouse. He verifies that they have a germination rate of at least 75 percent, and obtains the necessary sanitation reports for the country receiving the seeds. Large organizations like Feed the Children are able to provide funding to make sure the containers reach their destination, and trusted organizations in each country distribute to those in need. The seeds provide crops of beans, peas, corn, sorghum, tomatoes, and more, which allow families to survive in dire circumstances. When the operation first began, Baglietto had trouble obtaining enough seed donations to justify the exorbitant shipping costs. Today, each container that leaves the warehouse contains roughly 42,000 pounds of goods. The non-profit’s biggest year was in 2009 when they received a whopping two million pounds worth of donations. To date, Seeds of the World has delivered over twelve million pounds of goods to those in need. But the shipments don’t stop with seeds. Seven years ago, Baglietto introduced his second non-profit effort, Toys to the

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As founder of the V.B.R. Foster Family Agency and the Fresh Beginnings drug and alcohol outpatient clinic, Dr. Valerie Sims has devoted her life to the betterment of children and families struggling with addiction, abuse, and life in the foster care system. Having done so much for those in need, it may come as a surprise that Sims began her career in the fashion industry.

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Certified stand up paddling instructor and Lockeford native Tasha Hammer first tried stand up paddling, or SUP, in Hawaii. The tourist experience lacked instruction and left her frustrated, but she returned to California determined to seek out professional training. She found mentor Nikki Gregg, a professional paddler in Santa Cruz also known as the “Queen of SUP,” and four years later Hammer is now a certified SUP instructor herself, and offers lessons in San Joaquin. Stand up paddling began in Hawaii in the early 1960s, but has recently become popular thanks to professional surfers who use it as a method of training during the off season. Paddlers stand directly in the middle of their board with their toes pointed forward, and use a paddle to navigate the waves and currents. The sport requires balance and can be useful for developing one’s coordination, but Hammer fell in love with SUP for its versatility. Paddle boards are similar to surf boards, but a bit larger and stable enough to have you and your child (or dog) on top. You can also lie down and catch some rays, or use the board without a paddle for surfing. SUP can be enjoyed in any type of waterway, from river rapids, to calm lakes, to the choppy ocean. “My favorite place is Silver Lake, off of Highway 88,” says Hammer. “It’s so beautiful, and there are still snowcapped mountains. We can fish off the board, paddle around, and explore with the kids.” SUP boards also give riders a great deal of visibility; they can see deeper into the water or further into the distance to view oncoming swells.



Hammer’s lessons are ninety minutes long and include instruction on land and in the water. Her students are usually able to stand up on the first lesson. “Beginners start on flat water. We talk about how to fall off the board properly, and I am water rescue certified so I teach water hand signals and things people don’t normally think about when they do a water sport.” SUP is a perfect family activity and a beautiful way to explore San Joaquin’s waterways. For those who enjoy some friendly competition, professional SUP races are also popular, like the Battle of the Paddle in San Diego this month. For more information: Tasha Hammer, (209) 601-8764,


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Chris Rose Pro Bowler, Stockton

Chris Rose recently accomplished his goal of bowling fifty perfect games by the time he turned 50 years old. We caught up with Chris to learn more about his life as a bowling prodigy and learn a few tricks of the trade. —Katy Berry a good day I’ll bowl well, but everyone has a chance to win. I think one of the biggest compliments a bowler can get is when you walk into an alley and people say, “Oh no. He’s here.”

Why did you decide to set a goal of 50 perfect games by your 50th birthday? It was about three years ago. I think I had about ten to go, and I started thinking, that’d be cool. I had three to go last October. I shot one in October and one in November. Then I had a knee problem that slowed me down a little bit, but finally in April I shot another 300.

Does where you bowl affect your chances of getting a perfect game? Yes. It’s the type of oil they use on the lanes. You don’t want cheaper oil which is thinner and will dissipate very quickly. You want nice thick oil. It’s also the way the machine oils the lane. And a lot of it is consistency. When the shot remains consistent, you can learn to adapt and make the right changes until you get it down.

Do you plan to set a new goal? For the last ten years, I’ve had about an average of 3 perfect games a year. I’d like to keep that going. If I set a goal for ten years from now, I might hit it in three years and say, now what? I have to wait until I’m closer. Do locals dislike bowling against you because you’re so good? Well I mean everyone’s competitive. They know on

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Raising kids has always been rewardingly difďŹ cult, but doing so in today’s world means facing an increasingly complex set of challenges. Many parents are simply not schooled in the intricacies of these issues. So here, with instruction and a little homework from Stockton therapist Fran Costello, a crash course in Parenting 101.







The issue: Chronically over-scheduled kids The impact: The pressure to “achieve” compels many parents to inadvertently overextend their kids beyond their capacity to withstand the physical and emotional demands of a busy schedule. Enter stress, irritability, headaches, disruptive sleep, and notable shifts in personality. “Over-scheduling has the potential to backfire, leaving children exhausted, confused, discouraged, and unmotivated,” explains Costello. Homework: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should cut back 5 to 10 percent of scheduled activities to make room for unstructured family and free time. Kids need the opportunity to recharge, discover their own interests, exercise their imagination, and develop dexterity, physical, and emotional strength. In turn, less harried parents are more effective in their parenting. Consider involving your child in a few different activities he loves, rather than five he is too exhausted to engage in.

is the best runner on the track team, none of the other kids will be able to beat him.’” While this may be true, such comments often put undue pressure on the child and give him a sense of superiority that can alienate his peers. Homework: Monitor your child’s behavior—and your own. Discuss negative behaviors related to over-competitive behavior, and carefully explain to your child that while it is okay to want to win, it is not acceptable to humiliate or be hurtful to friends. Explain game rules and exhibit pro-social sportsmanship. The Issue: Sexual promiscuity The impact: Inaccurate sexual messages kids receive through a myriad of channels often complicate imperfect sexual education. Coupled with a lack of parental communication, the risk of adolescent promiscuity increases. Homework: “Develop open, honest, and ongoing communication about responsibility, sex, and

valued, cared for, and acted on a way that is respectful to your child and his partner. The issue: Celebrity worship The impact: Research shows that celebrity obsession has produced a generation that believes education and hard work is secondary to achieving ‘success’. “Kids today identify affluence, attractiveness, and achievement with celebrities,” notes Costello. “These attributes are understandably desirable, and certainly not inherently harmful, but fixating on them can divert children them from their own values.” Homework: Ensure that your child understands the difference between fantasy and reality (especially “reality TV”) by helping him develop the critical thinking skills necessary to deconstruct mixed messages. “Encourage your child to think about their favorite shows and media personalities,” advises Costello. “Why do they like

The issue: Technology The impact: Technology is a staple for this generation, and parents must learn to integrate it safely into the lives of their children. But, warns Costello, “Excessive access to and usage of technology is linked to childhood obesity, addiction, pornography, and online predatory situations. Latest research indicates that it also affects a child’s ability to think for himself and empathize with others.” Homework: Track cyberspace trends and set appropriate limits for technology use. Costello advises no more than 4 hours per day combined engagement in web, TV, texting, and video games. Utilize parental controls for all technology. For cell phones, consider prepaid purchase plans, and if you must buy a cell phone for a younger child, program it for emergency calls only. The Issue: Hyper-competitiveness The impact: A win-at-all-costs mentality in kids usually develops at the expense of others’ feelings. “One of the most recognizable clues of an over-competitive child is if he regularly exhibits superiority over his friends,” Costello says. “Overcompetitive children will complain that rules are ‘wrong’ or ‘unfair’ or that other children ‘aren’t playing the game right.’” Conversely, parents can dote too much on their children. She adds, “It is very easy for a proud parent to regularly make statements about their children, such as, ‘Bobby



choice to help kids learn about sex in a healthy and positive manner,” Costello explains. “Parents need to handle a child’s age appropriate curiosity in a safe way, while sharing facts and their own values.” Once broached, share your attitudes and beliefs about sex. Acknowledge sexual curiosity as normal, then express that sexual materials portray unrealistic images of sex. Identify sexual activity as something precious that should be

them? Do they reflect the values of your family, school, or community? Ask them to describe the qualities they like best in their friends, family members, teachers, and coaches. Is it that they are famous, rich, and pretty? Or is it that they’re fun, funny, helpful, caring, friendly, and smart?” Keep current with media your child consumes in order to stimulate informed discussions about it.


The issue: Money The impact: Many kids in the age of ATM machines and credit cards have unrealistic conceptions about money—namely, that there is no limit to spending. Those lacking an understanding about the value of money tend to be fiscally irresponsible in adulthood. Homework: Children learn by example, so watch how you talk about money and how you handle it. Educate your kids about the basics of earning, spending, and saving. “Guide children to become wise consumers of media so they understand that advertisements are designed to sell,” Costello s a y s.

“Teach the concept of ‘need versus want’ and how to make wise money choices.” Open a bank account in your child’s name to give him a sense of ownership and to encourage saving. If a child is gifted money, consider having him put at least half of what he receives in the bank (ask gift givers to send cash or checks, not gift cards). Delay gratification, set money goals, and, at an

appropriate age, involve your child in creating a household budget—bestow him with the title of “treasurer” to give him the opportunity to develop greater fiscal discipline. Finally, pay with cash so that kids see when the money’s gone, it’s gone. The issue: Substance abuse The impact: While not new, this issue has increased among youth. Substance abuse can lead to poor school performance and loss of friends; it can impact the family, lead to legal problems, and affects a child’s physical and mental health. “It is not uncommon to see children start to engage in substance abuse at an early age,” Costello says. “Peer pressure continues to be a leading cause of adolescence self-medicating, but the primary cause stems from environment (genetics and easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home). Youth with poor self-esteem or mental/emotional problems such as depression, who do not feel connected to or valued by their parents, are at greater risk.” Media portrayals of substance abuse as a way to gain popularity and success, and pharmaceutical company advertisements promoting “improve your life” messages are also factors. Homework: Start by learning how to correctly identify if your child is using. Adolescents are often withdrawn or negative, so, explains Costello, “It is important not to accuse your child unfairly, and to try to discover the root of why his behavior has changed.” Voice your concern without condemnation, and look for certain patterns or changes in appearance, behavior, and attitude—not just one or

two things. Encourage healthy behaviors and good family communication early. And finally, model clean living. “Youth are more likely to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco if their parents do,” Costello says. “Parental attitude towards substance use will profoundly influence their behavior. [SJM]

Old School vs. New School What’s better—homework or lifelong learning? Two University of the Pacific professors take up the debate. Old School Idea Critics claim that “old school” approaches— tests, homework, and grades—take the joy away from learning. It’s true that standardized testing has created problems, and that homework and grades can certainly create stress. But the problem is not tests or homework or grades themselves, but how they’ve been used. Tests and grades are gatekeepers to colleges and careers. We may not like this reality, but we owe it to children to help them succeed in the world we live in now. Personal discipline and time management skills are important for success in school, the workplace, and life. Learning to complete meaningful homework assignments develops these skills. Testing and grades also are useful diagnostics. They help us measure progress and identify gaps in knowledge and skills, which can be addressed quickly and easily if we know they exist. Tests, homework, and grades can certainly be misused, but that does not mean we should abandon them. We need to blend the best of innovative approaches with well-developed tests, engaging homework, and meaningful, useful grades. We must use every tool at our disposal to ensure that each child learns and thrives. Dr. Lynn Beck, Dean and Professor in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education New School Thinking Contemporary American education faces a clash of cultures. There is an entire generation of children—the Millennials or Net Generation—who have grown up after the generation of the now famous “knowledge age.” Students now live in a world rich with technology and an accelerated rate of change, where jobs and careers become extinct in the space of a single decade. Yet the educational experiences of today’s schools are designed to make them consumers of finite knowledge for the purpose of scoring well on standardized tests. As a result, children are not fully cultivating the skills of lifelong learning necessary to meet the demands of the information age. Given the constancy of change in one’s lifespan, an ability to acquire new skills, information, and ideas is an absolute precondition to success. The only sustainable advantage in today’s world is what a person knows, how they can utilize it, and how fast they can learn something new. Our schools should ensure this capability for our students. It is a matter of career survival. Dr. Michael Elium, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education






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2006 Akin Estates, Christesen Vineyard Reserve Lodi Tannat ($18)

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2009 Alta Mesa Cellars Lodi Verdelho ($14)

A revelatory dry white wine with peach skin and lime perfumes, hinting at lavender and lemon verbena. Lightly tart, silky smooth, and stony. Try with grilled oysters with vinegary mignonette, ceviche, or feta salads in lemon vinaigrettes.


2008 Grands Amis Elk Vineyard Private Reserve Borden Ranch Petit Verdot ($25)

Compote of raspberry and blackberry aromas against a backdrop of allspice-like oak. Taut, dense, yet sumptuous texturing, giving a compact, elegant feel. Pair with tenderloins of beef, or lamb with demi-glace or red wine deglaze.

2007 Fenestra, Silvaspoons Vineyards Lodi Touriga ($28) Definitely “big”—roasting beef and concentrated plum and blackberryish fruit in nose, and thick, meaty yet pliant palate sensations.

2009 Sorelle, Reserve Lodi Sangiovese ($27) Luscious red wine flashing flowery, black cherry perfumed fruit, under silken, transparent, sweet oak veneer; smooth yet fleshy, viscous, flowing, seductive. Try with fresh tomato pasta primavera, or lean, grilled grass fed beef with lemon.


Lodi is justifiably known for old vine Zinfandel: We have more 50 to 100-plus year old Zinfandel plantings in this Delta region than anywhere else in California. For the same reasons Zinfandel vines can grow on and on in Lodi’s Mediterranean terroir—climatically akin to that of mid-Napa Valley—Lodi has also recently emerged as California’s leading producer of alternative wine grapes. Cutting-edge varieties like Albariño and Alicante Bouschet, Verdelho and Touriga, Tempranillo and Tannat: You name it, Lodi is now growing it. If you, too, wish to boldly go where the restless wine lovers find satisfaction, try these 10 prime examples, all available at the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center or directly from the respective wineries. For more info: Lodi Wine and Visitor Center, 2545 W. Turner Rd., (209) 367-4727,

2010 Riaza, Terra Alta Vineyard Clements Hills-Lodi Albariño ($19) Burst of minerals and fruit in a bone dry, medium-bodied package, with scents of wildflowers, honey, grapefruit, pineapple, even green mango. Think lemon chicken, saffroned shellfish paella, or white clam linguine.

2009 R (Jeff Runquist), Silvaspoons Lodi Souzão ($24) Compelling black and Bing cherry explosion in soft, bright, almost levitating medium body. Try with braised meats like beef, lamb, or pork in gelatinous broths.

2007 Uvaggio, Lodi Barbera ($18) Blackberry jam aromas with smidgens of red berries in nose; firmly dry, zesty edged, bolstered by rounded tannin and subtle vanillin oak. Full enough for rib-eye yet smooth enough for salmon.

2008 Dancing Fox Old Father Vine Clements Hills Tempranillo ($25) Sensational cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and blackberry jam aromas, couched in round, bouncy, fleshy sensations. The meatiness of this medium-bodied red really comes out with red game, like roasted lamb, duck, or even goose.

2008 Bokisch, Terra Alta Vineyard Clements HillsLodi Garnacha ($18) Very fine, sensual, strawberry liqueurlike fruit; permissive in the nose, demure on the palate, finishing with dangerous whiffs of tobacco. Pair with tomato laced shellfish stews like cioppino, or duck in chocolate mole.




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An enduring legacy at Heritage Oak Tom Hoffman’s elegant, mavericky touch with Zinfandel BY RANDY CAPAROSO

The farm that Tom Hoffman, owner and winemaker of Heritage Oak Winery, took over from his father, Robert Hoffman, in 1981 principally supplied the giant-sized wineries with grapes, as do most Lodi vineyards, even today. As prices for winegrapes leveled out in 1990 and have stayed that way since, Hoffman decided to start his own winery with his wife, Carmela, established in December 2007. “Unless something drastic happens to increase the value of our fruit, our future will be as winemakers,” says Hoffman, “not just as farmers. The challenging part is that I do everything around here—grow the grapes, make the wine, and sell and market them.” Although winery production has increased steadily, over 90 percent of what Hoffman grows still goes to the big wineries. This means that the 10 percent Hoffman keeps for himself is truly the cream of the crop, going into deftly balanced wines of considerable artistry, reflecting Mr. Hoffman’s aesthetic side. (It is said that many a visitor to Heritage Oak is surprised to find that the man playing the classical piano in the corner of the tasting room is the vigneron himself.) Hoffman’s approach to winegrowing could also be described as mavericky: Eschewing the raw, blatant power of more popular wines of today, in favor of a quieter, more elegantly wrought, longer lived style. Translated into terms pertinent to Lodi Zinfandel: Red wines that are never unhinged by excess alcohol, obstinate tannin, overweening woodiness, or raisiny fruitiness. Rather, Hoffman produces more quietly composed Zinfandels: crisp at the edges, transparent in the center, focused almost purely on the wild berry qualities everyone loves in the grape. If, lately, you’ve also found yourself gravitating to this style, any one of the following single vineyard Heritage Oak bottlings are sure to float your boat: 2009 Heritage Oak, Block 14 Lodi Zinfandel ($20) Block 14 dispels the myth—as much as we all may like it—that head trained “bush” vines automatically mean superior quality Zin. Site trumps all, as evidenced by this wine sourced from a trellised vineyard, redolent of fresh raspberry, almost feathery in the nostrils, and revved up in the mouth by zesty acidity, gentle



tannin, and only a modicum of wood, allowing the brightly fruited flavors to gush through. 150 cases made. 2009 Heritage Oak, Horn Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel ($24) The Horn is a ridiculously old (90 to 100-plus years), robust, spur pruned planting located just around the corner from the winery; to which Hoffman applies his regimen of mostly neutral oak aging to showcase the emphatically concentrated blackberry/raspberry character inherent in the site. The feel is thick and full, yet the fruit vibrant, svelte, and juicy, in the house fashion. Only 125 cases of this definitive, eastside Lodi-style Zinfandel produced. 2009 Heritage Oak, Bartlam Lodi Zinfandel ($24) Of all the single vineyard Heritage Oaks wines, this is the spice bomb of the bunch; not so much in the aromas as in the flavors as they evolve in the mouth: black pepper and allspice notes suffusing opaque berry flavors, unfolding in layers and touching every part of the palate with vigor and zest, while wrapping around it like a cozy blanket. Only 150 cases. 2009 Heritage Oak, Lowland Lodi Zinfandel ($20) Hoffman speaks of this planting—head trained, dry farmed vines on deep, vigorous soils along the Mokelumne River—as his “problem child,” yet the results of his labors (drastically trimming yields to bring fruit to maturation and balance) are immense. Exuberant black cherry-toned varietal fruit lights up the palate in graceful, cushiony waves despite full, compressed structuring; finishing with smoky, coffee ground spices that incite the senses further. Blended with some Petite Sirah.

Randy Caparoso is the multi-award winning sommelier/restaurateur and longtime wine journalist who also pens the blog for the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s. For more information and over two hundred Lodi wines, visit the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center, 2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 367-4727,


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At Wagner Heights, we measure success one patient at a time. Our highly trained, dedicated professionals deliver care that allows our patients to achieve their highest level of rehabilitation. Our goal is to provide compassionate and comprehensive care in a comfortable and safe environment. We provide registered physiotherapists & certified athletic therapists to get you back in the game.


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The Golden Years in the Golden State Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful life no matter what age you are. After dreaming of retirement your whole lives, why not live in style now that you (or your parents) have the time to relax and enjoy the good life? Check out these San Joaquin seniors resources to start living the life you were always meant to enjoy.



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Friendships Abound at The Woods!

Residents will tell you it’s the people they meet at O’Connor Woods that add joy to their life. After many of her neighbors moved away, one resident tells us she became more and more isolated in her own home. Her grown children were very busy with their own lives, so she decided to move to O’Connor Woods. She says it has been wonderful. She has so many activities to choose from that she never runs out of things to do. But the best part is the many friendships she has made—a great improvement over being lonely and isolated. O’Connor Woods 3400Wagner Heights Road, Stockton (209) 956-3400

Arbor Nursing Center

Arbor Nursing Center takes pride in our ability to exceed standards in Quality of Care everyday. We simply set the bar higher. We expect incredible outcomes and settle for nothing less.We are Family serving Families, and see each patient as a unique individual. Arbor Nursing Center strives to identify a specific plan that is tailored to each patient and their family. Our Clinical & Therapy Teams are exceptional in developing and implementing plans of care with each patient and family that result in the highest level of wellness. Arbor Nursing Center was awarded the coveted Clinical Excellence Award for 2010! Arbor Nursing Center 900 North Church Street, Lodi, (209) 333-1222

Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lodi combines a compassionate team of experienced caregivers and a modern facility to provide the finest in skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Locally owned and operated since 1967, this 150-bed facility near Lodi Memorial Hospital features 24-hour registered nursing care. The new Vienna rehabilitation center—offering physical, occupational and speech therapy—is open six days a week for inpatient therapy and five days a week for outpatient services. Look for a rehab expansion this fall. Visit anytime to meet administrator Corey Wright and his longtime staff and learn about Vienna’s activities, dining program, and all-inclusive rates. Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation 800 South Ham Lane, Lodi (209) 368-7141.



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UBS Financial Services, Inc

Donna J. Kane, CFP® Certified Financial Planner™ Professional When you are selecting a financial advisor to guide you as you plan for your important financial life events, it is important to consider the commitment, experience and education of that person. A CFP® title is conveyed by the International Board of Standards and Practices for Certified Financial Planners. A Certified Financial Planner must pass a series of exams, enroll in ongoing education classes, as well as have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. Knowledge of estate planning, tax preparation, insurance and investing is required, as is at least three years of work experience in a related field. UBS Financial Services, Inc 2800W. March Lane, Suite 110 (209) 473-0588,

It feels good to belong. At an early age, we discover how comforting it feels to belong. As we grow older, it’s even more important to be accepted and understood. At Rio Las Palmas, creating a spirited atmosphere where residents and their families belong is the secret to our long-lasting success in Stockton! We are independent, assisted living, respite care, and so much more: *Spacious apartments *Restaurant-style dining *Housekeeping and linen services *Activities and social events *Scheduled local transportation *Warm and friendly staff

Spacious studio,1 or 2 bedroom apartments Friendly caring and Friendly, compassionate staff Beautiful three story waterfall and outdoor koi pond Fine restaurant-style dining Housekeeping Shopping shuttle for around town trips Corner store Beauty and barber shop Pool table and game room Fitness center Rehabilitation services (Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies) Exciting day trips and recreational activities Convenient Stockton location


Golden Haven is a secured, 150-bed capacity assisted living facility for elderly with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. For over 20 years, our family-built, owned, and operated facility has been one of the premier and largest stand-alone memory care homes in California. Our 40,000 square foot building sits on 2.5 acres of open, landscaped space, which promotes our residents’ sense of freedom and independence. Golden Haven’s care program includes a specialized activity program tailored to the various stages of Alzheimer’s. Residents also enjoy gracious amenities like our Serenity Wellness Center/Spa, a full-service beauty salon, and a hospitality room for private parties. Call or visit us for a tour of a place we strongly believe anyone would be proud to call home.

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You can’t predict an uncertain market. But you can plan for it. When the markets are uncertain, many investors fear what the future may hold. However, with a solid financial plan created together with Donna, you’ll be able to weather market fluctuations or benefit from global trends, knowing that you’re always prepared for what lies ahead you achieve it—on your terms. Advice you can trust starts with a conversation. Donna J. Kane, CFP®, AAMS® Vice President–Investments 2800 West March Lane, Suite 110 Stockton, CA 95219-8220 209-473-0588 800-545-7173

CFP® is a certification mark owned by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM and AAMS® are registered service marks of the College for Financial Planning®.As a firm providing wealth management services to clients, we offer both investment advisory and brokerage services. These services are separate and distinct, differ in material ways and are governed by different laws and separate contracts. For more information on the distinctions between our brokerage and investment advisory services, please speak with your Financial Advisor or visit our website at Neither UBS Financial Services Inc. nor any of its employees provides legal or tax advice. You should consult with your personal legal or tax advisor regarding your personal circumstances. UBS Financial Services Inc. is a subsidiary of UBS AG. ©2011 UBS Financial Services Inc. All rights reserved. Member SIPC. 31.21_Ad_8.5x11_0802_KanD

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Investment Strategies & Portfolio Management “This past week, the market confirmed a turnaround through the sudden and violent drop in commodity prices across the board. There were too many sellers and no buyers in the commodities market and the volume was elevated. The economy and the stock market, over the past year, have benefited from many factors, including the Federal Reserve’s easy monetary policy, popularly known as QE2, and the government’s deficit spending policy elevating the federal deficit to surpass $14 trillion. These policies cannot go on indefinitely, and therefore, the market will adjust adversely and violently when it is left to function on its own. It is time to be conservative and raise the cash level through the end of this month. Historically, the stock market has retraced some of the lows two or three years after the recovery. However, the market was more or less left alone to adjust and to find equilibrium between buyers and sellers. With modern financial engineering and monetary policy interventions, the economic blow was lessened during the crisis, but the recovery has also been less than genuine.” (electronic letter to clients May 7, 2011)

Boudames Investments Corporation

Think About It: Most wealthy investors here in San Joaquin County have their money parked in funds where money is made when these assets go up in value or lose money when the value goes down. This is also called “The Long only strategy.” Long only strategies are good when markets are going up but they are not so good otherwise, especially as retirement age approaches. Although the domestic equity market is bullish at the moment, the debt market is in trouble, especially the public debt of states and municipalities. What about those times when the market is idle or giving back profits? Boudames Investments Corporation 25 South Hunter St., Stockton (209) 473-1156,

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“Our responsibility is to serve you as a fiduciary and work with you to analyze and evaluate your liquid portfolio needs”. Elias Boudames Boudames Investments Corporation is a California Registered Investment Advisory firm CRD#150143.

Arbor Nursing Center is located near beautiful downtown Lodi. Our 149 bed facility promotes a family atmosphere, and each resident is nurtured through family and staff involvement in their daily lives. We offer private and semi-private short-term rehabilitation suites, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, and beautifully landscaped grounds and courtyards. We boast a culinary chef who prepares meals based on medical needs and individual taste. The high standard of care each individual receives in our home-like environment is the foundation of excellence that Arbor Nursing Center brings to the community of Lodi. “We are Family serving Families." Arbor Place Assisted Living 17 Louie Avenue, Lodi, (209) 369-8282

Bethany Home In-Home Care

When you need us most …Bethany at Home is there for you! At Bethany Home we believe it is our mission to provide today’s seniors the support and care of the highest possible quality, at levels appropriate to each individual’s needs. We seek to provide that care in a spirit of Christian love, challenging each giver and receiver of care to act cooperatively and responsibly toward others, God and community. Having successfully accumulated 48 years of experience in serving seniors, we are now taking our mission and our commitment to a whole new level … we call it Bethany at Home Bethany Home In-Home Care 368Wilma Avenue, Ripon, CA 209-599-4222 / e-mail:



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If you, or a loved one or friend, are facing the challenges of a chronic illness or are just confused about the options of recovery care in your community – we are here to help. Golden LivingCenters, a leader in skilled nursing care, and AseraCare Hospice, one of the nation’s premier providers of hospice and palliative care services, have two dedicated liaisons in your community. Michelle Tomscak of Golden LivingCenters and Heather Marchetti of AseraCare Hospice can walk you through the difficult questions and guide you through your options. Call Heather if you have questions about: • Understanding hospice • When to consider hospice • Why you should consider hospice • Determining whether you or your loved one is ready for hospice

Call Michelle to learn more about: • Around-the-clock skilled nursing care and specialized programs, including Golden Rehab • Recovery stays after an illness or surgery • Understanding your benefits after a hospital stay • Home health care options

Please take advantage of these two dedicated members of our team. Reaching out to our community and educating on these emotional and confusing issues are what we do.

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Caring for you is our privilege. If you, or a loved one or friend, are facing the challenges of a chronic illness or are just confused about the options of recovery care in your community – we are here to help. Golden LivingCenters, a leader in skilled nursing care, and AseraCare Hospice, one of the nation’s premier providers of hospice and palliative care services, have two dedicated liaisons in your community. Jazz Dhaliwal of Golden LivingCenters and Heather A. Marchetti of AseraCare Hospice can walk you through the difficult questions and guide you through your options. Heather A. Marchetti

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Call Heather if you have any questions about: • Understanding hospice • When to consider hospice • Why you should consider hospice • Determining whether you or your loved one is ready for hospice

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have any questions about: • Around-the-clock skilled nursing care and specialized programs, including Golden Rehab • Recovery stays after an illness or surgery • Understanding your benefits after a hospital stay • Home health care options

Golden LivingCenters and AseraCare Hospice offer services and programs to residents without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, status as a Vietnam era veteran, qualified special disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, or other protected veteran, or source of payment. GLS-06324-10



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Visiting Angels

It is stressful being a caregiver for a loved one, no matter how much you care for them. There can be a significant amount of disruption to your life, as well as the worry and sorrow of watching the one you love become more needy. There can also be feelings of frustration, guilt, and hopelessness. Ways to combat the stress of elderly care include maintaining your health, staying organized, and getting professional help. Maintaining your personal health helps deal with the stress of elderly care. Getting proper nutrition, rest, and exercise allows for your stable physical and mental health. Neglecting your health will lead to emotional exhaustion, depression, and illness. You must stay organized and aware of the details of the loved one’s care. You should be educated about legal matters, finances, and have knowledge of their medical condition. This helps the care process move smoothly so that you do not become overwhelmed with logistics. Allowing yourself assistance and support is critical to managing stress when caring for someone. Seek additional help from professionals, community resources, or support groups. Visiting Angels is the premier provider of in- home care that can provide the professional support you need. Their professional and caring staff offers a full range of services to help your loved one. They provide respite for family members with services like meal preparation, housekeeping, hygiene assistance, shopping, transportation services and companionship For more information on whyVisiting Angels is “Americas Choice in Homecare” please contact their office at (209) 952-3585.

The Commons Communities

Valley owned and operated by Premiera Care, The Commons communities offer a senior housing alternative combining independence with personal care in a warm dignified community setting. From our personal care services to our activities program, we strive to create a menu of options uniquely tailored to fit your individual needs.  Those who become part of our family enjoy a beautifully decorated community with exceptional personal care from a staff ready to help 24 hours a day.  Amenities include: elegant dining room, library, barber & beauty shop, hydrotherapy bath, emergency call systems, medication supervision, transportation, three chef prepared meals, weekly housekeeping services, planned activities, and much more!  Come discover the difference, where quality of care matters every day.   The Commons Modesto, (209) 526-2053, Stockton, (209) 476-1500




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With an exclusive brand of Personalized Assisted Living, Chancellor Place Lodi provides uncompromising service and care for residents, and peace of mind for their families. It begins with a welcoming environment fostered by our team of compassionate and caring professionals. By taking the time to connect personally with each resident, they make it possible to deliver customized service and care. Residents also have daily access to on-site nurses. To learn more about our exceptional blend of service, care and hospitality, make plans now to schedule your personal visit. Call Chancellor Place Lodi at (209) 367-8870 or visit online at Chancellor Place lodi Personalized Assisted Living Respect for Individual Preferences 2220West Kettleman Lane, Lodi, California 95242 (209) 367-8870 • RCFE # 397003771 Respect for Individual Preferences is a Service Mark of Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Nashville,TN, USA. ®Reg. U.S. Patent and TM Office.

Emeritus at Fulton Villa

Set on beautifully landscaped grounds with a courtyard and walking trails, Emeritus at Fulton Villa is considered one of the premier assisted living and Alzheimer’s communities east of the Bay Area. Located close to Highway 99 and I-5, our newly remodeled community offers 79 apartments on two floors. Here, our residents - in many cases, with their pets - enjoy retirement living. Yet should they need a helping hand from our warm and caring staff, we also offer complete assisted living services, tailormade to your loved one’s needs. We’ve designed our services to focus on wellness, helping your loved one maintain or improve their health, so they can live as independently as possible. Our promise is simple: Our Family is committed to yours. Emeritus at FultonVilla 517 East Fulton Street, Stockton, (888) 872-2499 • Antioch, (925) 754-7772 Manteca, (209) 463-9100 Elk Grove, (916) 683-6833

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Old-World Pub & Grub

The Abbey - A Trappist Pub BY JAMIE MENAKER

The mark of a successful city is its downtown, both for the ability to keep spending within the community and to raise the quality of life for its residents. Slowly but surely, the Miracle Mile has become a burgeoning downtown district in Stockton, and each new locally-owned restaurant or shop on the bustling stretch of Pacific Avenue brings the community closer to this goal. The Abbey Trappist Pub is just the type of business the Miracle Mile is looking towardsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;authentic, locallyowned, and designed to fill an untapped niche in Stockton. >>








beer” policy. Thou shalt not drink thy beer outside (this is not Europe). Thou shalt nudge over to make room for thy neighbor.    In the spirit of adding new beers to one’s palate, Hanyak encourages visitors to sample the beers on tap before settling on a selection (this isn’t available with the Abbey’s bottled beers for obvious reasons). The Abbey changes out about 8 to 10 of the bottled beers each week, and usually 3 or 4 of the selections on tap, so each visit presents the opportunity to try a new brew.    The menu is small, and each item is simple and delicious, meant to compliment the beer list—Hanyak calls it upscale, California-style, pub food. Committed to using local produce and acting sustainably whenever possible, Hanyak himself visits the local Farmers Market twice weekly to shop for inspiration for the week’s specials. All sandwiches are made on the famous Dutch Crunch rolls from Podesto’s Market in Stockton.    Standards on the menu include the Wolfsen’s sausage sandwich with grilled onions and the Abbey’s signature pickled slaw (Wolfsen’s is based in Gustine, CA an hour outside of Stockton); the BBQ pulled pork sandwich with housemade barbecue sauce and Abbey slaw; and beer-battered fish and chips with sustainably-caught

Pacific cod. The Belgian-style fries are served with your choice of an impressive collection of housemade sauces, the likes of lemon-caper or chipotle aioli, mango ketchup, and curry tarragon mustard. Soups in a bread bowl, cheese and salami plates, and salads are also tasty here and made from only the freshest ingredients.    The Abbey is also making a name for itself with funky events like Wednesday Trivia Nights and fifth Friday Fake Mustache Nights, as well as events to support the community, an element of the business Hanyak feels strongly about—most recently, the Abbey raised over $700 for the Stockton Police K-9 Connection.    “Really, we were just throwing around ideas for another restaurant and thinking of ways we could improve Stockton,” says Hanyak. “Kevin [Hernandez] and Jason [Laurenti], also from Ave, and I are all dedicated to improving the Miracle Mile and the community. I love great beer, and the rest is history.” If you go:

The Abbey - A Trappist Pub 2353 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 451-1780,



The brainchild of Kevin Hernandez (Ave on the Mile) and Ryan Hanyak (formerly executive chef at Ave on the Mile), the Abbey is a haven for those who appreciate top-notch craft beers. Hanyak has personally tasted and can describe each beer served at the Abbey, typically eight rotating beers on tap and close to seventy bottled selections.    “The mission statement is good food and good beer,” says Hanyak. “My idea was that there’s no place in the area that serves good, simple food late into the night, and good beer also.” (The Abbey stays open until midnight weeknights, and 1:30 a.m. weekends.)    Hanyak continues, “The craft beer movement has become so big elsewhere, in Oakland and the East Bay, and we wanted to bring some of that here. Right now our mix is half American craft beer, and half old-world style beers, with an emphasis on Belgian beers. The rich history of Belgian beer brewing is so interesting.”    What this translates to is a small, intimate pub nestled into the Miracle Mile, with rich mahogany tables and quiet corners to sip brews—think medieval beer pub with a modern twist. The Abbey even has a tablet of commandments on the wall: Thou shalt order from the bar. Thou shalt ask about our “I don’t really like that


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When it comes to great food and restaurants, San Joaquin can certainly hold its own. In the past five years alone, we’ve seen an emergence of top-notch, brand-new restaurants modeled after those of the big cities, both in cusine and atmosphere. But the real standouts are the restaurants that have been here for forty years and are still serving some of the best cuisine around, while also molding and shaping with the times, using fresh, local produce whenever possible. We feel lucky to be able to enjoy these San Joaquin chefs and restaurants in our own backyard—so dig in and enjoy!

Revolucion 1910

296 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 955-0100, Chef Jose “Sigi” Lopez has been cooking since he began helping in his mother’s restaurant in Mexico at age fourteen. He brings his multicultural experience along with his homemade sauces and vinaigrettes to Revolucion 1910, an upscale Mexican restaurant, now with an upcoming new location in Stockton. The cozy restaurant/lounge, decorated in “old Mexico made modern,” prides itself on its authentic ancient techniques like using chili peppers for flavor rather than spice, making corn tortillas inhouse, and baking rather than deep-frying most of their tapasstyle dishes. Their signature margaritas keep with the authentic theme, and are made with high-quality, agave tequilas and fresh lime juice. Customers won’t find Americanized Mexican at Revolucion. Owner Javier Delcastillo says, “We wanted to ‘revolutionize’ our food back to the days when Mexican was made from fresh ingredients.”

Rosewood Bar & Grill

28 S. School St., Lodi (209) 369-0470, Rosewood Bar and Grill is where you will find the Chef who holds the title of “Best Fine Dining in Lodi” for the last five years, and he is not about to give it away. Chef Iradh was born in Mexicali, Baja California and was raised to use fresh Produce and Proteins from the area. (The Mexicali Valley is one of the largest and most fertile valleys in Mexico, sourcing over 50 different crops.) Iradh has spent years training with awardwinning Chefs as far East as Maryland and as far West as the 27th floor of the Casino Morongo. Come into Rosewood and taste the freshness the local valley has to offer.



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3201 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton (in the Marina Shopping Center) (209) 451-1116,

Angelo’s Mexican Restaurant 28 N. School St., Lodi (209) 366-2728

Angelo's Mexican Restaurant is a family-owned business, and Rachel and David Paler have been serving Mexican-American food for over 16 years from recipes handed down from Rachel's mother. Located in the heart of downtown Lodi, choose to dine in the large dining room, have a drink at the bar, or enjoy the beautiful patio. Sit back and relax for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Breakfast features traditional American fare as well as Mexican favorites like chorizo and eggs, or a giant breakfast burrito. For lunch or dinner, try out one of Mr. Angelo's specials like chicken fajitas, carne asada, or any burrito made to order. We take pride in being your favorite Mexican restaurant. Thank you for voting us "Best of Lodi."

Johnny’s Diner & Creamery @ Tracy Outlets off MacArthur

1005 E. Pescadero Ave., Tracy (209) 832-1188, J.R. aka "Johnny" his wife Gaby and their five children, Vanessa, Michael, Rebecca, Anthony, and Matthew all have a hand in operating Johnny's Diner and Creamery. From greeting customers, to order taking, building ice cream masterpieces, flipping burgers to bussing tables. It's definitely a family affair. The Machuca Family has been in the restaurant business for over 22 years. They definitely have a recipe for success: good food, good prices, and great customer service. When asked, "What led you to open Johnny's Diner & Creamery?"..."We wanted to create a place that was fun, inviting and relaxing with great food and great service. A place to share the nostalgia of the 1950's; cars, music, icons, and the notion that life in the 1950's was just a little simpler. We put it all together here at Johnny's to create our version of 1950's fun." The locals have started a weekly "hang out" - every Thursday night is classic car night. Join us and let the time machine take you back.

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Restaurateur Octavio Cruces has cultivated the ultimate Mexican dining experience at Casa Flores Marina. Celebrating its 2nd anniversary, the restaurant has already won over Stockton residents by combining a warm, inviting atmosphere with a delicious and innovative menu. Octavio has also brought to Stockton its first regular Tequila Tasting event—each third Thursday of the month, participants can taste over 95 different tequilas, sample tequila-inspired cuisine, and learn about the cultivation and history of tequila. Octavio’s father, Chef Juan Cruces, brings traditional Mexican cuisine to the cocina. His knowledge and experience with Mexican food and culture have been influential in the development of the “Marina Menu,” sharing the traditions from Mexico to our savory plates.



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7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 5 Stockton, (209) 951-1931



Miguel Senior learned to cook traditional Mexican foods in local migrant camps. He always wanted to open a restaurant/ bar, and his dream came true in 1977, when Miguel's opened for business. In 1991 Miguel passed away, at that time Miguel Jr. and Maria Herrera took over. On New Years 1999 there was a fire that destroyed part of the restaurant, and it was closed for 13 months. Then in 2007, Miguel Sr.'s dream to open a bar and banquet facilities was realized. Miguel Jr. passed away in 2006 and now Maria Herrera is carrying on the family tradition. She thanks all of our loyal customers for the 33 years of business.

Outback Steakhouse

1243 West March Ln, Stockton (209) 954-9615, Outback Steakhouse is already one of the most popular chain restaurants in the country, but entrepreneur Maurice Blankenship and restaurant manager Ken Haley have put their own spin and flair on the Stockton location. Ever since taking over the restaurant in August 2009, Maurice and Ken have been making improvements to the facility to become “environmentally-friendly,” making repairs with only “green” products. Also, it is the only Outback Steakhouse in San Joaquin that offers a lunch menu and happy hour Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. They are both very involved with the community and offer the “Downunder (Kitchen) Tour” to local schools K-3. Last year, Stockton Outback Steakhouse raised enough money to donate over 18,000 pencils to Stockton Unified School District.

Brewsters Bar & Grill 4th and B Streets Galt, (209) 251-7230

Owner Jason Boggs and Head Chef Justin France have created the menu at Brewster’s Bar & Grill with an attention to detail, and a love for all the best that California has to offer. Both have cultivated their skills in the Sacramento restaurant scene in the past several decades with an emphasis on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Their offerings are both innovative and classic. The menu includes a variety of favorites such as pizzas, pastas, steaks, salads and sandwiches for both lunch and dinner. This menu is complimented by an extensive wine list highlighting the best from both Lodi and Napa. Come enjoy all of this in a beautiful, but causal setting in our dining room or on our expansive patio.


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Bud’s Seafood

314 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 956-0270,

Bud’s offers a full-service bar, patio dining, and a banquet room available for up to forty guests. Bud’s takes pride in catering for special events such as weddings, office luncheons, company picnics, and birthday parties. Bud’s tow-behind barbeque allows for on-site grilling. Bud’s catering is delicious, and as simple and fresh, light or heavy as your needs may wish!

Crush Kitchen

115 S. School St., Lodi (209) 369-5400, Michael Warren, owner and Executive Chef of Crush Kitchen and Bar, and his incredibly talented staff have made it very clear that they are here to stay. Winning "Best of San Joaquin" and now being featured in the March 2011 Sunset magazine has put Crush and Lodi on the culinary map and is getting the recognition it truly deserves. With the "Farm to Fork" philosophy on the Crush menu, you will see that FOOD is their passion. From the handmade mozzarella cheese to the unique Tiramisu, everything on the menu is made from scratch and most certainly with passion and LOVE. With the new Market at Crush "a boutique grocer," Michael and his staff are making their mark on the Central Valley food scene. Stop in and see what creative dishes are on the ever changing menu at CRUSH. Crush Kitchen and Bar is a Bay Area-quality restaurant right here in our own backyard.


300 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 451-3654,

Mike and April have a great culinary passion, especially for Teppan Yaki Grills. For this reason, their entire careers were set in the restaurant industry. Ultimately, it has led them to create an establishment in the heart of Stockton. They have given Mr. Jonnie Dang an opportunity to bring his love for sushi to join forces with Teppan Yaki to create the ultimate Japanese restaurant. From freshly made sushi, sashimi, innovative kitchen entrees, and Teppan, Domo offers varieties. Domo Japanese Sushi Grill & Bar has a combined fusion-style cuisine with an upscale ambience, the making of an enjoyable dining experience.

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Bud and Matt Milsaps have owned and operated Bud’s Seafood Grill since 1993. Bud’s food can best be described as “simple and fresh.” Voted “Best Seafood Restaurant “ in San Joaquin County every year since 1994, Bud’s provides the ideal seafood dining experience with an extensive menu of fresh seafood, and a variety of beef and chicken entrees, as well as delicious salads and fresh homemade desserts. Every Sunday Bud’s offers a scrumptious brunch served from 10am-2pm



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501 N. Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 477-6133,

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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.


Califas Bistro and Wine Room

480 S. Cherokee Lane Suite E. (inside the Cherokee plaza) Lodi, (209) 367-9866 Experience Lodi’s premier restaurant. We feature seasonal California cuisine with local fresh ingredients, organic and sustainable meats, and European cooking techniques fused with a Latin flair. Chef Julio of Black Tie Gourmet Catering invites you to his latest venture for a food and wine experience that is sure to deliver. Try the Ahi Tuna Tostada with chipotle aioli, or the Osso Bucco Style Short Rib with Zinfandel Ancho sauce, and finish with the Meyer Lemon Tart Brulee with wild berries laced with raspberry sauce. Califas is open for Lunch and dinner Tues- Sat, reservations are recommended. When wine tasting in Lodi, stop in our Wine Tasting Room, we feature award-winning wines from the Lodi Appellation. Open Tues- Sat lunch and dinner. Walk-ins are welcome, for reservations call (209) 367-9866.

Tin Roof BBQ

171 Guild Street, #101, Lodi (209) 366-1128, Tin Roof BBQ & Catering, considered the best barbecue in San Joaquin Valley, serves hand-crafted food. Inspired from California-style BBQ, everything on the menu is from scratch daily. We have served the Stockton and Lodi community for close to 6 years, becoming the area's most popular restaurant for barbecue lunch. We also have a full Catering menu, continuing to serve our excellent, hearty barbecue. We can cater at our facility, seating up to 60 guests, or deliver to your event. Our hours are from 11 am until 4 pm. Catering available anytime.



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Peking Restaurant

7555 Pacific Avenue, Stockton (209) 957-0617,

Casa Mexicana

1110 Kettleman Lane Lodi, (209) 368-2272

Restaurant owners Elena and Job Sanchez take pride in providing the best Mexican dining experience in Lodi. For the past eleven years Casa Mexicana, a family owned and operated restaurant, has been a local favorite serving delicious authentic Jalisco style Mexican food including homemade tortillas. Casa Mexicana offers a banquet room with full bar that is perfect for any family gathering or event. Come and treat yourself to a night of dancing every Saturday night with DJs playing the latest and greatest Spanish hits. We are open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a second location on Cherokee Ave, as well as a bakery in Stockton offering fresh Mexican bread and cakes. Family pack specials offered daily.


3249 W. Hammer Lane Stockton, (209) 473-2525

Shi Ra Soni’s newly remodeled atmosphere is a long time favorite of San Joaquin residents. Head Chef Phillip Nguyen has been with Shi Ra Soni for over 15 years, perfecting his “teppenyaki” skills. Tossing knives and spatulas and flaming volcanoes entertain customers of all ages. Delicious food from chicken to lobster, veggie dishes, and sushi, too. Come celebrate your next special occasion or just an evening out.

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Curterina Chu, partner of Peking Restaurant, welcomes you to taste the cuisine of both Shandong and Szechuan provinces. Established in 1979 by her husband Bill Chu, the restaurant serves an extensive array of Chinese delicacies sure to please. Customer favorites include Hot Braised Fish (whole rock cod quick fried then braised in a spice-filled sauce), Potstickers (prepared fresh on the premises), Hot and Sour Soup (many swear to it as a cold remedy), and Peking Noodle Soup (an assortment of meats and seafood with shredded vegetables in a rich broth). Whether dining in the warm and friendly atmosphere, picking up a quick dinner to go, or having a meal delivered, Peking is committed to making your meal memorable. Open M-F 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sat & Sun noon to 9:30 p.m.



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Casa Flores Tracy

2503 N. Tracy Blvd. Tracy, (209) 879-9608,

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If you’ve been to a Casa Flores Mexican eatery in San Joaquin, you know well the authentic cuisine the Flores family is known for. Juan Cruces III has continued the family tradition by opening his own Casa Flores location in Tracy. Welcoming and friendly, the restaurant has a tantalizing menu of Mexican dishes with a healthy, fresh twist, the likes of green enchiladas, burritos, fresh salsa, and delicious flan. The Casa Flores bar is stocked with over 80 quality tequilas, and Cruces encourages patrons to learn more about the spirit at his monthly tequila tasting events, each with a different tequila distillery. Be sure to try the specialty of the house, the Casa Flores margaritas with 100 percent agave tequila and fresh fruits.


Mikasa Japanese Bistro

15138 Harlan Rd., Lathrop (209) 858-1818, 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.


3499 Brookside Rd, Ste A, Stockton (209) 473-7300, For the past 30 years, Chef Richard Hyman has been honing his culinary skills in some of the finest restaurants in the country. Mezzo is the culmination of years of experience and family tradition, where great Italian food is served in a vibrant atmosphere. The modern and inviting décor sets the tone for a menu of light and healthy Italian dishes, true to Chef Hyman’s heritage and experience in multi-regional Italian cuisine. All pastas, sauces, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, and sausages are made fresh daily, and all produce, meats, and seafood are sourced locally and sustainably. “We are not reinventing the wheel here,” says Chef Hyman. “We are just taking the finest and freshest ingredients and presenting, to our guests, the best quality Italian food that can be found anywhere.”



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Shangri La Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

203-A S. School St., Lodi, (209) 366-0539

La Palma Mexican Cuisine

2301 Pacific Avenue, Stockton (209) 941-4179, Bienvenidos. La Palma is a quaint, authentic dining venue located on the corner of Pacific Avenue & Tuxedo Court, in the heart of the Miracle Mile. Owners Rafael & Judith Duarte, natives of Mexico City, combine their traditional recipes with over 22 years of culinary experience to create savory Mexican dishes. Along with their children, this husband and wife duo prides themselves on using only the freshest and finest ingredients from local vendors in the San Joaquin Valley. Although their heart lies in making exceptional margaritas, La Palma Mexican Cuisine boasts a full service Tequila bar with an exquisite selection of local wines from which to choose. Join us for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tapas Tacos & Tequila Tuesdaysâ&#x20AC;? from 6-9pm and taste the finest Mexican Cuisine on the Avenue. Experience Mexico without the air miles! Open everyday for lunch and dinner. Hasta Pronto Amigos!

Delta Bistro

The Delta Bistro is located in the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel 110 W Fremont St., Stockton, 209-944-1140 The DELTA BISTRO introduces its new fresh, local driven menu. The menu features Certified Angus Beef, fresh Alaskan Halibut, Pacific salmon, and lots of local produce. Chef Jeff Stogsdill and his team are driven to provide a fine dining experience in a casual setting with fantastic waterfront views. Enjoy dining on the courtyard, experience the wonderful atmosphere and treat yourself to gourmet delights. Pair your dining with local wines, or the best concoctions from the fully stocked bar. The DELTA BISTRO is located in the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel.

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The chef on the left is Fook, born in China and has been a chef all his life. Fook has invented many new dishes and has a fresh look at traditional food. The chef on the right is Danger, our head sushi chef. He was trained "hands on", the traditional Japanese way. This takes many years of training and is very strict. Danger and Fook are both well rounded with expert execution in both sushi and wok techniques. Their top priority is to keep everything fresh and to create incredible dishes as "Edible Art!"



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Garlic Brothers Bar & Restaurant

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6629 Embarcadero Drive, Stockton (209) 474-6585,

Restaurateur Greg Risso got his start in the industry over 35 years ago as a busboy and dishwasher at Risso's in Stockton. After learning the ropes of the family business, Greg ventured out on his own, opening Garlic Brothers Bar & Restaurant on the Delta in 1995. No surprise as to the main ingredient used in many dishes, Garlic Brothers got it's name because Greg is such a fan of the savory herb. Addictively delicious meals aren't the only thing to boast about. Greg also prides himself on the beautiful water views, complimented by the eclectic decor of colorful lights strung from the rafters and his very own paintings that dress the brightly colored walls.

The Creamery Restaurant

5756 Pacific Avenue Located in Robinhood Plaza, Stockton (209) 952-1111, Happy to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty, owner Roman Wagner enjoys working behind the counter several days a week, preparing the same fresh, homemade dishes that he created more than fifteen years ago. Trained through hands-on experience, Roman got his start working the counter and washing dishes for the founder of The Velvet Creamery, which paved the way for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family favorite, The Creamery Restaurant. Roman has continued the classic diner experience started by his mentor in 1985, but has made many improvements along the way. Originally known for its velvety ice creams and simple food items, Roman updated the selection to include a full lunch and dinner menu, available seven days a week, and now serves breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.


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Apple Pancakes with Maple Apple Sauce Pancakes 1½ cups all−purpose flour 3 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar ¼ tsp. nutmeg 1/3 tsp. baking soda 1 egg 3 Tbsp. butter, melted ¼ tsp. vanilla 1 cup milk 1 cup apples, grated



In the Middle Ages, the English were rumored to have said: “An apple before going to bed will make the doctor beg his bread.” Today, apple lovers peddle a much snappier translation, and thanks to modern science, the old adage has been proven tried and true. An apple a day does, in fact, help keep the doctor away. Much of an apple’s nutrients come from its skin, which is filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, and pectin, a complex carbohydrate fiber compound that can help your body fight off certain cancers, type II diabetes, asthma, and even Alzheimer’s disease. And each crunchy apple is only 95 calories. It’s no wonder why many consider it a super fruit. There are roughly 25,000 acres in California dedicated to growing apples, with 70 percent of our California apple production used in the U.S and the other 30 percent shipped to 60 different countries around the world. We have orchards as near as Manteca, Stockton, and Lodi. Our most commonly produced apples are the tart and crunchy Granny Smith variety, the mild and sweet Gala, the super sweet and juicy Fuji, and the crisp and sweetly-tart Pink Lady apple. All of them are delicious and nutritious, so this season help yourself to all the applesauce, apple pie, and apple cider you can handle. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the California Apple Commission,



Maple Apple Sauce 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced 2 tsp. butter ¼ cup maple syrup 1/8 cup dark corn syrup Dash of salt 1. For pancakes, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and nutmeg in mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix baking soda, egg, butter, vanilla, and milk. Combine both mixtures stirring only until blended. Fold in grated apple. Bake on hot, lightly greased griddle. When batter is full of holes, turn to brown on other side. Turn pancakes only once while cooking. 2. For sauce, melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and sauté until just brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add maple and corn syrup to apples and stir gently. Let cook another 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture thickens. Serve with Apple Pancakes. Serves 4.

Apple-Cheddar Mac and Cheese 1¼ cup dry elbow macaroni (5 oz.) 1½ cup small diced, unpeeled, tart green or red apples 2 Tbsp. butter ¼ cup onion, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 2¼ cup whole milk (lower fat milk can be substituted) 1 small bay leaf 2 1/3 cup shredded sharp white or yellow cheddar cheese (about 10 oz.) ½ tsp. dry sherry Salt and ground white pepper, to taste 1/3 cup plain panko (Japanese bread crumbs – regular bread crumbs can be substituted) 1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 1½ quart round casserole; set aside. 2. Cook pasta in large saucepan according to package directions until al dente. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking; drain well. Return pasta to saucepan. Add apples. 3. Meanwhile, melt butter in medium heavy saucepan. Add onion and cook over medium heat about 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour; cook and stir about 1 minute or until fragrant. Slowly stir in milk with wire whisk. Bring mixture to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly. Add bay leaf. Reduce heat to low and cook sauce for 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove and discard bay leaf. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese and dry sherry. Cook and stir about 1 minute or until cheese is melted. Remove from heat; season to taste with salt and pepper. 4. Add cheese sauce to pasta-apple mixture; gently stir until well combined. Transfer mixture to prepared casserole. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup cheese and panko. Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven about 30 minutes or just until heated through and lightly browned. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving. Serves 4. Recipes and photos courtesy of the U.S. Apple Association,



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Crush Kitchen & Bar has a menu that Executive Chef/Owner Michael Warren describes as California with HEAVY Mediterranean influence. The entire menu is made from scratch. From the unique Hummus plate to the house made mozzarella and the handmade pastas, Crush is focused on the “Farm to Fork” philosophy. This year Crush was chosen as “The Best of San Joaquin” and it is very clear why. Crush has a wine list that boasts over 130 European and local selections and also has a full bar. Next door to Crush is “The Market” a boutique grocery that is also owned by Michael Warren and partner Michael Thomas. Thursday-Monday 11:30 amclose, Wednesday 5 pm-9 pm, CLOSED Tuesday. 115 S. School St. (inside Woolworth Place) Lodi, (209)369-5400

Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread. The new leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend or two. Full bar and banquet room available. Open for lunch, dinner, and scrumptious Sunday brunch. Happy hour daily with $1.00 off all beer & well drinks and $5.00 bar bites 4pm - 6:30pm 314 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 956-0270

Tracy Thai Tracy Thai successfully captures the unique and complex flavors Thai food is known for. Using only fresh, quality ingredients, their food has exceptional presentation, 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 more adventurous tastes, or delicious familiar dishes that are great choices for those who have never experienced Thai food before. 1035 Central Ave. Tracy, (209) 833-9703

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments, located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer the finest and freshest in gourmet cuisine, and their fabulous menu includes a large variety of continental dishes. Three outdoor dining patios make for a perfect place to relax during lunch or dinner. Papapavlo’s offers four private banquet rooms accommodating groups as intimate as 12, to as large as 100 guests. Papapavlo’s is open Sun.Thur., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 501 N. Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 477-6133,

Johnny’s Diner & Creamery @ Tracy Outlets off MacArthur

This fantastic, family-run restaurant is a top choice in Stockton for savory Mexican fare. Miguel’s promises quality food; as a result, the kitchen doesn’t cook with animal fats and uses sirloin tip rather than ground beef. You’ll taste the difference in the carne asada, camarones rancheros, braised red snapper, fajitas, and steak a la chicana. Omelets and spicy egg dishes also draw raves, and combination plates offer good value and a selection of tastes. Newly Remodeled! 7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 5 Stockton, (209) 951-1931



We invite you to walk in our door and let the time machine take you back to the good old days of the fabulous 1950’s, where life was just a little simpler. A bit of 1950’s fun fills the walls. We are serving up burgers, fries, milkshakes, BLT’S, chili cheese dogs, and more…. And we have a full ice cream parlor where you can sit and enjoy a tall root beer float, classic banana split, specialty sundaes, and kid inspired treats like dirt n worms and cookie crumble. Whether you’re on date night, a family outing, or celebrating a birthday, a visit to Johnny’s Diner is sure to be a treat. A bit of 1950's fun 1005 E. Pescadero Ave., Tracy, (209) 832-1188


Family Pack $29.99

Includes: 4 Enchiladas, 4 Tacos, 4 Burritos Rice, Beans, Tortillas & Chips and Salsa

Michael’s Pizza has been supported by this community since 1978 and voted the best Pizza in San Joaquin County. We take pride in every pizza we make using the freshest ingredients and making our dough every day. All of our pizzas can be made with our original dough and we are happy to offer whole wheat dough. Also at Michael’s Pizza is our fun Café featuring full breakfast and fresh baked goods. Come in with a group, sports team, or birthday party and enjoy our party room that seats 30+ people.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner all day Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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1110 Kettleman Lane, Lodi, (209) 368-2272

2300 West Alpine Stockton, (209) 462-6668

A flavorful mixed grill of juicy steaks, tender chicken, fresh fish, and pasta dishes. Satisfy every taste with mouthwatering appetizers and salads. Every day, Outback starts out fresh, making every one of their soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch. At Outback, it’s all about quality —and all about the food. So let go of the worries of the day, and Go Outback.

Mezzo Restaurant, located in the Brookside business center, serves authentic, multi-regional Italian cuisine using only the freshest ingredients, local produce, meats and seafood. Renowned chef and owner Richard Hyman has created a menu steeped in Italian culture where seasonal menus and local, sustainable produce are at the center of the plate.

Open for lunch Mon-Fri at 11:30 a.m. Dinner 7 days a week Happy hour 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F

Pastas, sauces, sausages, Mozzarella and Ricotta cheeses are all made in house, guaranteeing diners that they are in for a culinary experience like nowhere else in the San Joaquin Valley.

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Family owned and operated for 12 years Casa Mexicana has been serving Lodi with the best authentic Mexican food. We offer home made tortillas and a family pack for $29.99. Casa Mexicana also provides catering for your event of any occasion and our own banquet room. Join us Saturday night for the nightclub with a variety of Spanish and English music.

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Wishing You andOUR Your Family “YOUR TABLE, KITCHEN” Restaurant a Very MerryShirasoni ChristmasJapanese & a Happy New Year is a traditional Japanese hibachi steakhouse. The authentic cuisine at Shirasoni is prepared fresh and cooked in front of you at the teppanyaki tables, and served by a performing chef, in hot bite-size portions ready to dip into a variety of delicious Japanese sauces. Shirasoni also offers an excellent menu of sushi and sashimi. Birthday eats free with a party 6 or more 3249 W. Hammer Lane Stockton, (209) 473-2525 6367 Lone Tree Way Brentwood, (925) 240-7808

Welcoming Big Valley diners since 1976, this family owned restaurant is still THE place to go for a delicious meal in a relaxed atmosphere. The exhibition kitchen features Italian/American cuisine, all house made dishes and cooked to order. The consistency of the top quality food, friendly staff, excellent service and wonderful customers have made Stockton Joe’s an all time favorite dining establishment. The award winning lounge has been voted Best Happy Hour year after year. The beautiful banquet room seats up to 60 guests. Stockton Joe’s also specializes in catering at any location for any occasion, and is the exclusive caterer for all events at the Commercial Exchange Banquet Hall and the Commander’s House. 236 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 951-2980 SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE





Angelo’s Mexican Restaurant, Full Bar, & Catering, serving Mexican breakfast, American breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the community and all our Angelo’s customers. We sincerely appreciate your support through the hard economic times, and for voting us BEST OF LODI 2010—Thank you! Your Amigos at Angelo’s. Open 7 Days a week Mon-Thurs 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri-Sat 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 28 North School St., Lodi (209) 366-2728

Serving authentic and modern Japanese cuisine, come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the causal dining room, or grab a seat at the sushi bar and have some fun with the professional and creative sushi chef. To enhance your experience, Mikasa invites you to explore the list of premium sakes. Mikasa offers outstanding sushi, sashimi, tempura, noodles, and teriyaki, as well as traditional Japanese sukiyaki and yosenabe. The most popular dishes are the Hawaiian tuna poki, tako kimchee, hamachi jalapeno, tuna ceviche, Mikasa steam sole, ginger beef tenderloin, Golden Gate roll, and Mikasa roll. They’re looking forward to your visit! Kampei! 15138 Harlan Rd., Lathrop (209) 858-1818

Welcome to Casa Flores Marina, the very best in Mexican Cuisine. Casa Flores Marina is the new location in the Marina Shopping Center on Benjamin Holt Avenue, just west of I-5 in Stockton. Enjoy the warm, inviting dining room or dine al fresco in the secluded, outdoor patio. You will be treated to mouth-watering, innovative dishes that will keep you coming back! Casa Flores Marina has a beautiful, fully stocked tequila bar offering the finest selection of tequilas anywhere. You can enjoy fresh fruit margaritas made with all natural ingredients. No pre-made mixes here. Enjoy Tequila Tastings every third Thursday of the month or book your next big party here. Open for lunch and dinner.

With its seasonally-based menu and gourmet preparation, the Wine and Roses restaurant boasts a charming venue with exceptional service. Guests are spoiled with beautiful views of the garden, or can enjoy a romantic evening sitting by the large fireplace. Sit alongside the piano while enjoying an after dinner cocktail. As an added bonus, stay overnight at the charming and beautiful Wine and Roses Inn and make a weekend out of it. 2505 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, (209) 334-6988

3201 W. Ben Holt Dr., Ste. 155 Stockton, (209) 451-1116

The DELTA BISTRO introduces its new fresh, local driven menu. The menu features Certified Angus Beef, fresh Alaskan Halibut, Pacific salmon, and lots of local produce. Chef Jeff Stogsdill and his team are driven to provide a fine dining experience in a casual setting with fantastic waterfront views. Enjoy dining on the courtyard, experience the wonderful atmosphere and treat yourself to gourmet delights. Pair your dining with local wines, or the best concoctions from the fully stocked bar. The DELTA BISTRO is located in the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. 110 W Fremont St., Stockton 209-944-1140 for reservations



Juan Cruces III is the second generation to expand in the restaurant business, by stepping out to Tracy. Casa Flores today has grown with great reputation and new traditions. When visiting a Casa Flores Mexican Restaurant, you can count on great tasting foods, a welcoming environment, and speedy friendly service. Juan will be creating a combination of old Mexican tradition and modern flair. He is creating an expanded menu that will serve traditional Mexican entrees from recipes passed through generations, but modified with a healthier twist. As for the future, Casa Flores will continue striving for excellence and quality, a tradition we are obligated to uphold. 2503 N. Tracy Blvd. Tracy, (209) 879-9608


Open Daily Serving brunch on weekends 296 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 955-0100

The beautiful Brewster’s Bar & Grill features the best in fresh, local California cuisine. Our menu includes a variety of pizzas, pastas, steaks, salads and sandwiches, all created with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Our wine list emphasizes the best California has to offer with dozens of wines from both Lodi and Napa. Come enjoy a wonderful, family friendly dining experience in our main room or on our beautiful patio, for lunch or dinner, seven days a week. We also feature wine tasting every Wednesday and live music upstairs in our lounge every weekend from 9pm until close. 4th and B Streets Galt, (209) 209-251-7230

La Palma is a quaint, authentic dining venue located in the heart of the ‘Miracle Mile’ on the corner of Pacific & Tuxedo. La Palma specializes in superior Mexican cuisine such as Sizzling Fajitas, Fish Tacos, and Chipotle Shrimp; all of which come served with Spanish rice and your choice of black, pinto, or refried beans. Alongside an exquisite selection of local wines from which to choose from, La Palma Mexican Cuisine boasts a full service Tequila bar with more than 50 of the finest imported tequilas. Come experience Mexico, without the air miles! Open everyday for lunch & dinner. 2301 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 941-4179

A favorite among guests that enjoy fine dining, Rosewood Bar and Grill offers an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black and white marble floor, while still remaining family friendly. With an exceptional menu, Rosewood offers Monday night prix fixe (French for “fixed price”) dining specials, letting diners order a complete meal for about half the price of doing so a la carte. Rosewood Bar and Grill also boasts a wine list that is out of this world. Voted Best Fine Dining in Lodi 5 Years in a row! 28 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 369-0470

Shangri La Asian Bistro is located on beautiful School Street in downtown Lodi. The restaurant is open from 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:00am10:00pm Fri-Sat. Happy hour is available 7 days a week from 2:30pm-5:30pm which includes $5.00 sushi rolls and discounted appitizers. All well drinks, house wines and beers on tap are $3.00. We are known for our Hong Kong Pan Fry Noodles, Honey Walnut Prawns and lunch bento boxes. The most requested sushi roll is the "Moms Roll" which consists of spicy tuna, tempura shrimp, snow crab, avacado, tai snapper, white tuna and a garlic Mayo. This one of kind roll is then toarched and topped off with unagi sauce, spicy mayo and massago. You can order online at our website www. We are a family run restaurant and family dinning is our style!


Our belief is that Mexican dishes done right are both wonderful and diverse. Creating superb dishes from Cochinita Pibil to Tartare de Salmon; our food is inspired by the heart of Mexico. Our 100% natural margaritas made with true agave nectar and fresh squeezed lime can be enjoyed on our covered and heated outside patio. We’re holding to the authenticity of true Mexican dishes not found in this area, thus revolutionizing Mexican food.

203-A S. School Street Lodi, (209) 366-0539

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DiningOut ROSEWOOD BAR AND GRILL 28 S. School St., Lodi, (209) 369-0470, Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$

A favorite among guests that enjoy fine dining, Rosewood Bar and Grill is an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black and white marble floor, yet it remains family friendly. With an exceptional menu, Rosewood offers Monday night prix fixe—French for “fixed price”— dining specials, letting patrons order a complete meal for about half the price of a la carte. Rosewood Bar and Grill also boasts a wine list that is out of this world. Voted Best Fine Dining in Lodi five years in a row!

LATHROP Mikasa Japanese Bistro

15138 Harlan Rd., (209) 858-1818. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$

Serving authentic and modern Japanese cuisine, come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of this casual dining room, or grab a seat at the sushi bar and have some fun with their professional and creative sushi chef. To enhance your experience, you’re invited to explore their list of premium sakes. Mikasa offers outstanding sushi, sashimi, tempura, noodles, and teriyaki, as well as traditional Japanese sukiyaki and yosenabe. The most popular dishes are the Hawaiian tuna poki, tako kimchee, hamachi jalapeno, tuna ceviche, Mikasa steam sole, ginger beef tenderloin, Golden Gate roll, and Mikasa roll. Kampei!

LOCKEFORD Joe’s of Italy

18700 N. Hwy 88, (209) 727-5841, Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$

Joe’s of Italy’s cuisine has been a wellknown establishment in the Central Valley for over 75 years. Their comfort Italian food has been refined to perfection and is a joy to experience, as well as reasonably priced. Located in the middle of Wine Country, Joe’s has some of the most authentic Italian cuisine anywhere in the area. Try linguine and clams, stuffed raviolis, gnocchi, or canneloni—not to be missed.

LODI Califas Café & Bistro

480 S. Cherokee Ln., Suite E, (209) 367-9866, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

If you love fresh California flavors, then you’ll love Califas. Owners Aracely Camberos and Chef Julio Camberos have created a menu that combines all the great local ingredients that San Joaquin residents crave, artfully infused with ethnic flavors and a traditional European cooking style. The result is a menu that’s fresh, original, and delicious. Become a member of the “Bistro Club” and get special VIP deals throughout the week. Also keep an eye out for their wonderful dinners and special events. OUR POLICY

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Casa Mexicana

1110 W. Kettleman Lane, Suite 1, (209) 368-2272. Full Bar. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $$

With their cozy diner booths and their rich red interior, Casa Mexicana is a great place to hunker down and enjoy some authentic, inexpensive, and delicious Mexican food in a homey and relaxed setting. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Casa Mexicana makes warm, homemade tortillas and other homecooked dishes that will leave you satisfied and happy. Grab a margarita from their full bar if you’re feeling frisky, or join the crew on Saturday nights as Casa Mexicana hosts a dance party featuring a live DJ.

As long as you enjoy tasty fresh Mexican food, this fun and versatile restaurant and bar is a great place to visit day or night. Crush Kitchen & Bar

115 S. School St., (209) 369-5400, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

This chic establishment is becoming a fast favorite in Lodi and all over San Joaquin. Crush Kitchen & Bar utilizes the freshest ingredients to make dishes that showcase the wonderful flavors of California’s local agriculture. Their homemade pastas and sauces are paired with local wines, and the well conceived menu has a variety of options that include Italian, American, and Mediterranean dishes, infused with the original gourmet vision of Crush’s talented chefs. Located on School Street, this place is the perfect way to end a day of shopping in Lodi by enjoying a delicious cocktail at their stylish bar, and don’t forget to try their unusual yet addictive white truffle salt and cayenne pepper popcorn while sipping your martini. Habañero Hots

1024 Victor Rd., (209) 369-3791, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Not only does this Mexican restaurant offer steaming fajitas and cheesy nachos, but they serve up hot peppers, too. Those willing to eat a habañero chili pepper can win their way into the Habañero Hots “Hall of Flame.” This is no bell pepper, either; the habañero is rated between 100,000 and 350,000 on the Scoville scale, developed to rank spiciness, compared to a mere 5,000 for a basic jalapeño. If you’re successful in the “Eat the Heat” contest, you are rewarded with a complimentary T-shirt and your photo on the wall. Hey, you can always wash it down with one of their one hundred seventy-five selections of tequila. Haru Sushi Bar

550-H South Cherokee Lane, (209) 334-9988 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Haru Sushi Bar boasts an extensive menu including a wonderful array of original sushi rolls, not to mention their colorful sushi boats, bento boxes, nigiri and sashimi, this sushi bar has something for everyone. Taking pride in their artistry, their Asian influenced décor and beautiful plate presentation is pleasing to both sushi fanatics and first-timers. Locals can also come to Haru Sushi Bar to enjoy their happy hour specials and their tasty selection of beer, wine, and sake. This family owned business is committed to quality and customer satisfaction so diners can expect a great meal each time they return. Hollywood Family Café

315 S. Cherokee Ln., (209) 369-4065 Beer and wine. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $

Whether you missed out on the fifties, or just miss them in general, flashback to the age of Elvis, June Cleaver, and the Big Bopper with a visit to the Hollywood Family Café. Complete with a juke box SEPTEMBER 2011

and plastic upholstered booths, this all-American diner has a menu of classic items like juicy cheeseburgers, thick milkshakes, pancakes, and much more. No matter what meal you’re stopping by for, the chipper atmosphere, friendly service, and great food makes this family-friendly joint a fun alternative for dining out. Lodi Beer Company

105 S. School St., (209) 368-9931, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Whether you’re looking for a place to meet for your next business lunch, to grab a bite with friends or your kids after work, or to dine with a party of one hundred, the Lodi Beer Company welcomes you. The beautiful slate floors, iron work, and copper accents create an inviting atmosphere, and with up to fourteen beers on tap and menu items ranging from deep-fried macaroni and cheese to a twenty-two ounce rib eye steak to grilled mahi-mahi, everyone is sure to leave happy and full. Lodi Feed and Fuel

27 W. Elm St., (209) 365-1043 Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$-$$$$

Come dressed up or down; Lodi Feed and Fuel welcomes all for a fun, fine dining experience. With classic and contemporary movie memorabilia adorning the restaurant’s walls (think John Wayne juxtaposed with Jack Sparrow), and its prime location across the street from the movie theater, this is a perfect choice for a dinner-anda-movie date. Thursdays are great days to try out the bar—from 4 to 7 p.m. enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers and a live comedy show every other week. If you are in the mood for an adventurous drink, be sure to try the Grapefruit Cosmopolitan made from freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or the Wasabi Bloody Mary. OZ Sushi & Grill

2414 W. Kettleman Lane, Ste. 206, (209) 334-9800, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Family owned and operated, this contemporary sushi restaurant and bar offers a unique menu with over thirty special rolls to choose from, along with the option to create your own. With names like The Pink Lady and the Vogue Roll, diners are sure to enjoy exploring the creatively crafted and deliciously fresh fare offered here. OZ Sushi & Grill also boasts chic, modern décor to complement any get-together, whether it’s a casual meal or a special occasion. Pietro’s Trattoria

317 E. Kettleman Lane, (209) 368-0613, Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner. $$

Charmingly designed and warmly staffed, Pietro’s restaurant is a family-owned establishment that’s

clearly well loved. Pietro’s serves up huge portions of traditional Italian fare, and the restaurant is designed to give the impression that diners are sitting in the middle of a tiny, rustic Italian village. Try the rich and garlicky penne aglio pasta with mushrooms, spinach, and crushed red peppers, the hearty individual pizzas, the chicken parmigiana, or the lemony veal piccata with capers. Family-friendly, and banquets up to 125 people. Rosewood Bar and Grill 28 S. School St., (209) 369-0470, Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$

A favorite among guests that enjoy fine dining, Rosewood Bar and Grill is an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black and white tile floor, yet it remains family friendly. With an exceptional menu, Rosewood offers Monday night prix fixe—French for “fixed price”— dining specials, letting patrons order a complete meal for about half the price of a la carte. Rosewood Bar and Grill also boasts a wine list that is out of this world. School Street Bistro

116 N. School St., (209) 333-3950, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

At this quaint European-style bistro, everything is made from scratch daily, as well as all the sauces and salad dressings accompanying their regional American cuisine. Specialties include upscale comfort foods like bacon wrapped meatloaf and smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, in addition to delicious steaks and fresh seafood. The bistro features domestic and imported beers and an extensive wine list of over one hundred local and imported wines. This is a popular destination for both casual dining and the occasional wine tasting events hosted by the restaurant, so reservations are highly recommended. Wine and Roses

2505 W. Turner Rd., (209) 334-6988, Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$$-$$$$

With its seasonally-based menu and gourmet preparation, the Wine and Roses restaurant boasts a charming venue with exceptional service. The kitchen uses fresh, local ingredients to create tantalizing examples of California cuisine. Guests are spoiled with beautiful views of the garden, or a romantic evening dining by the large fireplace. Sit alongside the piano while enjoying an after dinner cocktail and, as an additional bonus, stay overnight at the charming and beautiful Wine and Roses Inn and make a weekend out of it.

MANTECA De Vega Brothers

515 N. Main St., (209) 823-0947, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$$$

De Vega Brothers has risen from its humble beginnings in a converted A&W stand in Manteca to one of the Valley’s premier Italian restaurants, with expanded locations in both Manteca and Stockton. The Manteca site boasts hand-painted murals of Roman ruins and rustic Italian vistas, while Stockton prides itself on creating an atmosphere of urban elegance with patio dining and live piano music. Both restaurants are known for their generous portions and delicious lamb chops, cioppino, chicken and veal scaloppini, steak, and seafood, as well as their gourmet pastas and sauces. Finley’s Bar and Grill

10477 S. Airport Way, (209) 983-9493. Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch during the winter season. $$-$$$$

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Finley’s is full of pleasant surprises, the first being the truly romantic New Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-6pm restaurant that lies within this Sat. 10am-3pm · Closed Sun. nondescript building. While soft DROP BY FOR LAST MINUTE GIFTS OR candlelight flickers at the center GIFT CARDS FOR ANY OCCASION! of your elegantly set table, you can relax and share a bottle of locallymade wine and, if you’re brave Come and See the New GUCCI Styles enough, kick off your dinner by sharing an appetizer of sautéed or deep-fried frog legs. This succulent dish is sweeter tasting than chicken, and quite appetizing. After indulging your adventurous side, spring into dinner with the savory house specialty, smoked prime rib. Feeling romantic enough to propose? Finley’s also caters small, intimate weddings in their spacious garden. Isadore’s Restaurant

680 N. Main St., (209) 825-4300, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

Isadore’s is anything but humble: the kitchen is out-of-this-world, and they know it. In fact, if you happen to inquire, they’ll gladly tell you which items on the menu you’re sure to fall in love with. Locals swear by the quality of the seafood and madeto-order pasta selections. Though there’s no official children’s menu, the kitchen will gladly whip up a pint-sized meal for your munchkins, as well as accommodate any other special requests. Finally, don’t be shy—order the Sex in a Pan for dessert. Sweet, ripe banana slices and rich chocolate pudding on a crumbly cookie crust topped with real whipped cream and chocolate sauce make for a climactic end to any meal.

858 W. Benjamin Holt Drive Lincoln Center (across the street from starbucks)

(209) 476-0913




I RESTAURANT GUIDE Kelley Brothers Brewing Company 112 E. Yosemite Ave., (209) 825-1727. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

This Manteca hot spot rose up out of the ashes of the El Rey Theatre, which ironically burned down after its final showing of The Towering Inferno. Big, bulky sandwiches, like the Southwest-style BBQ Pork Masterpiece make this a great lunch destination, but live music Friday and Saturday nights and the largest bar in the Valley (complete with twelve housemade beers on tap) draw crowds at dinnertime and in the later hours, too. The whole family will enjoy the food as much as the fun murals and collections of local antiques on display.

STOCKTON Angelina’s Spaghetti House


AUTUMN COOKIES During the summer we retire our ovens to spend more time by the outdoor grill, but come September we’re eager to say goodbye to the hot weather and welcome the Autumnal Equinox with open arms. What better way to celebrate a new school year, falling leaves, and the start of the football season than by baking a warm batch of sugar cookies? We recommend picking up the fall-themed, copper cookie cutters available at Beyond Pots and Pans. (This Stockton business is now onlineonly.) Choose designs like an apple, leaf, squirrel, pumpkin, or owl to get you in the mood for fall. The fun shapes will surely inspire your kids to get creative with the icing designs as they decorate, and a plate of these will certainly look festive on your kitchen table. They also make a great addition to your Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. —Katy Berry FOR MORE INFO: Beyond Pots and Pans,

Angelina’s is a true family restaurant: owned by four family members, named after another, and welcoming to all of yours. For thirty-one years, their hearty homemade pastas, raviolis, and traditional sauces have been bringing families together just like a meal at Grandma’s house. Consider inviting all your relatives to dine together in Angelina’s comfortable and cozy banquet room the next time you are hosting a family get-together. Angelina’s isn’t fussy—just simple, classic, and great tasting. Arroyo’s Café

2381 W. March Ln., (209) 472-1661, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $

When Guadalupe and Jesus Arroyo moved here in the early 1940s, they immediately began sharing their passion for food with friends and family by opening their first restaurant. Sixty years later, their son Mario continues the tradition and commitment to excellence at Arroyo’s Café. Located on the water, one can enjoy fresh, homemade tortillas, enchiladas, carne asada, and other Mexican favorites. Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant hosts live Mariachi music, and the bar hosts Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ave on the Mile

2333 Pacific Ave., (209) 462-5AVE, Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$

Commonly described as “chic” and “upscale,” Ave on the Mile takes finger foods to a whole new level. Come have a seat in the swanky, comfortable lounge and prepare to enjoy decadent appetizers and desserts while sipping on top shelf cocktails from their fully stocked bar. Celebrating a night out on the town? Ave offers bottle service for those who want to enjoy a night of VIP treatment. Or simply come to relax and enjoy the top-notch hospitality that makes Ave special.


314 Lincoln Center, (209) 956-0270, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread, so be careful not to fill up before the rest arrives. The new leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend. Casa Flores Marina

3201 W. Ben Holt Drive, (209) 451-1116, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Casa Flores Marina has everything that a lover of Mexican food could want, from the fresh and tasty chips and salsa they bring over when you sit down, to the hot and sizzling fajita skillets, accompanied with hearty portions of warm tortillas, rice, sour cream, and fresh guacamole. But aside from the delectable food, Casa Flores Marina hosts great events including their tequila tasting on every third Thursday of the month. Guests can try their impressive tequila collection paired with an appetizer and shaken into a delicious cocktail. Their outdoor seating is a great place to enjoy a marina margarita, or stay indoors for a romantic meal in the soft lit dining room. Centrale Kitchen and Bar

1825 Pacific Ave., Ste. 2, (209) 939-1825. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Bringing a new look and feel to Stockton, Centrale Kitchen and Bar will give you the feeling of an upscale bistro in any big city around the world, with its authentic brick walls and dark, walnut wood floors. The menu features traditional American comfort food with a strong focus on fresh and unique ingredients. As with the dinner menu, the wine selection will change by season, and you will find many extraordinary bottles that you won’t find anywhere else in the region. With a full bar, Centrale is also bringing back the quality cocktail by using all fresh juices and house-made mixes. Centrale Kitchen and Bar is located on the south end of the Miracle Mile.Outdoor dining available.

Breadfruit Tree Restaurant

Chitiva’s Salsa and Sports Bar and Grill

In the mood for something different? Relax on the Delta and enjoy the flavors and rhythms of the Caribbean Islands at Breadfruit Tree. The restaurant serves food from many of the tropical islands, and prides itself on its

Chitiva’s serves up authentic Mexican food, tasty tropical drinks, and a giant side of fun six nights a week. Saturday nights after 9 p.m., the fajitas and enchiladas play second fiddle to the DJs and live bands on center

8095 Rio Blanco Rd., (209) 952-7361, Beer and wine. Open for lunch & dinner. $$


Bud’s Seafood Grille

445 W. Weber Ave., (209) 941-8605, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$




1563 E. Fremont St., (209) 948-6609, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Peleau—a rice stir-fry with fresh veggies and seafood, seasoned with a myriad of delightful spices. Complete your meal with a Jamaican beer or house-made, Caribbean-style drink. While eating, admire the hand-painted murals depicting waterfalls and island life. The owners proudly claim, “As they say in the Caribbean, ‘we cook food with love.’” Breadfruit Tree is open for catering year-round, and restaurant dining February to November.

FOOD&WINE stage—the Salsa is still hot, but now it’s a dance, not a culinary dip. If all this has you craving a cool Delta breeze, look no further than the restaurant’s outdoor dining overlooking the water or one of their popular Salsa cruises (summer months through October). So go find your dancing shoes, sip a cool mojito, and have some fun.

seven days a week, with breakfast served on the weekends. Whether you’re in the neighborhood or just hungry for great food, The Creamery Restaurant will be sure to please.

Cocoro Japanese Bistro

Nestled in the Thornton Plaza shopping center, Dante’s puts a sunny California spin on the standard pepperoni and cheese creation. In fact, most of their pizzas don’t even come with pepperoni or mozzarella. The name of the restaurant says it all—this is not your authentic Italian pizzeria, so be prepared for specialty pizzas with experimental combinations of unique and exotic toppings. Dante’s offers fourteen different pizzas made with fresh meats and produce, gourmet cheeses, and colorful sauces (the pesto is fantastic). Like any pizza joint worth their sauce, take-out and delivery options are also available.

2105 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-6053 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Cocoro is the “it” place to go for sushi in Stockton. Its streamlined, contemporary Japanese décor and intimate seating arrangements give it a sophisticated atmosphere, and its artful sushi creations made with fish delivered fresh daily from the Bay Area keep patrons coming back for more. At the sushi counter, you can watch talented chefs roll and wrap beautiful bites right before your eyes. The restaurant’s signature sushi—the Coco Roll— consists of a tempura prawn wrapped up with avocado and topped with eel, spicy tuna, teriyaki sauce, and special house dressing, all garnished with a walnut. For the less adventurous eater, Cocoro offers the traditional range of tempura, teriyaki, and noodle dishes. The Creamery

5756 Pacific Ave., Robinhood Plaza (209) 925-1111. No alcohol served. Open for breakfast (on weekends), lunch, and dinner. $-$$

The Creamery Restaurant is a classic American grill that has been a Stockton landmark since 1985. Great for large parties or a family meal, it is also the perfect spot for hungry shoppers. Enjoy gourmet sandwiches, huge hamburgers, garden fresh salads, pasta dishes, homestyle dinners, and an amazing dessert selection

Dante’s California-Style Pizza

9305 Thornton Rd., (209) 474-0221. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Dave Wong’s Chinese Cuisine 2828 W. March Ln., (209) 951-4152 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

You may already have a favorite Chinese restaurant— everybody does—but if you are in the mood to venture away from habit, try Dave Wong’s. This longtime Stockton favorite serves up a pleasant combination of Chinese, Cantonese, and Szechwan eats. The broccoli beef, lemon chicken, and fried rice are hands-down favorites. The menu has many traditional dishes, alongside appetizing treats like wok-charred green beans. The muted walls and intimate (yet expandable) quiet candlelit dining chambers reiterate the fact that Dave Wong’s is not your typical Chinese restaurant.


David’s New York Style Pizza

1744 W. Hammer Lane, (209) 477-2677 900 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 957-2850 , Beer & wine. Open for lunch & dinner.$-$$

Toppings, cheese, and dough that’s prepared fresh daily may be three of the reasons this Stockton staple has had such success that they’ve recently opened a second location in Lincoln Center. Or maybe it’s all the choices at David’s New York Style Pizza that make it so popular: Eat in or take out? Hammer Lane or Lincoln Center? Thick, thin, or standard crust? Indoors or out on the patio? One of David’s twelve specialty pizzas or one of your own creations? We know sports-lovers love the pizzeria because it combines some of their favorite things: great pizza, beer, fellow fans, and the big game televised on the many 46-inch flat screen televisions hung in both locations. Whatever their reasoning for coming back, repeat customers can be found enjoying David’s New York Style Pizza seven days a week. De Vega Brothers

2819 W. March Lane, Ste. A1, (209) 957-3839, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$$$

De Vega Brothers has risen from its humble beginnings in a converted A&W stand in Manteca to one of the Valley’s premier Italian restaurants, with expanded locations in both Manteca and Stockton. The Manteca site boasts hand-painted murals of Roman ruins and rustic Italian vistas, while Stockton prides itself on creating an atmosphere of urban elegance with patio dining and live piano music. Both restaurants are known for their generous portions and delicious lamb chops, cioppino, chicken and veal scaloppini, steak, and seafood, as well as their gourmet pastas and sauces.

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Flips Burgers

Old-world Italian eats rule here, where the foccacia and ravioli are homemade. Red and white checkered tablecloths and an Italian-inspired mural lend distinct charm to this half deli, half restaurant which serves up spectacular sandwiches, rice torta, and pesto. The food may be delicious, but don’t bring a hungry crowd and expect to find a table big enough—this place is best for take-out and catering. Instead, grab a bag of goodies to go and head over to nearby Victoria Park for a picnic with panache. A downtown Tracy location was recently opened.

This place is what some people might call a diamond in the rough. It’s small and quaint, but packs a punch with their awesome menu of decadent fried favorites. Come in for a big juicy burger since they have over fifteen options including the ever-popular Mad Cow Burger, which includes toppings like a fried egg and fried jalapenos. They also have several choices of hot dogs, a plethora of fresh ingredients to pile atop, and a separate section on the menu that’s devoted to their deep-fryer, where you can order such delicacies as the fried twinkie, fried oreo, fried pickles, or fried zucchini. If you love true-blue American food, then discover this hidden gem in Stockton and you’ll be hooked.

4555 N. Pershing Ave., (209) 957-2750 No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

Delights Waterfront Coffee Bar and Deli

445 W. Weber Ave., Ste. 126, (209) 462-3401 Beer and Wine. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $

ST. BASIL’S 52ND ANNUAL GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 9-11 You don’t have to be Greek to enjoy this festival. Located at St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church in Stockton, this celebration highlights one of the most glorious aspects of Greek culture, their food. Purchase food tickets and enjoy traditional dishes like moussaka, dolmades, spanikopita, or grab one of their succulent gyros, a top seller. Make sure you get a to-go box of desserts including their sticky sweet baklava and loukoumades, and wash it all down with a drink from the bar or wine tavern. The weekend is also filled with Greek music and dancing, and features vendors selling gifts like jewelry, toys, and the church’s own cookbook filled with Greek and Arabic recipes. Kids can enjoy games and a bouncy house. Sunday is the slowest day for those looking to avoid the crowds, but by the end of the festival some of the most popular dishes run out. If you don’t want to miss any of the fantastic food, come Friday or Saturday. The line is worth it. —K.B. GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL, SEPT. 9-11, 11 A.M.-11 P.M. ST. BASIL’S GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 920 W. March Lane, Stockton, (209) 478-7564,



Domo Japanese Sushi Grill & Bar 300 Lincoln Center, (209) 451-3654, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Whether you enjoy sushi, seafood, or steak, Domo has a menu with choices to satisfy any appetite. Their sushi is rolled fresh, with innovative flavors and ingredients. Or grab a seat for something sizzling at their Teppan Yaki grills, where chicken, beef, even lobster can be prepared right at your table. Domo is a great place to have fun with friends or family. Don’t forget to have a sip of one of their delicious sakes or try another creative cocktail at their full bar. El Rancho Inn Steak and Lobster House

1457 E. Mariposa Rd., (209) 467-1529 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

Celebrating seventy years in business, El Rancho Inn has been charming customers with its superior service and delectable dishes. Although most drive by without giving this establishment a second glance, it’s well worth your time to stop in for a meal. The steak, lobster, and homemade soups are excellent, but be sure to look up from your plate and take in the surroundings. From the cattle brands on the walls to the regulars relaxing at their favorite tables, this country inn is sure to bring a smile to your face as well as warmth to your belly.

The Fruit Bowl

8767 E. Waterloo Rd. (209) 931-1196, Open for breakfast and lunch. $.

Since 1947 the Luchettis have been selling delicious, fresh fruit from their ranch. After years of passersby stopping in for their ripe peaches and cherries, today the Luchettis sell more than just fresh fruit. Stop in for homemade preserves or their famous fruit or cream pies. They also offer fresh baked bread, pastries, cookies, muffins and imported Italian coffee. If you’re more than just passing through, have a seat and enjoy their gelato made in-house using their own home grown produce. Let them make you a warm panini sandwich or try their best seller, Ina Luchetti’s original Zucchinni Torta. If you want homemade food that’s as fresh as it gets, The Fruit Bowl is a little piece of country heaven. Garlic Brothers

6629 Embarcadero Dr., (209) 474-6585, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Ironically, Garlic Brothers is a spectacular spot for a date, even though the kitchen is known to go heavy on the—you guessed it—garlic. Fun and lively, this restaurant sits right on the water’s edge and boasts delicious garlicky pizzas, pastas, and seafood. Contrary to popular belief, however, anything on the menu can be whipped up without the brothers’ favorite ingredient. Before you leave, roll up your sleeves and dig into a serving of Justy’s Cake—vanilla ice cream on a cookie crust topped with toffee and glazed with caramel and chocolate. Gian’s Delicatessen

2112 Pacific Ave., (209) 469-0108 Open for lunch. $

Nobody does sandwiches quite like Gian’s, and that’s why locals flock to this longtime neighborhood gem for a lunch that makes you say Mmm! Try their coppa and prosciutto, flown in from where else but Parma, Italy, the food capital of the world. Or have some of their homemade Italian dishes like their famously delectable ravioli. It won’t be long before you become a regular at this must-visit Italian eatery.




Delights Waterfront Coffee Bar and Deli is appropriately named, serving up some of the best casual favorites this side of the Delta. With its premium coffee bar, morning starters, salads made to order with the freshest local produce, and the popular tri-tip sandwich that’s grilled daily on the patio, you can’t escape the quiet, peaceful nostalgia that Delights has to offer. Located right on the water in the historic Waterfront Warehouse building, Delights is a visual treat. While they don’t accept reservations, you’ll soon find that it’s not necessary. This restaurant is a relaxed hangout for anybody, from businessmen to students from local colleges and schools.

2503 Waterloo Rd., (209) 943-5477, Open for lunch and dinner. $

La Palma Mexican Cuisine

2301 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-4179, Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$

3121 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 951-0885, Full bar. Open for dinner. $$$$

This award-winning restaurant is Stockton’s only four-star dining experience. Whether eating lunch or dinner, Le Bistro offers a menu of French Continental cuisine beautifully presented in a stylish and sophisticated setting. This is a luxurious affair, where servers wear tuxedos and the ever-evolving wine list is like no other. The quiet elegance extends to the outdoor patio as well as four banquet rooms that can accommodate up to two hundred guests. If you are in the mood for an upscale treat, this is the place to go. Check the website for current information about live bands playing in the restaurant’s show room this fall. Masa Contemporary Japanese Lounge

2819 W. March Lane, (209) 473-1255 Wine and beer. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

With their modern yet welcoming décor, fresh selection of sashimi, and friendly service, Masa is a major contender on the Stockton sushi scene. Their diverse selection of handmade sushi rolls includes fast favorites like the Masa roll which includes onion, tuna, avocado, and asparagus. Their unique creations are only paralleled by their elegant presentation. If your date isn’t a big sushi fan, there are plenty of other great menu items like the teriyaki chicken or beef udon on the menu, just to name a couple. Mezzo

3499 Brookside Rd., Suite A, (209) 473-7300 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

This wonderful Italian restaurant is dialed in to what local foodies are looking for. The hand-painted artwork on the walls helps create their elegant yet fun ambiance, and the friendly staff is happy to make your dining experience special. However, where Mezzo really hits the mark is with their use of fresh and local produce that travels from the farm to your plate, making their scrumptious dishes taste even fresher. Their passion for cooking authentic Italian meals doesn’t stop there, as their pasta is also homemade, proving that Mezzo has the passion that all true food lovers will come back to taste time and time again.

Once simply one of the best pizza joints in Stockton, Michael’s has grown to add a café, deli, and now a full breakfast menu. The pizzas (13 combinations or make your own) draw you in but choices for everyone keep the community coming back as a whole. Michael’s also boasts a party room for up to 40 guests and has long been a favorite for sports teams and birthday parties. Dive into a hearty meat pizza or give Michael’s newest creation, the whole wheat crust, a try. Midtown Creperie

2311 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-9070, Open for breakfast and lunch. Dinner served only on Thurs., Fri., and Sat. $

For those who’ve always wanted to visit the French quarter in New Orleans, now they can have all the southern charm and delicious flavors of Louisiana at Midtown Creperie. With a fantastic menu of both savory and sweet crepes, along with salads, sandwiches, and scrumptious breakfast items like omelets and beignets, this fantastic addition to the Miracle Mile is the perfect place to put a little south in your mouth. Moo Moo’s Burger Barn

10940 Trinity Parkway, (209) 957-9450 222 N. El Dorado St., (209) 469-9450, No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

Playing off the name of the restaurant, Moo Moo’s is decorated with hand-painted murals of a large barn and open pastures, but the atmosphere is more reminiscent of a ‘50s diner than a drive through the countryside. Authentic burgers, shakes, onion rings, and fries are served in addition to less greasy sandwiches, salads, veggie burgers, and sweet potato fries. This is a great place to come with small children for a fun, tasty, and affordable meal. Moo Moo’s ensures that, like happy cows, happy diners come from California. Outback Steakhouse

1243 W. March Lane., (209) 954-9615, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

For a perfect steak every time, Outback Steakhouse is always number one. Their hearty menu includes ribeye, NY strip steak, Prime Rib, and their Outback Special, a signature sirloin seasoned to perfection. Steak dishes come with options like adding a delicious blue cheese or horseradish crumb crust, or their Lobster and Mushroom topping. If you’re not into red meat, Outback accommodates you with plenty of delicious chicken and fish dishes like their Shrimp En Fuego Fettuccini or their King Crab. Plus they have great salads, sides, soups, and appetizers like their famous Bloomin’ Onion.




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2300 W Alpine Ave., Ste. A, (209) 462-6668 Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $-$$


Open since December of 2009, La Palma has quickly become a favorite in Stockton for delicious Mexican cuisine. Come for their fish tacos, sizzling fajitas, and shrimp green enchiladas, all of which are included on their list of specialty dishes. Open at 10 a.m., La Palma also serves hearty breakfast dishes like eggs with chorizo, huevos rancheros, and chillaquilles. Enjoy a cocktail at their full service bar, or one of their decadent desserts like the ChimiPalmas. Their festive yet tasteful décor and friendly service add to the pleasant atmosphere of this Stockton hotspot.

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I RESTAURANT GUIDE Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar

501 N. Lincoln Center, (209) 477-6133, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer you the finest and freshest in gourmet cuisine and their fabulous menu includes a large variety of continental dishes. The main dining room has a unique design with a showcase kitchen and bar in warm, classy decor.You’ll find the three outdoor dining patios a perfect place to relax during lunch or dinner. Papapavlo’s offers four private banquet rooms accommodating groups as intimate as 12 to as large as 100 guests. Papapavlo’s also specializes in off-premises dining with their outstanding catering services. Peking Restaurant

7555 Pacific Ave., (209) 957-0617, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$


ICE CREAM FROM THE VINE Ice cream flavors have come a long way since the days of plain old chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Wine-flavored ice cream in particular has become en vogue, especially in Lodi, and making it yourself is easier than you might imagine. Just pick up your own ice cream maker (widely available at most department stores) and give it a whirl. Here’s a simple and tasty recipe to start you off. —K.B. MULLED WINE SORBET 4 oz. sugar 1 cup water 1½ cup red wine Juice of 2 oranges 1 egg white ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg 1-2 sticks of cinnamon 4 cloves 2 Tbsp. red currant or cranberry jelly Combine the water and sugar in a pan and heat through very gently, stirring all the time until the sugar has fully dissolved. Simmer the mixture until it thickens and put aside. In a separate pan combine red wine, orange juice, spices, and red currant/cranberry jelly. Heat gently while constantly stirring. When the jelly has melted, bring the mixture to a boil. Pour it through a strainer to remove any solid bits. Pour the wine mixture into the bowl of water and sugar syrup. Stir well and let it cool. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites, then stir them into the cooled mixture. Transfer the mixture into your ice cream maker and use the instructions provided by the maker’s manufacturer to finish freezing your sorbet. Enjoy!



Peking has all the Chinese dishes that your family already knows and loves, like seasoned mushu pork, crispy pan pacific won tons, and hot and sour soup. But they also have some new classics that you’re bound to discover, just ask your server for their fresh specials, or try what locals have already deemed an instant classic like their delicious crispy House Chicken. The dishes at Peking are never bland, but are always served hot, with flavorful sauces that add a kick to your typical Chinese menu. Perfect for lunch or dinner, Peking is a great place to eat with family, colleagues, and friends all year round. Revolucion 1910

296 Lincoln Center (209) 955-0100, Full bar. Lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. $-$$.

Javier Del Castillo started a revolution, or rather Revolucion 1910, his authentic Mexican restaurant that has quickly become a local favorite. Using fresh ingredients and only serving entrees that originated in Mexico, patrons will find a menu full of small plate entrees designed to bring out the best of authentic Mexican flavor. The corn tortillas are all homemade, as are the sauces and vinaigrettes made to fit each entree. Chili peppers are used in most dishes for their flavor rather than spice, in inventive entrees such as tacos al pastor or chile relleno con huitlacoche and Mexican oaxaca cheese. Be sure to try the tres leches cake for dessert, with margaritas made from only the highest quality tequilas from agave nectar, and lime juice squeezed fresh for each drink. Sass Bar & Grill

110 N. El Dorado St., (209) 808-4058 Full Bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

The warm and contemporary décor in Sass is inviting and excites the senses with its unique accents and attention to detail. The excitement is only multiplied when you see their eclectic menu, with cuisine inspired by flavors from around the world and local ingredients that showcase the wonderfully fresh produce available in San Joaquin. Enhance your meal by their selection of local wines, or a chilled cocktail from their

bar. And in the warmer months, don’t miss the opportunity to dine on their romantically lit sky terrace while enjoying the Delta breeze as you overlook Stockton’s waterfront. Sharing so many impressive elements, Sass is a special place to dine with family and friends year round. Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant

3249 West Hammer Lane, (209) 473-2525, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Shirasoni is a triple threat, operating as a steakhouse, sushi bar, and teppanyaki restaurant all in one. Hungry guests can choose to sit at the sushi bar or in their large dining room where talented chefs prepare your dish while putting on an authentic teppanyaki dinner show. Watch as professionals perform tricks, flipping their utensils and chopping your sizzling veggies right in front of your eyes. Enjoy a juicy steak or try one of their more traditional Japanese dishes. If you’re just stopping for a quick bite, have a seat at their intimate sushi bar for a taste of their fresh sushi or sashimi. Try one of their unique creations, like their Firecracker Roll, for a spicy surprise. Stockton Joe’s

236 Lincoln Center, (209) 951-2980, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Featuring Italian/American Cuisine in the San Francisco tradition, this is the place to go for a delicious meal in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Entrees include charbroiled steaks, fresh seafood, veal, chicken, and pasta dishes, including several heart-healthy options. Stockton Joe's frequently plays host to a variety of musicians who entertain guests in the comfortable lounge. Wine tasting evenings and specials are offered by local wineries featured each month. Joe's also caters all over the county, and is the exclusive caterer for the Commercial Exchange Banquet Hall and the Commander's House. With exhibition cooking, an award-winning lounge, and a large and attractive banquet room, Stockton Joe's is a local feature not to be missed. Valley Brewing Company

157 W. Adams St. (209) 464-2739, Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend breakfast. $-$$

The Valley Brewing Company is a fun place to bring the whole family for dinner: homemade beers, classic pub fare, live bands all year round, and unique sports memorabilia keep everybody happy. The Brewing Company keeps fourteen beers on tap at all times, from a pale wheat, to an IPA, to the house favorite Black Cat Stout, and apricot and berry fruit beers. Check the website for up to the minute information about when the fun’s happening. Waterloo

10447 E. Waterloo Rd., (209) 931-4019, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

At this fun restaurant, they really know how to mix it up on the grill. One of their SEPTEMBER 2011

FOOD&WINE signature dishes is the savory barbecued ribs, served as an appetizer or an entrée. The ribs, which are best paired with Bette’s world-famous pesto, are tender to the point of melting away in your mouth. It is likely visitors will find this restaurant bustling when they visit, so during peak hours, be prepared for a lengthy wait. If that doesn’t suit you, they also offer their entire menu for take-out orders, and they even offer catering. Yasoo Yani

326 E. Main St., (209) 464-3108 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

This downtown restaurant, open since 1975, is a classic eatery where the food is as eclectic as the diners. Mothers with their toddlers settle in next to prominent businessmen in ties for everything from a sturdy American burger to Greek souvlaki. Don’t be intimidated by the Greek side of the menu or the local luminaries—souvlaki is simply the Grecian version of shish kebab, served on pita bread, and at Yasoo Yani, everyone gets the same fine family service. Don’t even get us started on the honey-drenched baklava for dessert.

TRACY Carmen’s Casa Nachos

350 W. Grant Line Rd. (209) 835-9402 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Want to spice up a dull week? A trip to Carmen’s Casa Nachos family Mexican restaurant should do the trick. Try Carmen’s fantastic fajitas and their specialty salsa seven days a week for lunch and dinner, where they make all their food fresh everyday. Outdoor dining and a children’s menu are available to accommodate the whole family, while their catering and banquet menus take care of all your special occasion needs. Turn up the heat at Carmen’s Casa Nachos, where it’s Siempre Caliente!

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15 E. 6th St., (209) 839-2333, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

Magellan’s Restaurant, named after owner and Executive Chef Thomas Magellan, is much like the small, intimate restaurants found in San Francisco. Featuring American Continental cuisine, the menu choices range from duck salad to their salmon burger to the ever popular, delectable filet mignon. The menu changes seasonally and the high level of noise found in some restaurants is not to be found here. If you are looking for a good traditional meal 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. The Great Plate

714 Central Ave., (209) 833-0862, 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

18939 N. Lower Sacramento Rd., (209) 366-1800, 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.

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Through September 25, Stockton Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, chronicles one man’s journey through hell, purgatory, and eventually heaven. As one of the greatest pieces of Medieval European literature, The Divine Comedy is still widely studied and read today. And who better to have illustrated it than the master of surrealism, Salvador Dali? Originally commissioned in 1957 by the Italian government, Dali’s Divine Comedy Suite is both breathtaking and jarring, and can now be seen at the Haggin Museum. Hours vary. $5 adults, $2.50 kids. The Haggin Museum, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 940-6300, Waterfall of the Phlegethon Inferno, Canto 34 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2011

Tracy Dry Bean Festival September 10-11, Tracy Each year, Downtown Tracy is filled with thousands of locals who come to celebrate Tracy’s abundant bean production. Along with great events like a Chili Bean Cook Off and the 10k and 5k Bean Runs, there will also be a carnival for kids, bean crafts, and the Bean Queen and Princess Pageant. Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Tracy, (209) 835-2131,

19th Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic September 11, Stockton Bring the whole family to this magical event presented by the Haggin Museum in honor of Grandparents Day. The fairy-themed celebration

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September 7-October 2, Stockton

other fun surprises. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $10, tickets include lunch and

The Stockton Civic Theatre is presenting this popular musical about four

reservations are required. Victory Park, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton,

eager young male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950s on the way

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to their first big concert. The friends are miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Singing in the closest of harmonies, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations, and executing their charming choreography with overzealous precision, “Plaids” is a wonderful evening with some of the greatest nostalgic pop hits of the ‘50s. Showtimes vary. $25 adults, $15 students. Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton, (209) 473-2424,





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All the King’s Men September 30, Stockton All the King’s Men is a film based on Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize novel about corrupt southern politics. Interestingly enough, almost the entire movie was filmed right here in Stockton. The film will be screened in tandem with the county library branches’ One Book/One San Joaquin great event. 6:30-9 p.m. Adults $8, kids $4. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 337-HOPE,

Circus Vargas September 15-19, Stockton Circus Vargas is bringing an exciting and fun-filled circus extravaganza to the Weberstown Mall this September. Come thirty minutes early and join Jon Weiss, host of ABC’s The Amazing Race, as he gives families a close-up look at life under the big top. Kids of all ages will enjoy this show as talented acrobats, aerialists, and comedians take the audience on a journey through the memories of a traveling circus performer. You won’t want to miss this captivating spectacle. $15-$50. Show times vary. Weberstown Mall, 4950 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (877) GOTFUN-1,

Dr. Russell B. Steele Memorial Golf Tournament September 12, Woodbridge Come tee off at the beautiful Woodbridge Golf and Country Club to raise money for the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation. Participants will enjoy a complimentary breakfast and late lunch as well as an exciting raffle and live auction with fabulous prizes. Registration at 8:30 a.m., tee off at 10 a.m. $150. Woodbridge Golf and Country Club, 800 E. Woodbridge Rd., Woodbridge, (209) 339-7833 339-7833,

Coastal Cleanup September 17, Lodi Last year San Joaquin locals showed they cared as nearly 1,200 volunteers gathered to clean up twelve tons of trash from roughly 20 miles of our waterways as part of California’s Coastal Cleanup Day. Cigarette butts, bits of paper, plastic containers, and even a child’s tricycle were removed from areas like the Mokelumne River. Those who would like to join in this year’s cleanup can sign up for one of several cleanup locations, where site captains will provide tools and safety materials. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Various locations in San Joaquin, (209) 468-3073,

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Rhythms from the Americas September 22 & 24, Stockton

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In “Rhythms from the Americas,” the Stockton Symphony will be performing the exciting

This festival helps to promote San Joaquin’s agriculture and to provide

music of Gershwin, Copland, and Ravel, with pieces inspired by the colorful and soulful

related programs like 4-H Clubs and the Future Farmers of America with

cultures of Cuba and Mexico. This show will also feature the talents of guest pianist

fundraising opportunities. The day also includes carnival rides, food, and

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