Any good eats in Lodi Zinfandel country?
Heading up there with the missus in a few weeks, on a quest for good old vine Zin, and wondering if there are any great meals to be had.
I'll second Wine and Roses-both on the quality of the food and on the price.
The bad thing about that area is that there are a number of good places but they are only open during the work week. Cottage Bakery on School Street has great lunches and they may be open on Saturday's but I know for sure they aren't open on Sundays. Phillip's Farm is a roadside stand that not only sells their Michael David wines (great Zins) but also has stuff that you can pick up for a picnic: cheese, bread, some fresh fruitss and veggies. They are a seven day a week operation.
The soup and sandwich I had for lunch at Phillip's Farm was very good. The pies looked good also. It's very convenient to I-5, so I’m sure I’ll return.
I have always heard that the Woodbridge Feed & Fuel (?) is good but the only time we were in the area remembering it they were open for reservations only.
I'm not a wine drinker, so I don't really pay much attention to what counts as "zin country". I do know the area pretty well, tho, so if you know what wineries you're hitting (and where they are), how far you're willing to drive, and what kinds of food you're craving, I may be able to give you some more help than this.
That being said, I second the advice on Wine & Roses (outstanding but overpriced) and Woodbridge Feed & Fuel (I didn't know about the 'reservations only' thing, but we always make reservations when we eat there). The Woodbridge Inn (pretty much next door to the WF&F) and Clements Feed & Fuel (same owners as WF&F, IIRC) are just on par, and if you're heading out toward Amador County wineries, the latter is on the way.
In Lodi, there's also Barnwood (same owners as Wine & Roses, better value IMO), School Street Bistro (across from the movie theater), and a brew pub (Lodi Brewing Company?) that are all worth a try.