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Mar 14, 2008 09:19 AM

Stockton/Lodi- Am I doomed?

Hey All,

I'm facing a move to the Stockton/Lodi area in the near future, are there any places worth eating there? Just looking for a list of favorites, any ethnicity & price range...


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  1. For starters, ignore the reviews in the local (Stockton) paper. To give you an idea of the paper's culinary basis, the announcement of a new Olive Garden was front page news recently, IIRC. Do a search, and when I have more time, I'll post some recs. You are not doomed!

    1. I was going to say, Yes! You are doomed. :-) But maybe not. Stockton would be the better bet I'd guess, because it has more history as a town. I've watched Lodi go in relatively short time from a nondescript transport junction, to having gas stations, to big-box stores and shopping malls and (presumably) the usual chain restaurants. It had a Sambo's and at least one gas station as long as 30 years ago.

      Look forward to current local recommendations though.

      1. I've lived in Stockon for 20 years.

        For starters:
        For upscale lunch or dinner I'd recommend Ernie's on the Brick Walk in stockton. Wine and Roses in Lodi.

        For Thai, Siamese Street near Univ of the Pacific. I had a great halibut wrapped in banana leaves two weeks ago at Siamese.

        For Japanese, Cocoro is the most popular. I also like Matsuyama. There's one in both Stockton and Lodi. I love their Yaki Ika and volcano rolls.

        Tepa taqueria in north stockton is a great place for mexican. Popular with both latinos and non-latinos both at lunch and dinner. In south stockton, el grullense II at the corner of charter and el dorado has a great taco bar - e.g., asada, pastor, lengua, cabeza, and pollo. they have a full menu service as well.

        Locally owned pizza places are Michaels, his brother Davids, and Dante. I'm a michael's fan.

        A brand new upscale Paragarys opened in downtown stockton this week. the city subsidized for 2.5 million to draw this restaurant to stockton.

        I'm not as familiar with Lodi but I think you'll find a few good places.

        1. Thanks for the recs, that's a great place to start!

          1. Try Lodi Beer Co in downtown Lodi. They have some good beer on tap & great garlic fries. Samdwiches are okay as well. And I'd recommend trying out Rosewood in Downtown Lodi, too. Its the same owners as Wine & Roses but a bit less expensive. Great bar there, too. Sho Mi in Stockton has great Japanese. The service is always good & it is really well priced.

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            1. re: katiesmail209

              Can I add to this question? (I hope so). I would like to go up to the area and do some wine tasting. I need winery recs and more food rec's- (I keep seeing Wine & Roses, is it hard to get ressies there?) thanks.

              1. re: paso_gurl_100

                Try Grand Amis in downtown Lodi. They have some wonderful wines & they're always generous.