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Stockton/Lodi- Am I doomed?

FishStick Mar 14, 2008 09:19 AM

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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    ricepad Mar 14, 2008 11:59 AM

    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. eatzalot Mar 14, 2008 12:08 PM

      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.

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        switzerok Mar 14, 2008 06:34 PM

        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.

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          FishStick Mar 17, 2008 01:27 PM

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

          1. katiesmail209 Mar 17, 2008 02:38 PM

            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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              paso_gurl_100 Mar 17, 2008 03:12 PM

              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
                katiesmail209 Mar 26, 2008 02:14 PM

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

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              P Macias Mar 19, 2008 08:50 AM

              Besides Wine & Roses, Rosewood (Lodi) and Michael's (Stockton).
              Not real Epicurean but pretty good chow at:

              John's Back Bay, Kettleman and HWY 12. Steaks, and such

              Waterloo Club, HWY 88. Excellent BBQ, old west atmosphere.

              Golden Ox, Kettleman and Hutchison, Lodi
              Great breakfast, great price. Home made stuff, potatoes from scratch, real milk shakes. Farm size portions.
              There are a few other posts re: Lodi on this board.

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                dimsumgirl Mar 29, 2008 09:54 AM

                Hi PM! Great to see you on the Northern California board. I have appreciated your San Diego posts.

                As for your recommendations, I have not tried any of those places yet but I will make a note of them as i get to the central valley occasionally on business.

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                poncaparker Mar 28, 2008 11:46 PM


                I just went to Siamese Street Thai Restaurant again. The halibut dish is Pia Pao. Marinated halibut fillet wrapped in banana leaves with garlic, lemon grass and cilantro. Fantastic.

                For nice little pastry/sandwiches/salads/quiche, try Toot Sweets - corner of March and Quail Lakes drive. Fantastic cinnamon rolls and pecan sticky buns.

                La bou has great coffee, pastries, and sandwiches.

                For light lunch and wine tasting, try Wine Wizards. neat little place.

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                  dimsumgirl Mar 29, 2008 09:57 AM

                  You are not doomed! I had the same question when I was assigned the central valley territory but I have had some surprisingly good meals in the San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Fresno and Tulare county areas. The finds are a little harder to sniff out but they are definitely there.

                  How about Cancun for Mexican in the downtown Stockton area? My host took me there and I enjoyed it. You didn't mention Tracy which isn't too far away but I have had some good thai there. Two really good thai restaurants. Let me check my maps and see if I can find the names and exact locations for you. IIRC, one is called Tracy Thai. Both are in the downtown area.

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                    poncaparker Apr 13, 2008 08:40 PM

                    I went to Cocoro last night. Got the salmon teriyaki. It was outstanding. My daughter doesn't eat meat or seafood, but the age tofu in a ginger sauce met her approval. my wife and I had a sushi assortment, and I'd rate very good.

                    I understand cocoro is going to open a deli branch near my house. that's good news for friday night take out.

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                      Fat Billie Apr 15, 2008 03:54 PM

                      I just moved to Tracy a week ago from LA. I have yet to have a bad meal. Read my post. Tracy has great food.

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