Stockton/Lodi- Am I doomed?
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...
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!
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.
I've lived in Stockon for 20 years.
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.
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.