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The Best Restaurants In Lodi, 2021

By The Smoking Chair Editors  |  2021

The best restaurants to dine at the next time you’re in Lodi.
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Lodi and its surroundings are well known for the cultivation of grapes and production of wine. There are many vineyards in Lodi with century-old grapevines, some going into California wines like Bedrock and Turley. Starting in the early 20th century, and right up to the early 1980s, Lodi promoted itself as the “Tokay Capital of the World” due to the abundance of the Flame Tokay variety in the area. Nowadays there are over 100 different grape varieties planted in the Lodi AVA in over 113,000 acres (46,000 ha) of vineyards. The town is surrounded by grapevines and the police cars have grape bunches painted on the sides of them. Winegrape culture pervades the town, with many business, street, and school names relating to the industry.

With the replacement by other varietals, primarily Zinfandel, Lodi is recognized for the old vine Zinfandel. Lodi’s growth as a premium winegrape producer and awarded wine region is largely due to the formation of the Lodi Winegrape Commission in 1991, five years after the appellation was formed. In 1991, winegrape growers decided to self-impose a tax on their grapes to fund the commission, which now boasts seven full-time staff members and several volunteer committees focused on education, research, and marketing of the region’s winegrapes. In 1992, the commission launched a grape Integrated Pest Management Program which has become California’s original winegrape sustainability program, known as Lodi Rules. In 2014, the rigorous, third-party certified Lodi Rules Sustainability Program was awarded the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. In 2015, Lodi was named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The Wine Bloggers Conference of 2016 brought over 300 wine bloggers to the area, where attendees filled the Internet with compliments about the small-town hospitality of Lodi’s approachable, authentic winegrowing community.

Every September the Lodi Grape Festival is held and includes rides, food, and wine tasting. The Wine & Food Festival (formerly known as the Spring Wine Show, held in late March/early April, so as not to coincide with Easter every year) also showcases the area’s 50-plus wineries. Beginning in 2016 there will also be a Beer Fest showcasing IPA and other types of beer along with food and music.

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Stockton

Jimmies Place Sushi

2130 Country Club Blvd

$$ • Japanese

Tried Jimmies on a whim when looking for a new sushi spot to call home and Jimmie made it feel lile home the second I walked in the door.

I could not stop saying how delicious the sushi was as we were eating it, and even leftovers the next day were betterthan most places same day sushi.

Food was amazing, Jimmie is such a nice guy and genuinely knows and cares about his customers and it shows in the atitude and food and was clear the very first time eating here.

I will never go anywhere else for sushi ever again. Jimmies is home for amazing sushi and will be my only sushi spot from here on out, period!

Try it, you will not be disapointed!!

— Review by Sean D.

Top Dishes: Crispy Cobra Roll, Dragon Roll, Sexy Dragon Roll, Lion King California Roll, Ichiban Roll, California Roll, Fire Dragon Roll, Orange Dragon Roll, Salmon Skin Hand Roll, Red Dragon Roll

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Galt

Pastosa By Lucia

545 Industrial Dr Ste 100

$$ • Italian

Dont read this because this place is just phenomenol and I don’t want it to change,  ever. Pasta is perfectly structured, light but a tad al dente.  Devoured the pear and cheese purses of joy smothered in sinful creamy brown butter sage and nutmeg sauce with a not so simple salad with a well balanced home made italian dressing and fresh herbed foccacia. Also the chicken pesto sandwich lunch special was exactly what you are looking for in a sandwich. Prices are almost too good it’s going to make it difficult not to want to eat there everyday. First time here but will make many visits again in the future despite a bit of a drive for us. So worth it! Loved it here and we’ve eaten in Italy and all over the country at great Italian places, but this was very unique. It’s a hole in the wall that could easily become famous once word gets out it’s just so delicious so enjoy it while its still our little secret gem of Galt. Thank you so much for what you do, you’re true artists.

Pasta focused Italian food at its finest with accessible prices and excellent service.

And to think, I almost ate at Strings for a simple Italian meal-Hah! Never going there again.

— Review by Jason S.

Top Dishes: Pear and Cheese Ravioli, Crazy Lasagna, Mushroom Ravioli, Roasted Chicken Ravioli, Meatball Sandwich, Pear and Cheese Tortellini, Cannelloni, Spicy Sausage Ravioli, Bacon Cheeseburger Ravioli, Beef Tenderloin Ravioli

Lodi

Guantonio’s

600 W Lockeford St

$$ • Pizza, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Wine Bars

Such amazing wood fired pizza. We got the mushroom pizza and I can’t even describe how amazing it was. Definitely save room for dessert because their soft serve caramel sundae is a must have. I woke up the next day thinking about this amazing meal. If you’re wanting pizza, definitely give this place a try!!

— Review by Juliette T.

Top Dishes: Nick’s Special Pepperoni Pizza, Pesto Pizza, Capri Salad, Cannoli, Festo, Harvest, Roscoe

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Galt

Streetzlan “The Street Food Project”

415 C St

$$ • Mexican, Seafood, Vietnamese

I was kinda lured in by the concept of “street food”, sort of half assuming I would be chowing down on a steaming   Kettle of chicken feet ramen or something you’d see on some chef’s travel show. As it turns out, it’s not so exotic. More like flavorful spins on your traditional favorites- but damn it’s tasty.

The burger came recommended by the employee at the order counter. I hesitated, but still went for it. If you are a fan of a Texas style burger, this will knock your Crocs off. Super beefy and cheesy,perfectly seasoned and loaded with lots of mustard and pickles. The dirty fries that come with it are so good they could have actually been dirty and I still would’ve eaten them gladly.

Also, the Michelada is one of the best I’ve had. I won’t describe it because it will make me cry that I’m not drinking it right now. Just get it, unless you are under 21, in which case just camp out here until your 21st birthday.

— Review by Tom C.

Top Dishes: Fish Tacos, Avocado Slayer, Vaquero Tacos, King Sliders, Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog, Brisket Tacos, Agua Fresca, Pork Belly Sliders, Carne Asada Tacos, Fried Chicken Sandwich

Lodi

Thai Kitchen

107 N Sacramento St

$$ • Thai, Noodles, Soup

Had to check out Thai Kitchen on a recommendation from a friend while driving through the Lodi area and I was not disappointed!

A humble, small restaurant casually tucked away in Lodi hides some of the most delicious, authentic tasting Thai food directly outside of the SF Bay Area.

I opted for an essential pad see ew and mango sticky rice (not pictured). The pad see ew was incredibly aromatic with a perfect balance of sauce creating a wonderful salty and savory flavor. The mango sticky rice was sweet, warm, and accompanied by a BOUNTY of mangos. Definitely great value and would have again if driving through.

— Review by Dominic B.

Top Dishes: Pad Thai, Spring Rolls, Pad See Ew, Papaya Salad, Green Curry, Yellow Curry, Red Curry, Garlic Noodles, Drunken Noodles, Tom Yum Soup

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Lodi

Komachi Sushi

307 S Lower Sacramento Rd Ste D

$$ • Japanese, Sushi Bars

i hate coming into lodi but i’m always willing to do it for some komachi! i’ve been here many times and it never disappoints. it’s pretty small on the inside, even though porch dining is available, but every single staff member was masked! our waitress was a lady with bright red hair. she’s served us a few times, and she’s so friendly! she made our toddler smile, got us plastic plates instead of glass, and remembered to always put food on the far side of our table. she even helped us get our daughter into the high chair. all the staff is so friendly and go out of their way to help even if you’re not their table.

we were originally gonna get the sake negaie (which is the salmon sashimi) but our waitress suggested the hamachi with black truffle oil. it was honestly the BEST piece of fish i’ve ever had. it was thick and the sauce added such a nice richness to the fish. it’s gonna be my new go to!

all their rolls are amazing, and you can’t go wrong with anything! my favorite is probably the U.O.P. or midnight rolls!

what stood out to me the most today was actually their kids meal. it’s way healthier than most kids meals that have overly processed chicken nuggets or bland veggies. my daughter is only a year old but she loved the croquette, and the japanese chicken nuggets seemed so much healthier compared to your normal run of the mill chicken nuggets. the croquette had corn, carrots, and peas inside but the crisp outside and soft inside is what made it a huge hit for our one year old. my husband and i were actually eyeing her food quite a bit!

— Review by Amber C.

Top Dishes: Flaming Dragon, Dinner Bento Box, Dragon Roll, Midnight Roll, Spiderman Roll, Spider, Baked Lobster Roll, Extinguisher, Cowboy Roll, Stuffed Mushrooms

Lodi

German Guys

10438 Waterloo Rd Hwy 88

$$ • German, Beer Garden

You should defiantly eat here. My husband & I went with another couple and had a blast!
Everything we ordered was phenomenal. Seriously, you cant go wrong.
Hospitality was on point also.
Great experience.

— Review by Annie C.

Top Dishes: Hunter Schnitzel Plate, Red Pepper Schnitzel Plate, Smoked Bratwurst

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Lodi

El Pazcifico Mexican Grill & Cantina

114 W Pine St

$$ • Mexican

Inside dining at its best with charming booths decorated with lively Latin decor.

It was very busy but we were seated quickly and the entire staff was welcoming and attentive.

Maria was our server and was incredible.  She made our Guacamole appetizer right at our table and it was scrumptious.  A must try!!

We were pleasantly surprised at how fast we were served. Especially considering that the restaurant was so busy.

The cheese stuffed Chile Relleno was delicious as was their special salsa.

Try the molcajetes if you want an exciting dish served at your table

— Review by Stan S.

Top Dishes: Fish Tacos, Chili Verde Burrito, Enchiladas Al Comal, Chile Verde, Chicken Fajitas, Fresh Guacamole, Cheese Enchilada, Ground Beef Enchilada, Menudo, Chicken Enchilada

Lodi

Tin Roof BBQ & Catering

171 S Guild Ave

$$ • Barbeque, Sandwiches, Salad

I brought my mom and my little niece to eat here for a early dinner. We can seat ourselves in or outside the restaurant (maybe because they were not busy at this time). We chose to sit outside since it was a cool 85 degrees out. A young man helped us and he was really nice. We ended up ordering the 4 meat combo plate to share. There was plenty of meat to take home. We chose Brisket, Tri-Tip, and ribs. We doubled up on the tri tip. The combo plate only comes with  1 cornbread and 1 side. I had a sweetened ice tea that was actually perfect. It wasn’t too sweet, it was perfect. The cornbread was so good I ordered extra to take home. They had 3 bbq sauces on the table, sweet bbq, mild bbq and a spicy bbq sauce. I would definitely come back. Next time I’ll sit inside because the flies were relentless.

— Review by Tina M.

Top Dishes: Tri Tip Sandwich, Brisket Sandwich, Turkey Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Hot Link Sandwich, Tri Tip Chili, Meat Combo, Loaded Baked, Garlic Rosemary Mashed, Pastrami Sandwich

Lodi

Avenue Grill

506 W Lodi Ave

$$ • American (Traditional), Breakfast & Brunch

Wow…. Stumbled on this wonderful diner while driving through town.  

Hubs had the BLT and had a ton of crispy bacon.  I had the carnitas taco and  was stuffed with all the goodies!!!!  

Excellent service. Everyone works well together.  
We will return on future trips to Lodi!!

— Review by Kathleen B.

Top Dishes: French Toast, Carnitas Quesadilla, Chicken Fried Steak, Scrambled Eggs

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