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Local casinos offer fun and games — and gourmet dining

By Jennifer Bonnett/News-Sentinel staff writer | Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:00 pm

Want to try your luck at games of chance or visit a unique culinary destination? Two local casinos let visitors and residents alike do a bit of both.

Lodi Casino Bar & Grill at Parkwest Casino is a contemporary bar and restaurant serving handcrafted cocktails, local beers and wines, American and authentic Asian cuisine, and decadent desserts round the clock on Cherokee Lane.

Guests have made Lodi Casino Bar & Grill their favorite spot for tuning in to sporting events, enjoying great food and drinks with late night dining available until 2 a.m., according to its owners.

It boasts a sleek, modern and comfortable interior, along with separate menus for breakfast, lunch/dinner and even dessert, perfect for a decadent after-dinner treat or an indulgent late night out.

Want a special drink? There’s a menu for that, too — and drink specials. Happy hour is offered from 4 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, and on Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy popular games like Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Blackjack, Texas Hold’Em and more.

Likewise, Jackson Rancheria Casino offers a number of choices to satisfy your palate.

Just a short drive from the Lodi area, the Rancheria draws gamblers and non-gamblers alike to its Fisherman’s Wharf Buffet offered for just $32.95 per person three days a week. For that price, you get all the Dungeness and snow crab you can eat.

The Fisherman’s Wharf Buffet is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Because of its popularity, guests are encouraged to arrive early and expect wait times of between two and six hours, especially during peak dining hours.

During the rest of the week, enjoy plenty of other culinary offerings.

The casino offers pastries, Peet’s coffee, omelets, specialty angus burgers and other diner-style favorites at Margaret’s Café & Bakery. Find the best in Asian and American favorites at the Pacific Grill, a quick-serve restaurant.

Want something a bit more relaxing and filling? Visit the Lone Wolf Restaurant & Lounge, the casino’s flagship steakhouse, where diners can retreat for the best in hand-crafted cuisine.

Two of the head chefs at Jackson Rancheria were trained at the San Francisco Culinary of Arts and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts, two others are local chefs from San Joaquin and Amador counties, and one studied at San Joaquin Delta College’s Culinary Arts program.

On top of the variety of dining options, Jackson Rancheria offers games from slot machines to Blackjack, Texas Hold’Em and other card options.

They’re also a venue for more than a dozen popular entertainment acts each year, such as the Temptations Review.

Temptations Review

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes The Temptations Review to the Grand Oak Ballroom Stage at 7 p.m. Saturday.

David Sea, Mike Pattillo, Chris Arnold and Paul Williams Jr. — son of original Temptations member Paul Williams Sr. — have united to perform the hits of the Motown legends. The Temptations surged to stardom in the 1960s, with hits like “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and “My Girl.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Beer, food and wine will be available for purchase.

Tickets are on sale starting at $25 for Dreamcatcher’s Club members, available only at the Casino Cashier Cage, and starting at $30 for non-members, available at the Casino Cashier Cage or www.jacksoncasino.com.