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Bikes & Bites: Lodi family supports healthy lifestyles

Kenny Dovak is a Lodi dad with a love for BMX and cycling, as well as 18 years of bicycle repairs and custom builds to his name.

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Mexican-style seafood from sibling-run Mariscos Las Islitas

When Lodi restaurant goers think Mexican food, visions of cheesy burritos and heavy gravies likely dance in their heads. But Armando Rodriguez, who runs Mariscos Las Islitas on Cherokee Lane with his sister Alma Vicenty, sees something different.

Posted in Dining on Friday, March 13, 2015 8:11 am. | Tags: Mariscos Las Islitas , Dining , Seafood , Mexican Cuisine , Food And Drink , Armando Rodriguez , Alma Vicenty

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Shep’s sports bar: Spicy wings, icy drinks seven days a week

A friendly atmosphere, originality and a whole lot of homemade cooking are just a few takeaways from Shep’s Sports Bar & Grill in Downtown Lodi.

Posted in Dining, Lodi living on Friday, February 27, 2015 3:29 pm. Updated: 12:15 pm.

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Papa Joe’s BBQ: Soups, sauces, sides made all in house

Smoky pulled pork. Tender and tangy ribs. Rich and creamy clam chowder.

Posted in Dining on Friday, February 13, 2015 7:44 am.

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Stockton man serves Chinese street food on Lodi Avenue

Zilong Yu is a busy man, darting quickly from taking orders at the front counter of his restaurant to clearing plates in the dining room, to checking on the trio of cooks in the kitchen and inventory in the back room. But he’s happy to be busy.

Posted in Dining on Friday, January 23, 2015 8:13 am.

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Lodi’s Honey Treat now pouring hot coffee

Honey Treat, a well-loved Lodi institution known for serving up perfect spirals of frozen yogurt topped with candies and fruit, has changed its game plan.

Posted in Dining on Saturday, December 27, 2014 7:17 am.

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Nosedive your taste buds into the Flight Lounge

With so many options, choosing a restaurant in the Lodi area can cause a little turbulence but the Flight Lounge in Woodbridge might be a choice for those looking to land on some fresh meals.

Posted in Dining on Friday, November 28, 2014 6:34 am.

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El Patio Taqueria serves traditional Mexican food

Enjoy authentic Mexican flavors on a breezy terrace at El Patio Taqueria on Lodi Avenue.

Posted in Dining on Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 am.

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Smack Pie brings personal pizzas to Downtown Lodi

Nothing beats making your own pizza. There’s a perfect amount of cheese, the veggies are just right, and there is not a single pepperoni out of place. Plus, you don’t have to share.

Posted in Dining on Friday, September 19, 2014 9:23 am.

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Shep’s grills up wings for a tailgating experience

If you like bacon, hot dogs, fried pickles, a steaming plate of hot wings and an ice-cold beer while out with the family, there is a new bar and grill in town for you.

Posted in News, Business, Dining on Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:37 am.

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New cafe and wine bar takes off in Woodbridge

Walk down the marked runway of the Flight Lounge toward its steel bar made from parts of a vintage aircraft, and you will be whisked away to world of travel, aviation, and tasty food and beverages.

Posted in News, Business, Dining on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:00 am.

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Airport Cafe: Dinner menu takes off with travelers

The Airport Cafe, best known among early risers who like to sip on a cup of coffee and watch the plans take off at the Lodi Airport, has spread its wings to offer a dinner menu.

Posted in Dining on Friday, September 5, 2014 7:50 am. | Tags: Airport Cafe , Dining , Jennifer Kupka , Lodi Airport

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Marino’s in Downtown Lodi holds on to classic Italian flavors

Ever have the kind of day when you can’t decide between a hearty square of lasagna or a plate of crisp fries and flaky fish? Marino’s on School Street is ready to help you out.

Posted in Dining on Friday, August 15, 2014 7:15 am. | Tags: Marinos , Italian Food , Italian Cuisine , Leona Marino , Minestrone , Jerry Vendetti , School Street , Italian Restaurant

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Porters Pub: Family duo serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, craft beer

Siblings Shae and Scott Porter grew up in Lodi, so they’re familiar with the major changes Downtown has seen in the past decade. Despite the influx of bars, tasting rooms, shops and restaurants, they felt School Street still needed something more.

Posted in Dining on Friday, August 1, 2014 7:11 am. | Tags: Porters Pub , Shae Porter , Scott Porter , Downtown Lodi , School Street , Craft Beers , Wine On Tap

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Downtown eatery serving pad Thai noodles, sweet curry dishes and other Thai specialties

As an 8-year-old girl growing up in Thailand, Lee Phommachan learned how to make simple dishes of rice and soup over a wood-fired stove in her mother’s kitchen. Today, she’s making traditional Thai dishes on Sacramento Street in her third restaurant, Thai Kitchen.

Posted in Dining on Friday, June 27, 2014 8:56 am. Updated: 9:21 am.

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Paletalandia brings spicy Mexican-style desserts to Lodi’s Eastside

Travel in Lodi’s Eastside, and you may see Latino vendors walking around with carts selling everything from ice cream to salsa-covered snacks and spicy corn.

Posted in Dining, Business on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:44 am. | Tags: Paletalandia , Alex Aguilar , Mexican Cuisine , Ice Cream , Angelica Aguilar

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Tap House Pizza: Building a gourmet pizza haven for grown-ups

Warm, barely crisp Lockeford sausage is sliced onto a pie of gooey cheese and beer caramelized onions, then topped with a spicy mustard seed aioli. This Lodi original is Ami Mozeb’s idea.

Posted in Dining on Friday, May 9, 2014 7:43 am.

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Friend’s: New Indian restaurant offers buffet of traditional dishes

Rajinder Singh Grewal has been in the food business for nine years, cooking up the same classic Indian dishes he grew up enjoying at home. This year, he was finally able to purchase his own restaurant.

Posted in Dining on Friday, January 31, 2014 7:56 am. | Tags: Curry , Indian Cuisine , Food And Drink , Indian Restaurant , Rajinder Singh Grewal , Alka Grewal

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Cactus: Mexican fusion flavors find new home in Galt

Three years ago, Maya and Efrain Gomez got an idea. The longtime owners of Cactus Mexican Dining in Woodbridge wanted to branch out and bring their unique take on Mexican food to a new audience.

Posted in Dining on Friday, January 17, 2014 6:41 am.

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Lodi’s Zin Bistro pushes boundaries on cultural dishes

With black and white checked floors, sleek black tables and chairs, and industrial-looking brick and metal finished walls, a newly remodeled restaurant on Lodi Avenue could easily be a chic Asian bistro. Or a neighborhood seafood joint. Or even a small-scale mom and pop steakhouse. But with creative chefs Melissa and Walter Ng running the kitchen, Zin Bistro’s lunch and dinner menus cross between cultures with ease.

Posted in Dining on Saturday, December 28, 2013 12:00 am.

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Lodi mom and daughter roll out scones with English flair

Delicate pastries. A cozy, dainty dining room. A team of smiling women who call Lodi home. This is the magic combination that makes Rolling Scones Bakery work.

Posted in Dining on Friday, December 13, 2013 9:04 am.

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Grilled sandwiches and ice cream sundaes at Donkey J’s in Lockeford

It’s lunchtime, but do you want a sandwich or a hot dog? You’re thirsty, but would a smoothie hit the spot better than a milkshake? Or maybe you can’t decide between a slice of pie and an ice cream sundae.

Posted in Dining on Friday, November 22, 2013 7:41 am.

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Topwater Cafe offers gluten-free options, quality, comfort

Before the name Topwater stuck, the new restaurant on Pine Street was going to be called “Ca-Tenn.” A little bit California. A little bit Tennessee. With a mix of Southern flavors and style plus the West’s fresh ingredients and vibes, the menu at Topwater Cafe offers traditional favorites made with integrity.

Posted in Dining on Saturday, September 7, 2013 8:31 am. | Tags: Topwater Cafe , Matt Halecky , Katie Halecky , Gluten-free Diet , Pastry Chef , James Smith , Hunters Oak Winery , Culinary Institute Of America , Dining , Food And Drink

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Rancho San Miguel market serves favorites from Mexico

At Rancho San Miguel, you can pick up your in-season produce and steaks from the butcher, but you can also grab a homestyle meal ranging from chicken soup to chili verde and eat it at the in-store dining area before you even hit the cereal aisle.

Posted in Dining on Friday, August 9, 2013 6:59 am. | Tags: Food And Drink , Mexico , Mexican Cuisine , Tortilla , Burrito , Salsa , Enchilada , Chili Con Carne , Taco , Carne Asada , Homemade Tortilla Chips , Octavio Sanchez , Chili Verde

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Lodi’s Yogurt in Love offers 21 flavors and coffee, too

You may not be in Alaska at the moment, but do you yearn for some fresh Alaskan moose tracks? Well, you only need to go as far as South Hutchins Street and Harney Lane to have your fill.

Posted in Dining on Friday, July 19, 2013 8:10 am.

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Tasting Italy in Clements

A year ago, the brick building from the late 1800s sat empty and appeared lifeless. Weeds grew abundantly along the parking lot. The chains and doors were secured to ward off vandals. The soft, fading shadow sign painted on the red brick continued to dull from time.

Posted in Dining on Friday, July 5, 2013 8:44 am.

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How a fusion between a chef and winemaker brings a new dining experience to Downtown

What happens when you cross a winemaker with a passion for his heritage and a chef who considers food an artful experience?

Posted in Dining on Friday, May 17, 2013 7:06 am.

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Royce Farms BBQ: Where meat reigns

When local barbecue guru Dave Royce goes out for barbecue, there’s one thing he looks for. It’s not on the menu or on the table. It’s usually out back, where the magic happens.

Posted in Dining on Friday, April 26, 2013 7:39 am. | Tags: Food And Drink , Royce Farms Bbq , Dave Royce , Dining

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Gourmet cupcakes, specialty coffees new to Lockeford

Some say there is little to do in Lockeford, but when there are cupcakes, who needs much more?

Posted in Dining on Friday, April 12, 2013 7:29 am.

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California Al’s explodes with flavor on the Lodi food scene

Lodi is a foodie paradise. One could spend an entire vacation sampling the taste sensations that explode from every corner of this little city. And there’s always something new and fresh to try.

Posted in Dining on Friday, March 29, 2013 7:28 am.

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Lodians line up for Flip’s original hamburgers, hot dogs

There aren’t many restaurants in town that have lines forming outside before the doors open for business. But Lodi’s new Flip’s restaurant has had a steady stream of customers since it opened almost three weeks ago on Cherokee Lane.

Posted in Dining on Friday, March 8, 2013 7:34 am.

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King Tsin makes tasty comeback on Kettleman Lane

After moving from its Downtown Lodi location last year, King Tsin Restaurant is back in business on Kettleman Lane. The restaurant is serving the same Szechuan, Peking and Hunan cuisine it has offered for three decades.

Posted in Dining on Friday, February 22, 2013 8:00 am.

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Specialty sandwiches and gluten-free menu at Nixons Deli

With seven children, married restaurateurs Les and Kim Nixon are no strangers to hard work in the kitchen. The former catering business owners have now taken their family recipes and experiences and poured them into their family eater, Nixons Deli, which opened Nov. 1 on Kettleman Lane.

Posted in Dining on Friday, February 1, 2013 7:28 am.

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Brothers breathe new life into Galt’s historic Brewster’s Bar & Grill eatery

What’s the secret to amazing prime rib? For Brewster’s Bar & Grill co-owner and bartender J.R. Majid, there is one answer: Skill.

Posted in Dining on Friday, January 18, 2013 7:15 am.

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Savory brisket and more at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Created in Texas, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is now in Lodi, offering up slabs of ultra-tender brisket, creamy macaroni, and even a cup of complimentary ice cream for those with extreme capacity.

Posted in Dining on Friday, December 7, 2012 10:15 am. Updated: 10:33 am.

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Cut the Mustard still serving up hot sandwiches, unique soups

Cut the Mustard, a deli in east Lodi, is all about service and quality food at a reasonable price.

Posted in Dining on Friday, October 26, 2012 8:00 am.

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Galt’s new Velvet Grill & Creamery family restaurant serves up atmosphere, flavor and dessert

Their waffles have a cult following. Their pancakes are made from scratch. Their ice cream comes in flavors like port wine and maple.

Posted in Dining on Friday, September 14, 2012 12:00 am. Updated: 8:09 am.

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El Pajaro still making homemade tortillas, fresh eats after 34 years

Jose Aguilar Sr. flips slices of ranchera steak in a large skillet with seasoned onions and bell peppers, preparing one of the authentic Mexican dishes he’s been cooking up for 34 years. In his kitchen, with his hand gripping a knife or pan and surrounded by his staff of family and friends, is where he is most comfortable.

Posted in Dining on Friday, August 31, 2012 7:28 am. Updated: 7:57 am. | Tags: Food And Drink , Tex-mex Cuisine , Jose Aguilar Sr. , Mexican Cuisine , Jose Aguilar Jr. , Cuisine Of The Southwestern United States , Cuisine Of The Western United States , Burrito , Salsa , Taco , Fajita , Tostada , Pico De Gallo , El Pajaro Mexican Restaurant

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Young restaurateur Laura Valle brings crepes, paninis to Lodi with Panini Factory

Laura Valle swirls batter into a perfect circle on the round, heated grill. The batter starts to bubble from the heat, and the restaurateur uses a long spatula — what she calls her “crepe beater” — to flip the thin, golden-brown pancake before filling it with cheese and just-chopped fresh spinach.

Posted in Dining on Friday, August 17, 2012 7:36 am. Updated: 9:14 am.

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Piquant Cafe and Bistro dishing out Korean cuisine with a modern flair

Pi • quant (adj.): 1. agreeably stimulating to the palate; 2. engagingly provocative; having a lively charm

Posted in Dining on Friday, July 27, 2012 7:49 am. Updated: 10:58 am.

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Cafe of the sky

JoAnn Kupka stands over a stainless steel sink, scraping leftover country potatoes and crust from toast into the trash before rinsing them and placing them in the industrial dishwasher. Behind her, there is the chatter of weekday morning diners and the soft clink and clank of ceramic coffee cups on light wooden table tops.

Posted in Lodi living, Dining on Friday, July 20, 2012 7:41 am. Updated: 9:31 am.

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