An Insiders Look at Lodi: Maria & Horacio Guerrero

BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SENTINEL Owners Maria and Horacio Guerrero at Fresh Delight in Lodi Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

After spicing up the Downtown Lodi restaurant scene with the opening of their taqueria, El Grullense (117 N. Sacramento St., (209) 333-3303), in 2008, Horacio and Maria Guerrero sweetened up School Street with the their newest eatery in 2016.

Their latest venture is Fresh Delights (24 N. School St., (209) 365-1361), a juice and crepe shop just a street over from their taqueria that opened in February.

The couple, who have a son, 11, and daughter, 10, spend the majority of their time at their establishments, but in their free time they look forward to family outings in and round Lodi.

Favorite place to eat in Lodi

The Dancing Fox Winery and Brewery (203 S. School St., (209) 366-2634) for breakfast or brunch and Smack Pie Pizza (121 S. School St., (209) 224-8061) for a fun family night out.

One place not to miss

Although she’s not a big wine drinker, Maria said that anyone visiting Lodi has to experience the wineries.

“That’s Lodi. That what defines it,” she said. “It’s what you do if you have friends visiting. There are so many good wineries.”

Favorite outings

A day at the movies (Lodi Stadium 12, 109 N. School St, (209) 339-1900), visiting the World of Wonders Science Museum (2 N. Sacramento St., (209) 368-0969) and trips to Lodi Lake.

What’s something most people don’t know about Lodi?

The variety of food available.

“For a small town, Lodi offers a lot of different cuisines,” Maria said.

Favorite place to shop

The Downtown Lodi Farmers Market.

“It’s full of color and wonder and always exciting,” Maria said.

Favorite season

“Spring, summer ... all year there’s always something to do in Lodi,” Maria said.

What event do you look forward to?

The Parade of Lights.

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