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Mini Road Trip - San Jose to Lodi - best route for eats?


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#1 Jaymes

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:03 PM

So, my little family is going to be taking a mini-road trip, from San Jose up to Lodi, where we'll only stay one night.

 

Would love to plan a route that offers a bit of culinary exploring, ideally one route up, and another route back down.

 

Any favorite highways and byways that offer some terrific food stops?

 

And how about a nice place for our one night in Lodi?

 

 


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#2 djyee100

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:18 PM

If you're passing through Livermore on your way to or from Lodi, I suggest a stop at the Wente Vineyards. A friend and I ate there a few years ago. Very good food, good wine too. The atmosphere is stylish bistro, and casual dress is fine.
http://www.wentevineyards.com/

A current article in VIA magazine mentions the Michael David Winery in Lodi, which has a cafe and bakery on the premises. Only open for breakfast and lunch, though. Sure looks good from the pix. I'm gonna check it out myself the next time I'm in Lodi.
Article: http://www.viamagazi...fornia-wineries
Winery website: http://www.michaelda...sit/the-bakery/

Triple A also recommends Pietro's Trattoria and El Rosal Mexican restaurant in Lodi. I haven't visited these places myself.

Are you going to Lodi to view the Sandhill Crane Reserve? An amazing sight when the cranes fly in at dusk.



#3 Jaymes

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

I've been to that Sandhill Crane Reserve.  Was lucky enough to stand there and watch the cranes flying in from what seemed to be all over the world.  Black silhouettes gliding through a flaming sunset.

 

Remarkable.

 

But nope.  Going to see some snakes.  Equally spectacular wildlife, to be sure, but against a background far different than a flaming sunset sky.

 

http://www.snakemuseum.com/

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my query.  Think we will, indeed, fashion our route to visit some of your suggestions!


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#4 djyee100

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:37 PM

You can have the snakes. :hmmm: I'll take the cranes.  :laugh:  I wasn't planning to visit the crane reserve this year, but your post has gotten me thinking about a quick trip up there.

 

have a good time on your travels!