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

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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?


I don't understand why rappers have to hunch over while they stomp around the stage hollering.  It hurts my back to watch them. On the other hand, I've been thinking that perhaps I should start a rap group here at the Old Folks' Home.  Most of us already walk like that.

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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.viamagazine.com/food-wine/zinfandel-10-california-wineries
Winery website: http://www.michaeldavidwinery.com/visit/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.

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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!


I don't understand why rappers have to hunch over while they stomp around the stage hollering.  It hurts my back to watch them. On the other hand, I've been thinking that perhaps I should start a rap group here at the Old Folks' Home.  Most of us already walk like that.

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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!

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