Stockton Restaurant Week offers great opportunity to explore locally!

Michael's Pizza, with both creative and traditional pizzas, is part of Restaurant Week.

Couple a dining stop with a visit to the downtown Stockton Children’s Museum!
Bud’s Seafood in Lincoln Center is always a Restaurant Week favorite!
Use Restaurant Week to do local tourism, such as a visit to the always changing Haggin Museum in Victory Park.
America Waffles presents American standards.
Several restaurants along Stockton’s historic Miracle Mile are part of Stockton Restaurant Week.
Misaki Restaurant next door to the Downtown Cinema presents delectable fare!

Stockton Restaurant Week makes for a great opportunity to explore locally!

The most anticipated dining showcase in Stockton celebrates its 10th year: Stockton Restaurant Week returns January 18-27, making for an ideal time to dine out, enjoy new tastes and partake in local tourism right in your backyard.

For 10 days (including two weekends), more than 30 diverse Stockton eateries will offer pre-fixe breakfast, lunch, and dinner options during Stockton Restaurant Week. The list contains most of our favorites, and a number of newer restaurants we’ve been meaning to try.

Participating Restaurants for 2019 (as of 1/10/19): Accent Bar & Grill at The Reserve at Spanos Park, America Waffles, Angelina’s Spaghetti House, AVE on the Mile, Blackwater Café, Bud’s Seafood Grille, Cast Iron Trading Co., Central Bistro & Bar, De Vega Brothers, Deliberation Room, Delta Bistro & Lounge at University Plaza, Dream Ice Cream Parlor, Fat City Brew & BBQ, Finnegans Pub and Grill, Go Falafel Greek Food, Green Papaya Restaurant, Market Tavern, Mezzo, Michael’s Pizza, Midgley’s Public House, Midgley’s Public Truck, Midtown Creperie & Café, Mile Wine Company, Misaki Sushi & Bar, Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar, Poke Salad, Port City Sports Bar & Grill, Prime Table, Seoul Soon Dubu, Squeeze Burger, Superfish Poke & Tea, Thai Me Up, The Creamery, The Downtowner, The Kitchen at Stonebrier, Whiskey Barrel Stockton, Yosemite Meat Market & Deli. For an updated list, go to stocktonrestaurantweek.com.

“Our goal has always been to highlight the diverse dining options our city has in store for all to enjoy. I can proudly say that Stockton Restaurant Week has consistently done that for a decade and this year is shaping up to be the best yet” says Wes Rhea, Visit Stockton CEO. He also suggests using the visitstockton.com for other Stockton attractions. The event gives locals, visitors and foodies alike an opportunity to try multiple dining establishments without breaking the bank. So, gather up family and friends, dine out and see some of the local sights at the same time! Here are suggestions:

The Stockton Civic Theater, January 16 to February 3, presents ‘Lend Me a Tenor’; directed by Shawn Carrington, play by Ken Ludwig, it’s a comedy of tenors in the cleverly written farce set in a posh Paris hotel suite In the 1930s. Stunning gowns and proper tuxedos share the spotlight with more skimpily-dressed actors in a rollicking tale of love and romance (rated PG13). The Stockton Symphony is also a fine coupling for an evening of dining and culture, with guest artist Sandy Cameron on Saturday, January 26, 6 PM in a program featuring Bernstein, Beethoven and Prokofiev.

Stockton’s Haggin Museum, on Thursday, January 17, 6:30 PM, presents international recording artist  Yukiko Matsuyama with a musical program bridging cultures and eras. An ongoing exhibit runs through January 27, Photographic Adrenaline: Works by Arturo Vera. Vera presents more than 40 images from street photography to florals, capturing life’s moments with a realistic and artistic eye.  The Haggin is always a fine place to gain understanding of local Native American history, Stockton’s early pioneer and agricultural history and it is long a world-class art museum.

Historic downtown Stockton and it’s waterfront makes a good place for a stroll, while taking in a movie at the Downtown Cineplex. Nearby, the Children’s Museum makes a great place to take kids. Check the Stockton Arena for ongoing Stockton Heat hockey and Stockton Kings basketball games as another incentive to tour amidst your foodie destinations.

Don’t overlook the stately University of Pacific campus, featuring both stage productions and sporting events and offering a lovely campus to stroll. Bordering the campus is the Calaveras River Bike Trail, for walking or bicycle tours that can take you all the way out to Buckley Cove on the San Joaquin River. Nearby San Joaquin Delta College offers theater and sporting events, as well.

One of the more unique attractions is Stockton’s Cambodian Buddhist Temple, one of the most unique and colorful cultural places to visit in all of California. While it’s a little too early for Stockton Ports baseball or the opening of Pixie Woods, keep them in mind for future local visits, and couple a visit with another stop at your newly favorite local eatery.

While Micke Grove Park is a bit north of Stockton, it is one of the county’s most underrated gems, with the San Joaquin Historical Society and Museum, Micke Grove Zoo, Japanese Gardens and more. Include a stop at a Stockton northside restaurant and make a day of it!

For more information: Haggin Museum, hagginmuseum.org; Children’s Museum, childrensmuseumstockton.org; Fox California/Bob Hope Theatre classic movies, foxfriends.org; University of Pacific, pacific.edu; Calaveras River Bike Trail, visitstockton.org; Downtown Stockton Alliance, downtownstockton.org; Stockton Civic Theater, sctlivetheater.com; Stockton Symphony, stocktonsymphony.org; San Joaquin Delta College, deltacollege.edu; Bob Hope Theatre and Stockton Arena, stocktonlive.com; Miracle Mile, stocktonmiraclemile.com; Stockton Heat hockey, stocktonheat.com; Stockton Kings basketball, Stockton.gleague.nba.com; Stockton Restaurant Week, stocktonrestaurantweek.com; Visit Stockton, visitstockton.com; San Joaquin Historical Society and Museum, sanjoaquinhistory.org; Micke Grove Zoo, mgzoo.com; Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple, watdhammararanbuddhist.org.

What special places did I miss? Email me and I’ll mention in my Record blog; contact me at tviall@msn.com; or follow at recordnet.com/travelblog. Happy travels in your backyard!

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